Welcome and thanks for returning for the second instalment of our Proposal Series, written in honour of Valentine's Day 2015. First let me apologize for not posting this last week. I was completely focused on planning an actual proposal for an awesome couple (more on that soon!). That being said, let's get on with it! 2 weeks ago I told you my 5 tips for creating the perfect marriage proposal. This week I'll focus on 5 ideas for proposal itself, in no particular order.
Proposal Idea 1: Incorporate into your fitness routine (if you have one)
An idea for the fitness buffs out there. Take advantage of some of the beautiful weather we're having! If you run regularly, suggest a new route. Run over one of the many bridges we have, or through a beautiful park. Pick a spot ahead of time and take a breather, or tie your shoe, when you get there. Better yet, get a friend (or a professional) to set something up for you to "stumble" upon. Think cozy blankets, chocolate fondue and an engagement ring! This idea also works for hiking. Just make sure you can find someone to summit first to stage the scene.
Proposal Idea 2: Transform your living room
Take the day off of work and transform your every-day space into something romantic and unforgettable. This is one of my favourite things to do! Feel free to check out some of my previous posts for inspiration. Nothing will be more surprising for your lady than walking in after a long day of work and being greeted by a clean, beautifully decorated, deliciously smelling apartment...and you at the center of it all. Also works in a hotel room. (If you need some help with the clean and deliciously smelling part of this plan, and you're in Vancouver, Andrea from Sweet and Tidy has a service where she cleans your home and bakes you cookies...amazing right?)
Proposal Idea 3: Music on the street
If your lady wants something big and splashy then you'd better give it to her! Take her downtown and hire a band to start playing around you. You could have a few of them begin playing softly and inconspicuously, and get louder as you go. Or, stop on the street to observe a "busker" band which you have pre-arranged to play a specific song when you show up. Also available... flash mob! With this one, be very sure of her answer in advance!
Proposal Idea 4: Scavenger hunt
It's no secret that I love scavenger hunts. You can create a very touching and thoughtful marriage proposal just by using the city around you, especially if you've dated in the same city as you live. Leave clues for her indicating places you've been together, maybe on previous dates, or just locations that mean something to you both. Have friends/family waiting for her at each location to give her the next clue, Amazing Race style. (And you wait for her at the end!) She's bound to figure out what's happening as she goes along, but it would be an incredible engagement. PS: If possible, it wouldn't hurt to arrange a spying photographer or videographer to capture her trek.
Proposal Idea 5: Adrenaline rush
Ok I can't take all of the credit for this one... recently a friend of mine proposed to his girlfriend in a Zero-G/Anti-Gravity simulator. If your lady really isn't into the whole flowers and romance thing then something high adrenaline might be in order. Possibly this anti-gravity machine (the pictures were amazing), trapeze lessons, skydiving, bungee jumping... you get the idea. If you're adrenaline junkies then plan something that makes her heart skip a beat... and I'm not talking about the proposal!
In order to impress upon you the importance of knowing this is what your lady would want in a proposal, I am reluctantly including a picture of myself just before my own bungee jump. See how worried about imminent death I look? If I had been proposed to at that terror-filled moment, and not doing a tandem jump, I might have pushed my boyfriend off the bridge (still attached to the bungee of course).
If you are planning to propose to your girlfriend (or boyfriend!), be it on Valentine's Day or some other time soon, remember that it's a once in a lifetime event. Have fun and make it special. Do you have any other ideas, or would like to share your own proposal story? Please comment on and share this post! And if you end up using any of these ideas, I'd love to hear the story! As always, you can connect with me over social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you're wanting to propose or just do something awesome for Valentine's Day 2015 and would like some help, contact me today! I still have availability for VDay!