Saturday, August 30th, 2014

4 Popular Proposal Trends

Planning the proposal is up to the guy, planning the wedding is up to the girl.

OK, not entirely true, but that’s what it seems like these days! The proposal is not *just* a proposal anymore, it’s an event. Here are four things that are popular right now!

1. Flashmob. What’s better than getting a group of strangers, friends, and/or family together to dance to a marriage song or your song for your proposal? Not much. What’s even better is when the proposer gets in on the fun, completely by surprise to the proposee.

2. Destination Proposals. Flying her to Paris– it’s been done. Taking a romantic vacation together only to find your friends and family are close-by– that’s happened, too. Going somewhere exotic or meaningful just the two of you, or including others in on the surprise, is a great way to propose. And it’s trending!

3. Recording the Moment. Whether you propose during a photo shoot, tell her you’re recording something that you’re really not, or have a friend hiding in the bushes when it happens, these days it’s pretty much unheard of to not capture the moment on some kind of film. It’s important to record, after all, since it’s such a big step in your relationship!

4. Holiday Proposals. It’s an easy date to remember, you’re surrounded by the people you love, and the atmosphere is automatically set. It’s no wonder men are choosing to propose on holidays!


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Friday, August 29th, 2014

An Irish Rugby Proposal

Luke and Christina met while working at Aviva Stadium with the Irish Rugby team. They even had their first date there. So naturally Luke thought it was the place he needed to propose.

After his introduction, Luke picks Christina up under the pretense that he has to measure part of the pitch (I’m assuming this has to do with his work). Their back-and-forth is so funny because Christina keeps asking him if something is wrong because he’s got a “cheeky grin” on his face (1:35). She even says he acts like he’s been drinking! Little does she know her man is a puddle of nerves.

When they get to the rugby stadium Christina seems worried that Luke doesn’t have permission to be there. Then she’s all confused when he starts telling her where to hold the measuring tape, which she thinks is too small for what he’s supposed to be doing. As she’s distracted, the scoreboard lights up with Luke’s proposal, and he finally points it out to her and drops to one knee (2:45).

Christina, thus far, has one of my favorite reactions to her proposal. The whole time she thinks something’s wrong with Luke, and then when it comes down to it she’s just blown away! Oh, and awesome job Luke for having friends and family waiting up in a box of the stadium. He’s all, “You should call your mom– oh wait, just kidding, your parents are up there! Wave!”


Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

3 Get-Creative Proposal Ideas

Being artistic may not be your strong suit. You may be a math-and-science type of guy, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if you’re in a relationship with a creative significant other, and you’re thinking of popping the question, maybe it’s time to knuckle-down and do something creative to show her that side of yourself just for your proposal!

1. Paint a picture. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Do some ‘fancy’ splatter paint and write the words out in the middle: Will You Marry Me? Or collect some leaves (’tis the season) and use them to press the shapes on to the canvas with a message like, “I FALL in love with you every day.” This will set the tone for your proposal!

2. Make a Collage. Rather than investing in a scrap book, make one large picture of your relationship. Put in movie ticket stubs, show tickets, sports memorabilia– anything you have the is a representation of your relationship. Whether you put your proposal in the collage or have it follow, this would be an amazing keepsake.

3. Write a Poem. Not into glue or paint? Try writing it out. Something simple that starts with, “Roses are red, Violets are blue,” will still be appreciated because you took the time to write down your feelings for her.


Photo Credit: So I Married a Med Student

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Create Your Engagement 101 Wishlist!

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Police Helicopter Captures London Proposal

Police officers were searching for a stolen car when they happened upon something rather romantic: a proposal. The crew saw the proposal from the sky, thanks to their heat sensitive camera, but had no clue what the outcome of the proposal was! So, naturally, because all people are curious, they shared the picture above via twitter and asked if anyone knew who the lucky couple was and what the outcome was!

Their cameras caught the proposal because the message was done with candles! I might be crazy, but isn’t that a fire hazard? I guess they had others waiting to contain it– at least I hope so!

After some serious networking, they finally found out who the lucky couple was (who wished to remain anonymous) and found out that the answer was YES!

I mean, who could say no to a proposal like that?


Photo Credit: Twitter

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

ALS Challenge turns into warming proposal

I’m sure you’ve seen the Ice Bucket Challenge videos going around social media. From celebrities to your next door neighbors, it seems everyone is taking part in this charity event.

Justin Davidson, 28, got down on one knee behind his longtime girlfriend Shelby Muha, 31, as she was waiting for him to drench her in freezing water. Just as she turns around, getting ready to tell Justin to do-this-thing, she breaks into giggles– realizing that he’s proposing!

If you notice, Shelby does briefly drop the ring. Obviously she was more than shocked!

Justin’s reaction is so precious. Even from the video we can tell that he’s a shy man.

In an interview with MailOnline, Shelby said she had no clue the proposal was coming – and never would’ve expected for Justin to propose to her on camera.

‘Justin is a really quiet guy, and he’s not into big, showy things at all,’ Shelby said. ‘He’s not a limelight lover, and so even being on video freaks him out.’

Six challenges and two buckets of water later, the two are embracing as Shelby still asks, “Are you serious?” How precious!


