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Popular Proposal Trends: How to Pop the Question

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You've done it!

You’ve found The One you want to spend the rest of your life with, in sickness and in death. You've searched every jewelry store, high and low, from the little black box to the little blue box, and now you’ve finally found it, The Ring. Now all that’s left is for you to pop The Question. 

But here comes the first, even bigger question…, 

  • how? 
  • The classic knee bend? 
  • Inside a fortune cookie? 
  • Fireworks in the sky? 

Well don’t worry, for better or for worse, we’re here to help you figure it out.

Every proposal has its own unique tale. Getting engaged is a special moment and you'll no doubt want to make it as perfect as possible. But here’s the secret, the best surprise proposals, capture the true essence of the relationship you both hold. That’s where location comes in. The engagement location plays a significant role in the entirety of the proposal planning process. Some prefer lavish proposals full of romance and personality, while others prefer to keep it simple with a passionate declaration of love in a simple yet meaningful setting. While there are thousands of ways to pop The Question, personalisation and privacy will be the focus of 2022’s proposal trends.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it has placed on travel and gatherings, marriage proposal trends are evolving to challenge the chaos. Destination proposals and popping the question in huge public settings are on the wane in favour of more private, one-on-one experiences. 

We're seeing more unique and creative proposals than ever before, from gorgeous scenic locations, professional proposal photographers and over-the-top decorations. 

Looking to plan an unforgettable day? 

In this blog, we lay out several romantic ways to propose in 2022, to help you create a moment that is unique, passionate, and completely unforgettable.

According to popular bridal magazines, having only one photo shoot is no longer fashionable. We now have two equally important shoots: The Proposal and The Wedding. 

The wonderful thing about our proposal ideas is that each one can be photographed to fill an entire album which can then be shared with friends and family. However, you would be incorrect to assume that capturing a proposal is as simple as taking a picture. There are no second chances in this style of photography. You only have a short amount of time to acquire a variety of photographs that capture the emotion of the occasion. That’s why it’s best to enlist the services of a professional. 

Hiring a professional photographer to capture your proposal will ensure you can cherish and relive every magical but fleeting moment, for years to  come, all while living in the moment. Here's to love and laughter and happily ever after. Turn a timeless tradition symbolic of love into a modern tale of time with our picture-perfect ways to propose. 

Get in touch today to see how we  can help you plan an unforgettable day.


Pop the Question in a Woodland Wonderland 

Does your sweetheart love scenic views? If so, then a picturesque setting for a stunning, yet low-key, outdoor proposal might just be your best bet. 

Nature provides a plethora of romantic scenes begging to be written about and in 2022, we expect to see more engagements on hikes, at parks and along rivers. These emerging proposal trends make the familiar feel foreign and romantic while staying close to home. For those who love being at one with the great outdoors, taking your significant other for a stroll through a woodland paradise is the epitome of romance. There's nothing quite like a natural landscape to serve as your big moment's background. 

Whether you choose to go on a hike, take the dogs out for a stroll, have a picnic in the park or watch the sun kiss the sky good night, nature offers a breathtaking backdrop for taking stunning photographs and creating wonderful memories. Choose an outdoor area that is meaningful to both of you, such as where you first met, had your first kiss, or uttered "I love you" for the first time. 

One trend that isn’t going away in 2022 is hiring a hidden photographer and it’s a trend we absolutely adore. For the perfect engagement photo opportunity, go one step further and decorate your chosen spot with fairy lights, lanterns, rose petals and a bottle of champagne. 

If you are looking to hire a photographer for this everlasting occasion, then get in touch with our team today to see how we can assist you.


Proposing Over Dinner

Proposing over dinner at your favorite restaurant will always remain a time honoured, classic tradition. It's a public display of romance that nevertheless seems personal. Consider whether your beau enjoys being the centre of attention or if they would prefer a more private setting. If it’s the prior, proposing over dinner is the perfect proposal idea for you.

A proposal will seem natural in a restaurant that holds a special place in both of your hearts. While you may be bursting with excitement and have a hard time sitting through the meal, we highly recommend proposing post-entree. This will allow you to firstly enjoy your meal before retreating to a more intimate setting to celebrate. 

Hide the engagement ring in their dessert or save it for after-dinner drinks. Be sure to coordinate with the restaurant, who will be absolutely delighted to assist you in and planning the logistics and customising your experience. Please note that if you don't prepare beforehand, you run the risk of being seated near a loud party.


Romantic Ways to Propose at Home

While covid-fuelled travel restrictions may have impeded your destination proposal plans, you may find that actually, the perfect location for getting down on one knee is a lot closer to home. Surprise wedding proposals made at home are just as significant and sentimental as those made in public. You may choose to transform your home into their favourite destination, present a slideshow of your favourite memories together, get your beloved pets involved or even prepare their favourite dishes. The possibilities to commemorate this momentous occasion are infinite!

If you choose to snap this special moment, note that the optimal setting for indoor proposal photos is for you both to be facing a window, with natural light beaming on you.


Get Your Beloved Pet Involved

Although briefly alluded to above, we thought this popular proposal trend deserved its very own spot. Any marriage proposal is made extra sweet with the help of a beloved pet! 

So if you’re lucky enough to be pet parents, here’s how you can enlist your furry little friend to help you pop the question. Whether you use a personalised collar tag that reads “will you marry me?”, or tie the engagement ring loosely around the collar and embellish with ribbons, this proposal is bound to go off without a hitch. Honestly, who could say no to those puppy dog eyes? Another PAWdorable idea is to create a trail of dog treats, leading to the spot where you wish to propose. 

Watch man’s best friend transform into your best man and prepare for all the snaps that follow. Now that’s a good boy!


Proposing During a Professional Couple Photoshoot

The emerging proposal photography trend will continue to increase significantly in 2022. 

Has your love ever complained that you "hardly" have any beautiful photos together? If yes, then organising a professional photoshoot for couples is a great way to pop the question. Capture the moment they say yes, as well as the moment they say I do. It takes two to be married, and your faces play an important role in the narrative. 

A professional photographer will work to capture both of your emotions, in line with the best lighting and perspectives to really bring the event to life. How’s that for an Instagram-worthy shot? 

Get in touch with our team today to see how we can help you pull this momentous occasion off.


An engagement is an unforgettable experience. 

  • Should you go all out or keep it low-key? 
  • Is it best to be surrounded by friends and family or an intimate setting? 

There's a lot to think about, on top of the pressure of the real, life-altering question. However, no one knows your partner like you do, so keep it personal and plan your proposal around what you like doing together. And if you happen to find yourself searching for a covert proposal photographer to capture your story, then look no further. You'll obtain the best light, location, and placement by collaborating with one of our expert photographers. 

Reach out and enquire about our professional secret shooter service now and an expert member of our team will be more than happy to assist you. 

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