Five adorable Proposals and ways to help you do them without Breaking the Bank.
Let’s get real for a second: engagement rings are expensive. Weddings are expensive. Believe it or not, proposals can be expensive too. We’ve all seen it on TV; the fancy restaurant, the champagne, a whole big enchanted evening leading up to the Yes. But do we ever actually think about the green matter involved?
The truth is, your proposal doesn’t have to be extravagant, and it doesn’t have to leave you scratching for pennies. A lot of girls love the romance, but hate being put on the spot in some big public display of intimacy. If you want to wow your lady while keeping it financially low-key, you could:
- Leave her a note.
Picture this: your girlfriend wakes up, or comes home from work. You’re not home. She finds a note on the refrigerator (or the table, the bathroom mirror, wherever you think she is most likely to spot it). The content of the note isn’t really important. It could be a grocery list, a list of chores, a love letter, anything. But it’s a long note, and it completely fills the front of the page. At the bottom is a request to flip to the other side. She flips the note around. Taped to the back is the engagement ring, with the simple request: “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” She’s thrilled. She cries. You’re engaged. Voila.
Proposals Five Ideas to help you ask four little words – Will You Marry Me?
- Give her flowers. Bind the stems with the ring.
Chocolates, flowers, jewellery; the trifecta of cliché romantic gifts. We’re only going to use two of those here. Get her some flowers. You don’t have to buy them; remember, we’re being dollar-conscious here. If you live in an area with an abundance of wildflowers, or know someone with a garden who’s willing to share, you can pick them yourself. Instead of tying them together with a ribbon, or putting them straight into a vase, stick the stems through the engagement ring. You’ll want just enough so that the ring keeps them firmly together, but not so many that you’re stripping the stems. Give the bouquet to your future wife. She might not realize at first just what you’ve done, but when she does, she’ll be thrilled.
- Write it out in fridge magnets.
Fridge magnets aren’t just for children. If you happen to have any, or if you’re able to borrow them from someone who does, they can be used as a good proposal tool. While she’s not looking, write out “MARRY ME?” and below that “I’M SERIOUS”. From there you can either leave instructions on where to find the ring, or appear behind her, box in hand. It’s simple, but sure to thrill.
Proposals are done anytime, anywhere – you set your own rules.
- Send her on a scavenger hunt.
Why should the proposal be completely your responsibility? Make her work for it! Instead of presenting her with the ring, send her on a scavenger hunt to find it. Write out clues, which will eventually lead to the prize. These clues could lead her around your house, your apartment building, or even through romantic and memorable places you’ve been to together. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want, but it doesn’t have to be expensive!
- Attach the ring to an old gift.
Old presents can be good for more than just memories. Instead of leaving them to collect dust, bring those memories back to life, and add new ones by using them as a tool for your proposal. Slide the ring over the paw of the stuffed animal you won for her at the fair three years ago. Leave it in the bowl you made together in pottery class. Leave it for her to find, or, if you want to be a little more creative, lead her to it with a trail of rose petals (you can get fake ones on the cheap at Amazon, and even some dollar stores).