A wedding proposal is one of the most memorable experiences in the lives of any couple. While there’s nothing wrong with a good old straightforward, down-on-one-knee “Will you marry me?,” many grooms-to-be have come up with some creative, clever and just plain unusual ways to pop the question. Here are a few that Winklette Taylor, Devotion’s senior VP for retail operations, has come across:
Scavenger hunt – One groom who was Winklette’s customer led his future bride on a scavenger hunt all around the county. Each clue would lead her to a location that was important to them, where she’d find another clue. The final clue led her to our store, where the groom was waiting to present her with the ring.
The big screen – We’ve all seen videos of marriage proposals (some successful, some not) at major sporting events. If you and your prospective spouse are big sports fans and you’re considering going the stadium route, here are a few tips from sports ticket broker and blogger Nancy Zimmer:
- First, get in touch with the team’s public relations department. They can arrange with the stadium operations people to work with you and, for likely a few hundred dollars, to get your message up on the big screen.
- It’s best to time the proposal for early in the game, just in case the situation becomes a downer. Asking someone to spend their life with you while the home team is losing by 20 points in the third quarter would be a bit awkward!
- Be sure to get an aisle seat. You’ll need room to kneel down, and for stadium cameramen to get a clear shot. Have her sit on the aisle. When it’s time, step into a clear area in the aisle and do your thing!
Massage your message – Give your sweetheart a massage. Save her left hand for last. Slide the ring on her finger and ask your question.
Cheers! – One of the most creative, elaborate proposal ideas Winklette has heard comes from another one of her customers. It is the story of two high school sweethearts; they met when he was on the football team and she was a cheerleader. He enlisted all of her family members and friends to make it happen.
The first step was for her mom to convince her to come back to their old hometown for a visit. Meanwhile, he had obtained a football uniform and cheerleader’s sweater and pom-poms from their old high school. On the appointed night, mom took her daughter out shopping; they ended up at the old high school football field.
The lights suddenly go on, and there in the stands are all their old high school friends and teachers, and their family members. The groom, wearing the football uniform, runs down the field to cheers, as another friend calls the “play by play” over the PA system. He presents her with the cheerleader’s outfit, along with the ring. Score!
Yes to dessert – Finally, here’s a tasteful idea by one of Winklette’s customers that didn’t quite go as planned. After the couple had a delicious dinner at the restaurant where they had their first date, the waitress casually asks the female diner whether she’d like to see the dessert menu. “No,” she says emphatically. “I’m on a diet.” What the diner didn’t know was that the menu her significant other had arranged for the waitress to present really had a printed wedding proposal inside.
Now the waitress had to improvise. “Are you sure you just don’t want to take a quick look?” No, she didn’t. “How about I just leave it on the table?” No, the would-be bride insisted. “I don’t want to be tempted!” Finally, the waitress cut to the chase: “I really think you need to look at this.” That did the trick; turns out, there really was something on the menu she could say yes to!