5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Proposal | Orlando Proposal Photographer

Whether you’ve been together six months or six years, planning the perfect proposal can be nerve wracking! Picking out the ring of your significant other’s dreams is only the first step! You’ll want to make this an unforgettable moment, complete with amazing photos to document your proposal! Here’s my top tips for planning the perfect proposal.

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1. Pick the Perfect Location

The perfect location can be pretty much anywhere, but the key thing is to make it meaningful to the two of you! Love hiking? Find a gorgeous spot on the trail. Avid beach-goers? Find a secluded stretch of sand to pop the question. Disneyphiles? Pick your favorite theme park! The more meaningful the spot to the two of you as a couple, the better!

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2. Choose Your Time of Day Wisely

Timing your proposal properly is important for two reasons: crowds and lighting. If you’re popping the question at notoriously busy spot (Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve, anyone?) it’s going to be chaos and you’ll be surrounded by 100k of your not-so-closest friends. But MK on a random weekday just after the park opens means you can have some privacy while snuggling up near Cinderella’s Wishing Well. Time of day is also a key consideration when it comes to having your proposal sneakily photographed. If it’s pitch black, a photographer firing off their flash to capture the moment isn’t exactly romantic or subtle. Planning to propose about an hour before sunset allows your photographer to have ample (and beautiful) light, while still being unobtrusive.

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3. Get By with a Little Help from Your Friends (+ Family)

Surprising someone, anyone, can be a challenge but even more so if they have an inkling that a proposal is imminent. Enlist the help of family or friends to help set the scene and help manage the deception to get your intended to the secret spot where you’ll ask for their hand.

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4. Celebrate!

If bubbly’s your thing, have a bottle on hand to celebrate with! Heck, hire someone to shoot off fireworks if that’s your jam! Savor the moment together in your own little bubble for a bit before you share the news.

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5. Share and Enjoy!

Key people in your life shouldn’t hear about your engagement via social media, but once you’ve told them (either in person or on the phone) share your photos for the world to see! Then, it’s time take a deep breath and start wedding planning! But that’s a whole other post!

Orlando Proposal Photographer | She Said Yes! Kodi + Hollynn at Smyrna Dunes Park

Kodi and Hollynn’s proposal was a real family affair. When I arrived at Smyrna Dunes Park, three of his cousins were there and had set up this gorgeous scene! After a lovely dinner, Kodi brought his beach-loving bride-to-be here and of course she said yes! Get ready for way too many images of this magic moment!

15 Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged Couples

Whether you just got engaged and want to treat yourself or are looking for a gift for a newly engaged friend, these 15 engagement gift ideas are sure to make you smile faster than you can click add to cart!


I Said Yaaasss T-shirt

Said yaaass and want to tell the world? What better than this adorable I said yaaasss t-shirt? Complete with an engagement ring emoji, this blush pink tee is perfect for dress shopping, your bachelorette party, or even as an option for your engagement photos.

Wedding Countdown Calendar

Count down the days to the big day with this wooden wedding countdown calendar. Adjust the blocks daily to count down towards your wedding and after you tie the knot, flip it to the other side and use it as an anniversary tracker to count upwards from “years since we said I do”.


Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged? Coffee Mug

Maybe it’s the ring, maybe it’s the excited glow, but this Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged? coffee mug is a not-so-subtle way to tell the world you’re about to tie the knot. Spill the tea with your coworkers on how your partner popped the question while sipping your tea from this generously sized 11 ounce mug.

Engagement Ring Dish

Stash your sparkler safely with this cute engagement ring dish. This ceramic trinket tray will keep your engagement ring soap free while showering and prevent it from getting damaged while washing dishes.


Leveling Up to Husband T-Shirt

Your guy may not have a shiny new ring to show off his status, so get him this Leveling Up to Husband t-shirt as a fun way for him tell all his friends that he’s about to tie the knot!

Wedding Planner

Apps and online notes are great, but sometimes you just want to write stuff down and keep it in one place. Enter the wedding planner. This spiral bound hardcover paper planner has spots for guest and vendor planning as well as monthly planning and areas to jot down your vision for your big day.


The Groom’s Instruction Manual

The groom-to-be’s role doesn’t end with popping the question. With answers to common questions and male-oriented advice, the Groom’s Instruction Manual is the perfect wedding planning companion for your guy.

Champagne Flutes

Engagements and weddings mean lots of toasts in your honor, so say cheers with these hand blown crystal champagne glasses. Raise a glass with them at your wedding and save them for sipping champagne on your anniversary for years to come.

Wifey Sweatshirt

After fiancee comes wifey! And this slouchy wifey sweatshirt is perfect paired with leggings and makes a comfy outfit to wear on your flight to your honeymoon. And who knows, maybe you’ll score a free upgrade by sharing your new status with the world!


Wedding Planning Cup

Weddings and wine go together like you and your partner! So sip chardonYAY from the straw of this wedding planning cup while you check things off your to do list as the big day approaches.

Ring Cleaner

Keep your bling extra sparkly with this on-the-go ring cleaner. Just dip and twist and bring your ring back to its original extra shiny state!

Instax Camera

Give your newly engaged pals a fun way to document their wedding planning process with this Instax Camera (bonus if it’s their wedding color).

Bridal Magazine Subscription

Flipping through a phone book sized wedding magazine is something of a wedding planning rite of passage. A six month print or digital subscription to a bridal magazine is the perfect way to get your wedding fix while taking away useful planning tips.

Personalized Engagement Ornament

Celebrate your engagement with this personalized engagement ornament. Featuring two sweet little lovebirds this wooden milestone ornament can be personalized to include your names and the date of your engagement.

Mr. and Mrs. Passport Holders

Give your passports some panache with these matching Mr. and Mrs. passport holders. The blue leatherette passport covers fit standard size passports and are a perfect way to kick off your honeymoon in newlywed style.

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