One of my very favorite parts of my job as a wedding planner is meeting soon-to-be brides and grooms and hearing their proposal stories. Valentine’s Day fast approaches, and as one of the most popular proposal days of the year, guys (and girls!) are looking for some inspiration, and perhaps some courage!
Let me start off by saying this- ALL proposals are romantic, because it’s the day that starts your forever journey together. However elaborate or planned out, what matters is that it means something to the both of you, and that in the end, you have the wedding and marriage of your dreams.
I, for one, got engaged at the top of the stairs in my townhouse while my (now) husband was doing laundry. The reason behind that? Because we had looked at rings together, and I was so anxious to get engaged to my prince charming, that I was not easy to surprise. He had the ring, and knew he couldn’t hold onto it, and this was the only way he could make it a shock to me. So, no big and elaborate proposal story here, but I was still caught off-guard, and I had a beautiful wedding which led to a blissful marriage and a beautiful daughter, and I wouldn’t change a thing!
Some future husbands are even leaving the planning up to professionals! According to the New York Times, professional “proposal planners” are joining the ranks of wedding planners, matchmakers and florists. Read the full story here.
If you’re not in the market for a proposal planner, but you still need some ideas, here are a couple of our favorite resources. Happy Proposing!
2012 is a whole new year of wedding trends. Fashion inspired weddings with bold colors and patterns, and careful attention to detail are sure to take the industry by storm this year, and I, for one, can’t wait to be a part of it!
Traditional paisley, gem colored peacock feathers, animal prints and polka dots- there are so many patterns to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to describe them as more than just “those squiggly line things” (chevron) or “the stuff that looks like wood” (faux bois).
Thanks to Amy Atlas and her pattern board, planners and brides alike can have the names, descriptions, and even the origins of these patterns at their fingertips. This is by far the most useful design resource I’ve stumbled upon in this wonderful internet universe of ours, and I’m thrilled to have it in my arsenal.
Patterns and colors can be carried throughout a wedding to keep the theme flowing. This can be represented through the bride and groom’s save-the-dates, invitations, printed ceremony program, an aisle runner, a backdrop to where the bride and groom will say their vows, dinner menu, favors… The options are limitless. A wedding is a statement of the bride and groom’s style and taste, and whether it’s bold and trendy, or elegant and soft, patterns and colors are a perfect way to express it.