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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars– A Proposal

If you haven’t seen the new movie based on the book by John Green– go see it. Odds are it’s going to make you cry, or at least tear up, but your sweetie will appreciate you seeing it with her. Okay? Okay.

Well, Eric decided he wanted to propose to Nena, and what better way to do that than with a redesigned cover placed on The Fault in Our Stars with a hidden ring inside?

Eric shared the whole thing via Twitter, and I’m happy he didn’t leave us out of this. Obviously Nena loves to read, and I imagine she’s an adoring John Green fan. Not only did Eric propose with a book, but he proposed with it in a bookstore!

Maybe he read my post on how to propose to a bibliophile, because this guy totally hit the jackpot. The only thing I want to know is– was this an extra copy of the book with the ring inside, or did he actually use her copy? Personally, I’m not one for cutting holes in the pages… even for an awesome proposal.


Saturday, July 19th, 2014

4 Do’s and Don’ts of Proposing at Her Work

It’s a tricky business proposing. It’s especially trick if you intend to propose in front of people– and I’m not just talking about your intended. Here are a few guidelines to follow if you’re thinking about proposing at her work place.

1. Do…Make sure she’d like it. Not everyone likes where they work, and while it would be a sweet gesture to propose at her to give the place more of a positive ambiance, I’m not sure it’d counter-balance all the negativity that may be associated with where she works. If she has a lot of coworker friends, or you two work together, or it’s where you met– that’s the exception to the rule. If there are more positive memories tied to her work over negative, I’d say you’re in the clear.

2. Don’t…Embarrass her. Contrary to the belief that teasing girls makes them like you, she will not appreciate it you purposefully propose at work just to ‘make a scene’, especially in a embarrassing manner. She does not want her proposal to be associated with red cheeks and hiding her face in shame.

3. Do…Let someone else know. It’s super romantic to surprise your lady love with your proposal, but make sure you let someone at work know it’s going to happen. It doesn’t have to be everyone, but it’s probably a good idea to rope in who she’s working with that day or her boss or however it works so you don’t get her into trouble. Does she teach? Include the students! Is she a barista? Have a stranger order a special coffee with a note for her. Whatever it is– make sure you include someone whose in her office in on the game. (This will also guarantee someone catches it on camera!)

4. Don’t…Forget to check in. “Honey, I decided to surprise you at work! Honey?” The most important thing is to make sure you know she’s going to be at work before you show up to propose. Whether it’s checking in by text or by phone, know that she’s going to be there for the big moment. You don’t want a random flashmob to happen without the proposal at the end. Am I right?


Photo Credit: Derek Latta Photography

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

3 Things to Talk About Before Popping The Question

I know you may want this to be an all out surprise, and it’s difficult to figure out when you’re giving away too much. However, if you’re in a serious relationship and you’re thinking about taking the next step– here are three things you should make sure you’ve talked about first.

1. Marriage. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you want to make sure you guys have talked about this crucial next step before popping the question. You may be so certain that you’re ready, but she may not be. Make sure you two have talked about this reasonably and even if you give her a false timeline, make sure she’s ready just the same if you were to propose the next day!

2. Kids. This may seem ridiculous, but if one of you is certain you want kids and the other isn’t, this is something to take into consideration. You don’t want to be married five years down the line and the baby timer is going off for one of you and not the other. Talk about pets and kids and even if it is all hypothetical, it should be a fun conversation if you’re on the same page.

3. Work. If one of you wants to be a stay-at-home parent later down the line, that’s something to consider with your careers. If one of you wants to change careers or ultimately has different goals, that’s something to talk about. Make sure you talk about this openly and without judgement. If one of you has the goal to work long enough to have a 401K started and then opt to stay home with your future kids, but the other person wants you both to work until retirement– these are issues you want to work out to some degree before walking down the aisle, let alone putting a ring on it.

Is there anything you and your significant other have or have not talked about that you think should be discussed before getting engaged?


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Engagement 101 styles Bridal Looks at Le Vian Jewelers for Children event in Las Vegas

For the second year in a row Engagement 101 was proud to help style the bridal section of the Le Vian Red Carpet Revue in Las Vegas. The event raised over $180,000 for the Jewelers for Children charity this year. Our editor in chief Severine Ferrari pulled 2 spectacular dresses from Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld. They complimented the gorgeous fine jewelry Le Vian pieces. It was hosted by Julian Rancic from E!  and model Cheryl Tiegs was also in attendance.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

What do Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Beyonce, and Mickey Mouse have to do with each other? One Awesome Proposal!

Jehan wanted to propose to Vish in a way that combined all of her favorite things. It started with her friend, who is in on the proposal, showing Vish a video on youtube that is of Mickey and Minnie Mouse doing the dance to her favorite song from her favorite Bollywood movie. However, the video cuts out and tells Vish to answer the door while her friends flip out their phones and start to record.


Vish is lead outside to a band of Mickeys dancing in the street to all of Vish’s favorite music. I know you want to get to the good part, but really the proposal means nothing if you don’t watch all the dances. I mean, how often do you see Mickey Mouse dancing to modern-day music?

If you do want to skip ahead, Jehan gets on one knee around 5:35.

I just love how not only did he combine all her favorite things, but all of their friends were in on it. Where can I find some guys willing to do this? Anyone? Anyone?


