Proposal Ideas - “Will You Marry Me?”
The cause of much trepidation and anticipation, this simple question has been known to make grown men sweat and send a shiver down the spine of any woman. Understandably, hundreds of questions swirl in the mind of the person on bended knee. To help quell some of your fears, read on for some fun facts and ideas.
SEE HOW PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SAY “YES!”
WE PLANNED A PARAGLIDING ADVENTURE...
in the French Alps. With our instructors strapped to our backs, I was the first to run off the mountain with Stefan behind me. Just as I was settling into my harness and enjoying the magnificent scenery in the sky, I heard Stefan’s voice echoing across the Alps “Will You Marry Me?” I turned around and saw him yelling at the top of his lungs as he ran off the mountain into the air! Talk about an adrenaline rush!
Sarah, Annecy, France
ONE NIGHT, HE TOOK ME TO THE HOUSE THAT...
we were in the process of building. The ring’s box lit up when as it was opened, so with my back to him, he opened it, causing me to turn around, then got down on one knee and proposed.
Lana, Illinois, USA
IT WAS OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY...
and we were going out for dinner. I knew something was up, but did not suspect anything so important. He planned to pick me up at 7:30, but was late. I was really upset and about thirty minutes later, he arrived in a limousine. It was so beautiful, I cried. I still had no idea what was really going on. We went to a stunning restaurant that had a private section closed off just for us. My favourite rose petals were strewn all over the place. I still had no idea. He was very nervous, but I just thought he planned on singing to me, which he did and it was lovely. He ordered dinner for me and dessert. The dessert arrived in a treasure chest. After a little nibbling I was told to crack the chest open. WOW, the most beautiful ring was sitting in the middle of all the mousse. He got down on one knee and, of course, I said yes.
Candace, Johannesburg, South Africa
I PUT A RING IN A CARVED OUT DICTIONARY...
When she unwrapped the book under the Christmas tree, she tossed it aside without looking inside. She was disappointed for most of the day, and finally looked at the book later - only to discover the engagement ring inside. She was embarrassed, and humbly said “Yes”.
Jonathan, London, England
MY BOYFRIEND TOOK ME TO ...
a beautiful (and very expensive) restaurant that had just won a nation-wide television competition, for our anniversary. Usually it takes two or three hours to get seated, but he arranged it so we could walk straight in and have our table. He was stroking my hand, while we were waiting for dinner, and I said, that maybe something will happen with that hand. He said “How about tonight?”, got down on one knee, and told the entire restaurant how much he loved me and wanted to spend his life with me. I started crying, said “Yes”, and the entire restaurant got up and cheered for us. The restaurant was filled with celebrities, and it was televised nationally! It was the most amazing night of my life!
Catherine, Perth, Australia
WE WENT TO A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND RETREAT...
This was a long overdue vacation for both of us and I was ecstatic to finally spend three long days away. I love to watch the sunrise, so on our second day, I was strolling by the shore and picking seashells. Damian is not usually a morning person so I was very happy that he agreed to walk with me and greet the new day. I never had a clue that he was planning something big that morning. I did not even doubt his enthusiasm in helping me look for coloured seashells and pebbles. He was babbling on about a movie that he had seen, then stopped mid-sentence to point out something that was partly covered in the sand. I bent over to check it out and saw that it was a small velvet box. Curious, I turned to him and found him kneeling before me. My heart started to pound and it became difficult to breathe when I realised that he was going to propose! He took both of my hands in his and gently kissed them.
Marina, Manila, Philippines
MORE PROPOSAL IDEAS
Make Her Your Leading Lady
Arrange for a local movie theater to play a video tape of you before the feature, telling her how much she means to you and asking her to marry you. In front of and audience of hundreds, present her with the diamond ring.
Reveal Her Fortune
Steam a fortune cookie until it’s malleable. Open the it up carefully and place the ring inside with a note telling her how you’ll love her forever.
Love Time Capsule
Get creative and fill a box with almost-real mementos of your most important moments. For example, swizzle sticks, movie stubs, photos, etc. At the bottom of the box place the engagement ring.
Take your love for a long walk on the beach. With the help of a good friend, have a special area set up with flowers, champagne, perhaps a violinist or other musician, and a proposal written in the sand. You can tuck the ring into your swim trunks to keep it a surprise (just don’t go for a dip before you pop the question!).
A Real Page-Turner
Scan the cover of a romance novel into your computer and superimpose a picture of the two of you. Cut out a hole in the book and place the diamond ring inside.
Ride of Her Life
Buy advertisement space on billboards found on route to work and on each one ask her if she’ll marry you. Await her where she parks with flowers, a ring, and a good excuse for her to call in sick that day.
A Work of Love
Ask a local museum to place the ring in a display case. Place a card reading that this was the very ring used by you on that particular date to ask her to be yours.
Take her snorkeling and lead her to discover the ring while the two of you are looking at a reef formation.
I See Love in the Cards
Bring her to get her tarot cards read. Ask the reader to include seeing a diamond ring in the near future. This would be your cue to kneel down with the ring.
Love is in the Air
Have a plane sky-write your proposal. Plan it for the day of a family picnic, boat ride or other outing so she will be sure to see it. Have your ring ready when she sees your proposal.
Remember that this moment will last forever, and the most important thing is for it to be heartfelt. Even if the two of you are sitting at home in front of the television, the emotions will be real and that memory is what will stay with you for a lifetime.