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What To Say When Proposing

What To Say When Proposing

Are you getting ready to propose the love of your life? It’s an exciting moment! But when that moment comes, will you know just what to say? You don’t want to fumble for words at a time like this and have it be something less than perfect.

Finding the right words to ask someone to spend the rest of their life with you can be difficult, and that’s why we’ve created this post. We’ve scanned through hundreds of proposal speeches – including real-life and film proposals – to help you come up with the right words.

No matter how long you’ve been together, we can help you to find the right words to express your love and devotion. Proposing isn't intimidating if you've got these words handy; let's dive into what'll turn your proposal experience into one neither of you will ever forget!

Prepare your thoughts before speaking

Prepare your thoughts before speaking

We all know the feeling of stumbling over our words or saying something we didn't quite mean to when speaking off the cuff. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and let our emotions take over, but taking just a few moments to prepare our thoughts before speaking can lead to more effective communication and better outcomes. 

Whether it's rehearsing a presentation, taking a breath before responding in a heated debate, or simply taking a moment to gather our thoughts, being intentional with our words can make all the difference in how the proposal is received. 

So, next time you're about to speak, take a beat and prepare your thoughts to ensure your message is conveyed clearly and confidently.

The preamble: let them know why they mean so much to you

The preamble: let them know why they mean so much to you

The preamble is a powerful tool that helps you communicate your feelings and emotions in the most articulate and expressive way possible. They might not know that you’re preparing to propose at this point, they will simply assume that you are getting sentimental about your relationship.

It allows you to let your loved ones know just how much they mean to you, and how grateful you are to have them in your life. Don't be afraid to open up and pour your heart out – the words you choose will be cherished for years to come.

Don't forget to ask "will you marry me"

Don't forget to ask "will you marry me" when you present the ring

Asking someone to marry you is a momentous occasion, and it's likely that you've spent a lot of time selecting the perfect engagement ring to show just how much you care. However, it's important not to forget the most crucial element of the proposal – actually asking the question! 

While it may seem like an obvious part of the process, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to say those four little words that will change both of your lives forever. 

So, when the time comes, take a deep breath, get down on one knee (if that's your style), and make sure that you ask the question that you've been waiting to ask - "Will you marry me?"

What not to say when proposing

What not to say when proposing

Your proposal should be one of the most memorable moments in your relationship. To ensure that everything goes smoothly when you pop the question, there are certain things you should avoid saying. 

Saying “I need to settle down” or “I’m getting older” may come across as desperate and undermine the sincerity of the proposal. Avoid referring to marriage as a “ball and chain” or talking about financial benefits. And finally, don’t bring up any negatives that could suggest that you are asking them to marry out, in spite of any perceived negative aspects of your relationship.

Remember, this is a monumental moment in your relationship and it should be approached with sensitivity and authenticity. Keep the focus on your love and commitment to one another, and you’re sure to have a proposal that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.

Take the opportunity to share what marriage means to you

Take the opportunity to share what marriage means to you

Marriage means different things to different people, but for most people, it is a symbol of commitment, trust, and love. Even if you’re getting married for practical reasons, there will still be a foundation of love and support beneath this arrangement. 

Marriage is a partnership where two individuals come together and devote themselves to one another, through the good times and the bad. Marriage is more than just a legal contract or a religious sacrament; it is a bond that requires effort, compromise, and understanding. It is about building a life together, creating memories and growing old with your best friend.

Marriage is an opportunity to love and be loved unconditionally, to support each other's dreams and to share life's joys and challenges. When you ask for your partner's hand in marriage, make sure you explain what this means to you.

Share your vision for the future

Share your vision for the future

You may have spoken about marriage a lot in the past, or this might be the first time you are really talking about it. You both need to be on the same page about what it means to be married. 

Talk about how you envision your future together and the dreams that make you both excited. Share your hopes, plans, and expectations so that you can be sure that you are embarking on this journey with a common vision in mind.

Closing thoughts

Crafting the perfect proposal can be a daunting task, but if you take the time to plan and prepare your thoughts before you speak, it will make the process smoother and more sincere. 

Show off your connection by sharing stories from when you first met or through other special memories shared together. Make sure to discuss how much this means to both of you and talk about what kind of future life together looks like. And finally, don’t forget to actually ask the question! 

By doing all these things, proposing will become much less nerve wracking and more meaningful for both partners. So, don't be afraid to ask the big question; just remember to keep it heartfelt, sincere, and put plenty of thought behind it.

Need help coming up with ideas for how to ask your other half to marry you? From home proposals to holiday engagements, learn more on our blog.

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