A guide to proposals

August 2018


Stressed about getting down on one knee? Asking someone to marry you is both exciting and scary. It’s one of life’s biggest milestones and should be a memory you’ll both cherish for years to come, which is why you’ll want to ensure you make the perfect proposal.

Planning makes perfect

As popping the question requires precise planning, there are some important decisions to make before you say those four words. Will you buy a ring for the proposal or shop for one together afterwards? If you do buy a ring, what type of gemstone and metal should you go for, and which cut? You might also want to consider when the best time to propose is and where to ask the big question. Depending on which style you choose, the perfect engagement ring can be a costly purchase. Ring prices vary hugely depending on the type of stone, the stone’s quality and the choice of precious metal. If you’re planning on whisking your other half away to a romantic destination as well, the money required to make the perfect proposal can soon start to add up, so you’ll need to ensure you have your finances in order (this takes you to a simple loan calculator on the Sainsbury's Bank website).

Ring research

While all this prep might seem quite daunting, you’ll feel more confident if you know your stuff, especially when it comes to the ring. 69% of people drop hints about the engagement ring (this takes you to the ROX website) they want, so you may be able to glean some useful info there. Although there’s no substitute for fully researching such a big purchase. Also check out What's your engagement ring style.

Take a deep breath

To help ease the jitters and help you get that resounding yes, we’ve created a handy guide to proposing. It offers a range of useful tips - from buying a ring and the four Cs, to popular dates for popping the question and proposal styles.

Read on to find out more, and good luck!

Guide to Proposals

Read the article on the Sainsbury's Bank Website

Find out about the top places to propose in Edinburgh

Who is Nadin Dunnigan - Family & Secret Proposal Photographer in Edinburgh

Hey, I am Nadin! (same as "Nadine" - just without the "e"). I am a photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland, specialising in secret engagement proposals in Edinburgh, Scotland and further afield. After 17 years of photographing weddings in Scotland and internationally, my business has changed during the pandemic.

Proposals are so much fun to be part of. I get so excited every single time I see the couple walking to their favourite spot and the most romantic question is imminent!

My blog posts about weddings in Scotland are based on experience and aim to help you plan your dream wedding.

Nadin Dunnigan Photographer