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Best Places to Propose in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin is one of the friendliest and liveliest state capitals in the United States. The city is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a reputation as an active, innovative and cultural hotspot in the Midwest.
If you are looking to plan a memorable outing with your sweetheart, here are some of the best places to propose in Madison.
Biking Around Town
Madison has a fantastic bike trail system - one of the best in the US - and when the weather is nice, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring on two wheels. Pack a picnic lunch, and hit the Capital City Trail or the Wisconsin Road Cycling Course. Time your romantic proposal for your lunch break; find a quiet spot where you two can be alone, then ask her to marry you with a diamond engagement ring.
A Garden Stroll
Explore the gorgeous Olbrich Botanical Gardens - 16 acres of outdoor gardens (free admission) and a tropical indoor conservatory ($2 admission). Scope out the gardens in advance to narrow down your list of the best places to propose. The Rose Garden, the Perennial Garden and the Sunken Garden are excellent places to start. You could also plan your romantic proposal during one of the gardens’ outdoor concerts or during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies festival in the summer - when butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and fly around the conservatory.
Sign up for a couple’s treatment at Madison’s Indulge Spa for a day of pampering and relaxation. Share a unique experience with the specialty rendezvous massage, where two therapists provide simultaneous massage or body treatments for you in your own private suite. Ask them to leave you with a few minutes of quiet time after the massage, and take that opportunity for your romantic proposal.
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3 Fresh Spring Proposal Ideas
Spring may feel very far away right now, but eventually the sun will re-emerge, the snow will melt and we will all shed the layers from the long winter. The first magical days of spring are an ideal time to propose to your sweetheart. Here are a few romantic spring proposal ideas to make the occasion memorable.
Weekend Road Trip
Roll down the windows, and get out town for a few days! Pick a peaceful location within a drive of a few hours, and book a room at a hotel or bed and breakfast. Make sure your schedule is clear for the weekend, but pack the car up and surprise her with the idea as a last-minute whim. If she enjoys a little spontaneity, she’ll be excited about the change of scenery. Do research in advance to find a spot for a scenic walk or picnic where you can propose with a sparkling diamond engagement ring. (Browse our bridal ring sets to select her complementary pair of rings, or take advantage of our She Said Yes! special to get a discount when you buy an engagement ring now and wedding bands later.)
When the weather is warm enough to allow it, popping the question while gazing up at the stars is one of the most romantic (and simplest) proposal ideas to plan. All you need is a blanket and a few other items. Tell her you have a surprise date planned, and head out to a quiet area - a field, the mountains or even your own backyard. Sit on a blanket or folding chairs, snuggle up together under a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner and a glass of wine or a thermos of hot cocoa. Use a smartphone app or book to try to pick out the different constellations in the sky. When she is distracted looking up at the stars, get down on one knee and propose.
On a sunny spring day, enlist the help of a friend or two and set up a photo scavenger hunt around your city or neighborhood. Each clue should be a photo of the two of you in a location she has to identify. Add a cute story, poem or memory to accompany the photo, and put them both in an envelope. Have the scavenger hunt end at a place that is particularly meaningful to you, such as where you met or had your first date. Ask her to marry you, then go out to celebrate.
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Best Places to Propose in Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona is not far from Phoenix, but it has a character all its own. Mesa is Arizona’s third largest city - after Phoenix and Tucson - and sits at an altitude more than 1,200 feet above sea level. It’s a small city with a thriving cultural scene, and it’s surrounded by gorgeous Southwest landscapes, including the Sonoran Desert, three lakes and two rivers.
There is no shortage of romantic places to propose in and around Mesa. If you have been looking for the ideal time and place to pop the question, here are a few suggestions (just make sure you select one of our gorgeous and affordable engagement rings before the big day!).
