Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Tips for a Valentine's Day Proposal
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days of the year to propose. It's a day that's already romantic, and that you know you'll be spending together. If you're planning a Valentine's Day proposal, check out these ideas for making the moment special and memorable.
Proposing in Front of a Crowd:
Many couples go to the theater on Valentine's Day. If you're reasonably sure your sweetie is going to say yes, call the theater in advance to see if you can propose on stage. Look for a play or musical that has a weddings or love theme. The stage manager should be able to assist you in planning something theatrical and memorable. Don't forget to buy tickets early as Valentine's Day is a popular evening. A variant on this is to buy an ad at your movie theater that will show before the previews begin. Prices change according to area. You'll need to ensure that you get there plenty early!
Say it with Candy
Buy your sweetheart a heartshape box of chocolates and replace one with the engagement ring. She (or he!) may be surprised that you've gotten her such an inexpensive gift, but if you can get her to open it, the surprise will be on her! Another idea is to buy a bag of conversation hearts and find one that says "Marry Me". Casually share the bag of candy with her, having the special one hidden in your pocket. When she's not paying attention, slip it out and say "here, this one is perfect for you", then quickly follow it with the ring on one knee.
Recreating a First Date or Special Moment:
Tell your valentine not to make any plans for February 14th, then make all the arrangements to recreate your first date (or another very special date – perhaps the one when you told each other "I love you" for the first time.) Make reservations for the same restaurant, get a tape for the car of the song that was playing on the radio, or make a picnic of the foods and wines you had that day. Don't forget to wear a similar outfit! In your own words, say that you've recreated the moment because it was the moment you met the person you're going to marry (or knew that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together), then get down on one knee and pop the question!
On a Walk/Drive/Sail:Take some time to find the most romantic spot near you, then lead your Valentine there in a leisurely way, talking about why you are in love and why your relationship is so special. When you've arrived at the right spot, take a moment to drink in the scenery, then say something like "I wanted to bring you to a spot almost as beautiful as you are to ask you to spend the rest of your life with me. Will you marry me?"
At a Restaurant:
According to a wine merchants survey, restaurants are the second most popular place for proposals (at home is the first!). It makes sense that restaurants are so popular, as you'll have a host of people to help you make things perfect. If a restaurant is in your plans, start off by selecting someplace truly special – perhaps a usual favorite of yours, or one with magical ambiance. Secure those reservations early and while you're doing so, ask to speak to someone about proposing that evening. They'll be experts on the nicest and easiest way to do it at their particular location – whether it's writing Marry Me on the dessert plate rim, or going for a walk nearby to propose before returning for champagne and dessert. Just don't hide the ring in food - you wouldn't want it to be swallowed!