Congratulations! You’ve chosen to propose to your partner, and you’re doing it in the most iconic city in the world. It’s an exciting time! But if you want to make sure that this proposal is as perfect as can be, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Luckily for you, this guide will provide all of the steps necessary for planning and executing a great NYC proposal:
5 Steps to the Perfect NYC Proposal
If you’re going to be taking your partner to a specific spot in the city for your proposal, then you’ll need a good reason why, or else they may be suspicious! The most important thing is that your cover story makes sense and isn’t too far from the truth. Think about where you’d like to propose and if there’s anything nearby that might make sense for your cover story. For example, maybe you work in an office near Central Park (true) and say you want your partner to come have lunch with you (cover story). From there it’ll be pretty easy to say you just want to grab street cart food and walk through the park! Then you can just stroll straight to the spot you’re looking to propose at. Another tip is to incorporate a location you’d dress up nice for into your cover story. The last thing your partner wants is to be proposed to while wearing super casual clothing they don’t love! You can go with any cover story as long as it seems reasonable.
If you’re not careful, you can get so caught up in the planning of your proposal that you forget to actually buy the engagement ring. (just kidding, I’m sure that wouldn’t happen!) But, you might get so busy with your cover story and planning the proposal that you forget to put it and/or the ring box in your pocket before you head out for the day! Maybe this seems crazy, but we’ve had more run-ins with people forgetting rings than you might guess. Try making a reminder on your phone for right before the time you’re supposed to leave saying “remember phone charger” or something like that, as a way to jog your memory into thinking about things you shouldn’t leave!
You’ve been planning this moment for ages and now it is finally here. Take a deep breath! I know, you’re probably worried that you won’t say the right words, or will fumble with the ring, or something else. But relax! The perfect proposal isn’t about the location or timing or having an elaborate set-up—it’s about being authentic to yourself and your partner. So take a deep breath, inhale for four seconds then hold for four seconds before exhaling slowly for another four seconds. This will help you stay calm and focused as you get down on one knee in front of them with whatever words come from your heart.
After all these years of dreaming about popping the question, don’t let nerves ruin what should be one of the happiest moments of your life!
Once you’ve told your partner all the sweet things, get on one knee, and propose! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. If you want to be a little more creative with your proposal, check out these suggestions:
To ensure that you have the best possible experience, I’ve put together some more quick tips for you!
I hope that these tips have helped you out—and if not, maybe they’ve at least given you a place to start from! There’s nothing more important than planning a proposal that will make your partner feel special and loved on this momentous occasion. So long as you go into it with a positive and flexible attitude, I know you can have the best proposal in New York City ever!