You have spent some time building a caring relationship with a foundation of trust, mutual understanding, and love. Now, you’re ready to make it official: it’s time to pop the question. As sure as you may be about the admiration you have for your partner, and as ready as you are to spend the rest of your life with them, you may feel very nervous about proposing.

You aren’t alone. Many people experience a lot of anxiety before they propose. You may be worried about the best approach, because you want to make it special, but also not too over the top. As wedding caterers in Livonia, we have heard many proposal stories over the years, and from this, we have compiled a list of tips to help you pop the question with relative ease.

Don’t Ask If You Don’t Know the Answer

Okay, yes, you can’t predict the future, but you should have a good idea of what the answer will be before you ask. You may want to surprise your partner with a grand romantic gesture, but they shouldn’t be completely shocked that the question is coming up. Ideally, you would have discussed the possibility and determined that you’re both on the same page. Alternatively, if you have been together a long time and your nuptials have felt inevitable for a long time, you might feel confident enough to propose. If your relationship is new or you’re not sure whether or not they would say yes, do not propose. If you do, you face the possibility of extreme embarrassment, and you put them in the position of having to let you down.

Practice

Nerves can get the best of any of us, and the last thing you want is to completely blank on what you want to say during your proposal. It’s best to know what you want to say beforehand and practice it to help you feel calm and collected during the big moment. If it helps, consider asking a trusted friend to help you.

Think Carefully About Location

For some, a proposal on a Jumbotron is a dream come true. For others, it is an absolute nightmare. If you plan to marry this person, you should have a good idea of which category they fall into, but if you’re not sure, a private proposal is always the safer option. If you know your beloved does want a big spectacle, there are several cute ways you can pop the question. You could have a surprise party, where all your close friends and family gather together to celebrate your engagement immediately after you pop the question. Alternatively, you could hire a band to play her favorite romantic song, and surprise her when you’re out on the street. A thoughtful gesture would be to propose at one of your favorite spots, or where you met for the first time. A proposal can be romantic in any setting, provided you have considered the preferences of your future betrothed.

Don’t Get Too Complicated

At the end of the day, while you may want your proposal to be very original and creative, you don’t want the meaning to get lost in all of the frills. Remember that you are committing your life to someone else, and that’s what’s important about this moment, so don’t complicate it with too many bells and whistles. Telling them exactly why you want to be with them forever, getting on one knee, and presenting them with a ring can be just as romantic, if not more so, than a grand gesture.

At Thomas’s Catering, we wish you the best of luck in starting this new chapter of your life! If you’re looking for a wedding caterer in Livonia, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to book us for wedding catering!