Downtown Mesa Sculpture Walk
In downtown Mesa, you will see unique art at every turn. There are 38 different sculptures lining Main Street as part of the city’s public art collection. Take your sweetheart on a self-guided sunset art walk, and choose from any of the scenic places to propose - maybe in front of the Climb As High As Your Dreams sculpture or sitting in the Big Pink Chair. Once she’s said yes, walk over to Il Vinaio, a chic wine bar and restaurant on Main Street, and toast to your future together.
Queen Creek Olive Oil Mill
Take a foodie-inspired day trip to Queen Creek Olive Oil Mill, located about 30 minutes outside Mesa. Queen Creek is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill, featuring 100 beautiful acres and more than 7,000 trees. Make reservations for a private advanced or master sommelier tasting at the farm, and learn all about the fine art of making extra virgin olive oil. Eat a delicious lunch or dinner at the Queen Creek restaurant, then find a peaceful spot on the property to propose.
Desert Belle Cruises
Saguaro Lake is located just 20 minutes outside Mesa, and it is home to desert canyons and vistas and impressive flora and fauna - from enormous cacti to mountain lions. Reserve tickets for a dinner or music cruise on the Desert Belle boat and experience the beauty of the lake from a peaceful vantage point. Find a secluded place away from the rest of the crowd, and ask her to marry you.
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Valentine’s Day Proposal Do’s and Don’ts, Part II
Planning a Valentine’s Day proposal? You only have a couple more weeks to get ready for the big day, so we have a few more tips to make your proposal magical.
Your homework on which diamond engagement ring is right for her. Read up in advance on the 4's C's of diamond buying: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Do a little detective work by asking her or her friends questions about the style she is drawn to. Does she like white gold or yellow gold? A classic princess-cut solitaire setting or a round-cut cluster setting with extra bling?
Feel pressured to spend two months’ salary on a diamond engagement ring. That idea is outdated and unnecessary, and you shouldn’t have to go into debt to buy a beautiful ring.
Look for affordable engagement rings that meet your standards, and you, your bride-to-be and your bank account will be happy.
Know the answer before you pop the question. You’re talking about spending a lifetime together, so this should not be the first time you’ve discussed marriage. Of course you want it to be special and surprise her with the way you ask, but the idea of growing old together should not be the surprise. Make sure you’ve both thought it through, talked about your future together and are on the same page. The good news is that this should take some of the stress out of your Valentine’s Day proposal!
Hide the ring somewhere strange. You may love the idea of tucking the diamond engagement ring in her molten chocolate cake so you can propose over dessert, but don’t do it. The idea may be sweet, but the reality is that the ring will get sticky and she could break a tooth or, worse, choke on it. You want your Valentine’s Day proposal to be memorable, but not quite in that way. Stick with a classic ring box.
Tell her exactly how you feel. This is a time when you can be as emotional and romantic as you want. Express how much you love her and all the reasons why you want to marry her. Don’t hold back, and don’t be afraid to get a little misty-eyed.
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Valentine’s Day Proposal Do’s and Don’ts
Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, which is both a romantic and popular day to pop the question. You might worry that it’s too predictable to propose on a holiday, but you can still make it your own. If you want to plan a Valentine’s Day proposal, here are a few tips on how to make it memorable and heartfelt… and how to avoid the cheesy cliches.
Put some thought into it. Yes, Valentine’s Day is inherently full of romance, but you will still want to plan something thoughtful. Think about what you want to say to her, what place will be most meaningful to her and which diamond engagement ring she will love.
Go overboard. This may seem contradictory, but you don’t need to kill yourself choreographing a flash mob or hiring a skywriting airplane to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day proposal. If you find yourself stressing out about every detail or trying to plan the best moment of her life, take a step back. What matters is that you two want to spend the rest of your lives together. The rest is just confetti. Simplify how you ask so you don’t lose your message in theatrics.
Try to find a way to surprise her. It’s a tricky day to plan a proposal without her picking up on clues, so look for opportunities to catch her off guard (in a good way). Ask her best friend what might be a good diversion - for example, planning a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant but adding a surprise stop she doesn’t know about before or after. Get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring in the place where you first met or at a quiet spot looking over the city.
