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3 Simple Ways To Create the Perfect Marriage Proposal

Posted Aug 28 2008 7:17am 1 Comment

Did you know that the most memorable marriage proposals are also the most creative and unique?

Problem is, the more you want to blow her away, the more frustrated and stressed you become by trying to come up with an original idea!

Not to worry.

Here are 3 ways to get your creativity flowing and come up with your winning proposal idea:

1. FIND THE "PERSONAL" TOUCH

Aww… your girlfriend likes restaurants. Well guess what? So does everyone else!

You need to dig for those unique and special things about your girlfriend that stand out, and use them as your starting point for proposal inspiration. Nothing speaks louder than a proposal that says, “I love you and understand you deeply” at the same time.

If you’re stuck for ideas, grab a piece of paper and think back to all the memorable moments while you two were dating. What are her favorite things to do? What place does she hold dear to her heart?

If she grew up on the beach, maybe you could take her to a high cliff near a magnificent beach where she grew up, and arrange for her to see the words, "Kim, will you marry me?" written in giant letters on the sand down below as the sun sets.

As another example: I once knew a girl who was totally OBSESSED with Superman. So in this case, instead of parachuting into a party to propose, why not do it in a Superman costume?

See where I’m going here? Your first step to a perfect proposal is making a list of all the things that are special to your loved one and using them as inspiration for your proposal.

2. ASK HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Believe it or not, no matter how long you’ve been dating, you’ll almost always discover some new “little known facts” about your girlfriend by simply asking her family and close friends. While these hidden gems might not spark a proposal idea themselves, they’ll certainly guide you in the right direction and further inspire you.

3. FIND THE **WOW** FACTOR

Want to know if your proposal will be exceptional? Explain your proposal idea to a female friend and if she isn’t "mouth-hitting-the-floor-with-astonishment" surprised, go back to the drawing board!

I’m serious.

This is the most important moment in her life (and yours!) If the proposal stinks, what’s she going to think about the YEARS ahead?

Some people say that you should keep proposals "safe" or "simple" by doing something that everyone’s already done before, but considering 80% of women said their proposals were less romantic than they’d hoped for, isn’t that telling you something? While most men spend lots of money on the ring, they often lack originality, which leaves the woman feeling disappointed.

In conclusion, if your proposal doesn’t excite friends and family, it certainly won’t excite your wife-to-be.

Michael Webb is the author of "The Romantic’s Guide To Popping The Question," a book filled with 101 Creative and Unique Marriage Proposals, hand-picked as award-winning stories from a total of 7,329 entries in his worldwide competition. To learn more, Download: The Romantic’ Guide To Popping The Question

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Hmmm...I'm not sure if the moment of proposal was the most important moment in my life (or my husband's), but I can understand the desire to make it novel and special. Sometimes I think that taking it over the top can be a little overboard--I've known some people who've gone all out for the spectacle rather than the true sentiment, and their marriages have also ended shortly after they started. The moment of proposal for me and my husband was simple and sweet. We were lying in bed together on a Sunday afternoon talking about our experiences transitioning from childhood to adult. He looked into my eyes and told me he wanted to be with me forever, and it was settled then and there. Simple, sweet, not ultimately very memorable, but very beautiful and heartfelt--I wouldn't have it any other way.
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