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Friday, April 18th, 2014

A Cappella Proposal

Liam wanted to propose to his girlfriend Yee in a very special way. Being a Georgia Tech. alum, and Yee a Ph.D. student, he decided the Highland Bakery on campus was the place to do it, but he still needed a little help to make it special.

Nothin’ But Treble, Georgia Tech’s all-female a cappella group, performed for Yee before Yee even saw Liam coming with the ring. Doing a medley of The Beatles, “All My Loving” and “All You Need is Love”, Liam made his entrance as the music came to an end and immediately dropped to one knee.

I love that Yee doesn’t even really look at him when he appears. She just nods her response, and it takes a moment before she really reacts to him. This is just too precious.


Thursday, April 17th, 2014

April Showers bring May Flowers: rainy and floral proposal ideas

I don’t know if you’ve seen any rain where you are, but supposedly things are warming up and we’re getting into some regular weather. If you’ve seen some rainy (or snowy) days and are looking for some cute ideas on how to propose with the season in mind, look no further– here are four.

1. Shower her with love. What’s a better way to propose than surprise your girl with a spa day? If you can’t afford to send her off somewhere, make her a gift basket filled with her favorites: bath scents, shower gel, foot scrub, a new nail polish. Tell her it’s to refresh for something special, then you can surprise her with a night out or in that involves the ring. Want to make it a little more forward? Put the ring in her gift basket and then tell her to get ready for her engagement party after she says yes!

Photo Credit: The Dating Divas

2. Make it rain. All you’ll need is some white balloons, helium, string, and construction paper. Have the balloons blown up and then attach raindrop shaped notes to the end of the strings of the balloons. They can hold clues or words of encouragement/praise/love, and lead the way to your proposal. This is perfect for something indoors when it’s literally raining outside.

Photo Credit: Justin Rudy.

3. Singing in the rain. Take her for a walk… in the rain. Yes, you read that right. Have friends and/or family waiting in a designated spot with the words, “Will you marry me?” on their umbrellas. If you would rather, you can even do this in nice weather. It’s still cute. Not one for a show? Do it somewhere privately, just the two of you. All girls dream of being kissed in the rain, no matter what they tell you. How special to take that moment and propose. You’ll be reminded every time the weather takes a turn, and a stormy day will always put a smile on your face.

4. May flowers. If you don’t want to be in the rain, then do something simple like bring her some flowers, or take her for a walk right after it rains to see the new life coming forth from the previous storm. Not for the outdoors? Add on “may flowers” to idea #2 above. Make her follow the rain to some paper-made flowers (or real ones) that hold more clues or notes of love, then be waiting at the end of the trail on one knee.

Let’s hope the weather is taking a turn for the better and that there’s nothing but sunshine when it comes to your proposal!


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Family Lantern Proposal

Justin and Cassie have been together for five years, so, naturally, Justin needed to plan a good proposal. On her birthday he got all of their family members together and enlisted the help of friends and family to make a video for Cassie.

Cassie comes on the scene at 2:25 and gets to watch a video with a special song that Justin put together for her with everyone saying, “Say yes!” intertwined with moments from their relationship that was caught on video. As the song ends around 6:30, it says, “Open the door behind you.” Cassie starts saying, “This is not for real.”

She emerges on to the balcony to find Justin, waiting to propose (6:50), and below her family awaits with lanterns. After proposing, it takes a while, but the lanterns are released in recognition of Justin and Cassie’s new journey together.

I love that this happens on her birthday. What a wonderful way to recognize her and all the birthdays they will have to share together for the rest of their lives.



Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Write it Out: a sweet at-work proposal using signs.

Maurice wanted to propose to Chloe at work, so he found a creative way to involve all her coworkers in the process of doing it.

While Chloe was at work, Maurice was nearby working on preparing his proposal. He wrote out the signs, had the ring, and bought the flowers. Finally, he was ready. As he’s waiting in her workplace, the coworkers are slowly joining him and getting the signs they’re supposed to hold up. Then, it’s time.