Be afraid of enlisting help. If you are having a hard time planning your proposal all on your own, don’t hesitate to ask a few trusted friends for their advice or help in putting it all together. They will probably be thrilled to be in on such a wonderful event, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you don’t have to do everything yourself.
Create a happy memory. This is a story everyone will want to hear - from her grandma to your next door neighbor from childhood. Make it a sweet, positive and PG story she’ll be happy to tell all who ask.
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3 New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
Magic is in the air on New Year’s Eve, whether you are celebrating with a swanky big-city bash or a mellow night at home. If you’ve been trying to find the perfect occasion for your romantic proposal, this might be the one. After all, what could be more romantic than starting the new year off with a promise to be together for all the years to come?
Here are a few New Year’s Eve proposal ideas that will make it easy for you to ask the big question. Then you can relax and get down to the fun of planning where to exchange vows and which affordable wedding bands to choose!
New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
1. Make your resolutions
Tell her that you’d like to make New Year’s resolutions and share them with each other on New Year’s Eve. Find a quiet and romantic place - whether that’s on a winter walk around your neighborhood or over dinner in your favorite restaurant - and let her share her resolutions first. Read your list, making each one about her and how you’ll be there for her, love her, support her, make her laugh. Let this list reflect your personality and your relationship, and include inside jokes and references to shared experiences. Make the last item on your resolution list, “Spend the rest of my life with…” and propose.
2. When the clock strikes 12
Plan something festive for New Year’s Eve where everyone will be counting down till midnight. A few minutes before the ball drops, find somewhere away from the crowd where you can have a bit of privacy. Tell her how much you love her and want to spend the next year and all your years with her. When the 10-second countdown begins, get down on one knee and tell her the biggest reasons she is the one for you. Ask her to marry you and celebrate with your first kiss of the new year.
3. With a surprise
Tell her you’d like to take it easy and skip the big parties this New Year’s Eve - just a romantic night for the two of you. Do something the two of you love doing together that evening - eating at a favorite restaurant, cooking dinner at home, walking around an area all lit up for the holidays, seeing a movie. Find the right moment and ask her to marry you. Make up an excuse to leave where you are and head to another location… where you’ve staged a surprise engagement party with your friends and family. (This is definitely a plan to go for only if you have discussed marriage at length and you know she will say “yes”!)
What New Year’s proposal ideas would you add to the list?
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4 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Holiday Proposal
If you are thinking about getting down on one knee this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, now is the time to start making preparations for your romantic moment. If you are thoughtful and thorough in your planning now, you can relax and enjoy this life-changing event.
1. Think about what would make her light up.
There is no “one size fits all” proposal that is right for every woman. You know your partner better than anyone else, so spend some time asking what would make a holiday proposal most memorable and meaningful to her. What is most important to her in your relationship? How does she like to be shown love and affection? What proposal story would she love to tell for years to come? Brainstorm a few different scenarios, and go for the one that feels right for her.
2. Decide how you want to involve loved ones.
You may want your proposal to be a private moment for just the two of you, but your families and friends will also want to be a part of your celebration in some way. If you are planning to see your loved ones at the holidays, it could be a perfect opportunity to arrange a casual get-together, dinner or cocktail party after you propose.
3. Make arrangements and reservations as early as possible.
The holidays are a busy time for special events, so as soon as you decide on how you want to propose, organize and confirm all the arrangements you need well in advance so you’re not scrambling for something important at the last minute. Reserve a room at that romantic B&B in the mountains, book the table with the best view at your favorite restaurant or make the shopping list for the incredible meal you are going to make her. Browse affordable engagement rings in different styles, and order the one you know she’ll love.
