Valentine’s Day is said to be one of the most romantic days of the year and, love it or hate it, it is one of the most popular days for proposals, too. Proposing on Valentine’s Day may be a cliché, but it is undoubtedly romantic, and there are plenty of things that you can do to make it as unique as you are. Aside from the romance factor, it means that you are unlikely to forget the date on which you became engaged, which is a bonus.
First up, you need the ring. You might want to choose in advance, but if you are not certain of what they will like, you could use a temporary fix; anything from a piece of costume jewellery to a sweetie ring will do. Once you are 100% sure that you are going to go for it, you can get planning! Here are some of our favourite wedding proposal ideas.
Say It in Code
Oh, we love this idea! Masquerade your proposal as a funny Valentine’s day gift with this Morse code proposal mug. Make them a cup of tea in bed, hand them a pen and paper, and see how long it takes them to work it out. The mug comes with a decoding card; sit back and wait for the penny to drop!
Popping the Question – Literally
Fancy doing something a little different? Why don’t you get down on one knee in the traditional fashion and present them with a ring box containing… a pin! Take them to another room, where they will find a roomful of balloons (if you’re feeling extra creative, they can always spell out “will you marry me?”. Get them to pop the balloons to find the one containing the real engagement ring. Check out these biodegradable heart balloons, available in packs of ten or 100 – for the ultimate challenge!
Hide the Question for Later
If you are willing to play the long game, and for the ultimate element of surprise, hide the question somewhere that you know they will find it. For example, give them a book for Valentine’s day and, at
the end of the first chapter, write “Dear XXXX, Will you marry me? Love XXXX”. Tell them to have a
bath, candles, wine and read their book before dinner… and wait. It may take them a while to get to the end of chapter one, adding to the suspense for you, too. But when they find the answer, it will be totally unexpected.
Follow the Signs
If you have a favourite haunt, pre-arrange for your message to be on display. You could go to the beach and get someone to write it in the sand for you before you arrive; stick laminates with the question on billboards and street signs; you can go on a road trip, ask them to navigate, and write it across the map; you could even ask a café or restaurant to switch their menu for one that simply says “will you marry me?” The options are virtually limitless and the impact of seeing the realisation dawn will be truly special.
Spice It Up
If you both love cooking, use the opportunity of cooking a lovely Valentine’s meal to ask that all-important question. Think of one of your favourite indulgent meals and write the question above the recipe in the recipe book, or rearrange the spices in the spice rack to spell out the question (you may need to be a bit creative here – Marjoram, Asafoetida, Rosemary, Ras-el-Hanout, Yarrow, Mace, Elecampane).
Proposing can be as complicated or simple as you like, but whatever you do, make sure that you are
proposing for all of the right reasons; after all, a spouse if for life, not just for Valentine’s day!