These smart tips will make the moment a memorable one.

By Aleesha Thomas
December 04, 2020
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Engagement season is upon us, and if you're gearing up to propose to your significant other, you're likely thinking about the perfect way to pop the question. Toying around with the idea of getting down on one knee in at your favorite park, beach, or restaurant? A very public proposal is romantic to some, but may actually be viewed as an embarrassment to others—even if those around are just your closest family members and friends. Before you plan to propose in public, consider these dos and don'ts to make sure you get it just right.

Do: Consider whether or not a public proposal will make your partner feel uncomfortable.

Some people find little to no enjoyment in being the center of attention, and if that sounds like your significant other, stop right here and come up with a new proposal plan. If you have even the slightest inclination that your partner would prefer a quiet, private proposal, it's time to rethink your ideas.

Don't: Just "go for it."

Even if you feel confident that your partner would love a proposal in public, it's still important to think ahead. Deciding to propose at the beach, your favorite park, or a restaurant isn't enough—what will you do if you arrive at the park and find the gates are locked for the day? What happens if the beach is packed with loud groups? You can't anticipate everything, but having a game plan will ensure you're calmer—and therefore less likely to give away the surprise—when the day arrives.

Do: Hire a photographer or enlist the help of a friend.

There's nothing quite like looking back on the photos of your proposal, so it's worth hiring a professional photographer or asking friends and family to discretely hide and snap pictures. If you do plan to have the moment photographed, be sure you're dropping to one knee in a scenic area where you'll be well-captured by your hidden paparazzi.

Don't: Steal someone else's moment.

If you plan on proposing to your partner at your sister's college graduation or a family member's special birthday, you might want to rethink your plan. It's rude to steal from another person's day by making it about you and your future spouse. There are many other moments that you can make your own, and popping the question on a day that's meant to celebrate someone else will only lead to hurt feelings all around.

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