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You’ve decided you want to propose, congratulations! Now comes the scary part… how exactly are you going to do it?

Popping the question to the person you love is no simple task, and there’s more pressure than ever to get everything absolutely perfect – from what you say, to when, how and where you say it.

Expectations are bigger than ever thanks to the rise of social media, too, and people are really going ‘all out’ to impress not just the one they want to marry, but also everyone who follows them on Instagram.

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So, how exactly do you plan the perfect proposal? We spoke to Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, founder of wedding planning service La Fête, for her top tips…

Make sure it’s the proposal she wants

Your partner will probably be giving you all the information you need, so make sure you’re paying attention. Listen to any hints that they drop – how do they feel about public proposals? How do they react to other proposal stories from friends or families?

Stay calm in the lead-up to your proposal

Most people start to act bizarre in the 24-hour build-up to popping the question, but this can often result in them getting caught out and ruining the moment. So, try to act natural, or you’ll give the game away!

Be confident when proposing

If you feel like they’re the one for you, they probably feel the same, too. So try to enjoy the moment – it’s one you don’t want to forget!

Plan your proposal down to every last detail

Make sure you have planned everything from start to finish. Going for dinner? Confirm your reservation before you arrive at the restaurant and ensure you have a good table booked – you won’t want to pop the question next to the toilets!

You may even want to warn the restaurant staff that you’ll be proposing, and better yet, they might surprise you with a bottle of bubbly once you’ve got your ‘yes’!

Good luck!

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Natalie Keeler is a features writer and sub-editor for Wedding Ideas, and writes pieces for both the print editions and for the website. When she’s not compiling ideas for future issues and working on the magazine’s sister title, Baby, Natalie loves pulling together round-ups of dreamy honeymoon destinations, idyllic wedding venues and top bridal trends. She admits to being a bit of a Christmas fanatic and has happily taken charge of the office Secret Santa for the last two years; though did forget to bring her gift in on the correct day last year, which was a bit embarrassing. Follow Natalie on Instagram and Twitter…


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