We are fast approaching engagement season. While of course it is okay to propose any ol’ day of the year, statistically most marriage proposals take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. I was at dinner with a dear friend last night and she asked me why? My answer was speculation, but I believe it to be the case, because there are so many wonderful moments throughout the holidays, it’s easy to attach a proposal to any one of them. It’s easy to obtain parental blessings in person, which is a sweet and sincere sentiment and lastly you’ll be able to share this news with friends and family in person vs. a phone call, text message or facebook status.
So with this on the minds of many *men, we want to help ease the proposal planning process with practical advice and creative ideas on how to plan the story which will be recounted for years to come. Proposers: First of all congratulations of finding the key to your lock (thanks to Dana of Deposit a Gift for sharing this brilliant analogy!) and kudos to you for realizing it is time to act. I hope you will find this series a great resource as you plan to take this momentous step. If there is an area you would like me to address specifically in regards to planning your engagement, please feel free to comment on this post or email me directly at email@example.com.
Much like planning a wedding, one of the early things to take into consideration is where you would like to propose to your partner. Consider her interests, hobbies and passions. What places are significant to your relationship? Would she prefer a private proposal or would she be comfortable with the attention a public proposal may generate? Time of year and weather may seem trivial but can actually weigh heavily on the experience and should not be overlooked.
Fantastic wedding photographer, Christian Oth published an excellent interactive list of Great New York City Street Locations. This tool serves as a great resource for those looking for a place to propose.
Check out the proposal pictured above that documented by wedding photographer Parris Whittingham.
If you are engaged or married, please share your proposal story. What stands out most in your memory?
Photo courtesy of: Parris Whittingham Photography
*The men could be women and the he’s she’s in this post and whenever we use pronouns to tell a story. We love our reader who are in same sex relationships and know their commitment proposals deserve the same thought and consideration.