Make Your Proposal Perfectly Romantic

Since more than a third of all people pop the question during this time of year, wedding planner Nora Totonchy offers up tips for planning the perfect proposal.

Consider your fiancé to be and her personality.  Does she like to be the center of attention?  If not, avoid a jumbotron or huge family event.  That’s almost as bad as proposing without a ring. Is she shy? Avoid hiring a marching band.


  • Have a mini heartfelt speech ready, don’t just ask
  • PLAN ahead!  Have backup plans
  • Think about what the two of you will do after she says yes…
  • Make sure that you know she will say yes!  This will doom even the best proposal
  • Be unique—90% of all proposals happen in restaurants
  • Make the proposal about her and not you.  If you are into golf and she’s not, she probably won't appreciate some grand gesture on a golf course.


  • Don’t be too public
  • Don’t tell too many people, someone may slip

Holiday Proposal Ideas

  • Putting up holiday decorations (on a ornament/star)
  • Christmas morning… make it the last gift to throw her off track/big box with teeny box inside, 5 boxes splitting up “will you marry me”
  • New Years, drop the ring in her glass at midnight
  • Hire Santa & Horse Drawn Carriage
  • Write it out in Christmas Lights
  • Holiday scavenger hunt (Pittock Mansion/Benson Lobby/ending with a special spot)

No matter what you do, your girlfriend will be thrilled so just be heartfelt and do it!


For more information on Nora, visit her website.


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