Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Crafty Winter Proposal Ideas

I’m resisting the urge to go ahead and hang my holiday decorations… and I’m not talking about Thanksgiving. Something about this year has me itching to hang stockings and wreaths already. While the time hasn’t come yet, it’s coming soon– and you want to be prepared. Here are three crafty ideas on how to impress your gal with your skills and get that “yes” you’re waiting for when you propose!

1. Snowflakes. You’re never too old for paper or coffee filter snowflakes. Set aside some time to make unique designs for her and either cut or write your proposal on the flakes. Hang them up in her room, at her work– whatever you fancy– and have her walk into her own winter wonderland with you waiting on one knee.

2. Ornament. You can go to any craft store (or sometimes even Walmart or Target) and buy glass ball ornaments that you can decorate or fill with what you please. Use some paint or a sharpie and write the date on the ornament along with, “When she said yes!” She’ll see the ornament and turn around to find you on one knee. Talk about a double-whammy of keepsakes!

3. Wrap it up. Put that ring box in a box inside another box and go as large as you like. Wrap each box with something meaningful. Whether it’s a combination of movie ticket stubs, wrapping paper with something significant on it, newspaper that has something to do with your first date or a special occasion– make each box represent a part of your relationship. When she gets to the ring box, make sure it has a seasonal bow or something to it!


Friday, November 14th, 2014

Central Park Proposal

Oscar and MJ were out for a stroll in Central Park. MJ thought it was just their typical outing full of picture-taking and  video-taping. She had no idea what was waiting for her when they approached Bow Bridge.

Oscar enlisted the help of plenty of accomplices. He chose Bow Bridge as the spot because it’s the second oldest bridge in the park, and he uses the spot well. He tells her he wants to continue to build brigdes wit hher, and like Bow Bridge– their love is time tested. Plus, Bow Bridge has been the spot in several NYC movies– such as The Way We Were.

Around 1:50, Oscar cues the musicians by buying the heart balloon (also a placed accomplice) for MJ. The trio appears singing “All of Me” by John Legend, MJ’s favorite song. Around 2:50he drops to one knee after giving MJ one romantic speach.

Just how precious is this? The fact that he took so many details into consideration, and brought so many people in to make it possible, really warms my heart. If only we could all be so lucky!


Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Christmas Ornament Proposal Ideas

Christmas is closer than you think! And if you’re planning on proposing during this festive seasons, then you should definitely consider proposing with the greatest accessory of all: The Christmas Tree. (Thought I was going to say the engagement ring, didn’t you?)

1. Custom Ornament. Make your proposal extra special by making an ornament yourself. Remember those dough ornaments you could make as a kid, with your handprint on it or something? Well, instead of putting your handprint carve the words, “Will You Marry Me?” and draw a ring. When you decorate the tree you can hand it to her all wrapped, or you can sneak it on her tree and make sure she sees it when you’re there. Have the ring handy and drop to one knee either way when she sees it!

2. Ring in an ornament. iboxnyc on Etsy had ornaments specifically made to hide jewelry in. Personally the Novelty Christmas Ball (pictured) is my favorite. You can hang the ornament on the tree and never have her suspect until the time is right. Just make sure you hang it high in a house that might have little hands or paws that could find the surprise before you want her to!

3. Make the ring the ornament. This is risky, but if you do it in the moment you should have nothing to worry about. Tie the ring to a pretty ribbon or festive string and put it on the tree in a spot she’s not going to miss it. Maybe she goes to the bathroom and you mention how you were admiring her ornaments and point out where the ring is. Talk about a sparkling surprise on the tree!


Photo Credit: iboxnyc

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Music Video Proposal

Beverly and Aaron met in July of 2009 at church while performing a dance for elementary aged students. From then on, it was love at first dance.

Since their first performance together as a ‘non-couple’, the two were involved in music videos together for worship songs as background dancers and helped make instructional videos for youth ministry. So when Aaron decided it was time to propose, he knew a way to do it that Beverly wouldn’t suspect a thing– involve some friends and make a video.


A talented friend of theirs, Will Entrekin, is a musician that writes and produces songs. Aaron worked with Will to write a song about his relationship and love for Beverly. After putting the professional touches on the song, Will asked Aaron and Beverly if they would like to be the dancers/actors in a new music video for a song he had just written.

Since, of course, this is something that Aaron and Beverly had done before, she didn’t think anything of it. But this music video wasn’t just for their friend, obviously. It was all part of Aaron’s proposal.

After filming for a couple of hours, Aaron finally proposed during the last take (3:00) and she said YES!

I mean, who would say no to that proposal?


Thursday, November 6th, 2014

First Snow Proposal Ideas

Some people in the country have already enjoyed their first snow of season. However, if you’re like me and you haven’t gotten the first snowy flakes yet, here are a couple ideas on how to seize the moment of the first snow for one magical proposal.

1. Midnight Stroll. If your first snow doesn’t happen until late, or perhaps you’re stuck in the office all day, surprise your sweetie late at night with a thermos full of hot chocolate and a new scarf to wear as you ‘frolic’ through the snow. Whether there’s a lot or just a little sprinkle, there’s nothing more romantic than enjoying the first snow. Whether it’s when you’re out trying to find Christmas lights to go with the weather or back at the house cuddling, find the right time to pull out that ring and proposal.

