Marriage Proposal 10 important rules to follow when popping the question

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In some ways, the proposal is bigger than the wedding
itself. No pressure, but your life hangs in the balance.
So, here are 10 rules of Popping the Question right!
Unlike your favourite video game, there is no “reset”
button after you take certain steps in your life. For
example, when you ask your ladylove to marry you. You
can NEVER undo that moment.
Truth is, most of your engagement has a reset button.
Not the proposal. You can’t undo it. The stakes
couldn’t be higher. Assuming she accepts, she’ll
describe every detail–from the salad dressing to the
roses to the way your voice quivered–again and again
to everyone she has ever met. She’ll blog it. Facebook
it. Twitter it. Even Instagram it!
In some ways, the proposal is bigger than the wedding
itself. No pressure, but your life hangs in the balance.
Follow these 10 rules of Popping the Question for a
favourable outcome:
1. YOU SHOULDN’T BE SURPRISED: Like a good
lawyer, don’t ask the question unless you know the
answer. And if you don’t know the answer, consider
whether you’ve given your courtship enough time.
(Hint: you haven’t.)
2. …BUT SHE SHOULD: You must surprise her. That’s
the game. If you talked about getting married last
week, then when you say, “Hey. Um. I was
thinking…maybe we could go on a hot-air balloon
ride together. My buddies were saying it’s fun,”
there’s a decent chance that she’ll crack your code.
Keep your cards close to your chest. Don’t tell too
many friends. Lie (if you must).
3. ONLY GO PUBLIC IF YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY SURE: If
there’s any uncertainty, popping the question in
front of 16,000 football fans could either: (1) be the
most humiliating moment of your life; or (2) force
her to croak out a “yes” that she (and you) will later
regret. In any event, think very, very hard before
making a public proposal. Unless it’s a Royals,
Indians, or A’s game, where the hundreds of fans
present won’t care.
4. PERSONALIZE: This helps you dodge clichés. As
much as you might be tempted to go to
http://www.800uniqueproposalideas.com, there is nothing
unique about them. You already know everything
you need for a memorable proposal. Think about her
interests and then tailor your proposal accordingly.
It shows that you actually know her, love her, get
her. If she’s a tree-hugging outdoors freak, then
incorporate a hike, camping trip, or hide it in her
bowl of veggies. (Kidding on the veggies, which
brings us to…)
5. GUARD THE RING LIKE IT’S YOUR PRECIOUS: No
brainer, right? But it’s shocking how many guys
hatch some bold, creative plan that ends up with
the ring lost in garbage. Plan nothing that risks the
rock. There’s a fine line between creativity and
stupidity. Don’t go near that line.
6. TAKE A KNEE: Sounds corny? Maybe a little. But by
taking a knee, you fulfill the vision that she’s had
since she was a very little non-ironic girl. Also, her
girlfriends will specifically ask her whether you got
down on a knee. Let her answer the right way.
7. KEEP HEAVY EYE CONTACT: It shows you mean it.
It shows confidence. Lock onto her eyes and never
glance away. Just like in poker, a nervous glance to
the side is a “tell” that could lose you the hand. (To
clarify: blinking won’t cost you the “yes,” but why
take chances?)
8. ACTUALLY HAVE A RING: Remember Lumbergh from
Office Space? Even though he made good money
and could easily afford a ring, he didn’t feel like
waiting for the jeweler, so he popped the question
sans diamond. His strategy? He printed out a
picture of a generic wedding ring–in black and
white, even–and scribbled “I.O.U.” on the paper.
Yeah! Don’t be Lombard. Bring the loot.
9. PRACTICE: We can almost hear Allen Iverson:
“Practice? Practice?! We talkin’ about practice?!”
Yes. Practice. Rehearse your speech in advance.
Look in the mirror. Propose to your dog. Say it in
the shower. It’s embarrassing and you’ll feel like a
moron, but it’ll give you more confidence in the big
moment.
0. THE SETTING TRUMPS SIZE: Ambiance is key. It’s
better to have an outdoor, intimate, candlelit picnic
than a lavish, $600 dinner at a “hot new restaurant”
that blares hip-hop. It can be pricey or cheap, small
or big, private or public, but the atmosphere must
brim with romance. We’re often wary of the “cheese
factor” and shy away from roses and their ilk. But
not here.
Guess what? In a marriage, if you’re given 10 rules that
really means you have (at least) 11. So here’s one
more:
RELAX: We know. This seems like a paradox. But as
long as you’ve thought this through–planned things
to a T, ensured she’ll say yes, practiced in the
shower–you’ll be fine. For real. Don’t worry about
stuttering or sweating or flubbing the lines. Even if
you stumble over your words and have pit-stains
like Ted Striker from Airplane, don’t worry, she’ll
find it endearing. That said, wear an undershirt.
AFTER “YES” This is it. This is the one moment that
belongs only to you and your future wife. Make it
last. This is one of the most intimate memories that
you will ever share with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
This is the calm before the storm, the slice of
tranquility before you make 200 calls to the family,
friends, and vendors. It’s the final truly quiet
moment until your wedding. Savour it.

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