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Wedding Proposal Ideas

How to Plan a Wedding Proposal?

The Wedding Proposal is the beginning of it all.  When you’re ready to pop the question, what do you do?  It’s a big moment and it’s your way of saying, “You’re the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.”  You only get one chance though and you don’t want to mess it up.  I totally get it.  When I proposed to Marta, it was not the grandest gesture.  I just did it, and that’s okay because it fits us.  I didn’t have anyone giving me wedding proposal ideas.  Here’s where I can help.

I think a great way to get wedding proposal ideas is to contact someone in the wedding industry.  Usually, a wedding planner will be able to plan the proposal out so that it goes perfectly.  They’re able to make sure that things go smoothly.  Wedding planners have a way of thinking about all sorts things before they actually happen.  That’s exactly what we did.  We contacted a few local planners and asked them what their take was on planning a unique wedding proposal.  Here’s what they had to say.

wedding proposal ideas

Wedding Proposal Ideas

Get Wedding Proposal Ideas from a Planner

Marta and I love having planners at weddings and events.  Aside from being able to make sure that everything runs smoothly, they can also design the aesthetics of the event.  That’s my main point here.  Marta and I have seen wedding planners take a vision or idea and run with it.  They would make it a million times better, but still the same concept at its core.

Make it Personal

They’ll be able to take your wedding proposal idea and evolve it into something way more elaborate when it comes to planning your wedding proposal.   NO matter what though, make sure that it’s personal and only relatable to you two.

“Make it personal, thoughtful and heartfelt. The best and most unique proposal always are!”

-Christy Subler, Anna Christine Events

How to Plan a Wedding Proposal?

Every proposal is different, but the best way to plan a wedding proposal is to make sure that it relates to you as a couple.  Are you two extravagant or low-key?  Do you think they’ll appreciate something classic and romantic or something more unexpected and off-the-cuff?  Whatever you choose, it’ll be the right thing as long as you’re heart is in the right place.

wedding ring on a pine cone

What should I budget for a great proposal?

Everyone gave us different numbers, but the average budget that most people spend in getting everything (décor, services, photography, etc.) was anywhere between $1,000-$2,000.  Like all things, make sure that you set up a budget that keeps things real and honest.  A planner can also help with that.  They’ll be able to make sure that what you plan is something that’s totally doable and represents you two as a couple.

What are the Best Wedding Proposal Ideas?

Some of the best wedding proposal ideas are the ones that are thought out, honest, and are a reflection of you two as a couple.  It doesn’t have to be over the top if that’s not who you two are.  The Hollywood movies make it this big gesture because it is.  In the end, it doesn’t have to be any bigger than you want it to be.  Just as long as you say things you mean and from the heart.

Should you hire a Proposal Planner?

Making a good proposal great takes some thought and planning.  A planner will help you put your thoughts into action, but the core sentiment behind it is the most important part of it all.  You have to be able to start with why and build from there.  The planners that we’ve worked with in the past are known for taking your vision and making it a reality.

A Surprise Engagement Proposal

Personally, I’m a fan of surprising them in the most unexpected way.  Take a normal walk somewhere and make it something magical.  I’m talking about something that they wouldn’t expect.  Take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, so to speak.  It does wonders to sweep them off their feet.

Destination Wedding Proposal Ideas

A lot of people tend to go towards the vacation route.  Plan a vacation like any other and propose while on vacation.  It’s the perfect getaway.  Afterwards, you two can spend some time traveling together as an engaged couple, and nothing feels better than that.  Hiring a destination proposal photographer works the same way as hiring a destination wedding photographer.

Is there a place that you two have been talking about going to for awhile?  Set a date, buy the tickets, and make it happen.  Go to the shores of Italy or the streets of Paris.

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What is a simple wedding proposal idea?

A Marriage Proposal that Feels Right

Sometimes it’s best to just keep it simple.  That’s exactly what I did with Marta.  We’re both not big in the whole extravagant, over the top stuff.  It seemed natural to go off-the-cuff (with purpose) when it came down to my proposal to her.

Create a Romantic Setting

“Think of your person’s favorite place and go from there. Maybe they like movies in the park, but you don’t want to pop the question in front of a crowd? Set up a little backyard movie session, cook their favorite meal (or order to-go from their favorite place) have a super romantic and thoughtful date night under the stars and ask when the moment is right!”

-Christy Subler, Anna Christine Events

Start with Why You’re Proposing

“Be personal, start with “why” – then go from there. Take your time and let your plan form organically so it feels natural for you both. Asking someone to spend the rest of your life together is a big deal, so you should make them feel like it. If you focus on why you’ve fallen for this person then it will show in your proposal.”

-Francesca Dunham, Co/Committed

What is the most important part of the wedding proposal?

Throughout the entirety of our wedding process, we focus on your relationship with each other.  The importance behind that is that it goes back to the foundation of your relationship.  Why are you two together?  What was it that brought you two together?  When was it that it all clicked and you realized that they were the one for you?

Remember where you two were in the beginning

Think about what it was that you two enjoyed doing at the beginning of your relationship.  Where was it that you two hung out all the time?  Go back there and bring back old memories.  Use that to elevate your proposal and show them a future with you two together.

Doesn’t have to be Big, just Heartfelt

“The sentiment. People tend to get carried away with the idea of the perfect proposal or think that it needs to be a huge production, but it really doesn’t. It shouldn’t matter how simple or extravagant the delivery is, as long as your heart is in the right place. We’re big believers [in] quality over quantity, and taking time to appreciate the little things in life – the same theories go for a good proposal.”

-Francesca Dunham, Co/Committed

What does a Wedding Proposal Photographer do?

Wedding Proposal Photographers work with you in setting up the right spots to get the best pictures of your fiancé’s reaction.  We want to make sure that we’re there to photograph their reaction in the best light possible.  Making sure to photograph the beginning of your marriage together.

Candid, Natural Wedding Proposal Photography

During the proposal, they’ll normally hide in a discreet place, or sometimes in pure sight.  As long as your significant other doesn’t suspect us as being there to photograph a proposal, then we’re good.

A Short Session Once they say Yes

Once the proposal happens, we let you two enjoy the moment, introduce ourselves, and then have a small portrait session with you two.  Most of the time it doesn’t last too long, as we try to really let you two enjoy the moment.

moody engagement


Should you have Wedding Proposal Photography?

Wedding proposal photography is different from most other types of photography.  There are few moments in the wedding process that have such a reaction of joy and happiness.  Being able to plan everything to an exact moment and be ready is crucial.  It’s good to hire someone that is experienced in capturing candid, natural moments.

Capture their Candid Reaction

“I would say take advantage of getting engaged and have the photographer do your engagement photos then. I think that would be a really amazing story to tell!”

-Jennifer Lopez, Bella Sposa Events


I hope that I was able to help you find some awesome wedding proposal ideas.  It’s always a little wonky because every relationship is different.  As long as you know that what you’re doing will make them stop in their tracks in awe, then you’re heading in the right direction.

So what now?  Do you feel like we might be a good fit to capture your proposal the way you want it?  Check to see if we’re available.

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