All you need to know about ‘Wedding Engagements in Ireland’ especially in the lead up to World Marriage Day on February 14th which is an ideal day to celebrate marriage, or to propose. Coincidentally, it is also Valentine’s Day!
· Cork men spend the most on engagement rings spending €3,500 on average.
· €50 is the average spend on an engagement gift.
· The average engagement for an Irish couple is now between 13 and 18 months.
Infographic courtesy of The Wedding Band Shop
We got some great coverage in The Sun Newspaper for marriage proposal planning!
When it comes to marriage proposals it doesn’t get much better than this one. The amount of effort that went into it not to mention how everyone must have prepared and managed to keep it all a secret is truly amazing. What a great video!
Here’s a lovely opportunity highlighted by our friends at De-Stress 4 Life
You can try a scuba dive with Atlantic Diving School based in Co. Clare, under the watchful eye of Chris Healy who recently broke a World Record
Discover Scuba diving is an experience designed for those who want to test the waters and who have a little adventure in their blood.
You will be shown the basic safety procedures for an enjoyable scuba dive under the watchful eye of a Qualified PADI instructor.
Please be aware that PADI Discover Scuba diving is not a diving certification but an introduction to diving in a safe environment.
If you’re feeling confident enough why not propose marriage underwater? Bring a little sign with you or have the instructor carry it saying ‘Will You Marry Me?’. You could even bring the ring if you’re feeling brave enough. Tie a piece of string to it to ensure it’s not lost in the seaweed or sand though! You could also use a temporary ring, especially if wearing dive gloves. You could also ask Chris (or whatever dive instructor is going to be with you) to hide the ring in the box in spot where you can ‘find’ it on the dive. Most dive spots have well recognised landmarks by those who frequently dive them, so ‘finding’ the box shouldn’t be any trouble.
What You Need
A Bathing Suit
A Large Towel
A Sense of Adventure
All other equipment is provided
80€ Per Couple
Contact Chris Healy at 086 0570544
To make your reservation
Visit Atlantic Diving School on Facebook
For anyone planning to propose marriage this coming Valentines Weekend or maybe just would like a nice romantic walk in the open countryside under the light of the moon but with the safety of group of other walkers, a nice service is available through www.wildernessfitness.ie
This is from their website:
We can’t bring you to Paris, but we can definitely bring the romance to you.
Picture this, your partner and you on a romantic moonlight stroll through the beautiful Valley of Glenmalure in the heart of Co. Wicklow.
This Valentines weekend, strike all the right cords with your lover in the beautiful garden of Ireland. You both can relax while the team of cupids at Wilderness Fitness take care of the romance for you. Just show up with your loved one and we will do the rest.
The emphasis will be on enjoyment for you, and as such the walking route chosen is a moderate to easy in exertion levels.
It will take about 2 or 3 hours to complete and we promise to have you back in time to enjoy a drink by the fire!
Valentines Moonlight Walks are also available in Cork, Galway and Tollymore Forest Park, Belfast
Departure time for walks is 7.30pm on Fri 10th Feb 2012
Advanced booking is essential by calling (01) 6606 442 or (087) 095 8280
Price is only €60 per couple
So what are you waiting for?
Glenmalure is waiting to seduce!
Ladies this is your year to propose marriage! If your man is a bit slow to pop the question, why not take advantage of an old tradition which actually dates back to 5th century Ireland. The story goes that St. Bridget persuaded St. Patrick to allow women to ask their men to marry them. he was in favour of every seven years, but she persuaded him that every four years would be better. Hence the leap year marriage proposal was born.
In medieval times if the man proposed to turned down the offer he had to pay a forfeit of one pound and a pair of gloves or a silk gown. So if you are turned down perhaps you can invoke the old custom and end up (after inflation taken into account) with a tidy sum and a new wardrobe!
Of course in this modern age ladies can and do propose marriage whenever they want. But why not take advantage of this romantic tradition and choose 29th February 2012 to ask your man to marry you?
This year the 29th of February falls on a Wednesday so you can plan a weekend away afterwards, or book a hotel for the night, book a romantic meal in a nice restaurant or arrange a surprise at home for him.
There are many ways you can surprise him. It depends on your own personality types whether you go for something public and extravagant or something a little more private and low key. If he’s a sporty type check if there’s any matches on that he may be interested in. You may be able to contact whoever looks after the scoreboard to organise a pre-prepared banner to be draped over it at half time. Maybe he plays indoor sports, likewise you could organise a surprise for him in the squash court/indoor soccer hall etc. Even just go for a walk, weather permitting, through a local woods. You could organise a kind of treasure trail. Behind one tree place a bottle of his favourite beer, behind another tree place a ticket to a concert or match. You could even just post little love notes if money is tight. Eventually you end up at a nice spot where you may have a sign with the words ‘will you marry me?’ on it. To ensure things go smoothly you may need to enlist some help to place the items in the various prearranged locations.
Anyhow the possibilities are endless, the only limit is your imagination. You could have great fun planning and organising it.
Go on! Take the chance, he might be just waiting for it. Be romantic and creative and come back and tell us all about it. If he says yes make sure to revisit to plan your wedding. Good Luck!
This video has really raised the bar when it comes to marriage proposals. Watch and enjoy
Some people will go to any lenghts (or heights) to propose to their loved one.
I came across this link recently which shows some extreme measures taken by people proposing to their partners. Click here
The perfect chance to score a few brownie points with your loved one. Simply write a blog post and link back to FlowersMadeEasy.ie to be in with a chance to win 12 Red Roses, a box of Butlers Chocolate and a bottle of bubbly.
If you are planning on popping the question and asking your beloved to marry you. Why not check out some of the suggestions on www.WillYouMarryMe.ie
A new reality show called Failte Towers on RTE is starting in August. Basically 12 celebrities will run the hotel for 2 weeks without the help of any other staff. Debbie from Adare Productions, the company behind the project contacted me recently to know if I had knowledge of anyone planning to propose marriage in a unique way. So if you or anyone you know is planning to pop the question and would like to be involved in the show click here to find out more.