French-Swiss woman of letters Germaine De Stael once said: “Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” With approximately 2.3 million weddings taking place in the USA every year according to the CDC, marriage proposals have virtually become a popular pastime in the country. A marriage proposal will hopefully be a once-in-a-lifetime which is exactly why it needs to be as unique and memorable as possible. While a candle-lit, ring-in-the-champagne-glass proposal still holds a certain amount of romantic appeal, there are a lot more exceptional ways, such as the following, to pop the question.
Propose with a unique ring
Although diamonds have been considered a girl’s best friend for hundreds of years, a unique wedding proposal calls for a unique engagement ring colored gemstones are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to traditional diamonds, especially since there are no two that are exactly the same. If you want to veer even further away from conventional rings, why not opt for one of the beautifully-crafted wooden wedding rings on the market even one made out of industrial-strength stainless steel? Depending on how progressive you are, you can even refrain from proposing with a ring at all, opting for a pretty bracelet, pendant or a homemade ring instead. If you know your partner well enough you will know whether you need to stick to tradition or if you have free reign and can go all-out as far as creativity is concerned.
Make a montage
Nothing says ‘happy memories’ quite like a video or photo montage does. You can make a video of yourself at a variety of locations that are special to you both, adding the proposal at the end or, alternatively make a slideshow of photos of the two of you together. Add a song that has special meaning and a slide with your proposal towards the end and see how your significant other is brought to tears by your romantic gesture. You can show the video at home, at a secret engagement dinner with friends and family or if you are really adventurous, at the local movie house.
Spell it out
There are countless ways you can spell out a ‘will you marry me?’ message to your partner. You can use refrigerator magnets, glow-in-the-dark letters on the bedroom ceiling or have a special coffee mug made with the message at the bottom. If you want to take your sweetheart out for dinner, arrange with the restaurant to have a special menu printed with your proposal inside or slip a fake newspaper or magazine page with your message among the real ones. If you are looking for a more casual approach, have your pizza delivery guy write ‘will you marry me’ in the lid of your pizza box or, if you have a child, have a t-shirt printed that reads ’will you marry my dad/mom?’
Whether you propose after a sensual massage, with a ring hidden in a Matryoshka doll or a message written in the sand or snow, a highly anticipated ‘yes’ is the only reaction you are looking for. By taking the time to come up with a unique and memorable proposal, chances are good that you will soon be planning the wedding of your dreams.