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Published March 6th 2012
Men and women alike may go weak at the knees at the thought of a marriage proposal (sometimes for very different reasons). Generally it's a rare occurrence, a special moment, an interlude that holds memories for ever and a turning point in life.
Night at the Yarra River (or any other river front in other cities) The sun goes down and the lights sparkle across the Yarra River. Perhaps you have been out for dinner or taken a walk along the Yarra River. There are a myriad of secluded places to pop the question. If you have a little cash, perhaps board a river ferry to make a more public proposal. Alternatively a walk past the the aquarium or atop one of the many bridges and walkways.
The Yarra Tourism Association has a website with a directory of restaurants, public art displays, shops, parks and other attractions along the river. The lights twinkle, the city scape sparkles, it's enough to spark the romantic twinkle in anyone's heart.
Movie night Clean up the house, make some freshly popped popcorn, cook a favourite meal (or order in), grab a few favourite movies. Settle in to have a relaxing, lovely evening. In between movies, pull out the ring and pop the question (you may not see the next movie though). If you can't quite bring yourself to ask over movies, spell out the question in glow in the dark letters and dim the lights and look up.
Pack a Picnic A fun and casual way to propose is in a parkland setting. Most cities have beautiful botanical gardens or you may have your own favourite picnic spots. Plan an afternoon tea or lunch with your sweetheart. Pack a picnic basket with snacks and treats, slip in some bubbly (alcoholic or not) and tie the ring to the bottleneck. As you settle down on a rug, ask your sweetheart to pour the drinks from the basket.
A memento to keep Collect a range of symbols or symbolic objects of your life and family. Holding them out (or arranging them on a table), ask your sweetheart to become a part of all you love.
If you wish to take this a step further, you could collect a window box (a type of wooden frame with little alcoves for treasures) pop each memento into it's spot and leave the middle one blank with an empty photo frame (awaiting the wedding picture). Alternatively you could collect images of your favourite things and make a collage in a frame with the centre point missing. Perhaps even a diary of your favourite things with the centre page blank.
For centuries, the beach has been a classic location for the big question. Pack a picnic basket and use the above scenario, alternatively write the question in the sand and make sure your sweetheart will find it as you stroll along the shore. (You may need some assistance of a friend to write it out and guard the area as you begin to arrive). if you are feeling particularly gallant, get down on one knee to complete the moment as you arrive at the message.
A night of memories
Begin your special evening visiting places that hold memories for you both. You may begin with the place you first met, then on to your first restaurant date together, some favourite walks you have shared, a favourite coffee spot. Think of any places that hold memories for you. You may even make it more special by adding little trinkets from each place, e.g. sharing a coffee at the first coffee house you went to, writing a memory card of each place with a saying to remind you of a conversation or something special that happened there.
Finish off at a completely new location, e.g. a bridge on the river a new cafe, a view from a new lookout and then say "now I'd like to create a new memory here for us both". Pull out the ring (if you can afford it, if not, just the question) and pop the big question. I hope your new location will hold some wonderful memories.
No matter how or where you propose, if you put some time and effort into it, your sweetheart will love the gesture and it will create a memory for you to have and to share for the rest of your life together.
Let us know how it goes for you.
Do you have a lovely proposal idea or did your sweetheart do something special for you, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section here, we would love to hear about it.