The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral in the past few weeks, is an effort to raise money for ALS, also known as Leu Gehrig Disease. When people are given the challenge, they have 24 hours to dump freezing water over their heads – and must record it. If they do complete the mission, they give $10 to charity; if they don’t, they give $100. For more information and videos of this challenge, visit

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

3 Reasons to Propose over Labor Day Weekend

School is starting, the weather is sort of cooling down, and the summer is coming to an end. So why is Labor Day Weekend the perfect time to propose? Here are three reasons!

1. Good Weather. While good weather isn’t guaranteed, you have a long weekend to enjoy the outdoors. Go on a hike, plan some “couples pictures” that turn into a proposal session, or plan a family/friends picnic. Get outside and enjoy each other’s company while you have the three days– taking a short break from work and returning on Tuesday to let them know you had the best Monday ever!

2. Family & Friends. Everyone gets a three-day weekend when it comes to Labor Day (for the most part, of course there are always exceptions). While it’s wonderful to have a private proposal moment, if you come from a group of friends who is super close to your relationship, or close-knit families, it’s a great time to include them! Do you have a family tradition for the three-day weekend? Add your proposal on to that agenda!

3. Long Weekend. This is the perfect time to take a mini-vacation to enjoy the end of summer, beginning of fall, and all that jazz! Go somewhere relaxing that’s within driving distance for the three-days. When the time is right, pop the question! How perfect to get away and come back with an engagement announcement.


Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Do’s and Don’ts of Proposing

Everyone wants guidelines. It’s hard not to when you’re taking a huge step in your relationship. Here are a few things that are important to keep in mind before getting engaged.

Do…Talk to her parents/parental-figures

This way seem old-fashioned, but my husband always says his biggest regret is not doing the typical asking-for-permission bit, and my dad’s feelings were hurt that he didn’t get to go through that with him. While this may open the possibility of the parents saying no, I didn’t say to actually ask for permission. I think it’s important to inform her parents that you intend to propose, and see what their reactions are. Odds are if they aren’t happy, you can win them over.

Don’t… Propose for the wrong reasons

Maybe there’s an unexpected bun in the oven or maybe there’s pressure because everyone around you is getting engaged– but don’t let that be what influences your decision. You don’t want to get engaged or married for the wrong reasons. It is a HUGE commitment.

Do… Talk about it first

I don’t mean be like, “Hey, babe, I’m going to propose!” I mean don’t propose if you guys haven’t talked marriage/ serious-commitment. You don’t want to make that plunge and find out in the moment that she’s not ready just yet. Talk about your life goals, what you want as individuals and as a couple, and slip the “marriage bit” into the conversation and see how it goes! You don’t want to be kneeling on one knee after an awesome flash mob, only for her to be embarrassed and ask you if she can talk to you privately.

Don’t… Ever PRETEND you are proposing as a prank

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. While you may want to practice your speech, or your dance, or whatever it is you have planned, you DO NOT under any circumstances want to pretend you’re proposing to her and then pull the plug at the end of your speech. ONLY propose to her FOR REAL. DO YOU READ ME?

As always: GOOD LUCK!


Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Singin’ in the Rain Proposal Ideas

Rainy days happen. It’s just a fact. If you intended to propose outside on a certain day and you’re greeted by the rain– don’t fret! You can still make it happen. Also, planning for a rainy-day proposal is just as romantic, in my opinion.

1. Under the Umbrella. Plan a romantic walk in the rain with specific umbrellas. Have the ring dangling from a well-secured ribbon or string on the inside of her umbrella, or use a fabric marker to write “Will you marry me?” on the inside. Being in the rain for a proposal offers a wonderful story, and checking “kiss in the rain” off your romantic bucket list.

2. Dream Date. Plan a rainy day where you go all your favorite places. Visit museums, see a show, go to your favorite spot for lunch– do all the things that you love to do together, enjoying the company. At the end of the day, when the time is right, propose! Whether you do this inside or out, it’s the perfect way to end a perfect day.

3. Pajama Party. If you wake up to a rainy Saturday– seize the day. Don’t put pressure on each other to get things done, instead insist that she relax with her some tea and a pile of books, movies, and/or board games. Relax a part and then come together when the time is right and pull out the engagement ring. If you have a fire going, that’s a plus– just saying.


Photo Credit: VisualizeUs

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Matt and TJ’s Surprise Proposal

TJ was planning a surprise party for Matt, or so he thought. When they arrive to the party, they’re lead to sit down for a video prepared for Matt’s birthday. The first seven minutes go through *language induced* made-up, comedic bits from Matt’s friends. Come 7:00, Matt comes on screen and starts bashing the video. When he finally reveals that it isn’t about his birthday, the look on TJ’s face is priceless.

This couple met through Facebook, and with a twist of fate were finally able to go on a date after Matt finished working on a cruise ship. It was TJ who convinced Matt they needed to go out, and Matt said he wouldn’t pay unless TJ was entertaining; Matt paid for the first date.

Matt says that TJ is unable to keep surprises, while Matt is perfect at giving TJ a genuine surprise. So, when it comes to the end, he tells TJ to turn around (10:48). All their friends/family are standing there holding letters that spell out, “TJ Will You Marry Me?”

TJ’s reaction is so genuine, it may have brought some tears to my eyes.





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