Planning a Summer Proposal 

Tuesday 31st May 2022 |

Are you planning to pop the question this summer?

Read on for our top tips on planning the perfect summer proposal, including where to propose, how much to spend and how to ask that all-important question, “Will you marry me?” 

A Quiet Proposal or a Loud One? 

First, you’ll need to decide what kind of proposal it’s going to be. Will it be a quiet, private proposal with just the two of you? Or do you want to make it loud and over-the-top? Before you make a decision, you might want to consider what the research says. 

Engagement ring specialists F.Hinds recently asked 2000 Brits about their ideal proposal scenario and three-quarters (74%)  of people asked said they’d be put off by a public proposal in front of family, friends or strangers. Obviously, if you and your partner have talked about it and you know they’d love a big, public proposal then that’s a different matter but if you’re not sure, then it’s probably best to keep it private. 

The Destination 

The majority of those asked in the survey said an overseas destination would be their ideal choice for a proposal. Almost a third wanted to be proposed to during a picturesque getaway and proposals at landmarks like the Eiffel Tower were popular.  

Other ideas for memorable proposal destinations include on a boat out at sea or in the middle of a lake, or on a white, sandy beach at sunset. You could also choose somewhere that’s important to you as a couple, like the place where you had your first date or first holiday together or somewhere you visit regularly together.  

However, if none of this sounds like your cup of tea, don’t worry. Almost one in five Brits said they’d be happy to be proposed to at home, showing that for many, it’s all about the person proposing than the location. 

How to Pop the Question 

Once you’ve decided on your perfect proposal set-up and location, you need to think about how you’re actually going to ask. 

If you’re planning a destination proposal, make sure you choose the ideal place and time for the proposal itself. If you’re mountain climbing, that will probably be when you reach the top and if you’re having a romantic picnic in your local park, that might be when you get to dessert!  

Being spontaneous is great but you may find yourself tongue-tied on the day so it’s best to practice what you’re going to say beforehand. Think about what kind of couple you are to decide what kind of proposal to go for. Some like to take the time to tell their partner how they feel and why they’re proposing, others like to jump straight in with the big question.  

Whatever you decide, remember to take a deep breath before you start and don’t rush. Don’t be put off if your partner seems stunned or doesn’t respond right away and be prepared for them to have a whole range of reactions, including happiness, surprise, and excitement along with physical reactions such as shaking, laughing, and/or crying as well as hugging, and kissing. After all, you knew this was going to happen but presumably they didn’t so you’ll be catching them off guard! 

How Much to Spend 

Another big question you might be wondering but don’t like to ask is how much to spend. The results from F.Hind’s survey showed that on average, Brits expect a proposal to cost £2,348 including the price of the engagement ring. 

These results varied by area, however, with Liverpool residents expecting proposal costs to come in under £2k whereas people living in Belfast had higher expectations, with a suggested proposal cost of over £3k. The most important thing is to work out a budget that suits your circumstances and stick to it. 

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