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25 Great Marriage Proposals

Updated on December 6, 2009

25 Great Marriage Proposal Ideas

She has been waiting for this moment since she was six. Eagerly waiting to receive a memory (and engagement ring)  that she will cherish for ever. This is the most romantic moment of her life and it’s up to you to create it, to deliver it, to make it perfect and you only have one chance to get it right. No pressure.

Below are some of the most romantic ideas to creating this most memorable moment. Choose one that speaks to you, one that will move her, one that will sustain her. Every single woman wishes for something different, but married woman wishes for the same thing; that her husbands were more romantic. Start your journey right, give her what she wants.

Pick a restaurant and invite her to dinner. Invite her family to join you for dinner without her knowledge and ask them to keep it a secret. On the big night, you and the family wait at the restaurant. Tell her you’d meet her at the restaurant, but that you’ll send a taxi for her. Send a limo for her instead and have the chauffeur escort her to the restaurant entrance. When she opens the door, be waiting near the entrance. She'll be surprised to see you there with her family. As she walks toward you, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you. An added touch would be to have music playing when she walked in.

Place the ring box in the bottom of a large box filled with rose petals and live butterflies. (you can order live butterflies from Find a romantic place to deliver the gift. Tell her that the gift was sudden, but special, a token of love. When she opens the box, the butterflies will fly out and she'll be in awe. She'll find the ring box at the bottom and when she does, tell her what you feel and ask her for her hand in marriage

On your anniversary day, (first date, first kiss, months together, years together….anniversary of any romantic moment) , wait until exactly 12:01am and mention that it has been a year (or how many years or months since that moment) and that you can't imagine spending other moment, without her being your wife. Then present the ring and ask her to marry you!

Have a bakery bake a cake with your proposal message inscribed on it, have them place the cake in the store window, and top it with the diamond ring you’ve selected for her. Take her on a walk and make a special stop in front of the window. Don’t forget to ask her to marry you.

Take her to dinner at her favorite restaurant. After you've finished, excuse yourself to go to the restroom. Find your waiter/waitress and tell them your plans. Order your girlfriend's favorite dessert and have the waiter put the ring on the top. Be sure to have them wait and bring it out after you are back at the table. Be ready to get down on one knee and propose while the waiter is putting the dessert down in front of her.

Take her to dinner at her favorite restaurant. (Arrange to have 3 roses waiting at the restourant) After you've finished dinner, excuse yourself to go to the restroom, but leave to find your waiter/waitress and tell them your plans. Let a first waiter bring a red rose to her and tell her “This represents the past.” As soon as he leaves a second waiter will bring the second rose to her and tell her, “This represents the present”. As soon as he does you bring the third rose and the ring in the presentation box and say, “And this represents the future.” Be ready to get down on one knee and propose while you present her with the rose and the ring.

Gift Ideas To Surprise Your Love

Surprise her with a Wedding Planning book. Gift wrap the book and present it to her during a romantic night. She’ll be puzzled when she first gets it because she’ll be able to tell it’s a book before she opens it. But she’ll scream with delight after she rips the wrapping paper. Be ready with the ring. Choose one of these books for best impact.

Twelve days before you decide to propose, begin sending her a single rose each day to her place of work leading to the 12th day. When she ask why you are doing this tell her just because you love her and keep the secret. On the 12th day, she will expect a last rose to complete her dozen. Instead, surprise her with a full dozen roses and a ring and ask for her hand in marriage.

For a very traditional approach, ask her father for her hand in marriage. When the approval is given, make plans for the next family gathering and make your proposal to her in private with diamond in hand. When she says yes, stand up and announce your engagement to everyone.

Call a psychic. Prime a friend with harmless little secrets about the two of you, and have him pose as a psychic when you dial. Be sure to ask the right personal questions to make it look authentic. Have the psychic predict a diamond in her very near future. Then make your proposal on the spot.

