Don’t let a tight budget keep you from proposing to the man or woman of your dreams. Whether you want to save more money to put towards your honeymoon or are still paying off student loans, you can create a day to remember without breaking the bank. Here are a tips for organizing a creative, romantic, and wallet-friendly proposal that feels anything but cheap.
To begin with, you’ll want to choose a location or setting for the big moment. You don’t have to whisk your girlfriend off on a romantic weekend in Paris for the proposal to make it memorable. Instead, focus on choosing a naturally beautiful spot or one that holds special meaning to the two of you.
Where you met: The place where you met or had your first date will bring back fond memories, and make you both think about just how far your relationship has come!
The Great Outdoors: If you enjoy walks on the beach or hikes in the mountains, these provide extremely scenic backdrops that make intimate moments seem even grander. There’s nothing like a panoramic view of the countryside or a hidden sea cove to stir feelings of romance. A snow day can also be a perfect time to propose – try writing out your message in the snow or cuddling up with some hot chocolate.
A photo booth: Is there a local bar, restaurant, or entertainment arcade with a photo booth in it? You can capture the moment in a sweet, old-fashioned way by ducking in and popping the question. Best of all, you’ll get a souvenir strip of photos as a keepsake.
A fancy dinner or overnight at a bed and breakfast are popular options for proposals. Try looking for online coupons or discounts to lower the cost if you’re a traditionalist. For a sweet and low-cost activity, you could also pack a gourmet picnic and head to a local park. Rent a boat and choose the most idyllic moment for your proposal. Sometimes, quiet activities at home provide the perfect moments. Rig a board game like Scrabble to spell out your question, or cook her favorite meal and hide the ring in the cake for dessert.
A diamond is forever, and you don’t want to set up an amazing proposal without the equally amazing ring to seal the deal. It’s worth saving up to choose a ring that’s as unique and memorable as your relationship. With that said, there are a number of ways to ease the strain on your wallet and still choose a fantastic piece of bling. Companies like Vashi let you design your own engagement ring, so that you can ensure that the final result is exactly what you want in terms of design and budget. Another option is to find a vintage piece, or use a family heirloom. Vintage elements like rose gold have come back in style again. Whether you go new or used, be sure that the ring is something your intended fiancée will like. Ask her opinion about ring styles some time in advance, or use a stand-in ring and shop together for the real deal after she says yes!
The Bottom Line
A memorable, romantic engagement doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Save more for your wedding day and building a life together by getting creative with your proposal. Think about activities or locations that hold some sort of meaning. The most successful proposals are the ones that have clear thought put into them, which doesn’t cost a dime!