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1. Pre-game proposal. OK, you’re probably not actually going to a game, but you know what I mean. Before everything is all about glitter and lights find a moment during the day to ask the big question. This way she can show off that new ring at whatever plans you have for later in the day. I mean, scavenger hung on New Year’s Eve? You can make her visit the places of your favorite dates or significant spots from the year, and then pick a new spot for the new chapter of your life.
2. Party, party! What’s New Year’s Eve without a party? Whether you’re at home with noise-makers and hats or at a fancy shin-dig with friends, there’s nothing better than celebrating it in style. Wherever you may be, propose before the big midnight countdown when the time is right and everyone isn’t focused on yelling out numbers and kissing their sweetie. Besides, then when the time comes you’ll be kissing your fiance, not just your girlfriend/boyfriend.
3. 12:01AM. This may seem silly, but why propose at midnight. Wait until that first minute has passed and then propose into the new year. Talk about how it’s full of opportunities and how you don’t want to spend ANOTHER minute of the New Year without her as your fiance. Talk about original and sweet!
Paris and Pierce met when she was 13 and he was 16. An “unattainable” romance in her mind, the two were close friends for three years running until Pierce finally took it to the next level by kissing Paris. After a brief time together, Pierce left on a two-year mission trip. The two spent that long waiting period exchanging emails and letters, but once Pierce came back into town it was a summer full of loving for the two. By that August, they were already talking marriage.
Paris had known Pierce had the ring for a while. But he played the card of it having a flaw with one of the prongs and told her he had taken it back to the Jeweler so it could be absolutely perfect. Little did she know that when they took a trip to Denver for her little sister’s baptism, Pierce was planning what she thought wouldn’t happen for some time!
The two were asked to search for the perfect spot for some family pictures. Once they found an area, they set up a tripod for “family pictures.” Pierce said he wanted to record them when he showed her something that he found. He pulled out a branch that had been molded to display Pari’s handcrafted engagement ring, and then dropped to one knee.
After Paris finally got out a “yes!” the two rejoined her family, who were all in on the secret, and got to celebrate with them. The lesson here is, never grumble if you’re asked to go snow-shoeing with your honey! You may just return with some ice on that finger.
Photo Credit: Pierce
It’s that time of year when work, school, and all sorts of holiday parties are happening. If you decide this is the atmosphere you want your proposal to happen in, do not take the planning lightly. There are all kinds of things that could do wrong or may not work in your favor. Here are two do’s and one don’t to keep you focused on the prize!
Do… Know if she wants a public or private proposal.
You can still propose at a party if she wants an intimate setting. Guide her outside to the Christmas lights or take a moment under the mistletoe to do more than just kiss. After she’s said yes, return to the party and get everyone’s attention. If she wants something public with lots of flashing lights and phones recording, then grab everyone’s attention before you drop to one knee. Still make sure you’re in a picturesque spot. You don’t want all your proposal pictures having a questionable Santa or tacky decorations in the background!
Don’t… Propose on your own turf.
This may seem selfish, because we know the guys want to celebrate as much as the girls do, but celebrating in front of all your friends and family or your coworkers doesn’t give her the gleeful moment she’ll want. She wants to be able to squeal with her sisters or rub that diamond in some snobby coworkers direction; give her the moment she wants and deserves, and the possibility of escape if you didn’t talk wedding before popping the question.
Do… Go with the holiday theme.
I know some people like to be rebels and propose during the holiday season and pretend that the season has nothing to do with it… but, come on. You’re not fooling anyone! Don’t propose at Christmas time and not take a picture in front of a Christmas tree. There’s just something wrong with that! If you’re proposing at an ugly sweater holiday party, put a flap on your sweater you can pull that says, “Will you marry me?” Go with the flow of the season and party!
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Drum Major Kara of the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners was not prepared for the surprise that emerged from the drum line during what she thought was a special performance for their alumni.
Nic, Kara’s boyfriend at the time, had acquired a band uniform (not hard, since he was a former member) and blended into the drum line as they performed a special cadence. Kara, not looking for Nic, didn’t see that he had joined the snares until the drummers revealed a surprise message.
Nic then emerged, revealing himself once the feathered hat came off, and prepped to drop to one knee. It took Kara a while to get down from her stand and remove her glove, but obviously from how she was acting right away everyone knew she was going to say yes!
I mean, would you go through all the trouble to take off your glove and rush down onto the field if you were going to say no? I don’t think so! Congratulations to the marching couple.
When you’re getting ready to propose, sometimes the rule is “better safe than sorry.” After all, you don’t want to decide this is the first time you want to sky dive or scuba dive with a sign/banner popping the question. But you could drop the sign, hurt yourself, decide that you don’t actually like to do this new thing you’re doing… the possibilities are endless.
But you want to take a leap of faith, don’t you? After all, you are doing the same thing while proposing, so what’s to say it’s not a good idea to step out of your comfort zone?
