How to Write a Proposal Speech

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They say that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. That’s kind of true, it all depends on how you ask it. Similarly, your proposal speech isn’t just about what words you use, it’s also about how you use those words.

So, if you’re getting down on one knee while holding a ring box, this is for you! Before the wedding, your engagement should be an unforgettable occasion. So here is a quick low down on things to consider and what to say to your partner!

Remember that these are just the basics! You’ve got to freestyle a little to make it yours.

First, a Brief History Lesson on the Proposal

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The origin of the proposal being on one knee is a little muddy. There is some truth in the idea that this proposal was inspired by medieval courtly love. Sort of like a public declaration of his devotion to his betrothed through a gold ring.

Kneeling was also a symbol of reverence and respect at the time. So, it made sense that if one was to propose, they’d lay aside their pride. But, as much as we had scoured the internet, we couldn’t find anything to back this up.

Nonetheless, what matters is that this tradition still exists and is in practice.

Things to consider

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You could be the perpetual visage of calm, cool and collected. But a proposal speech is sure to change that. You’re spilling your heart to the one you love and asking for her hand in marriage!

So, here are some things to think about before you take a knee. We hope this gives you some ideas on how to be better prepared do you don’t fumble the speech. Or, worse still, fumble what could be the best day for your partner.

Planning is Key

This can do the trick especially if you’re the nervous sort. So, before planning your speech, think about what you want to say. In a sense, think about what you want to tell your partner.

If it comes from the heart, there’s no need for over-rehearsal. You’re just telling your partner the truth about how you feel. Once you know what you want to say, it has to make sense. Finding the words is one thing, saying the words is something else.

You shouldn’t babble and your speech should have a flow to it.

Lead Up to the Question

Nothing is less romantic than just cutting to the chase. Especially if it’s a surprise and they don’t see it coming, set it up by reminiscing. Use a story or anecdote that captures the essence of your love for each other.

If you need ideas, think about the last time you shared a tear with your partner. Or ponder the moment you knew it was love between you both. Say something that communicates what makes your relationship yours.

Practice isn’t Everything

Practice does make perfect. But, in this instance, you do not want your proposal coming off robotic. Your speech needs a degree of imperfection to know it comes from the heart. We don’t mean to break it down like a science.

However, the truth is this: your nervousness should come through a little. It’s a little ironic that the perfect proposal doesn’t require perfect delivery of your speech. That being said, you should practice the flow of your speech and remember what you intend to say.

Polish on your speech is good. But, too much and it’s shiny. Y’know... like a robot?

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Emotional

There is no preparing you for this. If your partner means all you say they do, this proposal will mean something to you. Fair warning: you might get swept away by it.

Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. If you must, let the tears flow as you let them know how much they mean to you. Through that, your partner will understand beyond the ring what they mean to you.

Being emotional during your proposal, as with your wedding, is a great thing!

Honor Tradition or Something New

If you’ve scrolled through Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen proposal ideas. Some are extravagant and bold. Others are simple and down to earth. You should also consider how that affects your speech.

As an added bonus, carry this through to your wedding too! Speeches don’t stop once you’ve been engaged you know?