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Planning an Unforgettable Wedding Proposal: A Celebrant's Guide

Proposing.  Couples enjoying a proposal moment
Will you marry me?

As a LGBTQ+ wedding celebrant, I have had the honour of witnessing countless love stories unfold into beautiful weddings. However, before the wedding bells chime, there's often a moment that's equally as significant and memorable: the proposal. Crafting the perfect proposal is an art form in itself, one that requires thoughtfulness, creativity, and a deep understanding of what your partner.

With National Proposal Day looming here, I offer insights and tips for creating an unforgettable wedding proposal.

Know Your Partner: The foundation of any successful proposal is a deep understanding of your partner. Consider their personality, interests, and what makes them tick. Are they a hopeless romantic who dreams of a grand gesture, or do they cherish intimate moments shared between just the two of you? Tailoring the proposal to reflect their preferences is key to making it special, meaningful and memorable for all the right reasons.

Choose the Right Setting: The setting of your proposal sets the tone for the entire experience. Whether it's a secluded beach at sunset, a picturesque mountaintop, or the comfort of your own home, choose a location that holds significance for both of you. Consider places that are significant in your relationship or where you've shared magical moments together.

Personalise the Experience: Adding personal touches to your proposal can elevate it from ordinary to extraordinary. Incorporate elements that reflect your relationship, such as inside jokes, shared interests, or significant milestones you've reached together. Whether it's a heartfelt letter recounting your journey as a couple or a slideshow of cherished memories, infusing your proposal with personal touches makes it uniquely yours.

Get Creative: Don't be afraid to think outside the box when planning your proposal. Whether it's a flash mob, a scavenger hunt leading to the ultimate question, or a surprise serenade, let your imagination run wild. If like me you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, consider incorporating elements of queer culture or symbolism into your proposal to celebrate your identity and shared experiences.

Capture the Moment: Consider enlisting the help of a photographer or videographer to capture the magic of your proposal. Having tangible memories to look back on allows you to relive the moment again and again. If hiring a professional isn't feasible, ask a friend or family member to discreetly capture the moment on camera. But make sure you pick a trustworthy one! lol

Respect Tradition or Forge Your Own Path: While traditional proposals often involve one partner getting down on bended knee with a ring in hand, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to LGBTQ+ proposals. Feel free to embrace tradition if it resonates with you, but don't be afraid to forge your own path and create a proposal that feels authentic to your relationship.

Communicate Your Intentions: Before popping the question, ensure that you and your partner are on the same page about your future together. Have open and honest conversations about your intentions, hopes, and dreams for the future. While the element of surprise is often part of the magic of a proposal, ensuring that you're both ready for this next step is essential and could save a dented ego!

Celebrate Together: After the big moment has passed, take the time to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Whether it's with a romantic dinner for two, a gathering of friends and family, or a spontaneous dance party, bask in the joy of this milestone in your relationship.

In the end, the most important thing is that your proposal is a genuine reflection of your love and commitment to each other. Whether it's an extravagant affair or a simple, heartfelt gesture, what matters most is the love that you share. As a celebrant, I am continually inspired by the diverse love stories I have the privilege of witnessing and re-telling, and I can't wait to see how you write the next chapter of yours.


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