Planning for an Engagement: 5 Tips to Follow

A proposal of marriage is a joyful occasion and one that brings with it the chance to celebrate the love a couple has for each other. It can be a simple affair or something more elaborate, but the important thing is that there is some degree of planning.

Thinking of proposing, but just not sure how to go about it? Read on for 5 hints and tips on planning an engagement.

Pop the question with props!

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting down on one knee to ask for a partner’s hand in marriage and it’s still the oldest and most romantic way to do it. However, why not consider other ways such as using proposal props to pop the question?

Whether it’s a handmade display of red roses made into a ‘marry me’ sign, or a customised jigsaw that spells out the same words, it’s a different, quirky way of getting engaged and one that will always be remembered.

Is asking for a parent’s blessing too uncool?

Every family is different, though it most certainly isn’t uncool to ask future parents-in-law for their daughter’s (or son’s) hand in marriage.

It’s a tradition but a lovely one and often a sign of love, understanding, and inclusivity between family members. It’s a personal decision to make and there’s no right or wrong answer, but it’s always worth considering when planning how best to go about a marriage proposal.

Think about hiring a professional photographer

Pictures make an occasion all the more special, and capturing the moment of the proposal, or just simply having a couple’s personal picture taken, can make the celebration all the more emotional.

There are wedding photographers who will offer the opportunity to have an engagement photo taken before the wedding itself, in a relaxed setting that means something special and captures the mood of the relationship.

Time is of the essence

Instead of proposing at the end of the day or evening, make the engagement happen before any events – especially if there is a dinner, a date or even going to a concert or other activity planned. It’ll really help cut nerves for the person proposing and also…the future bride or groom has extra time to show off the ring and enjoy the moment with others.

A quieter proposal…?

Sometimes it’s also good to plan for a quieter, more intimate proposal. Some couples don’t like to be on show or the centre of attention.

Plan an intimate evening at home, perhaps cook a meal that is loved and familiar, and relax together before asking the all-important question. There is nothing wrong at all with proposing at a time and place where both partners feel at their most comfortable. This can create happy memories in itself and the setting for future anniversary meals!


Planning an engagement is a very personal thing to do and should always be guided by the couple’s relationship and outlook on life. Whether it’s an all-out celebration with family and friends, or a very relaxed and intimate evening at home, the focus should always be on making the moment the best it can possibly be.

Sana Ahmed

Sana Ahmed, an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Interior Architecture, has been influential in design writing since 2014. Joining our editorial team as a freelancer in 2021, Sana combines technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility. Sana's approach to writing combines practicality with a flair for contemporary trends. Her experience includes working with renowned design firms and participating in international design workshops. Sana advocates for sustainable living and enjoys creating upcycled art in her free time.

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