The signs are numbered, and as they progress Chloe becomes aware of what’s really going on. How do we know? Well, she starts crying! I mean, how do you not cry if you’re being proposed to like this?

You really need to watch the whole video, but if you want to skip ahead Maurice appears around 3:00. However, you will miss all the sweetness and just see him on one knee. What’s the fun in that?

At work proposals can be tough. I think if your sweetie loves her job and the people she works with, then it’s definitely a way to go, but steer clear if she’s not happy there or has “frenemies”!


Friday, April 11th, 2014

Mushy Birthday Proposal

Joshua decided that he would take Colleen by surprise, something that’s very hard to do. He decided he’d propose on the most unexpected day to her: his birthday.

Colleen had flown out for his birthday and they were going to dinner and having a wonderful time. While they were celebrating, one of Joshua’s friends called him up and told him they had permission to drink at the theatre (which Joshua performs at in Missouri) for his birthday, but when Colleen and Joshua got there it was pitch black.

At the edge of the stage was a laptop. Joshua was all, “That’s weird! What’s this?” Of course, when he pressed play, it was all for Colleen.

After a video of tons of people saying things to Colleen and giving them well-wishes, Joshua leads Colleen on to the stage (4:00) to a seat surrounded by rose petals, drops to one knee, and gives her a speech from his heart.

Talk about a tear-jerker! Joshua knew that Colleen didn’t want him to propose during a show or a big public display, she wanted an intimate moment… but he also knew he always wanted to do it on stage. He clearly found a way to make the proposal special according to the both of them, and not just for obvious reasons.


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

3 Food Proposal Ideas

Sometimes the best way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. This does not just apply to guys. I am one of the people who falls into the “hangry” category when I go too long without being fed. Food can be my love language. My husband recently surprised me with a cupcake from a local bakery; we just moved, so it was the perfect surprise to make a rotten day any better. Needless to say, I don’t think food-related proposals are overrated.

Guys, take note: If your girl legitimately has a passion for food, as in she loves trying new places to eat or loves Chinese as much as she loves a new bakery, this is the way to go.

1. Say it with cake. Everything is better with cake. You have cake or cupcakes at every momentous occasion. Unless you’re one of the weird ones who actually doesn’t enjoy this dessert (or more importantly, she’s one of the weird ones), you can’t go wrong with a cupcake or cake proposal. I mean, think about it. You have cake on your birthday, your graduation days, your wedding day… any sort of celebration involves cake. One suggestion, though, is to not actually put the ring in the food. By that I mean, don’t put it where she can’t see it and may possible swallow it.

Photo Credit: Delleicious DC



2. Tell her fortune. There are companies like My Lucky Fortune where you can actually order a fortune cookie with the message, “Will You Marry Me?” in it with a fake ring. When she opens the cookie, you can actually be kneeling with the real one. Or you can actual use any fortune cookie. Like most things, they are malleable when heated. Nuke that sucker for a few seconds until soft, unfold and stick your own fortune (and ring if you’re brave) in there, and then refold. Not impressed with my directions? Follow this link. This is a great way to propose if you want it low key at home, or even if you’re out at a nice Chinese place. Just swap the cookie they give you with the one you prepared.

 My Photo Credit: My Lucky Fortune


3. Favorite food proposal. You don’t have to use pizza. You could do any sort of delivery, take-out, or home cooked meal you like. Doing it at home? Make a little piece of paper carefully tapes or glued to a toothpick in her entree. Burgers? Before you hand out the food, put a sticker on the wrapper of the burger, or even just put the ring in the bun (like with the cupcake).


Who’s going to say no when you’re giving her food and an engagement ring?

Photo Credit: The Things We Say






Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

“Princess for a Year” Proposal

Kevin really played up his prank on April Fool’s Day. Yes, it was a real proposal, but he tricked Jenna a couple of times to start the proposal. First they were making a video for his summer internship, and then he told her he was entering her in Ellen’s “Princess for a Year” contest. Well, there is no such thing.