Well, here are four yays and nays for you to help you make up your mind.
Yay… Something creative that may be something she likes to enjoy.
Does she like to salsa dance, or maybe she likes to go kayaking, and you’ve never tried? Surprise her by taking some lessons or going on a trip without her, and then turning around and do it with her. Much to her surprise, she won’t have to give you step-by-step instructions for you to keep up with her.
Nay… Decide this is the first time you are going to do something together.
Unless you guys are adventure seekers who want to climb Mt. Everest together (and you’ve been preparing), now is not the time to try and be like other people and do an over-the-top-adrenaline-rush proposal. While it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and do something new, while you’re proposing isn’t the time for an over-the-top choice that could fail and completely ruin your mood.
Yay… Public is Priceless.
You may not be a person for a performance, or to make speeches in front of other people (even your family), but if you’re sure of her answer and you know she wants it documented– take this time to step out of that box and ask her to marry you in front of some people. Even if that just means friends and/or family, it will mean so much to her because she of all people will know that you are making an effort to be more public about your feelings for her.
Nay… Something that will embarrass her.
You may enjoy pulling jokes on each other, but doing it in front of others to embarrass her to do the “ultimate gag” is probably not the best idea. Now, if you two do this to each other anyway, go for it! But if you don’t, don’t choose your proposal to be that moment. It doesn’t have to be a ridiculous gag, either. If she doesn’t enjoy being pulled on stage and gets embarrassed easily, these are things to keep in mind! You want to focus on both of your comfort zones.
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Kevin was finally ready to pop the question to Rachel, so he called up an old high school friend, who just happened to be an artist Eric Leppanen, with the idea of how he wanted to do it.
Leppanen, who regularly shows his work at Asymmetrick Arts gallery in Rockland, Maine, asked owner and fellow artist Jared Cowan if they could use the gallery for the proposal. Cowan agreed with the proposal plan and Leppanen went right to work on a “Will You Marry Me” painting for his old friend.
Kevin and Rachel walked around the gallery for a while checking everything out. When they came to the back wall of the gallery where the painting was, it was covered in a black curtain. Leppanen told them it was a new piece that hadn’t been unveiled yet and had Kevin help him take the cloth off the painting.
It took Rachel a minute to realize what was going on. In fact, she didn’t fully understand until Kevin dropped to one knee to ask the big question. The couple made the evening an emotional event for everyone there that night.
The couple came full circle after knowing one another for 30 years, even dating in eighth grade, and having children of their own. They reconnected six months ago and Kevin said as soon as they did he knew he was “done looking.”
As an engagement/wedding gift, Leppanen let them keep the painting. And, if you weren’t sure– Rachel said yes!
Pictures courtesy of Eric Leppanen.
At Georgetown University there was a very special moment happening on campus. One man decided to propose to his girlfriend, Bahar, with the help of friends and family. Her two friends dragged her out to her surprise, and as more and more friends appeared while the music played you could see her genuine surprise and excitement.
I love this flashmob because it had to have taken a lot of preparation for all the different dances. Not to mention how many people had to be a part of the proposal to help. If you just want to see the moment, he calls her up to their little “stage” around 5:50 of the video. But you need to at least watch part of the dancing. We should all be so lucky to take part in such a fun proposal!
Some of you may live in a part of the country that never really experiences “winter”. Sure, it may get colder, but it never reached the point where you can see your breath or watch the snowflakes. If your girl loves winter, but maybe she’s in one of these parts of the country, here are a few ideas to bring winter to her for your seasonal proposal.
1. Rent a snow machine. This may get a little tricky because you’ll have to look into permits as to where you can use it, but take the time to give her some snow in her backyard or one of her favorite places. This will create the base for a “winter wonderland proposal.” So thoughtful and probably as close to the real thing as you’re going to get at home.
2. Escape to somewhere colder. If you have somewhere close enough to you that you could escape to for a ski weekend or a cabin-in-the-woods type thing that would be cozy and oh-so-thoughtful, do it! Whisk her away with a new set of boots and return with that ring on her finger.
3. Inside Set-up. Make paper snowflakes, spread white blankets on the ground, make some hot chocolate, run a fireplace (or put one up on the TV), and pretend turn your air down low. You can have an indoor winter-wonderland (without the tricky parts of renting the snow machine) and it will show her you can put your imagination to work when you think of her. When the time is right, you’ll know what to do.
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Eliza Coupe, star of the USA comedy Benched, had a holiday to be thankful for. Darin Olien, her beau after divorcing from first husband Randall Whittinghill in 2013, proposed on Thanksgiving. She shared an Instagram photo flashing her gorgeous diamond engagement ring in a black and white photo. “Giving Thanks @darin_olien,” Coupe wrote on Instagram.
It’s hard to tell in black and white what this ring is all about, but anyone with eyes can clearly see the magnificent diamond front and center. Darin did an amazing job picking this beauty out.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Photo Credit: Instagram.