National Proposal Day: How to Pop the Question for Less

5 creative ways to pop the question on National Proposal Day.

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Created to kickstart conversations about getting married, National Proposal Day is gaining traction amidst hundreds of other random observances. Though not yet part of the federally recognized calendar of holidays, today’s event will get some people’s minds churning about the best ways to propose.

Though it’s an important milestone, your proposal doesn’t need to rival the cost of the actual wedding. Read on for inexpensive, meaningful ways to pop the question.

1. Scavenger Hunt.
Love notes and scented candles are all you need to create a romantic scavenger hunt. Tie in memorable moments to the clues placed throughout your home, which should ultimately lead to you and the ring. Make sure you have a bottle of bubbly to pop once he or she says, “yes!”

2. Create a scrapbook.
Present your loved one with a scrapbook filled with pictures and captions of your favorite memories as a couple. Print digital images for as little as a penny per print through Snapfish when you use this offer from Write “Will you marry me?” on the last page of the album, and get down on one knee when she flips to it. Not only will it be unexpected, but you’ll have a wonderful keepsake of the moment to treasure for years to come.

3. Make a game of it.
From Scrabble to Pictionary, you can ask for your partner’s hand in a playful and surprising way. Rearrange the tiles in Scrabble to spell out “will you marry me” while he or she is getting a drink or using the restroom. Manipulate a Pictionary card and be on bended knee when you accurately guess your soon-to-be fiance’s drawing of a marriage proposal.

4. Plan a picnic.
A bottle of wine, a cozy blanket and a secluded spot sets the scene for an uber-romantic proposal. Stream love songs through Pandora as you reminisce about the first time you met. Consider hiding the ring among picnic fixings inside the basket for your loved one to find.

5. Make it a family affair.

For those who can’t imagine celebrating a special moment without family close by, go ahead and get them involved. Invite family and friends over for dinner and pop the question just before serving the first course. If you’d rather finish the meal first, you can always wait until dessert. Just make sure there’s enough Kleenex to go around for everyone.