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You may think it's easy-peasy to pop the question. But, there's a reason proposal planning services exist — and you may need one.
For example, says Michele Velazquez, owner of proposal planning service The Heart Bandits, you may be a busy executive or professional athlete with the will but not the way — aka time — to pull off the grand proposal you envision. In this scenario, a proposal planner will take the lead on "scouting a location, auditioning or interviewing vendors, negotiating rates, executing contracts, making design plans, and more," Velazquez says.
Or, she says, you could be a guy or gal with too few resources to set the most romantic scene. "If a client knows he wants to propose on a rooftop in New York City, have a photographer to capture it all, and have her name spelled out in rose petals — but he does not know where to go to get all of those things — than a proposal planner is the perfect solution," Velazquez says.
Adds Sarah Glick, proposal planner at Brilliant Event Planning, "proposal planners often have the 'in' at Michelin-star restaurants, rooftops with a view, and Broadway shows. So if you have something special in mind, a proposal planner might be able to arrange setting that is not generally available to the public."
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If what you envision is a little more low-key and less photographed, or if you've got the hookup at the hottest places and with the people you'll need, a proposal planning service likely isn't for you. "If you already have an amazing proposal idea and the proposal is so simple that you can easily plan it yourself, you probably don't need a proposal planner," Velazquez says. "For example, someone who wants to propose over dinner at a restaurant does not need to hire a proposal planner — he can just call the restaurant and make a reservation."
If you're still not sure you need a proposal planner, consider interviewing one — or several — to see if his or her services are a fit. Especially if you have a specific concept in mind, it's best to ask any potential proposal planner for his or her portfolio or similar work to see if you truly need or want his or her services. "A flash mob, for example, can be complicated to execute," says Glick, "and it would be good for your planner to have experience."
Finally, says Valazquez, be sure to make sure your timeline and budget are appropriate for hiring a planner. If you want to pop the question right away or have limited funds to spend on planning how to propose, a proposal planner might no be for you.