STEP 3: THE PROPOSAL
You have the engagement ring, now how to propose? It is really up to what your partner would like and the moment that you want to have as a couple. Knowing that we can't tell you what is best, we talk through a few important considerations below.
WILL YOU WANT PICTURES?
For some, having awesome high-quality pictures to remember the moment is really important. If this is the case, consider coordinating with a friend that you can plant at the spot where it is happening. Also, if pictures are really important, you may want an occasion where you are dressed up (vs. on the top of a mountain after a hike). Another thing to think about is if your partner wants their nails done for ring pictures--get a friend to go get their nails done with them!
WILL YOU WANT FAMILY OR FRIENDS THERE?
Some people will want their close family or friends there as part of it. If you think this would be important to your partner, consider having a party set up afterwards so that you get to share the moment as a couple but then they also get to have their family and friends be involved. If family is one of the most important pieces, consider something near the holidays when the family is gathered together!
WILL YOU WANT IT TO BE PUBLIC?
Having a proposal by a famous landmark can be very special, but it also means that there will likely be a lot of other people around. Make sure that you think your partner would like a public proposal before doing this. If not, but you still want to do it in a popular place, consider finding a more secluded area that is a bit more out of the main path
WILL YOU WANT IT TO BE ON VACATION?
Having a proposal on vacation can be very special and gives you a place to go back to in the future for anniversaries. However, it does make the planning components more complicated. If you choose to do it on vacation, you should be prepared to go with the flow, being more flexible on specifics, as it is always harder to coordinate from afar
Regardless of what you do, it will be a special moment and you'll have chosen a great ring! At the end of the day, it is something for you and your partner (not everyone else!) and you should do something that makes you both the happiest!