Yes, I am that annoying person who will ask my coupled friends time after time, “When are you getting married?” I mean it’s only fair that the un-coupled friend who so desperately wants to plan and design your wedding at a fraction of the cost because he can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle, asks that question. Right?
Well, for those of you who, like some of my friends, are tired of being asked the same question and are ready to take that next step – THANK YOU! There is never a wrong time to propose but, according to ChilliSauce out of the UK, Christmas Eve is the best day of the year to do so followed by Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve coming in at 3rd and 4th place.
So how should you go about this proposal? What are the appropriate steps in planning this? Here’s the thing… I am very keen on people following their hearts and doing what they feel is right. After all, you know your partner better than anyone else, and maybe a simple stroll in your favorite park after playing on the swings is the best way to do it. Or maybe during Christmas dinner surrounded by your families.
However, if you really want to go all out and do something out of the norm, here are two of the coolest proposals my clients have shared with me:
- Iconic Outdoor Space – I once had a couple whose proposal I absolutely fell in love with! They were strolling past Columbus Circle when they stopped in front of Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain. They chatted, laughed and had a great time. Meanwhile, they were secretly being photographed by a photographer the groom hired. The time came for them to leave but he had one last question to ask. He dropped down on one knee and popped it. The bonus part was that the people mingling around the fountain, and passersby, surrounded the couple in awe and began to clap. The photographer of course captured this moment. The groom wasn’t done though. He asked her to join him for dinner at a restaurant. When they walked in, the main entrance was covered with an enlarged photo of the proposal at the fountain. And when the doors opened, both of their families were there to congratulate the couple. Talk about great planning, and the best part is, he did it all himself!!
- Put it in a book – So he asked her to meet him at a restaurant, as they were going to dinner with his new boss. He specifically asked that she wear a certain dress which looked great on her. She arrives at the restaurant, he is there but his boss isn’t. They wait by the bar for about 45 minutes when the groom to be suddenly gets a call from the boss who claims is “unable to make it”. After deciding to enjoy the rest of the already planned night, they’re asked by the Sommelier if they’d like to take a tour of their wine cellar to select a wine of their choice. To her surprise, the cellar is beautifully decorated with all of her favorite flowers. The Sommelier produces a surprise gift for her which, once unwrapped, is a book. This beautiful book had the couple’s names on the cover, and inside denoted key moments in their relationship with the help of beautifully illustrated pictures. The second to last page depicted the exact setting they were currently in, she wearing her beautiful dress and he on one knee with a ring and a proposal. The remaining pages were left blank for the future newly-weds to fill in at a later time.
A proposal is the first step towards spending the rest of your life with your loved one, so be sure to make it a memorable one but most importantly, one that is heartfelt and speaks true to your relationship. Happy Holidays!