4. Have back-up plans ready, just in case.
It’s likely that your holiday proposal will go just as planned, with nothing more to worry about than the butterflies in your stomach. You will have researched affordable engagement rings well in advance and have the perfect ring ready for the right moment. The location you chose will be just as you imagined it, and everything will be easy and stress-free. But just in case, have a Plan B for your own peace of mind. Select another restaurant you’d be happy with in case your first choice has to close unexpectedly. Have a second florist or tour guide or horseback riding instructor programmed into your phone on the off chance that any of your arrangements fall through at the last minute.
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Best Places to Propose in Hartford, CT
Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city, is a small, historic and energetic city located on the Connecticut River. Mark Twain once said of Hartford, “of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see, this is the chief." It’s a romantic place to spend a weekend with your sweetheart, and there are plenty of places to get down on one knee with a diamond ladies’ band. Whether you are interested in food, relaxation or nature, you’ll find just the right place to pop the question.
3 Romantic Places to Propose
1. On a carriage or sleigh ride
No matter what the season, you can plan a storybook marriage proposal just outside the city of Hartford at Wood Acres Farm or Foxglove Farm. Book a hayride or carriage ride in the fall, or cozy up with a sleigh ride in the winter. Ask your driver to stop so you can enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside, and ask her to marry you. Celebrate with a glass of champagne or a cup of hot cocoa afterward!
2. At a New England winery
Connecticut features a cool-climate growing region and produces a flavorful selection of red and white wines, such as cabernet franc, pinot gris and riesling. Learn more about the Connecticut Wine Trail, and call one of the 25 wineries in the area to plan a picture-perfect proposal. Arrange to sample a few of her favorite wines at a private tasting, and ask her to be your wife when it’s just the two of you savoring a glass.
Over a memorable meal
ON20 is one of Hartford’s most romantic fine dining restaurants, located in the heart of downtown, with views of the Connecticut River. Reserve an intimate table with a window view. Start with a glass of wine or a creative house cocktail, then indulge in a multi-course gourmet feast. Splurge on the daily chef’s tasting menu or try the eggplant and zucchini risotto with mozzarella di bufala or the roasted hanger steak with blue cheese fondue and vegetables. Propose over dessert and champagne or on a post-dinner stroll.
What do you think the best places to propose in Hartford are?
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3 Fall Proposal Ideas to Fit Her Style
Just as there is a beautiful engagement ring set out there that will fit your bride-to-be’s style perfectly, there is also a wedding proposal that will be tailored to her tastes. Get started on your plans with some of these ideas!
Sweet & Simple Autumn Proposal Ideas
If you and your lady can’t get enough of the great outdoors, find a way to incorporate this love into your proposal. This is a beautifully simple plan that can be executed on any free Saturday. The only drawback is that you’ll have to be flexible with timing, as it will be dependent on weather.
Tell your girlfriend you’ve planned a secret adventure, and have her wear hiking attire but don’t tell her where you’re going. Pack a picnic with a simple lunch, a bottle of wine and something sweet (that won’t melt) for dessert. Go on a relaxing (probably avoid hardcore climbs unless you’re sure she’s into that kind of challenge) autumn hike or nature walk - pick one of your shared favorite spots or a new location known for its great views or beautiful fall leaves. Hide the ring in a box in your backpack, and take it out at the right moment as you’re both admiring the gorgeous scenery.
If your sweetheart swoons at the mention of wine-paired dinners or can recall in great detail meals she had years ago, she might appreciate a delicious foodie-focused proposal. Plan an evening around her favorite foods or restaurants, mapping out a route where you go to different locations for pre-dinner drinks, appetizers, main dishes and dessert (this works even better if you can stroll from place to place, but a quick drive in between locations is also good). Select the perfect engagement ring set in advance, and have it ready for the dessert and champagne course!
