21 Wedding proposal ideas

By Eleanor Stern
Info Guru, Catalogs.com

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Choosing the perfect wedding proposal is just as important as choosing the perfect engagement ring
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When you're ready to ask, here's how to make it special

You've found the perfect woman, and you're head over heels in love. It's time to take the next step and pop the question. Will you get down on one knee at a romantic dinner and ask for her hand? Or are you looking for some more creative way to ask the woman you love to become you wife? 

Here are 21 creative ideas for taking the first step toward "I do."  

Freeze the ring in an ice cube and drop it in her glass, while you are at your favorite restaurant. When she realizes what is in her drink, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you.    

Go to a local bakery. Instruct them to bake a cake with a marriage proposal on it and put it in the window. Take her on a romantic nighttime stroll right past the bakery, and point to the personalized cake in the window. Drop down on one knee, pull out the ring, and ask her to marry you. This way you can have your cake and eat it too, literally.       

Surprise her by sending a bouquet of flowers to her office or home. Tie the ring to the end of one of the stems. After the flowers are delivered, go to her office and propose.       

Pretend to drop your napkin in front of her at a restaurant. Ask her to pick it up, and while she is not looking, drop the ring in her wine glass. When she sees the ring, propose to her.       

Purchase fortune cookies and take out the fortunes with a pair of tweezers. Swap the fortunes with a piece of paper that says, "Will you marry me?" Then bring her to your favorite Chinese restaurant and have the waiter bring out her fortune after the meal.       

Bring her to one of her favorite restaurants. Make a menu with your proposal printed inside of it. Then have the waiter deliver the menu to your sweetie. As she opens it, ask for her hand in marriage.       

Have breakfast in bed together on a Sunday morning. Make her a beautiful breakfast with scrambled eggs, fruit, and mimosas. After you are done eating, tell her there is just one thing left you have to give her, and pull out the ring.       

Send her a one rose a day for 11 consecutive days. On the 12th day, she will be expecting the last rose to complete the dozen. Instead, show up with a dozen more roses, an engagement ring and ask her to marry you.      

Book a room for the two of you at a fancy hotel. Decorate it with flower petals and scented candles. Put rose petals all over the room, leading into the bathtub. Give her a robe, and ask her to look in the pocket. After she finds the ring, propose. Then give her a relaxing massage in the tub.           

Make a rose petal trail from the front door to the bedroom. Create a heart shape with rose petals on the bed, and put the ring in the middle. Tell her to go see what is in your heart.       

Deliver one rose to her every hour for 11 hours. On the 12th hour show up to meet her and propose.       

If she is a thrill seeker, take her skydiving. After you land, tell her if you made it through this you can make it through anything. Pull out a ring from your pocket and propose.       

For a more tame air idea, arrange a sunset hot air balloon ride for her. As you watch the beautiful sky, tell her how much you love her and ask her to marry you.       

Go Bungee jumping. When she is at the top of the cliff, pull out a sign that says "Will you marry me?" at the bottom       

Bring her back to the spot where you went on your first date. Tell her that ever since then, the relationship has grown so much and you hope she feels the same way. Then ask her to marry you.       

Propose to her on Christmas. Put the ring in a box, and hang it like an ornament on the tree. After all the presents have been opened, tell her there is one more special gift for her. Direct her to the ornament, and get down on your knees to propose.       

Put the ring in several layers of boxes so that each box fits inside another to create an illusion of a giant present. Have her unwrap it until she finally gets to the ring, and ask her to marry you.       

Write an advertisement slide, and ask the movie theater to show it as a preview before the movie. Get to the theater early, and let her watch the previews. When it gets to her slide, get down on one knee and propose.       

Take her on a surprise trip somewhere special. Blindfold her so she has no idea where she is going. When you get to the spot, take off the blindfold and ask her to marry you.       

Write a marriage proposal in the sand for her while you are at the beach. Then call her over and let her see what you wrote.       

Hire a plane to write your proposal in the sky. Tell her to look up and watch what the plane is writing.       

 Or, you could just ask her....

If fancy, elaborate proposals aren't your style, or you're getting too stressed about the details, you might want to keep it simple. Buy the ring, and ask your beloved to marry you. 

After all, the real treasure is the marriage. And any proposal, plain or fancy, can lead to a long and happy marriage. 

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