Five affordable ways to propose in style

by Leeds Building Society

“How did you propose?” – it’s the inevitable question men and women alike are asked after they get engaged, and it will be a tale relived with family and friends for years to come. It’s important to pop the question in a way that’s both romantic and memorable, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be costly. Your wedding itself is likely to mount to a few thousand pounds. And that doesn’t include the stag or hen do, engagement party or the honeymoon to sunny shores. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend extravagantly to create a beautiful proposal.

Here, we’ve outlined five ideas on how to say those four little words in an affordable, yet interesting and stylish manner.

Make it picture perfect

Super affordable and very romantic, a photo booth is a brilliant place to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage. As well as being a fittingly intimate space, a photo booth keeps the proposal between just the two of you.  Plus, the moment will be captured with a photo which you can treasure for years to come.  

Go public

If you want to say ‘I do’ with a grand gesture, why not create a special event while you’re out and about with your loved one? Take them to a place that holds memories for you both - perhaps the park where you had your first date or the café where you first met. Then grab your boom box and speakers and get down on one knee to the melody of ‘your’ song.

Make use of your summer break

Making your proposal part of your summer holiday is a good way to add a luxurious element without spending any extra pennies. You could head down to the beach and build a sandcastle for your partner, with an exciting twist. Adorn it with pretty pebbles, seaglass and any other treasures you can find but leave pride of place for one very special item – the engagement ring.

The game of love

Suggest that the pair of you play your favourite board game be it Monopoly, Scrabble or even Snakes & Ladders. Then, simply watch out for a good opportunity to replace their counter with the ring. This one is all about the element of surprise so act cool but have some champagne on ice and a beautiful bouquet on hand, in order to add to the sense of celebration.

Double the fun

Proposing on a day that’s already special will only add to the joy. If your partner’s birthday is coming up, make that the day you propose. It could be Christmas, a romantic anniversary or even Halloween – all will help reduce the costs of your proposal. When you ask the question make sure you do it in a way that’s in keeping with to the occasion. For example, create an Easter egg hunt and have your partner find the ring as their final prize or if it’s Christmas, place the ring inside a cracker. Just be sure to know which cracker holds the ring!

The main thing to remember when you’re proposing is that it should come from the heart and it should reflect who you are as a couple. Be inventive and ask the question in a way that’s meaningful to both of you.