Nowadays, people are getting engaged over text message and email just as often as they get engaged via standard face-to-face proposals. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a few years and you’re itching to get hitched, or you just feel that the time is right to make your move, keep in mind the fact that you only have one opportunity to make your proposal count. So, take a look at the various princess cut halo engagement rings, practice asking your beloved for her hand in marriage and figure out how you are going to finally pop the question. To help you with this important upcoming task, here’s a look at some of the most romantic, more old fashioned ways of proposing that leave women swooning.
On Bended Knee
After getting yourself ready, putting on your best suit and making sure that she’s in high spirits, getting down on bended knee and asking for the special lady in your life’s hand in marriage is guaranteed to make her completely spellbound. This chivalrous, old fashioned and touching method of proposal can be done at home, in a park, or next to your table at a fancy restaurant. Yes, getting down on bended knee might make you feel a little vulnerable, but that’s exactly what the gesture is supposed to show. You are leaving it totally up to the woman to say yes or no to the time old question, while showing her how much you are in love. If you pull this trick out of your bag, you’ll have your place in the finance hall of fame among all her friends.
Asking Her Father for Her Hand
You might not know your girlfriend’s father very well or spend time with him save for a few family gatherings every year, but you should respect him. After all, if you are going to be spending the remainder of your life with his daughter you are going to want to know how he feels about your union early on. Asking your girlfriend’s dad for her hand in marriage isn’t exactly the same thing as proposing, but it is perhaps the ultimate sign of respect. Letting him know that you love his daughter, have purchased a ring, and intend on nurturing, supporting and sharing a new life with one of the people who holds closest to his heart is a major deal. If all goes well, your future father in law will be happy to help out with your proposal, and your future fiancée will be impressed with your gracious show of respect.
Proposing In Song
If you have musical talents, writing a song for your love and asking the big question in melodic form will bring a tear to her eye. Men have been serenading women for thousands of years, writing many a sonnet in iambic pentameter, writing operas, and arranging entire sympathies just to win over their hearts. On the other hand, proposing in song may not be right for you if you can’t hold key. In that case, hire someone else who has an impressive vocal range and get some musicians to make the chorus one to remember. Even if you yourself are no great singer or musician, you can still write your own lyrics to let your lady know that you don’t want anyone but her, for life.
Take a Carriage Ride
Little girls grow up convinced that they will marry a prince and be whisked away to a castle in a horse drawn carriage. Unfortunately, most will be lucky if they ever get to ride in a carriage at all. That’s why proposing inside of a horse drawn carriage is not only romantic, but it will also bring up a bit of nostalgia in your future bride. There are a few royal families in the media today that were married in tiaras and designer gowns, and they all have been pictured while riding in majestic carriages. If you can make just one of her childhood dreams come true, she will never forget the wonderful and old fashioned way that you made your proposal.
A Ring and a Flute of Champagne
Some men keep their engagement rings in velvet ring boxes, shut tightly closed until the perfect moment arrives. They want to be the ones to make the big reveal right after they pledge their love and ask for their beloved’s hand in matrimony. Although flashing a ring is very old fashioned, so is dropping into a champagne flute. The idea is to share a sumptuous meal together, preferably in seclusion and then finishing everything up with a glass of fine champagne. You might want to tell her how beautiful she looks or remark on what a fine woman she is as she gazes into your eyes as the moment builds. She may look down and see the engagement ring as she goes to take her first sip, or see it while it is still sitting on the table. Ideally, she will spot the ring before taking a big gulp and you end up in a very awkward situation. Not only is champagne featured in weddings, it is just a really classy way to present an engagement ring.
Popping the Question While on Vacation
There’s nothing like a well planned out vacation to help get you at least somewhat relaxed before you ask a question that will undoubtedly change your life. Virtually any vacation based setting is perfect for making an old fashioned proposal, whether you decide to stay in a cabin in the woods or relax in a cabana on the edge of the beach. To make this type of proposal special you want to wait until you are over the jetlag, have gotten somewhat familiar with the area, and are looking forward to several more days of fun activities. In other words, she should be thinking about how much fun she is having with you at present and perhaps secretly wondering if more exciting vacations are in store for the two of you. You can make your proposal while on the beach or sitting in front of the fireplace of the ski lodge where you are staying. In either case, the proposal will completely knock her socks off.
Proposing During the Holidays
Although the holidays are a time when families exert a lot of energy into making the meals delicious, the board games exciting and the shopping super fun, there’s also more than enough drama and stress to go around. This can make a traditional proposal during the holidays fairly daunting. At the same time, you will show yourself to be a man of strong resolve who is capable of facing adversity if you are able to get your girlfriend’s undivided attention long enough to make a proposal. Expect to be heavily influenced by your friends as you share your plans, and make sure that your proposal doesn’t catch her family off guard. You can craftily display your ring as you stand under the mistletoe and ask for a kiss, or box it up and put it with all of the other gifts that she will be opening on Hanukkah or Christmas. Proposals made during the winter holidays are very traditional, and they also get lots and lots of attention.
In the Company of Friends and Family
Maybe you and your significant other always get together with friends on Friday nights for a game of poker or to go out to the movies. If you pop the question during the course of routine, yet somewhat special, activities, you will definitely be putting her on the spot. And that’s not such a bad thing if your friends support your relationship. While you get to see the look on her face as she looks down on your engagement ring, her friends will be standing just behind her, squealing and jumping for joy. She’ll know that you love her immensely and that you’re not afraid to show it to the world.
Make It a Magical Evening
It’s one thing to put an engagement ring in the middle of a pizza or even get down on bended ring in your front yard as the sprinklers leave you both drenched. Planning a long, detailed and magical evening takes serious guts. You have to make preparations in advance and be fairly convinced of your plans to propose in order to do something like this. You’ll spend more time than you care to admit picking out an outfit. You’ll be picky about your haircut, and perhaps for the first time in your life seriously consider the benefits of getting a professional manicure. The restaurant that you choose has to be swanky, but not ostentatious, and you have to be able to secure reservations. So much time will be spent on making a magical evening proposal that you will be completely spent by the time you reveal the ring, but it will be worth it.
Whether you go the traditional route or decide to pull out an engagement ring while you and your lady love are scuba diving, just make sure that the moment brings up happy memories. Sometimes things can go wrong at the last moment, making you rethink if you have really chosen the right time to propose, but that is something that you yourself have to decide. Don’t delay too long as there is only one life to live.