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Famous wedding proposal stories & planning tips

Getting married is undeniably one of the most important events of your life, and the proposal that comes beforehand can be equally memorable. We take a look at some beautiful proposal stories from celebrities, and give tips on how you can achieve your own perfect proposal.   Kim Kardashian and Kanye West In true celebrity fashion, Kim and Kanye had a true extravaganza of a wedding, but this started in a ballpark on Kim’s 33rd birthday. Kanye proposed to Kim while surrounded by her family and friends, with the words “Please Marry Me!” across the scoreboard. Of course, she said yes and was presented with a stunning 15-carat show-stopper of an engagement ring. [caption id="attachment_1743" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (eonline.com)[/caption] Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Eva was truly spoilt by Jose’s adventurous desert proposal in Dubai, and magnificent ruby engagement ring. This beautiful occasion was celebrated on an outdoor lounge, made especially for Eva from patterned cushions and Persian rugs surrounded by desert sand dunes for ultimate romance. [caption id="attachment_1738" align="aligncenter" width="298"] Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio (Instagram @evalongoria)[/caption] George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin When George Clooney reportedly struggled to get Amal to sit still long enough for his proposal, eventually, he casually asked her to light a candle, and to her surprise in the matchbox sat the dazzling engagement ring. On the Ellen Degeneres Show, George said, “She pulls it out and she looks at it and she’s like, ‘It’s a ring’ - like as if somebody had left it there some other time!” [caption id="attachment_1739" align="aligncenter" width="300"] George and Amal Clooney (Instagram @_george_clooney_official_)[/caption] But it’s important to remember that when you propose, you don’t always need to pull out all the stops and make a grand gesture. It may be that doing something a little more low-key in the comfort of your own home suits you both better as a couple.   Prince Harry and Meghan Markle With royal weddings comes the idea of fairytale engagements, but Prince Harry’s proposal style was charmingly casual. During their first appearance after their engagement, the pair revealed they were cooking dinner together when it happened. Out of excitement, Harry confirms, he couldn't wait, so he popped the question before they sat down to eat, with 2017’s most iconic ring, a three stone sparkler! [caption id="attachment_1740" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Prince Harry and Megan Markle (Instagram @harry_megham_sussex)[/caption]   Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Will Smith proposed to Jada, his wife of now 21 years, in a very low-key but personal way. Just before going to sleep, Will said, “Hey, we might be real good married. Wassup? You wanna marry me?”, to which she replied yes! He did this unplanned with no ring, but the moment was still incredibly special to them as a couple. Will has stated that sometimes, “simplicity becomes the jewel”. [caption id="attachment_1741" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (@Instagram @willsmith)[/caption]  

How to achieve the perfect proposal

A proposal is one of the most special moments in your life so it’s important to get every detail right, after all, it’ll be in your and your partner’s memories forever. Choose the right location The location of your proposal is imperative. This perfect location may be obvious to you: whether it’s a holiday destination already full of happy memories, or somewhere close to home where you spend time together most. Most importantly, it should be somewhere you know your partner will feel comfortable. So if your partner doesn’t like being the centre of attention, opt for a more private setting. On the other hand, if your fiance-to-be isn’t shy of big romantic gestures, then a cleverly planned proposal in their favourite restaurant or spot will make them feel special. Always plan ahead Like many occasions, planning ahead is important. If you’re planning the proposal in a restaurant or hotel, it worth letting them know your plans beforehand as they may even be able to help. If you’re planning a proposal on the beach during the sunset, it’s worth checking tide times and allowing yourself enough time before the sun sets. Some decide to choose a special date to propose, as Kanye did for Kim by choosing her 33rd birthday. This could be the date you first met or another meaningful anniversary for added sentiment. It’s also important to work out a time where your partner will be most relaxed, which is why holiday proposals are so popular. You should also plan what you choose to say during your proposal. These words often outshine everything else. However, it’s also important to remember that your speech doesn’t need to be too long, just a few heartfelt words have the power to melt your loved one.  

Choosing the perfect engagement ring

Most importantly, when planning a proposal, it’s important to choose the right engagement ring. There are many things to think about, so get an idea of whether they would prefer a diamond or gemstone, a single stone (solitaire) or a halo setting, shape of the cut, metal colour, and, most importantly, the ring size. If you’re a couple who admires a classic style, then a white gold diamond solitaire engagement ring is a popular choice. A yellow gold engagement ring may be more suitable for those who adore a vintage look, or perhaps rose gold for something with a romantic twist. Let’s not forget dazzling platinum, which is guaranteed to wow. Whether your partner dreams of an abundance of sparkling diamonds or a single coloured gemstone; at Browns, we have a stunning range of different cuts and carats, for every desired look and budget.  

Shop the look

If you’re feeling inspired by these celebrity proposals, you might have a show-stopping rectangular shape diamond engagement ring in mind for yourself, a style worn by not only Kim Kardashian, but also Amal Clooney, and Jada Pinket-Smith. Alternatively, you might prefer Eva Longoria’s stunningly rich ruby engagement ring, or perhaps Meghan Markle’s classic trilogy ring. Here are our celeb-inspired engagement ring picks:    [caption id="attachment_1755" align="alignleft" width="250"] Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring - £2,895[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1756" align="alignleft" width="250"] Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring - £3,950[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1757" align="alignleft" width="250"] Diamond Princess Trilogy Ring -£1,495[/caption]
For a more humble look, you might dream of a classic solitaire engagement ring with a single dazzling diamond. Alternatively, you might have a band or sparkling brilliant cut diamonds in mind, or to jazz it up, you might want to offset your diamonds with a coloured gemstone. Shop our engagement rings with simplistic elegance: [caption id="attachment_1758" align="alignleft" width="250"] Platinum Solitaire Diamond Ring - £12,995[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1759" align="alignleft" width="250"] Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring - £1,395[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignleft" width="250"] Diamond & Emerald Trilogy Ring - £1,120[/caption]
However you decide to ask the love of your life to marry you, with the engagement ring of their dreams and a well-thought-out plan, it’s guaranteed to be beautiful. Don’t forget, we’re here to help you choose the perfect engagement ring, so don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop into your nearest store.