The beginning of the video is too funny. Jenna’s getting ready, asking if she looks fat (um, is she crazy?), and then they actually “start”. Well, Kevin starts with the surprise of the (fake) contest, and then goes on to share the best things about Jenna. He gushes over her beauty and her patiences, and then says he wants to spend the rest of his life with her (3:09) and quickly pulls a ring out from behind a pillow and drops in front of her. Too precious.

Proposing on April Fool’s Day definitely takes guts. In the end, Jenna definitely does a check-in to make sure he’s serious. Can you imagine if it had been an April Fool’s Day prank? I’m pretty sure I would have killed him.



Monday, April 7th, 2014

Movie Trailer Proposal starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling

It’s not a new concept to make a movie trailer for a proposal. Theatres have been rented out, staged with family and friends, and trailers or movies have been presented by the proposer. This, however, was a new twist to me.

John really did up his proposal by creating a movie trailer. However, instead of employing friends and family to make a personal video, he took bits and pieces from other movies to make the trailer seem legitimate. I mean, who isn’t going to believe there’s another Nicholas Sparks movie coming out starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams?

Once Chealsea sees her name on the screen, we get little captions to let us know what she’s saying. It isn’t until 3:00 that John makes his entrance and proposes.

While watching the video, I was very intrigued by the trailer. There were moments that I could pick out what movies the scenes were from. If the movie theatre wasn’t full of friends and family, don’t you think someone in the audience would have been like, “What’s going on? That’s from The Time Traveler’s Wife, and that’s from The Notebook!” I guess it’s a good thing no one spoiled it before her name came on the screen.


Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Sports Proposals Trending

It’s no surprise that people who love sports end up making them a big part of their lives. Whether it’s decorating the family room in your team’s colors or making it a yearly tradition to go to this game or that, if you and your loved one enjoy sports you aren’t going to escape them. So why not make them part of your proposal?

Some guys like to go big. Take this couple. Dawn is on court trying to win some prizes and is offered a “mystery box” in exchange, which she picks.

Loe and behold there’s a RING under the box, and her boyfriend appears with a microphone and gets down on one knee.

What if she hadn’t picked the mystery box?


Another option is to seize the kiss cam moment. Of course, if you don’t end up on the kiss cam, then you can find another opportunity during the game. But what better time to propose in front of a crowd?

What do you think about sports proposals? Would you like it if your guy did this, or would you prefer something more intimate? While I love being able to go to baseball games with my hubs now, I’m not sure I would have liked being proposed to with all the on-lookers and pressure. I mean, he still would have gotten a yes, but I love our private proposal.


Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Up to Par: 3 Golf-Inspired Proposal Ideas

Spring and summer are rolling in and people who play golf will do just about anything to get out on the course. If you’re a couple who golfs together, what better place to propose than when you’re out doing what you do? Here are three ideas that are sure to get you a, “Yes!” from a girl who golfs.

1. Make it a bet. If you have friends you like to golf with, bring them along to make sure to catch the proposal on film. Make a bet of guys-verses-gals, or couple-verses-couple, or something like that. In the end, when your sweetie is demanding payment from whomever, say you don’t have the cash but get down on one knee and ask if the ring will do. If you win the bet, when she starts to pay up, tell her you don’t need the money, you just need a yes, then propose!

2. 18. Keep with the bring-some-friends-or-family-along plan like #1. Have a friend play first, and go ahead and put the ring in the cup on the 18. Whether you want your friends to wait to take pictures or just do the deed, make sure she finds what’s in the cup! The important thing here is to know how she plays. If she isn’t going to putt out, it doesn’t do much good to put the ring in the cup, does it?

3. Spell it out. If you don’t want to risk dropping the ring somewhere for her to find, why not use a special golf ball for the occasion? Cafe Press has the option for you to spell it out on a golf ball. Ask her to retrieve the ball for you from the cup only to discover what you’re about to ask her. When she looks up from reading the ball, you can be ready on one knee with the ring!

As long as you’re not beating her, I’d say you have a fair chance of her saying yes! This may just be my personal fault. If I was playing any game with my husband pre-marriage and he had been winning, I think he’d have the good enough sense not to propose until the game was over.


Photo Credit: Cafe Press





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