How To Plan A Marriage Proposal On A Budget

Last updated on : December 07 2020

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Marriage Engagements And Proposals

Most couples consider the wedding day to be the start of a new chapter in their lives. For us, though, we'd like to think of it as something that happens at the exact moment that one of the pair considers proposing.

And since it is an event that usually happens but once in a lifetime, we certainly don't see anything wrong in making it memorable and, yes, up to a certain point, costly. 

On the flip side, however, we recommend keeping wedding proposals on a budget. Instead, we would dedicate the saved amount for the wedding or kickstart the newly married couple's savings account.

Hence, in this article, allow us to share with you some ideas and tips on how to do just that: plan the most memorable marriage proposal while still keeping to a strict budget. Let's get started!

A. Key Factors In Planning a Romantic Marriage Proposal

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Here are the four factors that you should consider when planning a romantic marriage proposal.

1. The Blessing 

The first thing that you need to consider is whether you're going to ask your partner's parents for their blessing or not. One useful tip is to consider your partner's personality. Is she someone who will appreciate tradition, or would she rather keep these life events private?

2. The Ring

Don't forget to account for your partner's preferences and expectations when getting the ring as well. The old rule of thumb is to get an engagement ring equivalent to twice your monthly income, but it's not required. 

We find using family heirloom pieces priceless and endearing. A simple ring might suffice as well, given your financial situation. Your partner might not even expect an over-the-top engagement ring. 

On the other hand, if she is, then it's best to start saving up for it as soon as possible, mostly if you've already set a date in your mind. The same tips apply to your wedding bands as well.

It is also essential that you accurately measure your ring size before your partner pops the question. Here's a guide on how to determine the perfect ring size for your engagement or wedding ring

3. The Location

The next factor in deciding on is where you're going to propose. It can be your dream destination as a couple, a particular spot in your love story, or a place that your partner finds special. 

4. The Memories

Finally, feel free to add personal details to make the event even more memorable. Hiring a professional photographer or videographer to capture the moment is always a good idea. You can even get some musicians to play your song to add to the ambiance.

B. Tips for a More Budget-Friendly Proposal

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The problem with the fourth factor, though, is it's usually when proposal plans get more expensive than they should. 

That's why here are a few more tips on how to keep thing budget-friendly:

1. Choose Somewhere Nearby 

Yes, proposing in front of the Eiffel Tower does sound like a fairytale, but unless you have the budget for it, we suggest going someplace local instead. You can even consider the place where you first met.

2. Consider Your Skills

Do you know how to sing? Or perhaps you are a metalsmith by profession and can make a surprise engagement ring? Consider how to incorporate your creativity into the proposal to make it personal, memorable, and unique.

3. Get Friends And Family Involved

Proposals can take a lot more work than you might expect, and it can be tempting to hire people to help you out. There's no need. We're sure that there will be friends and family members who are more than happy to lend a hand and be part of this big day.

C. Budget-Friendly Proposal Ideas

Are you still in need of inspiration? Then we've got you covered. You'll find budget-friendly proposals below.

1. The Secret Place

The first idea that we're going to share with you is affordable and perfect for more private couples. To do it, choose a spot that only the two of you know or share. It can be as public as that table in the library where you always meet, or a secret hideaway that only the two of you know about and enjoy. 

Here's a tip that you can consider if you're going for a public location. Schedule your proposal before a fireworks show. The timing might be a challenge to perfect, but wouldn't it be grand to display firework lights after the big yes?

2. A Special Song

Don't have a secret place? Then how about a special song? You can hire a band, a quartet, or even a soloist to play your particular music to start the actual proposal for a pleasant surprise. You can also opt to perform the song yourself if you're up for it. 

Here are other song-related ideas:

● You can replace a word with your partner's name.

● You can make a music video that you can let your partner watch instead.

● Finally, no one's going to stop you from composing an entirely new song. It's encouraged. 

3. A Performance

Speaking of performing, you can try to request your favorite theater production stage manager to allow you to propose after their curtain call. 

Not a fan of plays? No problem. Request a DJ of your favorite bar (great idea if you love dancing) or an actual performer (a celebrity, social influencer, even a radio DJ) to announce your proposal in front of your special someone and, of course, other people. 

You can make your friends and family aware beforehand so they can tune into it as well. 

This way is a great idea to consider if you somehow find yourselves far from home but still want to enjoy your special day with missed loved ones.

4. An Adventure

We see most proposals done in location, but no one said they couldn't be with some action or adventure. For instance, we believe that scavenger hunt proposals are entertaining, especially for couples who enjoy traveling and moving around.

To do so, all you need to do is to come up with a string of clues until your partner eventually finds the ring. 

Here are three ways of doing so:

● You can place the clues around your home. They can pertain to certain parts or items in your home. For instance, you can set the first clue upon entering your front door, a photo of the two of you casually placed on the floor, leading to the next clue. Get creative!

● Ask the help of the owners of the establishments you frequent. We're sure they'll be more than happy to play along, especially if they've known you for years. As an alternative, this can also be friends' or relatives' homes that may end up in a place where you can inherit a unique family heirloom.

● Finally, while it's not a scavenger hunt, we also recommend hiking to a picturesque spot and proposing there. 

5. The Hidden Treasure

Now, the scavenger hunt may feel like a quest to find a hidden treasure, but it's not the only way to present your ring. You can also hide it in an unexpected place to take your loved one by surprise. 

It can be as simple as leaving it on top of her pillow. You can also hide it in food or drink that is a classic move that never goes out of style. Just make sure that it's not going to be something that she can easily swallow to prevent potential choking (or breaking a tooth, depending on your ring). 

Here's one of our favorite ideas: you can go to the beach and place your ring on top of a sandcastle. You can cover it with sand to add some excitement - but be careful not to lose it in the sand.

Another classic and budget-friendly idea is to hide your ring inside the trunk of your car with some balloons that fly away when it's opened.

6. A Surprise Party

For our last idea, you can also plan a surprise party for your partner, including your friends and family. This idea is a great go-to proposal for couples who love spending time with family and friends, plus it's got a few benefits too:

● You don't have to worry about the expenses, especially if it's a potluck party or a group effort.

● Having a support system is excellent, not to mention having a crowd cheer you on and share that special moment with you.

● You won't have to worry about capturing the moment. We're sure that many people will be taking photos and videos of the two of you during the proposal.

To Sum Up

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Asking for your partner's hand in marriage is a momentous event in your journey as a couple, but it shouldn't be an expensive one.

You can set four factors as the fundamentals while planning your proposal: the blessing of your partner's family, the ring, the location, and of course, a special touch to set your moment apart from the rest.

If there are three tips we can share to propose more budget-friendly, it would be to stay away from destination proposals, leverage your creativity, and not be afraid to seek family and friends' help.

Our last suggestion, of course, is to be confident your partner will say yes. If you've been following our dating and romantic relationship advice, you'll be well placed to know the answer in advance. 

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