The romantic glow of Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, but it’s not too late to plan a proposal that’ll exceed all her expectations.

We’ve all heard stories of elaborate proposals involving parachute jumps, stuck rollercoasters and fake arrests. But you don’t have to go overboard on the drama to show how much you love someone. It’s about whatever makes the moment most special for the two of you.

Below we share some tips for a proposal that she’ll remember for all the right reasons. And if you still need inspiration, take a look at the real-life proposal stories that Pravins followers have posted on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for our #myspecialengagement competition. Pop the question and post your story before 9am on Monday 13th February and you could win £1,500 of Pravins jewellery.

Above all, focus on her

It’s easy to get carried away trying to come up with an amazing idea, but make sure you keep your future fiancée at the front of your mind at all times. Is she shy or the life and soul of the party? Does she love being at the centre of a crowd or is her perfect night just the two of you on the sofa? However much you may want to propose with 20ft letters in the sky, be honest with yourself about how that would make her feel.

Try making a list of the times you remember her being happiest and use that as a starting point to come up with a theme, location or idea that she’ll love. It could be Paris, the top of a mountain, or the perfect setting could be at home over a quiet dinner. Just concentrate on her and you won’t go wrong.

Add romance to the everyday

More often than not, a woman knows when her partner is about to propose. Don’t ask how; she just does. If your other half likes surprises then you can use her daily routine to turn an average day into an unforgettable one, and propose when she least expects it.

Maybe the love of your life takes the same route to work each day, eats at the same café every lunchtime or goes to the same gym class every Tuesday night. Could you leave messages along the route for her to find? How about asking the café owner to make a cupcake with your proposal iced on top? Or see if the fitness instructor can add a surprising new routine to the class that you and your proposal can be part of?

Get crafty

Props can give your proposal something extra. We’re not talking jumping out of a cake here – but you can get hands-on and use a bit of creativity to surprise her, send a message or just make the moment truly memorable. Making something takes a lot of effort and love, and is a sure-fire way to show exactly how much she means to you.

If you play tennis together, cut a ball in half and use it as a hidden box to propose after a match. If you’re arty, consider using street art or making a banner to hang in the front room for when she gets home. Or go the cake route and just bake her something if she’s got a sweet tooth – a loving gesture goes a long way.

Choose a memorable (and meaningful) setting

Is there a local landmark, building or place you could use as part of the big moment? It might be important to your relationship or could be somewhere that’ll make incredible engagement photos.

Picking a really memorable, iconic place to pop the question can also be a good idea if you’re not confident with words. Chances are she’ll remember the place and the scene over what you say, so you can make a special proposal without having to be a poet.

Just remember, the main aim is to show the person you want to spend the rest of your life with how much you care about them. Make it about her, be honest and you’ll come up with a proposal you’ll both look back on happily forever.

And finally…

Of course there’s also the small matter of the ring. If you don’t know where to start then take a look at our guide to engagement ring styles.

If you already have some ideas then browse our engagement collections or book an appointment at one of our boutiques to experience our full expert service in person. You can visit Pravins in Bristol, Cardiff, Reading or Southampton.