The Essential Proposal Guide: Do’s & Dont’s

Roughly 10% of all proposals happen on Valentine’s Day, and with this romantic holiday on the horizon, Ottawa engagement experts from La Maison d’Or offer these tips on how to ensure your big moment goes as planned.


DO ensure your table is secluded. 

If you’re planning to propose at a restaurant, make sure to request a secluded table where you and your partner can enjoy some privacy. This will create a more intimate and romantic setting for your proposal.


DO inform the staff that you’re proposing.

It’s a good idea to inform the staff at the restaurant or venue that you’re planning to propose. This way, they can assist you in making the moment even more special, whether it’s by providing special decorations or discreetly capturing the moment on camera.


DO keep the ring away from pets and young children. 

Pets and young children can be unpredictable, so it’s important to keep the ring safely out of their reach to avoid any accidents or mishaps.


DON’T put the ring in the drink or in the meal.

While it may seem romantic to hide the ring during dinner, it’s not worth the risk of accidentally swallowing or choking on the ring. Opt for a safer and more creative way to present the ring to your partner.


DO hide the ring in a secure spot or leave it with a trusted family member or friend.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not having a secure hiding spot for the ring. Whether you choose to hide it in a discreet pocket or entrust it to a close friend or family member, make sure it’s in safe hands until the perfect moment arrives.

DO be careful around water, clifftop views, and bridges. 

While scenic locations can make for a breathtaking backdrop for your proposal, they also come with potential risks. Be mindful of your surroundings and ensure that you’re in a safe location before getting down on one knee.

DO get insurance for your ring. 

Last but not least, it’s essential to get insurance for your ring. Accidents and mishaps can happen, and having insurance will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected.

In conclusion, proposing on Valentine’s Day can be a magical and unforgettable experience for both you and your partner. By following these do’s and don’ts, you can ensure that your proposal goes off without a hitch, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

La Maison d’Or, where Ottawa gets engaged, offers a wide selection of engagement rings for all styles and budgets. You can view their collection here, or shop in-store at their Place d’Orleans location.


Download La Maison d’Or’s full proposal guide here.

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