|21. OUT THERE:
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.
Order a dozen red roses and pick them up yourself
at the shop. Write the card to say, "Will you marry me?"
and put the diamond in the box of roses... in a presentation box of its own. Present the flowers during a candlelight dinner for two at home (cater
if you can't cook).
If you reads her mail in the afternoon, and you know her schedule for the next day... 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
For the serious netizens -- E-mail a 3-D animated
graphic of a loose diamond, with the message, "Will you
marry me?" Find something to do together online, like researching for your next movie, or something, and have her check her email.
|25. OUT THERE:
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 no kids AND you will be there all day with her, sticking like glue -- Hide the diamond in a box with your proposal message in a place she will certainly look during the day -- such as in the butter dish if she eats toast every
morning, or in the silverware drawer before dinner, or with her
makeup in the morning. Try to be there when you expect her to
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.
Arrange for a day at a private beach together,
building sand castles or digging for shells. On the night before,
write a love poem on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into
an antique bottle with a cork, and bury it in a well marked spot
in the sand near your diggings. Be sure you "find"
the bottle as you dig together. Open and read the poem, then
present the diamond from your pocket and ask for her hand
|29. WAY WILD:
for the really bold and mature relationship, and be very, very careful she is totally ready to say "yes" -- 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!
If she listens to a favorite station at the same time every morning,
arrange for an ad on her usual station at just the right time
so she hears your proposal after she gets prepped for her day, teeth brushed, and showered etc. Be there by her side when she hears your public
proposal, and have the diamond in hand.
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|31. OUT THERE:
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 a live announcement over the intercom. Then go to her classroom
and give her the diamond with everyone cheering.
If she loves puzzles, disguise your proposal
as an anagram that works out to read: "Will You Marry Me?"
and pretend to work on it with her for entertainment. You could do this while you
are both waiting for dinner to arrive at a fine restaurant.
she likes cute stories, you could make a storybook of two animals
(with your names) falling in love and getting engaged. Take two
stuffed animals, put a coathanger in their backs to make them
hold a position, then set up the animals to act out the story
while you take photos. Type the words to the story on your computer
and paste them to each page. Write the last page to say, "Will
you marry me?", with a picture of the diamond in its presentation
box. Take it all to a printer to have it bound as a booklet,
then present the book at a private moment at home. Be ready with
the real diamond when she gets to the last page.
|34. OUT THERE:
If you have a talking bird or parrot, train
it to say, "Will you marry me?" And make a big show
with the new words he has learned -- at a romantic moment.
|35. OUT THERE:
she has deep ties with her family: Make up a special Christmas
or birthday present when she will be traveling alone to see the
family without you and send it with her as a gift to open with
her family on the big day. Place the diamond in a presentation
box between two plush velvet pillows into a gift box. Type your
proposal on parchment paper and pin it to a pillow next to the
diamond, and wrap it all as a gift. Secretly travel to the spot and surprise her when she is opening it!
|36. OUT THERE:
If she has been waiting for her "big chicken"
to finally ask her: Arrange to meet her for lunch where she works.
Rent a Big Bird costume from the local theatrical shop and wear
it on the way. She won't know who it is inside, so write a card
that says you have been sent by a dear friend (so she won't recognize
your voice). Show another card that asks her name to confirm
she is the right woman. Then give her a paper bag with a large
plastic easter egg in it (one of the ones that open with candy
inside). Inside the egg, put the diamond box and a message, "Will
you marry me?"
skilled scuba divers and snorklers: Arrange a special dive with
a few of your best friends. At the end of the dive or in an especially
beautiful area, write, "Will you marry me?" on your
diver's slate and show her. When she nods in agreement, slip
an inexpensive expandable ring on her finger. When you go topside,
have the real diamond ready nearby.
If she enjoys and knows poetry... Buy a small book of poetry from the Brownings etc, and make a cutout
the size of the ring through all of the pages. Place and tape
the ring into the empty space. Write your own special poem, insert
it into the first page of the book and present it to her.
the engagement ring and tie a thread to it. Tie the other end
of the thread around your finger. Tell your partner, "I
have a present for you, but there's a string attached."
your partner loves a little mystery, deliver a letter to her
with a bouquet of flowers. Let the letter serve as the first
clue to a treasure hunt. At the end of the hunt she'll find you,
on your knees, holding the ring.