So, you think you’re ready to pop the question?

If you have found that special someone you want to share your life with, we congratulate you! It’s not easy to find a true match, and everyone is not so lucky. But if you have, it might be time to pop the question. Here’s a few tips on how to nail your marriage proposal.

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1. Select a Location That Means Something to You

Going back to a sentimental location as the setting for your proposal, signifies that your relationship has come full circle. It can be the restaurant where you had your first date, the place where you had your first kiss, or maybe your potential wedding location, if this is something you already talked about.

2. Surprise Him or Her on Holiday

A holiday is always special and romantic. It’s already the perfect setting for a marriage proposal, and in the future this holiday will have even more significance to you. Bring the ring from home, and do some research in advance to find a god spot.

3. Hire a Photographer

A marriage proposal is a special moment that neither one of you want to forget. Imagine having that special memory captured for ever. The photographer can hide out at the location, ready to capture the look on his or her face when they realize what is about to happen.

4. Don’t Wait until the End of the Night

Chances are you will be nervous before you pop the question, and this could potentially ruin your evening. Pop the question at the beginning of your date, and enjoy the rest of your evening together, filled with events that you have planned. Plus you’ll get to show of the wedding ring right now rather than waiting until the next day.

5. Include Friends and Family

Arrange for your closest ones to view the proposal from a looking point. Maybe you’re already at an anniversary event or birthday party, and you think this is a good occasion to propose? After you pop the question, and hopefully get a “yes”, wave everyone in for a big group hug and share the happiness.

One word of caution: Make sure she’s up for a public proposal before you plan something elaborate or involve a crowd.

6. Incorporate Your Partner’s Favorite Things

Does he love a special song? Does she love a particular movie? Are you fond of flowers, a sport fan, or enjoy something else? Try to incorporate your partner’s favorite things to show them you truly know them and love everything about them.

Bonus: Elements from the proposal can be a reused for your wedding party as well, again signifying that your relationship has come full circle.

7. Speak From the Heart

No one knows your love the way you do, and this is the time to put your feelings into words. Tell your partner what you love about them, and tell them when you knew he or she was the one. Tell them why they are important to you, and what you want to share in the future.

Use a cheat sheet if you need it, but don’t read word by word from a written speech. Remember to breathe, speak slowly, and look into your partner’s eyes.