Arrange to have dinner together at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Have the waiter bring her a special fortune cookie, at the end of dinner, with "Will you marry me?" in it. Or you could have it say, "You will receive a diamond in the very near future." And present the diamond in the box after she reads it.

During dinner at your favorite restaurant, arrange with the waiter to have the diamond in a box as one of the choices on the dessert tray. Tell her SHE, is the sweetest thing you know and you can't resist her any longer.

Create a personal Web page with her name and your proposal with a picture of the diamond in its velvet presentation box.  Sit down together to surf for good vacation sites, or tell her you're shopping for the perfect gift for her and visit a site or two before you type in the site address.

Arrange for a day at a private beach together, building sand castles or digging for shells. On the night before, write how you feel about her (make it romantic) on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into a small antique bottle with a cork, and bury it in a well marked spot in the sand near your diggings. If you cannot hide the bottle the night before, take it with you and wait for her to leave your side for a few minutes then bury the bottle near you. Be sure you "find" the bottle as you dig together. Open and read the poem, then present the diamond from your pocket and ask her for her hand in marriage.

For the chocoholic: Chocolate-dip the diamond box, and put it in the center of a box of chocolates when you are alone for the evening. She will wonder what's in the largest piece of candy. Pick it up for her and open it for her with a flair.

Order a dozen long stem red roses and pick them up yourself at the shop. Write the card to say, "Will you marry me?" and put the diamond in a presentation box with the roses. Present the flowers during a candlelight dinner for two at home (cater if you can't cook).

If she is a school teacher, you could propose with all the school listening. Get permission from the school principal. Record a videotaped proposal and play it over the school video system, or make an announcement over the intercom. Then go to her classroom and give her the diamond with everyone cheering.

Ask her to take time off work and arrange for everything to be covered for a week (but don't tell her where you will be going). Make all the plans for a week's vacation in a five-star resort in Mexico. Propose one evening at a restaurant with serenading mariachis. You can have the diamond ready in your pocket.

For the serious netizens -- E-mail a 3-D animated graphic of a loose diamond, with the message, "Will you marry me?" If you can, time the delivery of the e-mail when you can be there in person to see her reaction and get your answer.

Mail her a romantic poem from Shakespeare or Browning. Include a photo of yourself on your knees with a diamond in your hand, and write on the back in marker, "Will you marry me?" Be ready, hiding outside her house when she normally opens her mail, and go inside with the diamond in hand when you hear her scream with joy.

During a vacation at one of the fancy hotels that leaves chocolates or mints on the pillow each morning -- Sneak back after she leaves the room for breakfast, make the bed, put out the "Do not disturb" sign. Leave the diamond in a special box on the pillow in place of the mints so she finds it when you get back.

If neither of you are afraid of heights -- Arrange with a local adventure guide for a private hot air balloon ride for just the two of you (and the pilot). Schedule the time so that it covers either sunrise or sunset. Some companies provide a full meal with a table setting and the works. Present the diamond in a box as the dessert at the end of the meal.

If she wakes up each morning to the clock radio, arrange for an ad on her usual station at just the right time so she hears your proposal when she wakes up in the morning. Try to be at her door (or beside her) when she hears your public proposal, and have the diamond in hand. Or have the massage while she listens to the radio at work.

Only for the really bold and mature relationship -- Surprise her with a proposal and wedding all at once! Schedule a vacation in Hawaii where marriage requirements are less. Arrange every detail of a full wedding through the staff at the tourist bureau and your chosen resort hotel, including a dress and relatives. When you go out for dinner, have everyone hide nearby, listening for her answer and their cues. As soon as she answers your proposal, start the wedding on the spot!

Arrange for a romantic dinner. Present her with a gift wrapped box. When she asks what is it? Tell her, “Open it.” she’ll open it to find a watch. Help her put it on. Then tell her, “I wanted you to know the exact time I proposed to you.” then pull out the ring.

Receiving a proposal is a milestone in anyone’s life. Make sure you do it with class and sensitivity, and be romantic, be romantic!


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