The big proposal: how to do it at home with style
Any man or woman worth their weight in romance knows that asking your better half to spend the rest of their lives with you is not just about loving you, but living with you, fighting with you, laughing with you and looking after each other, which is a pretty big deal. Marriage proposals are a pivotal point in any relationship and will be stored in the memory banks for years and – if the story is good enough- for generations to come.
Here’s a guide to some tips and ideas that will do just that depending on if your partner is more of a champagne-and-oysters type girl, a roses-and-red wine fox or a mint-tea-and-incense goddess.
For the girl about town
Great thing about proposing to this person is that keeping it low-key and at home is probably the last thing they are expecting. But who says it can’t be glam when doing it from the comfort of bed? Did someone say champagne breakfast?
Best advice here is to prep the night before. Dust off that old drinks trolley – or hire one – buy a bunch of white roses or lilies and arrange in an elegant vase, polish the crystal champagne flutes, chill the champagne and make sure the good linen is pressed. Arrange it all on the trolley, as you would expect in a 5-star hotel on the Amalfi coast and serve whatever your lover loves to have for breakfast. In terms of presentation, with all the above-mentioned factors ticked, you won’t need much else.
The key here is the element of surprise so pop the ring in their champagne flute and when you roll in the trolley pop the cork and pour that flute, they’ll see the sparkle and know that this is it.
For the hopeful romantic
If you’re lucky enough to be paired up with someone who lives for this stuff then you can’t really do much wrong here. But for the purposes of courtliness, invite your better half to dinner by candlelight with all the stops, a butler to serve, a choice of wine and a 3-course meal.
Dress the part, tell them to wear something special and when it comes to dressing your pad, Pinterest is your best friend. From rose petals to candles and scented room mists there are a host of novel ideas to inspire you to create a night to remember.
As a final touch to the dinner ‘serve’ the ring along with dessert, perhaps as part of the sweet treat, just make sure it’s pronounced enough for them to see and realize what it is. Or you could just do it the old fashioned way and get down on your knee.
For the Boho beauty
Somewhere outdoors – garden, patio or courtyard – during the magic hour of sunset would be the perfect setting for the one who prefers rubies over diamonds, exotic drinks over bubbles and black lilies over red roses. Drape some fabric, hire some Persian carpets, light some candles and scatter a few large Suzani covered cushions and the stage is set for a Bohemian Rhapsody.
Moroccan-inspired snacks and rose cordial cocktails will hit all the right spots and if you want to up the ante hire a Spanish guitarist to serenade the two of you. In keeping with the theme present the ring in a gilded Moroccan ring box, which your love can keep on the mantle piece as a reminder of the special evening.
It is up to you how you decide to make it a memorable night and remember even if things don’t go according to plan – the guitarist doesn’t pitch, you spill the red wine because of nerves, or you overcook the eggs – it’s all part of the fun and what will make it your and your person’s original story.
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