Guys, It’s Time to Show Your Love

| February 1, 2011

Tips for making your marriage proposal an event to remember

February brings thoughts of hearts and flowers, and what better way to tell your Valentine you love her than by popping the question? Proposing is one of  life’s biggest events; so, why not make it as memorable as possible by proposing in a unique and creative way?

Dating and relationship expert PJ Osgood believes, “There are so many different and creative ways to propose. From a simple understated dinner to a once-in-a-lifetime trip, popping the question is a special day that you will remember for the rest of your life. So, whatever you decide to do, it should come from the heart.”

One future groom chose this way to surprise his Texas bride-to-be.

Kevin: “Tina’s birthday was coming up so I told her we should just get away for the weekend before her birthday and celebrate. I told her it would be a surprise, and she was game. (I thought she suspected something was up, but I was wrong.) So we took off on a Friday and headed out. She guessed we were going to a quiet place somewhere in the Texas Hill Country. We were actually going to her dad’s place in San Antonio — after all, I still needed his permission!  We had an enjoyable dinner with her dad that evening. The next morning, I woke up really early. When her dad got up and came out to the family room, he asked me if I wanted to go with him to pick up some cinnamon rolls. It was that perfect moment I was looking for. While out, I asked his permission and received an emphatic “yes.” Game on! That night I wanted to take her to a surprise location for dinner. We drove to Austin, and I told her we were going on the UT Tower tour, something I’ve always wanted to do. While she was in the bathroom, I bought all 25 tickets for the atour and coordinated the ‘story’ with the tour guides.”

Tina: “When Kevin and I got to the elevator in the tower, the tour guides asked us if we wanted to hear the history or just head on up.  Being the nerd that I am, naturally I told them we wanted to hear the history. I’m sure the ring was burning a hole in Kevin’s pocket. On the observation deck, we took our time, and Kevin had me point out various places that are special to me in Austin. I still didn’t suspect anything. Out of nowhere, Kevin turned around and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me! Then I saw a ring, and Kevin on one knee. He told me to think about it, because it’s for ever. Apparently I was so deep in shock that I didn’t even hear him ask me to marry him!  He asked again and, of course, I said yes.  We were in the clouds. We floated downstairs, and I found out that the surprises weren’t over. My entire family was waiting to share the moment with us when the elevator doors opened. I’ll be honest — there were lots of happy tears. It was so thoughtful of Kevin to organize such a special proposal. Kevin and I went to Wink for an intimate dinner after all the excitement. I’m fairly certain that neither of us remember more than two courses of our 5-course meal. All we were thinking about was our life together.

“To top off an amazing weekend, on Sunday morning Kevin told me that we were headed to brunch with my mom, sister and her husband. When we walked into Z Tejas, there was a long table with many of our Austin friends, plus my family, plus both Kevin’s best friend and my best friend from Houston. Kevin’s parents sent flowers. Apparently Kevin had told all my friends it would be a surprise birthday brunch, but it turned into an engagement party! Kevin gave us some amazing memories to start our life together, and I can’t wait to find out what the future holds.”

If driving to the Hill Country is not your cup of tea, here are some more suggestions from Osgood on how to make that special event even more special. But, remember, no matter how you choose to propose, you probably can’t do it wrong.

Hidden Treasure — Plan for a day on a secluded beach. Have fun playing in the sand and building sandcastles. The previous night, write a love note on parchment paper and roll it into an old glass bottle. Bury the bottle in a well-marked spot. The next day, when the two of you are playing in the sand, unearth the hidden treasure. When she finds the message in a bottle, make sure that you are ready with the ring.

Mystery Solved — If your lady loves a mystery, send her on a mysterious treasure hunt. At the end of the game, she will find you on your knee with a ring and a special question.

Up in the Air — If your significant other is a thrill seeker, take her high up in the air on a romantic hot air balloon ride. Taking in one-of-a-kind views in a romantic basket for two is the perfect time to pop the question.

It’s in the Clouds — Hire a plane-writing pilot to spell your proposal in the sky. Plan it on a day when you are outside for a picnic or a walk in the park. She’ll be shocked that you’ve gone to such lengths to display your love.

Plan the Day of Her Dreams — Women love when a man plans. So take some time to think about all of the different activities that she loves. Pack her an overnight bag complete with all of the essentials. After a fun-filled day together, pop the question when the mood is right. She will think that’s the end of her surprise until you pull up to a swanky hotel that you’ve reserved for the night.

“I think it really depends on the couple as to how the proposal happens, Osgood says. “Some men are more excited to be creative and do something out of the box, while others want it to be a more private and intimate moment. The fact remains that proposals are the ultimate display of one’s affection and desire to spend the rest of their lives together, and that moment is truly dependent on who those two individuals are.”

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