Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. It’s also one of the most popular for asking someone to marry you. As with all marriage proposals location is everything. This infographic created by The Wedding Band Shop highlights some amazing locations from around the world to propose marriage. Our favourite one of course has to be The Cliffs of Moher!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year to propose marriage. With all the decorations, Christmas lights and the fact that a lot of family and friends will be home to share in the joy of your engagement, it is an ideal time to pop the question and ask “Will you marry me?”
I’ve created an anagram to help you create a winning marriage proposal. If you can tick off most of the following, you are on to a winning proposal!
And the anagram couldn’t be easier to remember at this time of year!
- C – Cheerful. Christmas is a time of good cheer. Make sure your proposal is cheerful.
- H – Happy. It’s a happy time of year. Embrace the happy Christmas spirit.
- R – Romantic. It goes without saying, ensure your proposal is romantic.
- I – Initiative. Show some initiative, use your imagination, brainstorm a few ideas.
- S – Surprise. A proposal works best when it is a surprise. Lay a false trail if you must, book flights to Paris for Valentine’s Day if planning to propose at Christmas.
- T – Tale to tell. Everybody asks ‘how did he/she propose?” Make sure you have a tale to tell.
- M – Memorable. Make it memorable or you won’t have a tale to tell.
- A – Authentic. Try and be authentic and come up with an original idea (see I above)
- S – Silly. Why not be silly if you are both jokers and enjoy a laugh.
Argos jewellery experts are predicting a bumper engagement period this festive season, following analysis of 2016 sales data which revealed a huge 50 per cent rise in ring sales on Christmas Eve.
When it comes to ring specifics, the retailer has stocked up on three-stone rings after ‘Meghan Markle Mania’ saw a 25 per cent rise in sales of the classic trilogy evergreen design after the Royal engagement was announced in November.
However, the most popular type of engagement ring is still the classic diamond solitaire, with 51 per cent sold versus other engagement styles, with a higher demand for 9ct white gold.
And perhaps Shirley Bassey and Kanye West were wrong and diamonds aren’t forever…as Argos jewellery experts have also reported a rise in coloured-stone rings being bought as engagement rings, particularly with millennial customers who are looking for something a bit quirkier than the standard solitaire.
Jo Rowland, Jewellery Buying Manager at Argos, said: “Research shows time and again that the magical festive period is the most popular time for proposals, and our sales data points to the same conclusion. In fact, we sell more engagement rings on Christmas Eve than we do for Valentine’s Day.
“The last-minute sales phenomenon does beg the question, are those buying rings on Christmas Eve planning in advance but buying last minute or are they deciding as late as Christmas Eve to propose the next day? Either way we’ll be ready for them!”
Last minute shoppers need not fear as they can purchase in-store with Argos right up until closing time on Christmas Eve. Customers should check specific local stores for opening times and stock availability.
Top 3 best-selling new diamond engagement style rings at Argos:
For further information go to http://www.argos.ie/
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