In July 2009 we held an amazing contest. We gave away platinum wedding rings worth $4,500. To be entered in this contest, women had to tell us their stories of how THEY would (or did, or might) propose if they had been the ones to ask the question.
The winner was chosen randomly, but we received so many amazing entries we just had to find a way to share some of them with you. Check back every week for a new article featuring a new proposal theme.
They say that food is the way to a man’s heart. These women took that advice seriously and planned proposals based around food.
(some stories have been edited for reasons of space)
1. First I would go to his house and cook him breakfast in bed (his favorite is steak and eggs). I would Iron his clothes (the ones that I pick out). Then we would ride the train downtown and look at all the sites.
Finally we would go to the Café, where I would feed him his favorite, chicken fingers and then I will have wine sent to our table. As I make a toast I will ask him to open my hand and the ring will fall out.
2. Our first date was at a Chinese restaurant, and I’m engaged to be married next year. If I were to propose, I would order fortune cookies with a question that simply asks “Will you marry me?” and place one in a blue Chinese take-out favor box (his favorite color) for my proposal. I would then invite my guy to join me at the China Bistro where we had a our first date for lunch instructing him to sit at a booth that would be appropriately adorned with chopsticks and fortune cookie place card holders with cards bearing our names. Once seated, I would take his hands in mine while the waitress simultaneously presents him with the Chinese take-out box and ask him to read his fortune. Once he unraveled the paper and read “Will you marry me?” aloud, I would then ask “well, will you?” A resounding “YES” would make me the most fortunate woman to execute a platinum proposal.
3. My boyfriend loves making his own beer. To propose to him I would have a bunch of beer bottle labels made with pictures of us on them and reasons why I love him underneath. I would create a romantic setting at our house and line up all the bottles of beer he has made with my labels on them. On the last bottle I would have printed, "Will you marry me? Open yes or no." With a bottle opener set beside it. Then I would come up behind him and get down on one knee holding two bottles. One with a big YES label and the other with a NO label. Hopefully he'd take and open the YES bottle from me and after a series of hugs and kisses we could pour two glasses and cheers to our new engagement. If he waits too long to propose, I will definitely consider proposing.
4. A proposal should be sincere and reflect the couple. We are California beach bums, so I would propose by taking him to a secluded cove on the beach with champagne, a blanket and a picnic. It would be simple, honest and beautiful just like him.
5. My fiancé Michael and I love to cook together. Our favorite dish thus far is spaghetti bolognese with freshly grated parmesan cheese. This dish is very special because it can take up to 6 hours to make and prepare. When I propose to him, the night will start out with our making this dish, and then a bit of wine tasting. We will have dinner out on our patio with the lights strung around, lighting the pagoda just enough to see one another glow. I will hand him a scrapbook I've been working on that he doesn't know about, and as we look at our past in the photographs, I will ask him to be in my future, and become my husband.
6. To propose to my guy, I would take him on a sailboat ride in our hometown of Galveston, Texas and propose at sunset. I'm not sure that I would actually get down on one knee, but I would definitely let him know exaclty how I felt about him and how much I want to spend the rest of my life with him. After all the excitement, I would pull out the picnic that I made earlier that day because what guy can say "no" to a home cooked meal? This proposal is perfect for us because it describes our adventurous (yet domestic)
7. We went away skiing, out to a wonderful local restaurant and I asked him at our favorite restaurant. He had already bought a ring to ask me so once we got home, it was official!!
8. I would cook a good home cooked meal. Than take a walk on the beach in the early evening and watch the sun set. At this point I would ask for his hand in marriage.
9. I could feel the butterflies fluttering around in my tummy as we pulled into the parking lot of his favorite restaurant. We’ve talked about marriage, but what will he say when I ask him? As we are seated at the cozy little table in the corner, I gear up for the big question. He doesn’t like the mushy stuff, so I just start out blunt. “Honey, I want this dinner to be a celebration.” I couldn’t help but smirk at his fearful face, he was trying so hard to remember what today was.
“Today is a celebration of the day that you promised to spend the rest of your life with me,” I softly said as I pulled the platinum band from my pocket. His face turned from scared to quizzical as he pondered the question he knew I was about to ask. The question “Will you marry me?” leapt out of my mouth at my impatience for an answer, but before I could finish he said “yes.” And that night we did celebrate.
Although my celebration dinner hasn’t come yet, my mind races with the thoughts of the pledge we will make that night.