Kelleher International’s professional matchmaking services have paired thousands of couples across the globe, and whenever a good match is made, wedding bells inevitably follow! Our clients have worked together with the world’s premiere upscale matchmakers to meet the lucky man or woman of their dreams, dated, fell in love, and now it’s time to pop the question. This is an event the both of you will remember for the rest of your lives. So, how do you make it memorable? You didn’t settle for “whatever” in your relationship, so don’t settle while planning the proposal. Make the event as special as your date with these helpful tips!
The ring. Selecting an engagement ring isn’t just about picking the band or the largest rock – it’s about using your knowledge of your partner’s style and preferences to choose something she will cherish just as much as the relationship you have built together. If possible, borrow a ring your date frequently wears and take it to the jewelry store with you to ensure proper sizing. Any jeweler will also tell you to pay attention to the four C’s: cut, carat, clarity, and color. Research ring options before you shop!
The location. If your soon-to-be fiancée is sentimental, consider proposing in the location of your first date. This is a classic option that instantly personalizes the proposal experience. If you are an adventurous couple, you could propose at the top of a mountain or on a sailboat with a bottle of champagne to celebrate afterward. Travel is also notorious for inducing feel-good moments and romantic feelings. Consider booking a stay at a cozy bed and breakfast abroad and propose there. The key is to think about the kind of things you both enjoy and use them to build memories that last as you enter into this new phase of your relationship together.
Who’s invited. Consider whether your significant other is a private person and whether a public engagement is appropriate. Many people don’t mind a romantic proposal in a room full of people, whether they are strangers or your date’s ten closest friends and family members. Others prefer to keep proposals private and would find public engagements to be embarrassing regardless of their feelings for you. A quick rule of thumb: if your date does not like it when restaurant staff sing “happy birthday” on her special day, opt for a more intimate proposal setting.
The details. Do you want to create a heart out of rose petals in the hotel room? Does your date have a favorite type of chocolate or a special song that makes her think of you? Perhaps you play guitar and want to write a song that expresses your love. Incorporate these details into your proposal to help set the mood. Create an evening that will leave her swooning long before the ring ever comes out.
What Not to Do
Flash mobs. Flash mobs are great if you’re putting on a show or raising awareness for an event or charity, but your life is not a viral YouTube video. Keep it classy, folks.
Ring in the food. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room to retrieve the $10,000 engagement ring you so lovingly purchased and personalized just a few weeks prior. Besides, no bride-to-be wants to wear a ring that’s still sticky from whatever goo she’s just cleaned off her ring.
No proposal. If you think a simple, “how about you and I get married?” uttered on a park bench with no ring is going to cut it, you have another thing coming. This type of conversation is so casual your date is likely to question whether it’s really an engagement at all. Own your feelings and don’t leave any room for doubt. Make your intentions clear from start to finish.
Ruin the surprise. If you do any research about your impending proposal on a shared computer, clear your browsing history. Hide the receipt from your ring purchase in a box of old cigars your date doesn’t like. If family or friends are involved in the proposal, swear them to secrecy and make sure everyone knows there is a complete social media blackout regarding your engagement until after you and your fiancée announce it first. Don’t make suggestive comments that insinuate something big is about to happen. Treat your engagement like you would a birthday – you don’t want your date to know what her gift is before it’s opened!
Kelleher International’s professional dating services don’t stop after the first date; our international matchmakers provide counsel throughout the relationship and even offer a proposal package so you can craft a memorable engagement that will be cherished for the rest of your lives. Marriage is a commitment designed to last forever. You owe it to yourself to choose the best matchmaking team with the strongest record of success. Call today for a connection worth the commitment.