There is no shortage of thoughts, ideas and actual marriage proposals today. A quick "Google" search will produce thousands based on location and involvement with sports, vacations, kids, dogs, hot air balloons, etc. It would be presumptuous of us to attempt to re-invent the wheel in the marriage proposal process. A far better service from Mack & Sons Jewelers would be to provide you with guidelines and suggestions that allow you to tailor the proposal for your own personal uniqueness.
The proposal is important. Regardless of the time spent in a relationship previous to your actual proposal, regardless of the fact you both have done a little ring shopping and even regardless of the fact you may already share a household; it's important to her that you demonstrate enough seriousness about spending the rest of your life with her...that you formally ask her. It is a benchmark event in a woman's life and you'll reap long term benefits by taking it seriously and getting it right for her.
Don't over think it: Getting it right doesn't necessarily mean complicated. Grandiose schemes and pranks are a guy thing. Most any woman would prefer intimate and memorable. Women dream of being proposed to. It can be much more meaningful and surprising if the event happens naturally as part of your individual lifestyles not something uncomfortably out of the ordinary. Be her Knight in shining armor for this event and no matter what you think, the bended knee is highly desirable here.
Rule No. 1: Have a ring. You are about to enter into a "betrothal" agreement. The engagement ring is your gift to her upon your marriage proposal. The ring indicates the seriousness of your request in asking for her hand in marriage. Her acceptance of the ring completes the agreement. Seriousness does not necessarily equate to expense, its tradition. Remember, they dream about these things. It's awkward for her to explain to others her engagement to marry without some tangible proof of the agreement.
The stage: We are fortunate living in Southern Utah to be near so many destinations that provide a memorable background. Following are a few general surroundings to consider given what you feel would please her best.
Her family: Consider any opportunity for a proposal as she is surrounded by her immediate family members who, undoubtedly love her as much as you do. A Birthday celebration, Christmas, Thanksgiving dinner or a vacation setting can provide the atmosphere for significant memories and it informs her inner circle immediately of her change in status.
A National Park: Most of us live in Southern Utah because we actively enjoy the out of doors and the incredible scenery throughout this area. If she does as well, a nature proposal in Zion, Bryce Canyon or Arches can provide a timeless backdrop. The Colorado River Canyon and Lake Powell can be spectacular and peaceful in the off season.
Under the stars: One doesn't have to drive far to escape light pollution in Southern Utah and experience the magic of a million diamonds in the sky. It can be a special time with just the two of you sharing the heavens, and provide you with many natural openings for the proposal.
Las Vegas: Few cities provide as many romantic settings for asking the question as does Las Vegas. The bright lights and world class restaurants can go a long way in providing a classy and romantic environment. Consider the Fountains and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio, a gondola ride or nearby restaurant at the Venetian. Who could forget an evening proposal at the top of the Eiffel tower at the Paris hotel or the Stratosphere. Yet another might be both up and down with a sunset helicopter ride to the bottom the Grand Canyon.
Your first date: One of the most special times in both your lives was your first date. This is where it all began. To show her how important that day was for you, put together a date to re-create all the events of that special day or evening. Be sure to replicate as much as you can from the original date and be sure to tell her what you are doing and why. One thing you won't tell her though is what you plan on doing at the end. Pick the appropriate moment, produce the ring and ask the important question.
The slide show: So many individuals today have easy access to images created during the dating process through the prodigious use of camera phones that provide graphic reference to all of the good times shared. Electronic media today makes it easy to produce a professional presentation of photos complete with music. Insert in the final frame your special question and be ready with the ring. She'll be impressed with the effort you went through and you'll both have a permanent, repeatable reminder of why you're engaged to be married.
Horsing around: There is nothing more timeless in the American landscape than the old fashioned carousel. Every one of us, regardless of age, has ridden on one at some time in our life. For most of us it was our first real ride as child with Dad or Mom standing along side, making sure we stayed on the horse. We are fortunate enough to have one in St. George and most amusement parks everywhere have them. They provide a relaxing, romantic setting for a marriage proposal with the lights, music and movement. It's a simple idea, but one that she'll always remember. That night she got more than the brass ring.
Hook, line and sinker: Lot's of guys like to fish and most engaging young ladies are more than happy to accompany them during the dating period. Not everyone is into moonlight, music and wine. Fishing is just good clean fun that is shared by many outdoor loving couples and their families in this part of the country. It can be a significant surprise when she finds her engagement ring attached to the end of her fishing line. It's an easy maneuver for a young man to accomplish as a lady is usually more than happy to differ baiting or lure changing to an attentive date. You'll both end up with the "catch of the day". Just be sure she takes the bait... before the next cast.
They love flowers: Guys never understand the beauty of the gift of flowers. To guys, flowers are expensive, trivial and temporary, but to a girl, that is exactly why she loves them. It shows that you are willing to spend money on something that is rare and beautiful simply for her enjoyment. This is why combining the gift of flowers with your proposal can be such a good idea. The day can start with a bouquet delivered to her place of employment and can follow with another mid day. You can personally provide the third later in the evening with your proposal. You may also want to consider anonymous gift cards with a continuing message relating to your proposal with the last message the proposal itself.
The Temple: So many of our customers seal their marriage in the historic St. George LDS Temple that it seems like such a logical location for a late evening proposal outside on the Temple grounds. The structure is a St. George focal point and beautifully illuminated at night. It's a location that for many would be especially memorable.