But one Co Tyrone bride-to-be had to do a little bit of guessing as her boyfriend used the hilarious game of Speak Out to pop the question.
The hit game sees players put a mouthpiece that doesn't let you close your mouth as you try and read out cards of random phrases to your team.
Louie Somerville (29) used the quirky game to surprise his childhood sweetheart Eilish Rafferty (28) with a very special New Year's Eve proposal.
The pair met in their local village of Donaghmore and have known each other their whole lives. The couple now live in Bunbury near Perth in Australia after moving there just over six years ago.
She said: "We were definitely childhood sweethearts - we've been together for just under 13 years in January."
Eilish said Louie always vowed he would never propose on New Year's Eve, so the exciting interruption to the game came as a real shock.
"He always said I would never know when it was going to happen and it would be a big surprise," she said.
"He said it would never be on New Year's Eve.
"I think with the video you can see how big of a shock it was."