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How Much Money Is Needed for a Marriage Proposal?

BY Team Loanstreet

Updated 13 Dec 2022

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*This article was translated by Mia Sabrina Mahadir from "Berapa Banyak Kos Diperlukan Untuk Meminang".

You might be thinking about different creative ways to propose to your destined partner. In this article, we present you several proposal ideas and a breakdown of costs for the items needed. Nevertheless, the figures presented below are based on rough estimations. 

What's covered in this article?

1. An Engagement Ring Costs 3X Your Monthly Salary

Proposing on one knee with an engagement ring and a bouquet of flowers at a place with sweet memories is the simplest and most effective way to capture her heart. 

There is an unspoken rule that says that men should buy a ring that costs 3x monthly salary. Whether this is true or not, let’s look at the simple calculation below.

If you are a young adult who earns an average salary of RM3,000 per month and you are reaching the age of getting married, you should expect to spend RM9,000 on an engagement ring.

However, you are encouraged to pay a price with your own justification without following the conventional rules because diamond rings are made expensive by purposeful marketing.

COST = Varies

2. A Bouquet Of 100 Roses

A frequent buyer will know that buying a hand bouquet during special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day might cost you more if compared to normal days.

If you are buying at the off-peak price, expect to spend RM 500 unless you prefer a lower quantity of roses.

COST = RM 500

3. Proposal In A Top-Tier Restaurant

Make the sensual music, ambient temperature and the perfectly-cooked food irresistible to her. Customize your food and do creative plating or simply order from the restaurant’s menu. You might need to spend RM 600 for full courses. Otherwise, a budget of RM 400 should be adequate.

Furthermore, an amount of RM 250 will be added to your final bill if you have asked for a butler to serve you personally. A bouquet of flowers can be prepared by the restaurant at a higher markup price, RM 200 - RM 300 for a dozen red roses. Similarly, table decorations can cost you RM 200.

The numbers given above might have scared you out of your wits, but you can always make your proposal in a small, cosy restaurant on a much smaller budget!

COST = RM 600

4. Rent a mascot

Image source: The Straits Times

It would be amusing to surprise her by dressing yourself up in a minion mascot costume. The cost of renting an available mascot is RM 300 per day. Nevertheless, if you intend to buy a new mascot costume with your requested design, it would cost you at least RM 5,500.

COST = RM 300

5. “MARRY ME” Foil Letter Balloons

Hold the foil letter balloons and show up at her current location where she will never expect you to be. A foil letter balloon will cost you roughly RM 18. Thus, “MARRY ME” balloons will cost you RM 126.

COST = RM 126

6. Skydiving

Image source: GOSkydive

If both of you are risk-takers and you would want a special sport to raise your adrenaline level while proposing to her, try skydiving.

Imagine that you propose to her while you are free falling and with the whole world beneath you as your witness. The chances are that she will say “yes” because of your courageous act. Make sure that the ring is kept well to prevent any unwanted disruption. Generally, a normal tandem skydiving session will cost approximately RM 1,300 per person.

COST = RM 2,600

Do you really need to set aside a huge budget?

Image source: The Star

In spite of the seemingly pricey options that we provide above, marriage proposals can be made in an economical way or even at zero cost. Some other heartwarming ways to propose to your girlfriend are as shown in the following:

  1. Cook her favourite dish at home
  2. Ask her family/ friends to bring her to a beach/ amusement park where you are waiting to propose
  3. Do a street performance
  4. Make a video to relive the special moments both of you have gone through together
  5. Create a  “Marry Me” note and leave it somewhere in the house

If all of this is too ma fan, just apply for RHB personal loan by clicking on the image below. EZ!

In the end, sincerity should always precede the monetary value spent when it comes to proposals. No matter how much you plan to spend, keep in mind that a proper, well-planned proposal is a good way to make an indelible impression on her.

*The above article is intended for informational purposes only. Loanstreet accepts no responsibility for loss that may arise from reliance on information contained in the articles.

Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author's employer, organisation, committee or other group or individual.


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