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How to make a perfect proposal 

Simple tips to ensure your engagement day is a unique, memorable experience for you both

You've picked the perfect ring. You've practiced the words you'll use when you propose. But you know she would be livid if you asked her on the big screen at a sporting event.

  Making an engagement truly memorable will win you points each time she retells your engagement story. With so many engagements between now and Valentine's Day, here are some great ways to make your proposal one of a kind.

Take it personally

  You are proposing to the woman or man of your dreams. The one person with whom you've chosen to spend the rest of your life. The person who is the perfect, unique match to yourself. So, make the proposal just as special as that person. Yes, you may have chosen the perfect ring, but presentation is equally important.

  Choose something that will not only stun your betrothed, but will be something he or she can keep for years. Ditch the typical velvet box and go for a personalized, engraved keepsake box. With dozens of box options, you can perfectly match the style of your new fiance, from classic and elegant to contemporary chic.

  Then take it one step further and engrave something meaningful to commemorate this day. Your names, the date you were engaged or a personal love saying (that maybe only the two of you understand) are ideal inscriptions.

Make it a party

  A personal engagement party is something you and your families will remember forever. Whether you choose a private, intimate locale to pop the question or a bustling public setting, convene family and friends during or afterward to celebrate. Plan a special party to commemorate this momentous, life-changing occasion.

  A great party doesn't necessarily mean great expense. Gathering at home with Champagne, a cheese plate and a homemade playlist can make for one of the most memorable occasions of your life. Just be sure your future spouse is the center of attention, and you'll make the event unforgettable.

Capture the moment

  Nearly all couples choose to hire photographers and videographers to capture the memories of their wedding day. But isn't the engagement just as momentous? As your heart begins to race when your knee bends toward the ground, the last thing on your mind will be your camera. But being able to actually look back at this moment will be something you'll treasure for years to come.

  If you plan on hiring a professional photographer, make sure to call at least a few weeks in advance. Unlike your wedding day, you'll probably only need the photographer for an hour or so. If you're already on a shoestring budget, see if a photography enthusiast friend will take photos for you. With a decent camera, you'll be sure to have some great snapshots of the big moment.

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