Planning an outdoor marriage proposal is an adventurous undertaking. Do you know how to get her (or him) in just the right spot? Who will take photos? Your questions – answered!
Choose Your Outdoor Proposal Activity with Care
Sure, white-water rafting is adventurous, but it is not a setting that allows for a safe marriage proposal. Rock climbing is great, too, but if the weather is extremely windy at the top, you will miss her answer. Choose a different outdoorsy activity that you both enjoy and that is conducive to conversation. Bouldering at the beach, biking the trails or hiking in the local desert are just a few ideas. Winter camping, snowshoeing and ice fishing are others.
Involve the Public as Little as Possible
You do not know how they will react. If you are hiking along a group of divorcees who meet every Thursday evening for an outing on the trails, your proposal may hit a low note when the more disillusioned members of the group warn her to think twice.
Enlist the Help of Friends who are “In” on the Plan
Do you want to create a fiasco that is mentioned on the Knot as one of the worst wedding proposals? There are mentions of adventurous outdoor marriage proposals involving a hike and a camping trip – as well as a black bear. Then there is the bike ride with the faulty chain. It is here that friends – sworn to silence – can be a great help. Not only will they look out for problems and check your gear, but they can also scout the location ahead of time and guide you to a good spot for popping the question. By the way, these are also the folks who will set a table for you at the landing site while you skydive out of a plane.
Roll with the Punches
Nature is unpredictable. Whether there will be torrential rain on your romantic stroll along the beach or a drought that all but dries up the rapids of your favorite river, remember that you need to work with what is available. If Mother Nature decides not to play ball, have an alternative plan handy. Bring umbrellas; bring a board game or simply brink a telescope to look at the night sky after the rafting trip had to be canceled for lack of water. Come prepared with a picnic lunch and dinner.
When Everything Goes Wrong…
Do not be afraid to reschedule your proposal. If you get into an argument on your ice-fishing trip, if she gets mad at losing her backpack in the rapids or if he realizes that the rock you guys drove over destroyed his oil pan, it may be best to reschedule the proposal for another time.