Four fun ways to present the ring when proposing

Engagement Ideas

Personalise your proposal

So, you’ve picked the person you want to commit the rest of your life to. Believe it or not, that’s the easy part. Here’s where the hard work really starts. From picking the ring to posing the question, everyone wants to give their partner the perfect proposal. But, where do you start?

There will likely be a million options running through your head. Public or private? Traditional or quirky? If you’re looking for ideas to personalise your proposal and make it unique to you, see if you can find inspiration from any of our four suggestions below.

In a seashell

For the beach-lovers among you, what better way to present the ring than in a beautiful seashell, perhaps on your favourite beach? As is the case with all proposals, this high-risk tactic would require lots of planning, from remembering where you placed the shell to ensuring no one else picks it up for a new piece of home decoration. This how I proposed to my wife at Holkham, so, if you need any tips, let me know!

Fortunately for you, if you don’t fancy spending hours combing the beach for the perfect shell, many retailers now offer ring boxes designed to look like it’s just been picked up off the beach. The seashell option allows you to get creative with how you present the ring. Set a challenge to see who can find the prettiest shell, or simply strategically place it, ‘find’ it, and hand the special shell to your soon-to-be betrothed.

In the Christmas decorations

Unsurprisingly, research has found that December is the most popular month for proposals. In America, almost a fifth of all engagements in 2019 happened during the Christmas season. And it’s the same here in the UK, between the 24th December and 1st January, there are more proposals and engagements than at any other time of year. It is the most wonderful time of the year, after all. Incorporate some added Christmas magic to your decorating efforts this year and present the ring in a personalised ornament or decoration.

You might consider using a DIY advent calendar, leaving the ring behind door number 24 for maximum suspense. Remember not to neglect the other days, however, as a few empty pockets could lead your partner to lose interest by Christmas Eve.

Alternatively, you could opt for the more reliable tree decoration approach. Whether you choose to add the special ornament when you first decorate the tree, or wait until the big day to modify the tree, this option could make for an intimate and romantic moment to signify the start of your lives together.

Terrified of a public proposal? An added bonus to this particular method is you will be doing it in the comfort of your own home, making it the perfect choice for the more introverted couple.

In a favourite book or photo album

Perhaps you have a favourite poem or book you wish to include in the proposal process. In this most inconspicuous of methods, all that’s required is for your partner to read the chosen passage, before turning the page to reveal the ring. What’s more, if you’re stuck for words when it comes to the proposal, find a poem that says all the things you want to say and your partner will do the rest!

Another romantic way to ask the question is by strategically placing the ring in a photo album. Whether you want to retell your story together from the very beginning, or pick out a few particularly meaningful moments, flicking through some special pictures could be the perfect preamble to your proposal speech. How could they possibly say no?

It’s worth noting, if you go for the book, it might be worth investing in a new copy, since you may have to hollow out some of the pages to avoid the ring falling out.

With the help of your pet

What better way to pull at your partner’s heartstrings than to give your pet a starring role in your special moment. Using a dog as an example, this method can be executed in many different ways. For instance, you could tie the ring to a ribbon and attach it to the dog’s collar. For a particularly memorable wake-up call, you could then bring the dog into the bedroom so your partner wakes up to see the collar.

Another slightly more adventurous way would be to adopt or buy a new puppy if this is something you have been thinking about prior to the proposal. But please remember that owning a dog is a big commitment in and of itself! But if it was always on the cards then, posing the question whilst your bride-to-be holds your brand new puppy for the very first time could make for an especially romantic proposal. Just make sure she’s not so overwhelmed with the new family member that she overlooks the ring you’ve painstakingly picked out.

Also, what better time to get your first pictures with your new puppy than in the moments after you and your fiancé have committed your lives to each other? And if you want to continue this theme on your wedding day, then perhaps you could surprise your partner all over again and have your dog bring your rings to the top of the aisle on your wedding day too!

Planning a proposal or looking for engagement photography in Norfolk, then I hope these ideas have inspired you. And when they say ‘yes’, check this page out for more about your wedding photography!

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