Sunday, July 13th, 2014

How to Propose to a Book Lover

If you are dating a bibliophile, you understand that sometimes the romance in the books she’s reading can outweigh reality. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that she loves to live in the moments of the characters. This should work in your favor, because when you two are together she feels like she’s in her own book with you. So how do you propose to one of these fine book lovers in a way that will tie-in her other favorite loves? Here are some ideas!

1. Book Signing. Take her to a signing of a new author or one of her favorites. Contact the author beforehand about being there if you can, but if all else fails find a moment while there to ask if he/she will sign the book for your significant other in a special way — have the author sign it, “To [name], will you please marry [name]?” Talk about a memory! Just make sure you’re waiting on one knee with the ring when she peeks up from the book to see you.

2. First Edition. There are so many ways to find the first edition of books these days. Do your best to find the first edition of one of her favorite books to go with your proposal. I would not suggest writing in it, but sticking a note in it perhaps on a love scene page or page with an amazing quote. If she’s a real lover of books, as much as she loves you– she doesn’t want you spoiling the first edition with your own writing.

3. Location, location. If going to the bookstore or library is something you tend to accompany her on, why not propose when she’s surrounded by a bunch of books? If we had seen the Beast’s proposal to Belle, you can bet it would have been in the library. Whether you hang a sign or just propose in the stacks, there’s no way to go wrong with this plan.

4. Reenact it. If you missed the post about the Pride & Prejudice proposal, go take a look and take notes. There’s nothing like coming home and walking into the scene of your favorite book, especially if it involves an actual proposal. Go to great lengths to make this girl’s dream come true– be her Mr. Darcy!


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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

4 Princess Worthy Proposals

Every girl wants a William to her Kate– to be treated like a princess by the one she loves the most. So how do you bring this into your proposal? Here are four ideas that are inspired by classic princesses, and definitely worthy of your to-be finance.

1. Horse and Carriage. Whether you live somewhere that has this tourist attraction or it might take a little more planning, what girl doesn’t dream about a romantic carriage ride worthy of Cinderella? Take her for a ride and reminisce over your relationship, and when the time is right pop the question!

2. Lantern Release. Since Disney’s Tangled, it seems that using lanterns in a romantic setting has climbed as a fad. Embrace this beautiful, magical sight and take your significant other out for a stroll when the moon and stars are out. Have the lantern placed somewhere so you can light it and give a speech. Once she’s said “yes”, release the lantern into the night sky.

3. Dress up. Many men have gone to extra lengths in their proposals to dress up in character for the mood. Whether it’s for replaying Pride & Prejudice or even dressing up as Simba from The Lion King. So dress up as your princesses’s favorite prince and play the role– just make sure she gets her princess attire (and accessory) as well!

4. Go on a safari. If Prince William can propose to Princess Kate in a cabin in Kenya, it should be good enough for your lady! Whether it’s an exotic location or somewhere else in state, going to a secluded, romantic spot away from society and technology is beyond special. The moment will be just for the two of you for a little longer than if you were to do it ‘locally’.


Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

German University Proposal

Aline and her man had been together for twelve years. If that doesn’t show commitment, I don’t know what does. Any woman who will wait that long, that patiently for a proposal deserves a trophy in my book.

On this day, though, her patience would be awarded. She’s at the university with her boyfriend as he’s helping a student set up for a show (I’m assuming he’s a professor). When music starts to play, dancers appear with ribbons and Aline is pulled out on to a platform in the middle of the crowd. She looks a little stricken, even when her love starts singing in front of the crowd. But when her man descends from the stage and kneels in front of her, she does not hesitate to shout out her (3:30), “Yes!”

Are you for this type of public proposal, or do you prefer something more intimate?





Monday, July 7th, 2014

3 Laid Back Proposal Ideas

If you are a laid-back sort of couple that doesn’t want to go for the flash mob proposal or have an audience at all, here are three laid-back proposal ideas that will keep the moment private and special.

1. Picnic, Walk, or Outdoor Adventure. If you like to get outside with each other, take this moment to plan a picnic or walk that won’t seem too out-of-the-ordinary. Go to one of your favorite spots and use the familiar atmosphere to keep you at ease as you ask one of the most important questions of your life. (No pressure!)

2. Cooking for Two. Even if it’s just mac and cheese, there’s nothing more special than sharing the kitchen. Set aside a time to cook a few courses. When it’s time for dessert, surprise her with the ring– just make sure if it’s in the food, you let her know there’s something hiding in there.

3. Trip Down Memory Lane. Make a slide show, website, or photo album that celebrates your time together as a couple. It can have just pictures or you can add inside jokes, ticket stubs, and more that may hold special meaning to the two of you. Cozy up to the moment and let her know you made something special for her. Whether it’s on the last page of the album or under a special tab on the website, end the trip with your proposal.

Don’t forget to get on one knee!


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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Hot Dog Eating Contest Proposal on the Fourth of July

I never knew that hot dog eating contests were so big, but it makes since that on the Fourth of July we want to celebrate by, you know, stuffing our faces. Joey Chestnut was a contester at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, but he had a surprise to win his girlfriend as well as focusing on winning on the contest.

I think it’s so great that she was there supporting him. Couples who can do things together and support each other through everything are focused on what’s important. I want to know what hoops he had to jump through to make this happen. As the video opens, his girlfriend is being interviewed like she’s just any spectator, but as he emerges behind her and is waved around by the interviewer, it becomes pretty clear what’s about to happen.

Honestly, I was kind of disappointed that he had the ring out right away. Before he even got down on one knee she saw it and knew what was coming.





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