Without a doubt, planning a proposal on Valentines can be extremely difficult as it is of course, the most romantic day of the year. You want to make sure that it is a surprise, but that it’s not done in a cheesy way. Here, we share some proposal tips with you to make this year’s Valentine’s Day, the best one ever.
Planning your proposal is very important, especially if you want everything to run smoothly. We have created a step by step proposal guide to make sure your day does not encounter any problems.
If you have just got engaged- congratulations!!! Spend some time getting used to that new ring and then have a think about how you are going to share your exciting news with your family and friends. We share some of our favourite ways with you in this blog post.
Is your girlfriend a lover of food? Is she always in the kitchen trying new recipes? If you are ready to propose and are thinking of ways to incorporate her favourite hobby, then we have some proposal ideas that we think she will just love.
Congratulations, you are going to propose to the love of your life - how very exciting! Now all you need to do is find the perfect engagement ring that she is going to love (no easy task).
The thought of choosing a ring can leave most men running for the hills, and we completely understand why. This is the most high profile gift you are ever going to give and there are so many things to think about. So no matter if you are proposing in Dubai, or elsewhere, we hope that this blog will give you a few useful hints and tips to make the whole experience easier for you.
How Much Should I Spend?
This is a question we get asked all the time and we always say ‘whatever you can stretch to’. As a general rule, experts advise you to spend three months’ salary on the engagement ring, but this is just a guideline. Our advice would be to find a setting that she really loves and then to focus the rest of your budget on the diamond.
Choose a Ring She Will Love
This can be the tricky part as you want to keep the proposal a surprise, while still finding a ring you know she will love. Our advice is to look at the rings that she wears already. What colour, size, shape are they? This will give you an indication of what styles she likes. Talk to her friends and family, they may have an idea of what she likes, I’m sure they would have talked about it together!
Rules of the Rock
You may have heard of the 4 C’s, so we have given you a small overview of what to look for in your ring:
A good cut allows more light to be reflected from the diamond that leads to more sparkle. Make sure your diamond makes the best use of light. After all, sparkle, or ‘fire’, is what we are all looking for.
Look out for the amount of yellow in the diamond. Common diamonds are yellower in colour and rare diamonds are a clearer white. The closer to white the diamond is, the higher the cost. You want to be looking for the ‘whitest’ diamond that you can afford. The colour scale ranges from D-Z, so you want to be as close to D as possible.
This refers to the number of imperfections in the diamond. There are several different grades of diamond from ‘flawless’ that includes no blemishes under magnification, to ‘included’ that include obvious blemishes. The less flaws the diamond has, the more valuable.
This is done by weight, the greater the weight, the higher the cost. But be careful here - a greater weight does not necessarily mean a better diamond. You need to still focus on the clarity and colour. It is all about getting the perfect balance of the 4 C’s.
Well we hope you have a little more information to help you with your diamond shopping and we wish you all the very best of luck with your proposal.
Caroline - Proposal Boutique
It’s no secret that Summer time in the UAE is HOT, sometimes reaching up to 50 degrees with high humidity, therefore, proposing outdoors can be uncomfortable. That doesn’t mean you should completely dismiss summer when popping the big question in the emirates. Below, we suggest some creative ways to propose during the summer in the UAE.
An Intimate Proposal At Home
Allow our team at Proposal Boutique to transform your home into a romantic haven. We recommend hiring in a top class chef to prepare the most romantic of ‘at home’ culinary experiences, we work closely with a number of first class catering companies and can coordinate a menu and table scape decor. We can transform your home into a fairytale dream and create the perfect ambience in order for you to propose to your lady. From live musicians, to decor, dining and added touches of romance, you can escape the heat and have the perfect personalised proposal experience in the comfort of your own home.
Cool Down On The Ski Slopes
Are you and your lady fans of snow, skiing and all things adrenaline pumping? Why not cool down on the indoor ski slopes of the Mall of Emirates? Here at Proposal Boutique, we can organise a magical surprise proposal on the slopes, ending in a romantic dinner for two at one of the Mall Of Emirates or the adjoining Kempinski Hotel’s top class restaurants.
Magic At The Music Hall, Dubai
If music is your ladies thing, then why not allow us to organise a musical extravaganza of a proposal at the Music Hall in Dubai. Imagine your lady walking into this impressive venue blind folded, only to open her eyes to a live orchestra or band performing her favorite song; cue spot lights, champagne and the rest. We won’t reveal too much here, but with our in-depth knowledge and creative ideas, a Music Hall proposal, organised by our team of experts, will be one she or you will never forget.
If you love any of the above ideas, contact us today to help turn these proposals into a reality. Each one can be personalised according to your preferences. We can of course, tailor completely unique proposals too.
Caroline ~ Proposal Boutique.
Whisking your loved one away on a romantic holiday offers up the perfect opportunity for a proposal to remember. Below, I offer some tips on ensuring that your destination proposal goes to plan.
1) Research! Before you plan your proposal, make sure you do the necessary research. Read up on the area you plan to stay at well in advance. Depending on the kind of proposal you plan, look up the best restaurants in town, florists and so forth. Trip advisor is a great resource when seeking out reviews for the best of the best.
2) Enlist help: You want your proposal holiday to go smoothly, if budget permits, pre-book transfers and make sure that your hotel understands that the holiday is for a very special occasion. Once you and your sweetheart have arrived at your destination, take a moment and speak to your hotel concierge and explain the secret purpose of your trip. They can offer up advice and suggestions. Of course, you can always hire the services of our team to help you plan your proposal too.
3) Get sufficient travel insurance! The last thing you want is for anything to ruin your proposal dreams. Your plan should include coverage for the unforeseen situations that can occur on a destination proposal trip to ensure that you and your lady do not come home with unwanted (and unnecessary) bills.
4) Document the day! Hiring a local professional photographer or videographer is a great idea when planning a destination proposal. This is a moment that you will both remember forever, but it’s extra special when you can look back on those memories together too.
I hope the above tips offers up some food for thought when planning your destination proposal. Proposal Boutique, plan and organise proposals in Dubai and the UAE, and we would be delighted to assist you if you are thinking of proposing in the beautiful city of Dubai or the surrounding emirates.
Caroline – Proposal Boutique x
Read some top tips on how to keep your proposal a secret before the big day.
If you are thinking of popping the question, read some of our tips on proposal etiquette.
If you or someone you know is about to pop the question, read our blog post for ways to tackle your nerves before the biq question.