We love these insights and top tips for would-be grooms the world over… gentlemen, we give you the art of proposing…
Oh how the other half think! Dan Beard, married man of some thirty-odd years (that’s thirty plus years, not thirty rather odd years…) shares with us – and the men out there – his top tips for framing that ultimate of questions: the good grooming guide to proposing…
Sometimes the circumstances just fall right when time, place and detail all co-align to conspire against the would-be-groom who had had no idea that particular morning, perhaps, that before the end of the day he would have done the full-hog, bended-knee-bit. These are moments of epiphany beyond a single man’s control.
But for those of you who are not so charmed or cursed – that’s most of us – you could take some control, plan things out and own the moment. After all, there is a long time to come (one hopes) that follows your declaration of love in that age-old question “Will You Marry Me?” so you might as well enjoy it.
So let’s take just one theme – your own imagination can provide plenty of other ideas. This blog’s theme is BRIDGES. Bridges connect, communicate, care. They join people and places together – very appropriate for a proposal of marriage.
Here are FIVE possibilities where you could propose to your beautiful girlfriend:
- THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO. The romance should be obvious. Just don’t make any jokes about Alcatraz Prison looming large like an omen over your betrothal as a sign of things to come in the ‘prison’ of your marriage before which you were a free man, etc, etc.
- THE RIALTO, VENICE. Throw in a singing Gondolier and your wife-to-be will have a story – your story – to have and to hold onto for life.
- SUR (or sous) LE PONT d’AVIGNON. Lovers can dance here and good luck will follow you throughout your marriage thereafter. Learn the words in French and sing them to her as you dance.
- THE PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE on which you can probably also buy her a ring whilst you’re at it.
- One of the many BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, IOWA. If it’s good enough for Clint Eastwood, it’s good enough for you. And show her the film first making sure you have a supply of tissues to hand.
If the previous five suggestions are a bit exotic and beyond your budget, go local and intimate by proposing on any white bridge over your local canal or river. Never mind the Pont des Arts in Paris – fix a padlock to your chosen bridge and then throw the key into the river (making sure the Environmental and Bridge Police are not looking). It will always be ‘Your Place’ thereafter.
And if bridges are not your thing on which to propose, what about tall buildings, cathedral steps, fountains, mountains, or in a hot air balloon? You are only constrained by your imagination!