September 18, 2019 After years of searching, you’ve finally found the love of your life. You’ve found someone with whom you want to spend eternity. The relationship couldn’t be stronger, and you both share a vision for how the future should look. Marriage has even been a consistent topic of conversation. It’s the right time, and you’re ready to pop the big question. You want to make it a special moment that she’ll remember fondly forever. But you understand that there’s a fine line between tacky and amazing. Here are some tips on how to make a memorable proposal without relying on gimmicks. Avoid crowds for the sake of having an audience. There’s nothing inherently wrong with having people around when making a proposal. In fact, it can be difficult to find an area that is completely private unless you’re popping the question at home. However, you should avoid proposing in front of a crowd just for the sake of having an audience. This is one of the hallmarks of a gimmicky proposal. You and your significant other are the only important people involved in this event. Having a large audience may distract from the proposal and leave your fiancé-to-be feeling awkward and pressured. Don’t worry if a few people see the proposal as they pass by, but don’t make an effort to pop the question in front of a large crowd. Make it a complete surprise. There’s a reason it’s called “popping the question”. Traditionally speaking, there’s an element of surprise that accompanies a majority of proposals. Many people plan for months to ensure that the question appears to “pop” out of nowhere. If you’re hoping to create a memorable proposal, making it a complete surprise is always a good goal. Although it’s important to make sure marriage is even a potential for the relationship before asking, you also don’t want to lead her on. Right before the proposal, try not to talk about rings, weddings, children, or anything related to marriage. You want to be confident that the answer will be ‘yes’, while also remaining discreet enough that the proposal will be a complete surprise. Incorporate a meaningful location. When attempting to make a memorable proposal, many people make the mistake of focusing on flashy details rather than meaningful ones. While loud noises, lots of movement, and other eye-catching features will definitely attract a lot of attention, they are also distracting from the most important part of the proposal: the love shared between you and your significant other. A great way to include more meaning in your proposal is to use a sentimental location that has unique relevance to your relationship. This could be a movie theater where you had your first date, a park where you shared your first kiss, or a bus stop where you first met. When you focus on incorporating meaningful aspects to your proposal, you’ll automatically be avoiding gimmicks and creating more memories. Make sure to K.I.S.S. Kiss – it’s what you hope will follow the proposal and a resounding yes. But it’s also an acronym and principle to keep in mind when planning and executing your proposal. K.I.S.S. stands for ‘keep it simple, stupid’. While this is a message that applies to many areas of life, proposals aren’t an exception. In an attempt to make a proposal memorable and meaningful, many people decide to create a hodgepodge of odds and ends that culminate into a distracting and confusing ordeal. Others will organize an elaborate show that is entertaining and eye-catching but not relevant to the relationship. When you keep a proposal simple and honest, you’ll be free of any gimmicks and truly speaking your heart to your loved one. If you’re looking for some tips for how to make a memorable proposal without relying on gimmicks, you should consider attending the Boise Bridal Show to see what the industry’s leading vendors have to offer. Feel free to visit the upcoming events page for information on attending the next show.