Are you considering proposing to your girlfriend, but don’t know if you can afford an engagement ring, let alone that romantic trip to Paris? While getting down on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower may be viewed by many as the ultimate gesture of love, it is sadly out of reach for the majority of us. Don’t worry—there are plenty of options out there to propose to your girlfriend that are creative, unique, affordable, and of course, memorable.
One of the best ways to propose on a budget is by going to the beach. Do a little reconnaissance first; if you see big groups of spring breakers, then it may not be the spot for you. If you are planning something elaborate, then draft in some help where possible.
A recommended time to go would be at night, when it is more romantic and intimate. You could start off by setting the mood; adding a table and chairs with a gorgeous array of flowers is a good start. Be mindful of tide times, as I’m sure that you’d want to avoid watching your proposal plans drift out to sea.
Set the table and chairs around a series of large candles that form a heart. Serve her your finest homemade food, and eventually tell her that you need to ask her something. Tell her to turn around while you write “Will you marry me?” in the sand. When she turns around, make sure to show her the gorgeous ring you selected. She’ll be speechless.
A Treasure Hunt
This is one of the most mysterious (and fun) ways to propose. By setting up various locations in your apartment, house, or even your neighborhood, your girlfriend will enjoy searching for the next clues, all the while wondering the purpose of the activity. We don't recommend sending her into dark allies or known criminal hangouts. Be sure to keep her interested by providing little surprises that she’ll appreciate; then, when she gets to the final treasure (her engagement ring), you’ll see her look of ecstatic shock.
Breakfast in Bed
If you and your girlfriend share a bed together, this idea will require a bit of sneakiness. While she is snoring soundly, creep into the kitchen and prepare a delicious breakfast (I’m afraid this is not the day for pop tarts and sunny delight). Add the engagement ring to the breakfast tray along with some pretty flowers. Serve her breakfast in bed before she wakes up; when she goes to reach for her food, she will notice the ring, which is when you can ask, “Will you marry me?”
These are only three creative and affordable proposal ideas. Of course, before coming up with a creative way to propose, it helps to consider what she’s interested in (obviously, you wouldn’t want to take her to the beach if she hates the sand). Pre-owned engagement rings will help in your perfect, budget-friendly proposal.
Believe it or not, a pre-owned engagement ring is a great way to make your girlfriend smile without having to break the bank. Afterwards, selecting a spot to propose to her will be a cinch.