The time has come to pop the question, and you’re stoked. You’ve found the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you can’t imagine life without them.
However, there is one issue: your financial situation is dire. You (and your savings account) know that you’ll never be able to afford the grandiose, over-the-top proposal you’ve seen in the movies, at least not yet. But at the same time, you don’t want your proposal to be cheap, immemorable, and tacky either.
So, what’s a love-struck and broke person supposed to do?
Aside from budgeting for years or moving the wedding to a later date, there are ways you can cut thousands of dollars off the final cost of your proposal. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can pull off a beautiful and romantic proposal without spending a fortune.
Here are a few tips on how to propose on a tight budget.
Choose The Right Location
The first step is to choose a location that is both meaningful and special to you and your partner. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s probably not realistic to fly to Paris or take a luxurious Caribbean vacation. However, there are plenty of other places that can be just as romantic and memorable.
For example, if you’re both nature-lovers, you could take a hike to your favourite lookout point and propose at sunset. Or, if you have a special place that’s significant to your relationship, like where you had your first date or shared your first kiss, that would also be an ideal location to pop the question.
Cook At Home Instead of Going to A Romantic Restaurant
While it may be tempting to splurge on a five-star dinner at a fancy restaurant, it’s definitely not necessary (or cost-effective) when proposing.
Instead of spending a fortune on an overpriced meal, you could cook your partner’s favourite meal at home and light some candles to set the mood. Not only will this save you money, but it will also be much more personal and intimate.
Alternatively, you could also create a homemade picnic dinner and pop the question in your backyard or a nearby garden. This is a great option if you want to be outdoors but don’t want to deal with the crowds of a popular tourist spot.
Buy A Beautiful And Affordable Ring
The engagement ring is the centrepiece of the proposal, so it may seem reasonable to assume that it would cost a tonne too.
However, that assumption can be quite outdated. With the rise of online jewellers and ethical diamond providers, it’s now possible to find a beautiful ring without costing you your life savings.
If you do your research and shop around, you can find a beautiful and high-quality ring that’s more affordable than the traditional retail price. Just make sure to factor in the 4 Cs of diamonds (cut, clarity, colour, and carat) to ensure that you’re getting a ring that’s both beautiful and valuable.
If you’re considering buying a ring online, many reputable jewellers like Larsen Engagement Rings offer a wide selection of stunning and affordably priced engagement rings that can suit you and your partners’ individual styles and preferences.
Plan An Intimate Proposal With Just The Two Of You
One of the best ways to save money on your proposal is to keep it small and intimate. There’s no need to pick and plan who to invite, contact dozens of people, and spend thousands of dollars on their travel and accommodation—all for a short dinner party.
Instead, focus on planning a personal and intimate proposal that’s just for the two of you. This way, you can focus on the one you love without having to worry about entertaining a large group of people.
If you’d still like to celebrate with loved ones, limit the guest list to your closest friends and family members who live nearby. This way, you can save money on travel and accommodation expenses while still being able to share the news of your engagement with the people you love.
Write Down A Love Letter
Instead of busting out the champagne bottles in a pricy function room, show your love to your partner by showing them your emotional and thoughtful side through a love letter.
Although it may strike some as cheesy and simple, it’s an incredibly thoughtful gesture that can show your partner how much you care about them.
You don’t have to be a natural poet to write a heartfelt letter to your partner, either. You just have to show and share your sincere and honest feelings.
Reading the letter during a candlelit dinner or overlooking a beautiful sunset can make the moment feel even more special—so consider the setting!
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