Marriage proposal ideas - Part 1

November 08, 2017

The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, Paris 1950  - by Robert Doisneau

So, you’ve been with your partner/lover/girlfriend/boyfriend for a while and things are looking good. Life is feeling better and dare we say it, more complete and you’re thinking this is the person you want to be with. You’ve considered it all, you like it and you want to put a ring on it. Brilliant. What now? Well you can go one of three routes, there’s the embarrassing proposal in a hugely public forum preferably on live tv and hope it works out. Yes? No. Don’t do this. Why? Well, let’s just keep it simple and agree you won’t do that. Secondly the spontaneous, no planning, haribo ring sweet route. Seriously? You're not 7 and no one likes to hold a sticky hand! Or finally the planned romantic gesture to die for.

A marriage proposal is one of the most romantic gestures you can do so lay some ground work.  Casually have conversations that involve spending the rest of your lives together, gauge the reaction, are they on the same wavelength as you about this?   

Spontaneity is great but when proposing to marry it’s also a good idea to have a plan to make that question be a romantic and memorable occasion. I’ve heard some amazing stories of how couples got engaged - from rainy days under trees, mountain tops, to surprises on the Eurostar (one of the most romantic by the way). Trust me everyone loves a good proposal story and it may end up being a story told through the ages!...Or maybe not... either way make it your story. Don’t be cliché, think about a special place for both of you - the Eiffel Tower may look good in the movies but does it mean anything to you both?

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - by Patrick Bertrand

 

There've been some funny places too where rings have been kept before the big question but a box is usually best.  My other half considered arranging to have the ring brought out with pudding but the restaurant was very busy and he was worried they might end up taking it to another table. Can you imagine the surprise on someone else’s face?! Luckily he decided to wait until we were outside on the harbour wall - I’m glad he did. I’ve even heard of people putting the ring in their sock to keep it safe! Yes, in a box is best for the ring. Avoid choking hazards don’t sneak it into their glass or in the dessert; it’s really not very romantic wiping clean a ring or having the Heimlich manoeuver performed.

Whichever route you take embrace your inner romantic ninja, enjoy the moment and set a course for years of happiness and stories to tell. 

Now for the ring...  Part 2 to follow.

Images:  Top - The Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, Paris 1950 - by Robert Doisneau. Centre - Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - by Patrick Bertrand)

 

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