Awesome Ways Propose to Your Girlfriend

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If you've reached the point in your life when your mind is made up about spending the rest of your life with that one special person, the next step is to ask her to marry you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you want to make it memorable. It's a special moment you'll want to relive when you tell your family and friends, and in the future, your children and grandchildren, how you got their grandmother to marry you. Have a better story than --- you got down on bended knee and…

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Are looking for ideas on how to create a moment that will be etched in the history of the family you will be creating. Many men have faced the same challenge, and they have managed to make very unique proposals. Read on to learn how they posed their life-changing question, and get the skinny on some romantic and awesome ways to propose to your girlfriend.

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Unforgettable Ways they Proposed to Their Wives

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    A restaurant menu with a different main course.
    Albert had a great idea to set up a truly romantic scenario for his surprise proposal. He took his girlfriend to dinner at a fancy restaurant where a violinist serenaded diners. While the musician vibrated the strings to their favorite song at their table, the waiter arrived with a menu. When his girlfriend opened it, the only thing she found written inside, were the words "Will you marry me?" Albert, on cue, went down on bended knee and presented his ring.
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    When a dessert plate has more than chocolate.
    Harold also took his girlfriend to dinner, but instead of writing his proposal in the menu, he asked the chef to pipe the words in icing across her dessert plate.
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    A cake with more than "Happy Birthday!" written on it.
    Sally's boyfriend asked her to marry him when she celebrated her birthday. He took her to the bakery to pick up a cake he had ordered for her, saying it was so pretty the baker put it on display in the shop's window, and there it was! The letters on the cake had the most romantic words that spelled out his intentions: "Will you marry me?"
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    Reading Tealeaves.
    Ten years ago Bernie told his girlfriend he had learned how to read tealeaves, and he was going to teach her how to do it. He filled her cup with tea and asked to drink it all and tell him what she saw at the bottom. Printed at the bottom of the cup were the words: "Please marry me!" She read the words aloud, and when she did, he said, "Yes!" To this day he tells their kids their mother asked him to marry her.
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    DJ for 20 seconds.
    Charlie and his girlfriend loved dancing, and on the night he was going to propose, he took her out dancing. Prior to that, however, he had asked the DJ to hand over the microphone to him so he could dedicate a song to her and ask her to marry him. With the entire ballroom cheering, she said yes!
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    Way up in the clouds.
    While they were on board a flight for an out-of-town weekend together, Arnold asked the crew for permission to use the plane's intercom system to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Of course, he got a yes, 35,000 feet above the ground.
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    Let the t-shirts speak.
    John bought a dozen t-shirts with the words "Will You Marry Me?" written on each of the shirts. These shirts were donned by a dozen of his friends during a surprise party. When he and his girlfriend walked into the room, his friends all faced the door and let their shirts state John's case.
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    The best spreadsheet balance.
    Robert and his girlfriend work in an accounting firm. On the day he was going to propose, he asked her to help him with a spreadsheet, claiming to have difficulty making the balance. Right there at the bottom of the sheet they were working on he made the proposal, "Want these figures perfectly balanced? You can marry me and everything on this sheet will be perfectly balanced."
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    At the end of his rope.
    Hank's girlfriend was greeted by a length of yarn hanging on her bedroom door with a note, "There is nowhere to go as I've reached the end of my rope." That rope seemingly and interminably went on. It went through the house - the living room, the dining area, and up to the kitchen. At the end of the rope she found an engagement ring and a card with the million dollar question written on it.
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    The sweetest candy.
    Mark knew his girlfriend loved chocolate truffles so he bought her a 2-pound box and put the ring right in the middle of the box – where a truffle was supposed to be.
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    A special cookie.
    Joseph asked a baker to make him a bouquet of cookies with his proposal written on them.
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    A special fortune cookie.
    Leigh ordered some special fortune cookies with the all-important question written on them. He then took his girlfriend to a Chinese restaurant and asked the waiter to serve his fortune cookies after they had eaten. The waiter did as he was asked, and when it was time to open the cookies, he asked his perplexed girlfriend what her fortune was. She said, "All it says is, "Will you marry me?" A bit baffled, she stared at him, and he promptly said, "YES". To this day, it remains a private joke between Leigh and his wife whenever he asserts that it was her who proposed to him and not the other way around.
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    Another special fortune cookie arrived after Benny & Sandra finished their meal at an elegant Chinese Restaurant.
    Not only was there a message in the cookie that asked for her hand in marriage, but when she broke open the fortune cookie, the engagement ring fell out.
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Spice up the Season with your Special Question

Apart from the proposals from these 13 creative men, you can also use the season's festive spirit to pop the question with your ladylove. For example, for Easter, make a special Easter egg for her by putting the ring inside one of those eggs inside of a Kinder Egg you can get from the supermarket. If it's Halloween, carve out a jack-o-lantern with the big question, light it up and leave it on her doorway.