2. Do you want to build a snowman? Snow brings out the kid in all of us. That’s a fact. Invite her out to build a snowman or snowball fight. You can put the ring in the snowman’s form (IN THE BOX and don’t let it out of your sight!) or pull it out and say you have a snowball alternative. Use this fun time to make your proposal just as fun!

3. Pack a picnic. Bundle up, grab some soup, and pack a picnic for the snow. Who says you have to have green grass to spread a blanket and enjoy the weather? Talk about your plans for the future, your holiday plans, what you love best about the snow and then lead into what you love best about her. Before you know it, it will be the perfect time to pull that ring out of the basket (or your pocket) and ask her to marry you.


Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Magical Armoire Proposal

Blake surprised Carly with an amazing surprise– a hand built jewelry armoire. He designed every drawer and cabinet for all of her things, and even left some options available so she could tell him exactly how she wanted it. In every drawer he hid a surprise, from a gluten-free brownie mix to snack bars.

But the real surprise wasn’t just the armoire. I mean, do you really need your whole family there so they can see something like that? Granted, it’s beautiful and absolutely amazing– but do you think she suspected?

When she finally gets to the bottom drawer (8:05), Blake instructs her to dig around in the drawer because she may have missed what was in there. She hesitantly pulls out the box, and when she opens it she begins to cry. He pulls her to her feet to propose “properly” around 8:25.

What do you think– genuine surprise? All I can say is if I was Carly, I’d expect homemade gifts for everyone anniversary. Does that make me awful?


Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Thanksgiving Proposal Ideas

It’s time to be thankful! Well, you should be thankful all the time, but November tends to be the time that people really focus on what they’re especially grateful in their lives. If you have a significant other that you want to spend the rest of your life with, now is the time to show her just how thankful you are.

What better time is there to propose than on Thanksgiving, where you can have the recurring theme of being thankful for having each other in your lives? Here are three proposal ideas!

1. Seating Arrangements. If you have a formal sit-down dinner, find a way to put the ring on your place card, her plate, or even tie it to her water/wine glass. Just make sure she sees it!! If not, you’ll eventually have to point it out as you get down on one knee. Yes, that may be difficult at the table– but still oh so important. You could even have a replacement place card that says, “Look [to your left/right]” or “Look behind you.” Also, if you put it on her plate– make sure it’s secure (aka in the box).

2. Football, anyone? If you’re a family that has the tradition of a football game after the big dinner to help work off those extra calories, find a time during the game to let your sweetie know how badly you want her on your team, if you know what I mean. Whether it’s when you’re picking people for your team or after you score and she’s cheering from the sidelines, there’s nothing better than a casual, fun proposal.

3. End of the night. If you don’t want to risk proposing in front of the family (though I’m pretty sure that’s what proposing on Thanksgiving entails), wait until you retire for the night (or walk her to her door) and tell her how thankful you are for the time together, the holiday, and you had one more thing to ask/do before Thanksgiving was over. That, of course, is your cue to drop to one knee.

Personally, I would rather a guy propose before I stuffed my face so I didn’t have the turkey-hangover-bloated-food-belly thing going on.


Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Lady Gaga Concert Proposal

At her Manchester concert, Lady GaGa called two men up stage to share a special moment with her audience of who knows how many people. She introduces Jay as ‘family’ due to his relationship with someone she works with, so there’s that connection.

I still absolutely love when music artists do this. Letting a couple incorporate their love and lives into a special moment is such an amazing thing. Not to mention, if Lady GaGa is one of your idles, you not only got engaged– you got hugs and kisses from the lady herself as a congratulations.

The proposal happens right at the beginning, but keep watching for a performance as well!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

“Fall-Back” Daylight Savings Time Proposal Ideas

Want to take advantage of that “extra hour” during the upcoming weekend of Daylight Savings Time? Here are three last-minute ideas!

1. Late Night. Go and stay out until midnight and enjoy the fact that you’ll be returning home before it’s actually the next day. Whether it’s just to a late movie or dancing through the extra hour, make a note to enjoy that extra time. When the “new” midnight hour strikes, propose to your Cinderella.

2. Late Morning. Sleeping in is the easiest thing to do on Daylight Savings (if you don’t have kids, that is) and something that should be taken advantage of. Make her breakfast (or lunch) in bed and enjoy feeling slow and lazy as the day goes by a little slower thanks to gaining an hour. When the moment is right, you know what to do.

3. Brunch, anyone? Plan a special brunch with friends and/or family. Whether you let them in on the secret or not, it will be extra special to share that moment with the people most important in your lives.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Well Planned, Pampered Proposal

Levy and Tiffany met at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Tiffany was attending Michigan State, Levy was at SoCal. They crossed paths again in Hot Springs and Indianapolis, and almost a year later attended the same conference in D.C. Finally, the two exchanged numbers.

The two spent 17 months as a long-distance couple. Using sky miles, Skype, and any other resources they could to their advantage. Finally, Levy was planning the perfect proposal.

Tiffany thought she was visiting California to attend a military event for Levy’s father. But when the day started and she was pampered and surprised continuously, she had to have known something was going on. If you notice in the film (made by Candlelight Films), she is reading notes between each stage of the pampering. I can only imagine what sweet words and hints Levy gave her in those.

(His actual proposal starts around 4:30. You have to watch her react to realizing she’s in the stadium where they first met!)

OK… show of hands… who’s jealous?


Photo and Video courtesy of Candlelight Films.




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