Let’s face it; planning a proposal can be stressful to some, especially after going through picking out the perfect engagement ring. Things such as the meaningful location, the secret photographer, what you will say and of course, making sure you’re down on one knee at the end, do add up. However, not all proposals need to be extravagant and over the top, nonetheless stressful. To make your proposal planning a bit stress-free, here are a few ‘laid back’ ideas that will still give you that memorable moment, without all of the planning. 1. Walk on the Beach Going to the beach during the summer is a must, so if you are planning a trip down there soon and ready to propose, do it! Nothing beats out walking on the beach during the evening with your significant other. I mean, who wouldn’t want the sound of the ocean, the sun setting and a gorgeous engagement ring? 2. Picnic Make it a point to be outside and have a picnic. If this is something that you haven’t done in the past, make it seem like a normal thing to do so she doesn’t become suspicious. Try a great location like a park in DC, or a location that is memorable to both of you. 3. Cook a Meal Together Nothing beats sharing the kitchen together, so why not plan to prepare a three-course meal? When it comes time to have dessert, surprise her with that beautiful engagement ring. Just make sure to not hide the ring in actual food; could lead you to a visit at the emergency room! 4. Where you First Met Take a trip down memory lane by taking her to the first place you met. Make this moment even more special by trying to wear the same thing you wore on your first date (unless you met back when you were 10), and recreating the overall moment. This is definitely a very personalized proposal, and one that doesn’t require too much planning. Things to Remember… Before planning a laid back proposal, try to get an idea of what your girlfriend would like. Maybe she would like a secret photographer capturing the entire moment, or even have her family celebrate with both of you after. Definitely ask some of her girlfriends and even family members to grab an idea.