Smarten up your style for a special proposal

If you have been thinking about popping the question to a lucky lady in your life, you'll want to consider the hows and whens as carefully as you can.

A proposal is a moment to remember forever - and with so many creative proposal ideas making the rounds via YouTube videos and social media sites, you'll want to make sure yours stands out from the crowd.

One place to start is to think about your venue - and what you are wearing.

US-based groom-to-be James Holder pledged that when he proposed to his girlfriend at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, "I'd never propose in jeans".

Instead, he told the San Francisco Chronicle that he donned a suit - and then as a special surprise, arranged for a troupe of singers to serenade the couple with an a cappella rendition of a Bruno Mars song.

If you are thinking about your own proposal, following Holder's lead might be a great idea - you can rarely go wrong with a smart suit.

To really stand out, why not personalise a gift for the occasion? Whether it's cufflinks with your interlocked initials or something a bit more light-hearted - such as a unique tie - this can be the perfect way to make an impression and show you have put thought into even the smallest details.