This is a contributed post from Ellie Jo.
Have you met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? Congratulations! But now it’s time to ask them to marry you. While that’s an understandably nerve wracking situation for obvious reasons, it can also be quite an expensive one.
Think about it; taking your partner out for dinner, or to an event, or even proposing when you’re on vacation. It all adds up! And while the wedding itself is something we think a lot about when we have a limited budget to work with, that moment when you pop the question often requires a budget behind it as well! So how can you propose in an affordable yet romantic way?
All You Really Need is the Ring!
Yes, it’s the centrepiece of your proposal and it’s truly the only thing that matters when it comes to using up your budget. So forget about taking your loved one away somewhere, or whisking them out for a night of their dreams. Just invest in a good ring!
Pieces like these 2 carat diamond rings at Whiteflash.com are a good example for what you should go for here. The carat content is high quality enough to last for a long time and keep its shine, but you won’t have to break the bank over it. Similarly, make sure you take cut and colour into account as well, as some of these options are more affordable than others.
There Are Plenty Of Ways To Propose Inexpensively
Seeing as all you really need is the ring, then there must be many ways you can propose at home, right? Of course! You just need a moment, a bit of space, and some privacy to make it really count. Proposing should be done with the two of you in mind. Some affordable ideas to propose:
- Cook a meal and light candles
- Head into the garden or yard for a BBQ
- Put a picnic together and head down the park later in the evening
- Head to the beach with a wine lunch.
These are all special things to do, and won’t cost too much to prepare.
Ask Friends To Join In
Finally, if you really do need some help to put your proposal together (because you’ve got something big planned or you know your partner would love their friends there), rope your friends in to help out.
Maybe you’ve got a friend who can bake, or one who’s a chef? Maybe you’ve got a friend with a photography side hustle they’re trying to get going? See what they think of your idea to save a boatload of cash on the planning side. They’ll do it for free if it’s casual. Or if they run an events business, they’ll score you a wonderful discount!
Keep the tips above in mind for a romantic moment that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.