Weddings aren’t cheap, and (typically) neither are marriage proposals. If you’re looking to plan an epic engagement while saving a bit of money, we’ve got your back. From being mindful when engagement ring shopping to putting sentimentality above all else, you can easily plan a proposal that’s absolutely dreamy without spending the extra quid.

Here are a few money saving tips for your marriage proposal.

Be a budget-savvy ring shopper
Before you even start planning your proposal, you’re going to need to get your hands on an engagement ring. If you’re trying to mind your pounds and pence, there are a few ways to save yourself from totally splurging. You can go with a family heirloom (free!!!), skip the diamond and choose different stone or opt for something on the daintier side. We’ve laid out all the tried and true money saving tips here to make your life a bit easier.

Skip the destination proposal
Yes, everyone loves the idea of whisking their fiancé(e) off to some magical private isle to pop the question, but if you’re on a budget, that’s probably not in the cards for you. Instead of hopping on a plane or train, make use of what your hometown has to offer. If you do a bit of digging, you’ll probably find something that fits your marriage proposal perfectly. P.S. we’ve crafted a list of awesome places to get down on one knee to help you out.

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Put your skills to work
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a little bit of DIY action. It shows that you put a little extra effort into making the event perfect. Instead of scrolling through Pinterest for ideas, go with something you know you’re good at. Maybe you’re a singer-songwriter? Pen a song for your partner and perform before getting down on one knee. Or, maybe you’re a bit of a master chef? Cook their favourite meal and turn your marriage proposal into a romantic dinner date.

Rally your troops
Your friends and family will probably be more than willing chip in. Invite them to be a part of your love story by having them help plan the proposal, decorate the location you’ve chosen for your big moment or cook dinner (if you’re going the dinner date route). Having some (free) extra help is always a plus! Bonus: you could even ask them to join you for the actual proposal (or after) - surrounding yourselves with loved ones will make it even more of a celebration.


Only splurge on one or two things
Expensive champagne, gourmet food and live music are awesome, but if you’re trying to save your dollars, you won’t be able to afford it all. Choose one or two expensive things to splurge on and be thrifty when it comes to the rest. You’ll want your pricey item to be one that’ll really knock your partner’s socks off. For example, if they’re a total music buff, paying those extra dollars for a live performance might be worth the money.

And remember…
Money isn’t everything! When it comes to your marriage proposal, sentimentality is what really counts. A sweet, simple, straight forward proposal without any bells and whistles can be just as magical (if not more) as an expensive, elaborate one. Need proof? Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s engagement is a shining example.

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