Before anyone can get excited about the wedding, there’s a question that needs to be asked. The proposal is one of the most important and exciting times in a couple’s lifetime. How the groom (or bride) goes about proposing could affect the answer – so it’s important to get it right.

Romantic proposals are not only unforgettable for you and your partner, but they’ll also be spoken about and remembered for years to come by your friends and family. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of some ideas for romantic wedding proposals.

  • Say it loud and proud – if you’re keen to make a grand gesture, hire a skywriter, take out an advert in the local paper or take to the stage following a theatre show or concert.
  • Go for something a bit unusual – your proposal should mirror you and your partner’s interests. For instance, for shark lovers, asking divers at your local aquarium to hold up ‘will you marry me’ signs during your visit will go down a storm.
  • Be creative – think outside the box to create something truly memorable like a treasure hunt with the ring as the last clue, a YouTube video of you popping the question or a personalised fortune cookie with your proposal question inside.
  • Clichéd options – there’s nothing wrong with a good old cliché. Drop the ring into her champagne glass, go down on one knee in Paris or take her back to the first restaurant you ever dined in. These ideas might be cheesy but they’re undeniably romantic.

They said yes!

Now that you have a fiancé, it’s time for the planning stage. Planning a wedding doesn’t need to be stressful and nightmarish. It’s all in the organisation. Enjoy the planning stage as much as the big day itself – if you make it fun and exciting, you’ll look forward to your wedding day even more than you already are.

Take it step by step and keep a good track record of your planning to date. Start with the big aspects like the venue and the date and finalise the smaller details nearer the time. Keep the contact names and numbers of key people like musicians and caterers in one place, so you aren’t searching through your address book every time you need to ask them a question.

Call on friends and family for help

Planning a wedding is practically a full time job and alongside your other commitments, it can take up almost all of your spare time. Lighten the load a little by asking friends and family to help out – whether you need a second opinion on the venue or need someone to collect the invitations for you. They’ll be happy to be involved in your big day and will know how much you appreciate the help.

It’s all in the detail

Make your wedding stand out from others you’ve attended by concentrating on the finest details. From the décor to the table decorations and the music you choose, every aspect of your wedding can be tailored to suit your personality.

As a bride, it’s important that you feel like the most beautiful woman in the room. Your dress will obviously be stunning, but to add the extra wow factor, choose your accessories with care. Tasteful jewellery and bridal hair accessories like tiaras and headpieces can really complement your dress and finish off your outfit.

Enjoy the actual event

An obvious but sometimes difficult thing to do on the day itself is to completely relax and enjoy yourself.

If something goes wrong, like the wrong flowers being delivered or the wedding band being late for the reception, simply breathe deeply and let it go. Chances are your guests won’t even notice if you don’t make a big fuss. At this stage, there’s very little that could be done to correct the error so just roll with it.

While you’re enjoying yourself, make sure your photographer and guests take plenty of photos. You’ll cherish them  for years to come. A fun idea is to leave disposable cameras on every table and collect them for developing at the end of the night. Why just have one photographer when you can have a roomful?

What tips would you give a bride or groom-to-be for the planning stage of their big day?

Anni Jones is a wedding planner living in London.