A Step By Step Guide For Setting Up a Unique Proposal in Santa Barbara

Justin and Marie had an amazing and unique proposal in Santa Barbara and I was so lucky to be able to capture all of it! They came for their 5th anniversary from Chicago. Justin had everything planned out so beautifully! He had a picnic set up for them and hired me before hand to capture the magical day he had planned. Planning a surprise proposal with a picnic, dinner, or after-party and arranging a photographer to capture it all can be a memorable and heartwarming experience. If you’re planning a proposal and don’t know where to start, here is a step-by-step guide to get you started!

A Guide To Planning Your Unique Proposal

Decide on the Proposal Type

Determine if you want to plan a picnic, a romantic dinner, or an afterparty as the setting for the proposal. Consider your partner’s preferences and choose what suits them best!

Select the Location

Find a beautiful and meaningful location for the proposal. It could be a favorite park, a scenic spot, or a place with sentimental value to both of you.

Choose the Date and Time

Pick a date and time that will work well for both of you, ensuring there are no scheduling conflicts while still keeping it a secret!

Guest List for the After Party

If you’re planning an after-party, create a guest list and decide who you want to invite to share in the celebration.

Plan the Picnic/Dinner/After-Party

Organize the logistics of the event, including food, drinks, decorations, and any special surprises you want to incorporate.

Contact a Photographer

Reach out to a professional photographer or a friend skilled in photography who can capture the proposal and the moments leading up to it discreetly!

Coordinate with the Photographer

Share your plans with the photographer, ensuring they know where to be and when to capture the perfect shots without giving away the surprise.

Secure the Ring

If you plan to propose with a ring, purchase it ahead of time and keep it in a safe place.

Double-Check Everything

Confirm all reservations and arrangements with the venue, caterers, and photographer to avoid any last-minute hiccups.

Create a Plan B

Consider a backup plan in case of unexpected weather changes or other unforeseen circumstances.

Keep It a Secret!

Avoid discussing the proposal plans with anyone who might accidentally spoil the surprise.

Practice Your Words

Prepare what you want to say during the proposal to express your feelings and love.

Set Up the Scene

On the day of the proposal, arrive early at the location to set up the picnic, dinner, or after-party area. Make sure everything looks perfect and captures the atmosphere you desire.

Capture the Moment

Once everything is ready, keep an eye out for your partner’s arrival while ensuring the photographer is discreetly capturing the entire experience.

Pop the Question

When the time is right, get down on one knee, express your heartfelt emotions, and ask the big question.

Celebrate Together

After the proposal, enjoy the moment together with your partner and any invited guests, cherishing the beginning of this new chapter in your lives.

Review the Photos

After the proposal, go through the photographs together, reliving the special moment!!

Alyssa Flores Photography | Santa Barbara Wedding + Couples Photographer

Remember, the effort you put into planning this surprise proposal will make it a cherished memory for both you and your partner. If you are in the process of planning a unique proposal in the Santa Barbara area and need a photographer, count me in! It was so fun capturing this surprise for Justin and Marie and I can’t wait to do the same for you! Head over to my contact page so we can get in touch.