Perfect Your Destination ProposalWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Clear Origin
There is no time like the present to begin dreaming of popping the question. How you're going to do it, where you're going to do it and when are all top of the list. If you were planning to do a destination proposal, currently your plans may need to be reimagined. But if you were planning for later this year, keep on dreaming of the where. While you figure out the best road forward, here are some ideas and tips for you to navigate the journey to "I do."
With endless options available for your proposal, it can seem hard to land on an idea that is unique, yet still very personal to you and your significant other. The way you propose will also depend greatly on you and your partners personalities. An intimate, at-home proposal is very different from an extravagant, public one -- ultimately it really just boils down to personal preference.
But, no matter the type of proposal, popping the question at a fun destination not only adds another element of surprise, but sets you up for post-proposal celebrations! But, before you go throwing a dart at a map, make sure you have these three things covered.
1. Secure the ring
Before anything else, you want to make sure you have the engagement ring in-hand. This might seem like a silly first step, but the last thing you want is to plan and pay for an entire proposal trip just to find out that the ring couldn’t get to you on-time.
If you’re buying a ring online, like so many people are these days, it’s important to look into their shipping, return, and resizing policies. That way, there are no surprises with the length of delivery time, if you have to return or exchange it, or if you missed the mark on the ring size. On average, you’ll likely want to allot a few weeks from the time you place your order to when you should expect to receive the ring in the mail. However, things happen and sometimes it’s out of our control. Which is why we suggest having the ring with you before spending any money on a trip.
Pro tip: when buying a ring, consider a lab-grown diamond engagement ring. They’re identical to mined diamonds but can be up to 40% less expensive. This could save you a great deal of money that you can then spend on your destination proposal!
2. Insure the ring
When you purchase your engagement ring, it will likely come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but not everyday insurance. However, there are three easy ways to insure this expensive and important piece of jewelry.
Jewelry insurance: Some companies strictly insure jewelry, such as diamond engagement rings, and might end up being the most affordable option.
Homeowners insurance: If you’re already covered by a homeowners policy, check with your agent to see if your jewelry is, as well.
Renters insurance: Similar to homeowners insurance, you might be covered if you have a renters policy.
No matter how you insure the ring, the important part is that it’s covered. Engagement rings are small, yet very valuable and extremely sentimental. Not to mention, if you’re taking the ring on a destination trip, you definitely want to feel safe and secure about carrying it with you.
3. Tour the ring
So you’ve purchased and insured the ring and now it’s time to start planning. This is the fun part and probably our best tip of all: tell everyone you talk to that this is a destination proposal.
Why? Because people love, love! And oftentimes businesses will go out of their way to make a special trip even more incredible if they know about something like a proposal, wedding, or anniversary.
Booking an Airbnb? Mention in the notes that it is for a proposal. Scheduling a dinner? You could end up with a free bottle of champagne if you keep them in the loop. This will simply make the weekend that much more memorable and romantic.
Destination proposals are a fun way to put a unique twist on your typical engagement. Not to mention, it gives you a chance to get away, spend time with the one you love, and celebrate properly after you propose! But, it’s important to be prepared! Follow these three tips to ensure the perfect destination proposal.
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