There is a day every woman looks forward to and every man is nervous about: the day when the groom-to-be (hopefully) gets down on one knee, asks for the bride-to-be’s hand in marriage, and presents that beautiful engagement ring he spent so dearly on. Choosing the perfect way to propose could be the stuff memories are made of.
The key to getting it right is to do it in a way she finds romantic. However, be careful of that word ‘romantic’. It means different things to different people. We suggest every groom-to-be take the time to figure out how the love of his life defines romance. Then find a way to make the proposal as romantic as possible within that definition. Below you will find five ideas that work well for many couples.
1. Build a Sand Castle
Many couples associate romance with doing simple but silly things. An example of this could be building sand castles together. If your love fits that description, take her on a daylong beach outing that includes sipping champagne on a blanket while you enjoy the sun and sand. At some point during the day, suggest building a sand castle together. This will not be just any castle, mind you; it will be one that includes the engagement ring you manage to place on top of the tower when she’s not looking.
2. Take a Balloon Ride
This proposal idea can be expensive, but it is worth every penny spent. Arrange to take your intended on a hot air balloon ride overlooking some of her favourite scenery. An early morning ride complete with champagne and a continental breakfast works very well. Moreover, if you are lucky, the balloon operator will be more than happy to snap a photo or two as you present the love of your life with her engagement ring. Then you will have the rest of the trip to enjoy spectacular views of the landscape below, one another’s eyes, or a combination of both.
3. Cook a Gourmet Meal
This next proposal idea could be dangerous for men who do not know their way around the kitchen. Nevertheless, if you know how to cook, there is nothing quite as romantic as preparing a gourmet meal complete with candlelight and fine table linens. After a long main course that includes stimulating conversation, present her with a covered dessert plate that includes the engagement ring and a written proposal underneath. Tell her it is cake. Better yet, use a piece of cake as the setting. When she uncovers the dessert plate, she will get the surprise of her life!
4. Take to the Knee in Your Favourite Restaurant
Getting down on one knee in a formal proposal stance will never go out of style. It will always be a favourite because the ladies know how embarrassing this can be for men. The fact that you are willing to potentially humiliate yourself in public expresses to her how much you love her. This proposal is best when it is done at a favourite restaurant, a local place you both like to visit, etc.
5. Pop in at Lunch
If you want to surprise her during the workday, you can always enlist the help of a co-worker to pop in at lunch. Have the co-worker make arrangements for lunch at a local eatery. Make sure the co-worker tells your love it will be just the two of them – but then you show up instead of the co-worker, with engagement ring in hand. The rest of her day, and yours, will hopefully be much better.