When looking to ask that special woman or man to share all of life’s adventures with you, you know that your loved one is ready to spend time with you “for richer or poorer.” Maybe you don’t have enough money saved to pay for a message on a stadium sign, or maybe you think taking her or him out for a night out at a fancy dinner is so been-there-done-that. Here are a few ways to plan a memorable proposal without breaking the bank.
Get Creative with the Ring
Let’s say you don’t have enough money to spare to set aside three months’ salary for an engagement ring, or both you and your loved one would simply find it a waste of money. Maybe she doesn’t need a diamond. If she’s a creative, spunky person, she could love hand made rings instead. Not only are these much more affordable than the typical engagement ring, they’re sometimes literally one-of-a-kind, just like your sweetheart.
Take a Memory Tour
Much more personal than some expensive flying banner is something that costs almost nothing at all: memories. Show your loved one what your time together has meant to you. Plan an all-day excursion for the day you propose in which you visit restaurants, parks, stores and sights that have special meaning for the both of you. Good locations might include the place you met for your first date or favorite locations the two of you frequent.
If you can’t re-visit some of your favorite locations on the day you propose—such as the sites on vacations you took—put together a collage or scrapbook of photos of the two of you. Present it to your loved one before you ask the big question, and the two of you are bound to reminisce happily about the time you’ve spent together.
Ask Friends for Help
Unless you want to make the proposal a completely private occasion—and there’s nothing wrong with that—you might want to ask friends and family for help in planning the occasion. If you want to do something out of the ordinary, like have people perform a coordinated dance to a song that has special meaning for you or your loved one, there’s no need to hire professionals.
Your friends may not have as much talent as a pro, but they’re likely to help for free and your loved one will appreciate seeing their faces much more than she or he would like seeing hired strangers.