If you ask any married woman about the most important moments in her life, chances are that she will discuss, in detail, the day she was proposed to. From the ring to the location, she is likely to leave nothing untold.  A proposal is a life-changing moment, so you want to make the moment is as memorable as possible and of course, avoid a proposal disaster. In order to pull off a storybook proposal, the timing, venue, and the type of ring you choose to express your love are all of great importance. Just remember, this is a story she will tell over and over again at her bridal shower, during wedding anniversaries, and family gatherings.

Foster Intimacy By Choosing the Right Moment

You don’t have to get down on bended knee in the middle of a hot air balloon ride or wait for that perfect late-summer sunset to propose, but the moment you choose is important and may even affect her response. The moment should be simple but well planned—avoid spontaneity, proposing during physically intimate moments, and try not to propose in front of family, friends, or a large crowd of people because this may put her on the spot and make her feel pressured to say yes right away in order to keep from embarrassing both you and herself. Instead, choose a time when you’re alone and ensure that you won’t be interrupted so the moment is an intimate one and she can carefully consider her answer. It’s okay to be creative when it comes to choosing the right moment, just remember to keep the likes and dislikes of the bride in mind!

Memories Over Money: Deciding on the Venue

When it comes to a proposal location, the memories she has made with you will mean more to her than the money you spend. Instead of taking her to an expensive, crowded restaurant that will make conversation difficult, take her to the place where you first met, where you had your first date, or where you had your first kiss. These memories will remind her why she fell in love with you in the first place and add an air of nostalgia to your proposal. Whether you propose on your own back porch where you kissed her for the first time or at the park where you met while jogging, as long as your timing is good and you ask with sincerity, then the venue will only enhance that golden moment when she accepts your proposal.

Shopping for the Ring: Trust the Trends

While many people might tell you that you should let your girlfriend pick out the ring or that you can propose without it, this takes a great deal of romance out of the proposal for her. Before you propose, you should always have the ring in hand because it makes the moment she’s always dreamed of play out just like it should. If you are unsure about what kind of ring to purchase, you should visit your local jeweler for tips and advice about current diamond and gold trends. Platinum engagement rings are a highly popular choice today. They are durable, hypoallergenic, and most importantly, platinum is celebrated for a look that makes the diamond appear to sparkle brighter.  Aside from the metal, choosing a setting and stone can be quite a difficult task! If she likes the simple things in life consider a solitaire engagement ring.  No matter what, when making a decision, consider your fiancée-to-be’s personality and taste- this should make the ring-shopping experience an easier one. Be sure to have a budget in mind before you shop and keep in mind that it’s the moment and not the size of the diamond that she’ll remember forever— the moment where she said “Yes” to building a life and a future with you.

Written by Chris Fondell of Alaska Jewelry, a goldsmith gallery store located in Sitka, Alaska, devoted to selling Alaska’s finest jewelry.