Engagement season is approaching. Are you planning to ask the question this year? 

If you are, here is my story of we got engaged and a few tips on how to make it an unforgettable day/evening/weekend.

My Story.

It was quite a few years ago that we got engaged; however, I remember it very well. We met just before my eighteenth birthday and got engaged for my twenty-first – I am now forty.

Phil is not a romantic in the slightest. I knew if I wanted to get engaged, I would need to give a few hints. One day while we were in Telford Shopping Centre (nothing like it is now), I started pointing out rings I liked in windows. He looked at me and said ‘so you want one for your 21st?’.

Not exactly how I expected him to propose, so I just said yes and smiled. We then spent around an hour finding the ring and ordering it (as I had small fingers, we had to order it). When the ring arrived, Phil collected it and put in on the fire surround. It sat there for two weeks.

I eventually asked ‘Are you going to propose?’. The answer was simply ‘We got the ring, you know the plan. If you want it, it’s there’. It sat there another few days until I put it on.

We got married 16 years later.

Mary Cushen Wedding Planner | Luxury Love Story Weddings
Mary Cushen Wedding Planner | Luxury Love Story Weddings
Mary Cushen Wedding Planner | Luxury Love Story Weddings

My Top Tips for Proposals.

It can be tough to think of ideas or even get up the nerves if you are not a romantic, don’t like showing your feelings or not going (an introvert). Asking someone to marry you and spend the rest of their life with you should be enjoyable for both of you.

  1. Be you. They are with you because of who you are. Don’t try to be someone you aren’t when proposing.
  2. Pick somewhere that means something. This could be where you met, your home, a favourite place.
  3. Think about whom you are proposing to. Are they embarrassed easily? Do they prefer things to be low key? Do they love to be the centre of attention? You don’t want them to feel uncomfortable.
  4. Decide if you want it to be a private moment to share, an open public space or share it with friends and family.

If you are struggling to find that perfect idea, you can hire a proposal specialist or wedding planner to help you create a unique, heartfelt proposal, book an inspiration session to get some ideas or ask a trusted friend or family member for assistance.

In next weeks blog, I’ll give you a few ideas to start you thinking about how you could propose.

If you are looking for some help with your proposal planning, get in touch. I love to help with proposals as they are a big part of your love story. By taking the time to plan your proposal, you can make it unique and full of emotions.

I’m an award-winning wedding planner, so you are in safe hands. Client experience is my top priority.

The photography for my wedding was by Stephanie Baines