Tips for a Perfect Proposal

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At Rocks we love valentines day, it is such a romantic time of year . There are so many things that make this time of year so special and that is why it is the perfect backdrop to ask the special question.

Don’t get overwhelmed and carried away in the moment, for any engagement to be perfect it needs some planning. So here at Rocks we have put together some tips to help you with the perfect proposal. We will also point out some possible pitfalls you may encounter and how to avoid them.

1. Tell only those who need to know! First, take advantage of the surprise element that may occur. Tell only those who need to know. Parents would be on the top of the list, however, if there happens to be a chatty mum or dad then tell the other parent. You may even want to show them the ring; they may have some advice for the proposal.

2. Deciding on the perfect Ring. Unless you two have already shopped for engagement rings, you probably are not sure what type ring to pick. If this is the case take a look at her other rings, take her lifestyle and personality in to consideration, and if all else fails fish for some information about what she expects in a perfect ring. Don’t be hurt or upset if she decides to change the ring you have chosen, remember she has to wear it forever. Check with the jeweller that you can exchange the ring before you purchase it. But chances are she’ll keep the ring you chose.

3. Where to propose? If you are a both big family people than you may feel like you need to have them nearby. But remember this is meant to be a special moment for just the two of you. If the beach has been a special place for the two of you then take a walk along the beach and have ‘will you marry me?’ written in the sand. Another option would be in the living room in front of your family and friends and an open fire, where a dinner proposal is also nice and traditional.

4. What to wear. Yes, what you wear matters, as you only get to do this once! And you want her to remember the moment. Depending on where and how you decide to propose a suit adds an extra bit of romance, otherwise you could wear a nice pair of jeans and a shirt.

5. What to say. Think over what to say but do not over rehearse it! Tell her how you feel and what she means to you. And yes, you should say I love you! And say it on one knee!

6. How to say it.  If you decide to do something a little different that’s great but remember YOU still have to ask the question.

7. When to say it. Pick a time when you think she is relaxed. When she’s ranting about work is probably is not the right time to ask her to marry you. If she is a morning person, surprise her with breakfast and a ring. Maybe there is a special dinner or party you are attending, on your way out the door tell her that she is missing something, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you…now she has the perfect accessory!

8. Be yourself. Although these suggestions are meant to help, be yourself. She loves you for who you are!

9. Seal the deal with a kiss!

We hope this will help you with your perfect proposals!

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The perfect proposal to match her personality

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At Rocks we believe every proposal should be special and unique to each couple!
We know getting ready to pop the all important question can become completely overwhelming, so we have put together some perfect proposal ideas to suit your lucky ladies personality!
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Romantic: If your fiancé to be is a true romantic at heart what would be more perfect than a romantic evening stroll or a horse drawn carriage ride around the park, stopping at the band stand that is lit with candles, rose petals scattered and the champagne waiting on ice for you both. Once she has gotten over the shock, tell her exactly what she means to you and how much you love her and want to spend the rest of your life together and ask her to be your future wife. If you want to go completely romantic and over the top have some music playing or a slide show of your life together so far.

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 photo Untitled_11d82ccbb1bfbc3094ed250_zps8f60b659.jpgQuirky: For the lady who likes things a little out of the ordinary but still romantic then why should her proposal be any different. When you are both out doing of shopping make an excuse that you have to collect a surprise for her and that you will meet her at a certain place in 20 minutes.
This will give you time to change and get things set up properly. While she is waiting for you, organise a flash mob to start dancing, let her see you join in with them and then at the end of the routine get down on one knee and ask your lucky lady to marry you.

If this is not quirky enough for you why not get strangers to walk up to her one at a time with a single red rose with a note saying a word that reminds you of her, for example loveable, funny, kind, ice-cream or shoes…it could be anything. And with the twelfth red rose you could be down on one knee and propose to her.

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 photo Crafty250_zps7b61138f.jpgCrafty: If the love of your life is always making something, why not take a leaf out of her book and get some inspiration for the perfect proposal.  You could put a scrap book together of happy memories from your relationship and on the last page you could have a picture of you down in one knee with the ring and when she looks over at you, be down on your knee with the ring wearing the same thing as you were in the photo.

