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Tips for a Summer Proposal

Tips for summer proposal

People dream of their proposal, so all of those excited and nervous emotions are part of the life-changing moment. Sunshine, vacations and beautiful weather make summer a popular proposal season. Keep reading for a list of ideas and hints to help you create the perfect proposal for your loved one.

Summer Proposal Ideas

Plan a Vacation:

Time away is a great time to pop the question. Whether a long weekend or a longer adventure, a vacation is the ideal backdrop for your special moment. Explore the available adventures on your vacation to create a special way to propose:

  • Go horseback riding
  • Head out for a hike
  • Rent a boat for a sunset cruise
  • Spend time together in a nice resort
  • Walk on the beach

Create a Surprise Event:

Many cities have summer-time concerts, festivals and other events. Use these events or create your own for an unforgettable proposal.

  • Whether on land or on the water, sunsets are romantic and beautiful, and set the stage for an amazing proposal
  • Bring champagne and desserts to help celebrate your big moment

Utilize a Beautiful Sunset

Summer sunsets are stunning, and they make a picturesque backdrop for a proposal. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Whether on land or on the water, sunsets are romantic and beautiful, and set the stage for an amazing proposal
  • Bring champagne and desserts to help celebrate your big moment

Planning the Perfect Engagement Ring

Along with planning a memorable proposal moment, you’ll need to pick out a perfect engagement ring. Luckily, you can shop online for options, and even create a perfect custom ring. Here are some helpful considerations to keep in mind:

  • Observe your loved one’s personal style–do they wear simple jewelry or more extravagant pieces? Do they like a lot of sparkle or prefer a non-traditional look?
  • What types of metals do they wear most often? If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic option with a classic, sophisticated look, then platinum is an ideal choice. It’s perfect for men and women with sensitive skin, and it’s a durable, strong metal.
  • Browse preset and custom engagement ring options. Companies like withclarity.com allow you to create a custom ring. With Clarity expert designers and gemologists blend art, science and technology to bring you the perfect engagement ring. We take any sketch, image, or sample and bring it to life with 3D computer models, 3D printed wax renders, and our eco-friendly gold and platinum metals.
  • Consider a non-traditional, unique engagement ring. Moissanite and colorful gemstones such as ruby, sapphires, and tanzanite make spectacular center stones.
  • Figure out the right ring size–there are plenty of creative and not-so creative ways:
    • Measure another ring that fits the same finger: Take one of your other rings and compare it to the size chart below to find the approximate fit.
    • Use string or dental floss: Take a piece of string or floss and wrap it around your finger (but not too tight). Mark the place where the string or floss meets and measure against the With Clarity size guide to get the approximate size.
    • Head into a local jewelry store: Ring sizing is typically free, so there’s no need to feel pressure to buy anything. It’s very common to pop in, get your finger measured with a mandrel in-store, and then finish buying your engagement ring and/or wedding band online.
  • An engagement ring is a big purchase, so research the warranty, reputation of the company and the exchange/refund policy

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Helpful Hints

A proposal is a life-changing moment, so we compiled some hints to help.

  • Be prepared: If your proposal is outside and it’s cold, pack some extra winter gear. Make sure you both like being in the cold for an outdoor winter proposal. You want to both look stylish for the pictures!
  • Timing is everything: pick a good moment for both of you. Sometimes winter months can be stressful with family and work events as well as holiday celebrations. Picking a time earlier in the day will help your nerves.
  • Ask friends/family for help: They can help with the engagement ring, the proposal brainstorming and pulling off an unforgettable moment.
  • Check the weather: Browse the weather before you make a definite plan. It’s frustrating to have weather ruin the perfect moment!
  • Make a plan for pictures: hire a photographer or ask a friend/family member to capture the moment.

Make sure you’re both on the same page: While it’s fun to have a surprise proposal, you don’t want that moment to be the first time marriage has been discussed in your relationship. Consider where each of you are in life in terms of age, career, life plan, mental health, stress-level, etc.

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What is the best month to propose?

Summer months and December are popular months to propose.

Which knee do you propose on?

Traditionally, you kneel with your left knee on the ground, the ring box should be in your left hand, and the box should be opened with your right hand

What to say before proposing?

Speak from the heart and go with the flow of the moment. You can talk about your future together, your path to this proposal, what you love most about them and you can always write down some ideas to help you prepare for the big moment.

Do you put the ring on when you propose?

Typically the person asking places the ring on once there’s a “yes.” It’s a symbol of their love and commitment.