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7 Proposal Ideas to Melt Her Heart

Are you planning to pop that fateful question to your girlfriend and are having nightmares about how to do it?   Take heart— no matter where it takes place or how it’s done, a marriage proposal by its very nature is romance personified, guaranteed to melt a woman’s heart!  That is assuming, of course, that the “proposer” and the “proposee” are on the same page with their feelings for each other!  But, at this stage of the game, you must be already pretty clued in, right?

Plan it right!

However, if you do want to make this auspicious occasion even more so, you need to think it through a bit.  There are literally hundreds of proposal scenario ideas floating around in the cyber world, ranging from the downright wacky and life-endangering (will your sweetheart actually hear you saying “will you marry me” while skydiving, snorkeling, or clinging to a precipitous mountain top?) to logistical ordeals costing you a down payment on your first home together.

Frankly, most women are less into the super creative adventure scenario than into “wow, he really knows me” approach when it comes to proposals.  So, think about what her personality and style is, her likes and dislikes, and what makes her bubble with excitement, and fashion your proposal setting accordingly.  

Here are some basic personality/proposal scenario categories to get you thinking…

The Traditional Girlfriend

Scenario:  An expensive, exclusive restaurant she’s always wanted to go to, with pre-arranged ring delivery by a white-gloved waiter, in a champagne glass or on a desert plate with that proverbial question inscribed in chocolate.  This is an old standby, but still one with great pedigree and effectiveness!

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The Outgoing, Social Girlfriend

Scenario:  While out for a night of dancing, arrange with the DJ to pass you the mic so you can dedicate a song to her — her current favorite song or something from a romantic movie she loved —like Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic" (although that may be a bit awkward, considering the fate of the lovers in the film).  Then at the end of the song, drop on your knee and propose on the dance floor.

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The Outdoorsy/Nature Girlfriend

Scenario:  Do some research about the best spots in your locale — preferably ones that include breathtaking views with mountain peaks and romantic waterfalls.  Prepare a picnic basket that includes champagne and her favorite food.   Stealthily, place the ring under an interesting rock and point it out to her.  And you know the rest…

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The Romantic Girlfriend

Re-enact a proposal scene from her favorite romantic movie or book.  Just be careful that your selection does not require some unrealizable setups!  Recreating 19th century England to propose to her as Mr. Darcy did to Elizabeth in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, may be a bit unrealistic!

But, for instance, in The Wedding Singer Adam Sandler professes his love for Drew Barrymore by serenading her with a personalized song "Grow Old with You.”  If you’re musically inclined, a song written especially for your girlfriend to serve as a proposal will definitely melt her romantic heart! 

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The Family Girlfriend

Scenario:  If you’re fairly sure about her “yes” and her family has a favorable outlook on you, proposing at the end of a family dinner will make her —and them —love you even more.  But, if you’re not that sure about either one or the other, don’t do it – it may prove to be a mighty awkward situation!

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The Minimalist “No Fuss” Girlfriend

Scenario:  The spot you first met– that’s assuming you met somewhere appropriate and non-digital. But, if that’s the case, consider instead doing a night at home, cooking her favorite dishes (bonus points if you don’t cook, because of the special effort).  You may want to skip the dessert and later that night, slip the ring on her finger while she is sleeping.  Once she spots the sparkler, serve champagne and strawberries to celebrate!

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The Adventurous Girlfriend

Scenario:  A vacation get-away in a warm climate.  Your options here are many!  From a walk on a dusky, deserted beach (the least risky, possibly the most romantic setting with the soft lapping of the waves and the twilight glow), to a knee drop at an ancient fountain or monument, to that “I’m glad I got travel insurance” option involving skydiving, snorkeling or a hot air balloon, if you must!

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A marriage proposal is always romantic and memorable, as long as it involves a ring and an element of surprise, is centered around her favorite pastime or interest, and ideally executed a bended knee (still a treasured fantasy for most women!).   

Really, how much more romantic can it get than asking someone to be your partner for life, “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part”?   Ok, so maybe not so much when it happens as she is holding that dreaded drugstore test stick signaling an awesome event in nine months, but even under these circumstances, it will remain a very poignant and memorable moment! 

Ring Styles for your Personality

So, your significant other listened to Beyoncé, and wants to put a ring on it?  Congrats!  But, are you now a little overwhelmed by the mission to find just THE perfect engagement ring?  Does it seem like Mission Impossible with so many options out there?  Well, the best strategy is just to relax and let your instincts (and maybe also your budget?) guide you.  Because ultimately, choosing the right engagement ring is pretty much an instinctive thing – you will likely be naturally drawn to designs that reflect your personality and taste, and you will know which ring should adorn your finger the minute you spot it.  It will be one of those Oprah’s “Aha” moments!

 

 

Practical

If you’re someone who chooses function over fashion, consider a solitaire set. With its classic simplicity, this setting evokes a subtle beauty—perfect for ladies who prefer taking a quieter approach to being fabulous. And best of all, it can easily match with your other jewelry pieces, making the art of coordination a delightful no-brainer.

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Trendy

If you’re a diva who likes to stand out from the crowd, there are plenty of contemporary designs available. Halo settings, where your stone is encased by a heavenly pillow of small diamonds, is hugely popular. You could also explore the different shapes of stones available, from circular to marquise.

If you’re still not sure, you can add some oomph with a mixed metal band, or a pop of color such as rose gold. Who says engagement rings can’t make a statement?

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Classy

Maybe you’re the traditional type? In that case, you’ll adore all things antique. Get the classic look with a gorgeous vintage inspired engagement ring, featuring rose and white gold. Elegantly complimenting your freshly polished manicure and designer clutch, you’ll be thinking, “I’m so fancy. You already know!” while sipping on your low-fat latte and reapplying your rouge lipstick.

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Glitzy

For the foot-stomping bridezilla, glitz is the way to go! Jam-packed with high-quality diamonds, sapphires and a fat rock, you’ll join the exclusive club of A-list engagement rings.  While inexpensive (and totally brag-worthy), you can treat your finger like royalty, giving her a crown fit for Kate Middleton herself.

You can wear it alone as a stunning statement piece or go wild by matching it with other jewelry. Go bling or go home!

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Bohemian

If you’re a bohemian or a romantic soul, you’re best to simply follow your heart. Ignore the trends, the hype and the pressure to be fashionable and choose a ring that genuinely speaks to you. It could be unique, quirky or vintage— walk your own line when it comes to finding the perfect design. This way, whatever you choose will make a natural accompaniment to your carefree style, whether you’re a guitar player, hemp wearer or completely addicted to sriracha.

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There are, of course, a few other styles betwixt and between those mentioned here.  But the point is, to think about and settle on a handful of descriptors that feel true to your personality and style before you embark on your engagement ring quest.  And once you’ve armed yourself with this critical criteria, it shouldn’t be too long before you’ll be waving your left hand in front of your friends to the tune of their sincere “Ahhs” and “Wows”!