Another craft orientated proposal would be to gather all your friends and family together and record each of them individually, telling you what they like best about you both as a couple. Arrange for this to be done in a familiar setting with each person pretending to hold something in their hand and passing it on to another person, then the last person passes it to you and you say how special you are as a couple and everything you love about her and when she looks at you be down on one knee and have the ring in your hand like you did the video and open your hands to revel the perfect engagement ring and ask her to marry you.
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A family orientated proposal: For a more family orientated marriage proposal, wait to propose to your fiancé until all her family and friends are in your company, tell her you have forgotten something and leave the room.  When returning back in to the room give her a large gift wrapped box, with a number of smaller gift wrapped boxes inside, until she get to the last box which is the ring box. At that point get down on one knee and ask her to spend the rest of her life with you.
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A more private and reserved proposal: If your love is not a fan of the big public proposals, why not opt for something private yet as elaborate and romantic. Tell her that you are bringing her out to dinner to a fancy restaurant for a romantic dinner. Ok so you have two options at this point.
You could arrange for a private room in her favourite restaurant and have it romantically decorated, and have the champagne on ice. Once you are settled at the table you could begin by telling her how wonderful  and thoughtful she is and that is why you want to spend the rest of your life together, then get down on one knee and ask her to marry you and present her with the perfect engagement ring.

The other option is to arrange with the jewellers (which we would be more than happy to arrange)  for a private ring selection after hours or have a room set up with flowers and champagne for your lucky lady to select her own ring in private. To keep it a surprise, tell her to close her eyes that you have a surprise for her, and tell her to open them once you are in the private ring selection room. This way you won’t have the stress of having to pick the ring.
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Keep an eye out for our next blog!

 And for that all important engagement ring take a look Rocks Forever Collection

   Because Love Rocks! 

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Planning the Perfect Proposal?

Planning the perfect proposal can be tricky, not to worry, as Rocks Jewellers and our in house Diamond Expert is on hand to help you along the way.

The Do’s and Dont’s of popping the question:

  1. Involving the right people: think of involving her family and friends on the magical moment, or have an intimate setting just for the two of you with a surprise engagement party for her after the almighty YES!
  2. Consider whether she would prefer private or a semi private affair. Just because you are a big sports fan it does not mean she would like to be proposed to in the middle of Croke Park during the All Ireland final!
  3. Choose your location wisely as it set the mood. Maybe start with how you are going to propose then where – the ideas will come to you.
  4. Keeping it a surprise is essential! If you aren’t typically romantic don’t plan a special date out of the blue, she will be rushing off to get her nails done! Instead obtain the help of her best friend that way she genuinely will be surprised.
  5. Pay attention to detail. Make the proposal about her and her favourite things! Make sure to personalise the proposal to your relationship!
  6. Get a female perspective. Again get advice from her best friend or mum.
  7. Keep the proposal speech short and sweet! Just explain why you love her and why you want her to be your wife!
  8. Use your personal resources. You have just spent a pretty penny on the special ring! The anticipation of what’s inside the pretty box makes the moment more memorable. So don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to carry out small tasks to help you create the perfect setting.

Now for some locations for that magical moment!

Engagementcation: the growing trend of getting engaged on a romantic getaway! If the bank balance allows splash the cash and whisk your lucky lady away to a beach resort and pop the question over a candle lit dinner on the beach!

For more practical proposals that are just as lavish and memorable try one of the following location ideas!

Dublin Botanical Gardens


Inveagh Gardens Dublin

If you’re the crafty type, put together a scrap book of all your special moments in your relationship then suggest a stroll around the Botanical Gardens. While settling down for a beautiful picturesque picnic present your loved one with the book of memories, and while laughing and reminiscing slyly pull out the ring and propose!

Make your special lady a princess for the day!

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

Whisk your lucky lady to Lough Eske castle in the heart of Donegal and escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance, treating her to a pampering package in the lavish spa. Giving you time to get a great romantic setting  for the perfect proposal – whether it be over a romantic candle lit dinner or evening stroll after dinner or rose petals leading her to a private drawing room with a roaring fire.

For the more outdoor type.

Howth Hill

Take a romantic stroll on Howth Hill with the picturesque scenery surrounding you, it will be the perfect setting for that magical moment.

Or simply make it a special occasion!

Do something that you wouldn’t normally do like clean the house or wash the dishes! When she asks why you are doing it tell her to get ready you are taking her out for a romantic dinner. When she comes out surprise her with a romantic proposal and the ring!

Now you have the Do’s, the Don’ts and some location suggestions here is your ever so essential proposal check list.

  1. Broach the subject of marriage…. Be subtle like I know I will love you forever!
  2. Know her ring size…. Borrow one of her rings to size but make sure it fits on the weeding finger of the right hand.
  3. Know what kind of ring she wants… if you need a little help get some help for her mum or best friend.
  4. Asking the parents permission may be an old tradition but it may mean a lot to them and your lucky lady.
  5. Plan the perfect proposal!

And for the all important ring take a look at Rocks Forever Collection

Because Love Rocks