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    Give her an umbrella to keep her dry when April showers come, but put your ring in a box inside the umbrella so that it falls when she opens the umbrella.
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    There are other red-letter days in the calendar that are ripe for such a proposal, especially Christmas and Valentine's Day when words just come so easily.
    Apart from the candy and the champagne glass, you can create a treasure hunt or compose a crossword puzzle to let her know you want to spend the rest of your life with her.
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    When it's time to fly kites, have one made with the words, "Will you marry me?"
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    And when the need to cuddle comes with the winter and snow, can there be a better way to pop the most romantic question than by writing it in the snow on her windshield?
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Taking a Special Walk


If you know some street performers in the park, ask them to sing a song like "At Last", or "From this Moment On" (or any song you think appropriate) when you stop to listen to them. Work out a script with you getting down on bended knee while they sing the song you agreed on.

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If she has a dog, invite her to take the dog for a walk. Tie the ring around the dog's neck, and in the middle of the walk, ask her to check her pet because there seems to be something on its neck. Hopefully, the rest will follow.

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Take her to the spot where you first met or had your first kiss, and get down on your knee and pop the question. Have a friend arrange pictures of you both in frames and candles at your special spot so that when you arrive, the location is set for romantic success. The special location and a few candles are not expensive - but priceless in sentimental currency.

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Does she have a place that she wants to visit or do you both have a favorite vacation spot? Arrange a vacation or quick weekend getaway and surprise her with the trip. This takes some planning. Be sure to enlist one of her close friends to help you with packing and getting time off work for her.

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  • Are you both skiers? Write, "Will You Marry Me?" in the snow and take her above it on the ski lift. Hikers? Take her on a hike and take out the ring at one of your favorite vistas on the hike.
  • Movie buffs? Contact your local movie theater and see if you can get permission to make a proposal video and have them play it during the opening movie previews. You may need to rent out the theater but it will be worth it, or pay a fee the same way someone who was putting an ad there.
  • Zoo or museum lovers? Zoos and museums often have a program where you can purchase a memorial stone and even get it inscribed. This will take some planning ahead, but you will always be able to visit that location with your proposal set in stone.
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Other Interesting Ideas

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    Create the appropriate ambience.
    If you ask her at your place, or her place, light as many candles as humanly possible. Flower petals. Nice wine or champagne. The perfect music.
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    Rooftop Romance.
    If you live in an apartment or condo that has a rooftop you can access, even if it's not beautiful, it could be a wonderful location. Set up a table and two chairs, a nice dinner and wine, or champagne, strawberries and chocolate. Add a nice tablecloth, flowers, fairy lights, and candles, and you've created a beautiful setting, while from the night sky, a billion stars shine down upon you.
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    1. Air. Airplane, hot-air balloon, top of a mountain, Eiffel Tower, CN Tower, etc.
    2. Fire. Campfire, during a fireworks display, a hundred candles.
    3. Water. Walking on the beach at midnight. Sitting on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Canoeing on an isolated lake. Near a brook in a grotto in the midst of a forest to the sound of the water tripping over stones, and the smell of ferns and moss. Near a waterfall – you may have to shout. On a boat or ferry or on a sailboat at sunset, or on the patio of a restaurant near water. Water evokes emotions, making it an ideal setting.
    4. Earth. Hiking in an enchanted forest. In the desert under a canopy of midnight stars. In the mountains or valleys.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Be sure. Before you make a dramatic proposal you need to be very sure you will get an unhesitating yes. It can happen that the two of you are not on the same page, even if you have been in a relationship for a while. Investigate how she feels about getting married; don't blind-side her with the proposal. Do your homework first.
  • Adjust your proposal to her personality. If she is the shy, retiring type, she may not appreciate having a crowd boisterously cheering you on while you propose. Maybe the proposal written in a menu will be more her style. Don't assume, however, that an extraverted person wants a public proposal. That's not always the way. Sometimes it's the other way around. Sometimes the introverted like the hoopla, and the extroverted prefer the intimacy. Just know who it is you want to spend the rest of your life with.
  • Be prepared. If you are sure of her answer, set the stage accordingly and try to get the proposal on video. If you are planning your wedding anytime soon, it will be a very nice clip to show during the wedding reception.
  • The effort always counts. The love of your life will no doubt be impressed when you come up with an awesome way to propose, so just relax when you make your proposal. Your girlfriend will see the effort you've made, and that alone should be enough to melt her heart.
  • If you're a man, you might not think this is important, but she will. Please make sure the love of your life isn't wearing track pants and has unwashed hair, or isn't wearing make-up, although she usually does. A woman will remember every single detail of this event, and if she's dressed for a run, and you take her out, she'll always remember she didn't look her best. This is when you can enlist help of her best friend.
  • What if she says no? She might. You don't ever know for sure. At least consider the possibility, so you won't be blind-sided. Some women don't want to get married. It might be too soon for her. The proposal might have been such a surprise she was embarrassed or caught off-guard or simply overwhelmed. This is what makes a public proposal so risky. If she does say no, be calm. Do not get angry. Wait for an explanation. Hope. There's always hope.
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