Devotion’s Senior VP for Retail Operations, Winklette Taylor, is in a unique position to give advice to would-be bridegrooms. She’s helped guys of every type and style to craft their perfect engagement ring, and heard endless schemes for popping the question – from the sublime to the silly.
One in the latter category involved a fishing trip. “A guy came in to pick out a ring,” she remembered. “He thought it would be a great idea to take his future wife out fishing on Lake Champlain. He would have a fishing rod with a hook baited with the engagement ring, then have her reel it in and make his proposal. I politely suggested that opening the possibility of a fish swallowing such a sizeable investment might not be the best idea.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with a lake. Winklette suggested as an alternative having a beautifully set table, adorned with a vase of roses, roped off at the end of a dock. After the (hopefully successful) proposal takes place during the lakeside dinner, they could commence the fishing part of their adventure as an engaged couple.
If a surprise proposal is wanted, Winklette has one crucial piece of advice: limit the people who know about it beforehand. “Don’t tell your buddy,” she says. “He’s liable to tell someone else, who tells someone else, and then . . . there goes your surprise.” And whatever you do, don’t tell her girlfriends! “Getting proposed to is exciting twice,” Winklette says. “First, when you see the ring and say yes – and then when you show the ring to your girlfriends and they go crazy!”
Guys might also think twice about giving gifts that give off false alarms. Like the woman who unwrapped the Christmas present from her boyfriend to find a navy blue t-shirt with GOT RING? printed on it in white type. She turned the shirt over, and saw GOT RINGS? printed – with pictures of rings representing the New York Yankees’ 27 World Championships. There was no actual ring in the box. Just tickets to Opening Day featuring the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. A nice gift for sure – but not exactly what she had in mind.