You don’t need skywriting or flash mobs to create a memorable proposal. Plan a romantic night at home that is perfect for just the two of you. Cook a meal that is a step or two above what you would normally attempt, and don’t let her help with anything. Pour her a glass of her favorite beverage, put on some music and let her relax. After dinner, light candles or get a fire going and snuggle up on the couch together. Tell her how much you love her and why you want her to be your wife - or write a heartfelt letter in advance and give it to her before you propose if you’re afraid of getting tongue-tied!
What are your romantic fall proposal ideas?
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Best Places to Propose in Savannah
“For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large. It grew inward, too, and in such a way that its people flourished like hothouse plants tended by an indulgent gardener. The ordinary became extraordinary. Eccentrics thrived. Every nuance and quirk of personality achieved greater brilliance in that lush enclosure than would have been possible anywhere else in the world.”
― John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Savannah is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the United States, making it one of the best places to propose to your sweetheart. It has the charm and grace of the Old South and the beauty and convenience of modern urban planning. You will find it easy to fall under the spell of the “Hostess City,” as Savannah is known, with its warm and welcoming environment. Find the perfect spot for a romantic proposal neither of you will forget.
Best Places to Propose in the "Hostess City"
1. Squares of Savannah
The historic downtown area of Savannah is dotted with 22 gorgeous public squares that date back to the 18th and 19th century. Spend an afternoon walking through a few of these squares, strolling under huge live oak canopies and pausing to sit and people watch by one of the many fountains or statues. Grab some gourmet (and healthy) sandwiches at Brighter Day Natural Foods on the edge of Forsyth Park, and find a secluded spot for a picnic in the beautiful grounds of the park. Under the cover of Spanish moss, get down on one knee and propose with a stunning diamond engagement ring.
2. Horse-Drawn Perfection
Make a reservation with Historic Savannah Carriage Tours for a horse-drawn carriage to pick you up at your hotel. The romantic “proposal tour” will arrange everything for a picture-perfect night for two. Your driver will escort you to a gazebo in Whitefield Square, telling you the local legend of how sharing a kiss in the gazebo promises a lifetime of true love. Then you can share a kiss in the gazebo and pop the question with the perfect ring. When you get back into the carriage, you can toast to your future with a bottle of champagne.
3. A Noble Meal
Enjoy an unforgettable meal of fantastic food and wine at Noble Fare, a charming restaurant owned by married couple Jenny and Patrick McNamara. The cuisine focuses on locally sourced ingredients and modern, creative preparation. Go all out with the food and wine tasting menu, and savor every delicious course. Arrange with the restaurant to bring out the chocolate love cake as the final course, and propose over decadent dessert and sparkling wine.
Where do you think the best places to propose in Savannah are? Share your ideas in the comments!
How to Plan A Stress-Free Valentine’s Day Proposal
Whew. You made it through the whirlwind of the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and now you are in need of a little rest and relaxation as you get a fresh start to the year. If you are thinking about proposing to that special someone in your life on Valentine’s Day next month, now is the time to start making preparations, but this process doesn’t have to be stressful. Relax, and enjoy planning an unforgettable and romantic Valentine’s Day proposal!
1. Find the right engagement ring.
This is the step that often throws grooms-to-be into an unnecessary panic. Start by thinking back to conversations you and your girlfriend have had about marriage or your friends getting engaged. Did she make admiring comments about her best friend’s diamond engagement ring or drop any subtle hints about her opinions on white gold vs. yellow gold or a solitaire vs. a cluster ring setting? If you are drawing a blank, consult her close friends and family members for some insider info and take her personal style into account. Ask yourself if you can see her wearing a ring that is understated and elegant or a ring that is more glamorous and bold. Find out her ring size on the sly, and breathe a sigh of relief.
2. Order online.
Save money without sacrificing quality by ordering the perfect diamond engagement ring for your fiancee from an online vendor. My Trio Rings is able to offer beautiful, high-quality wedding jewelry at affordable prices because of lower overhead costs and other expenses than brick-and-mortar stores. Browse different styles on the My Trio Rings website at your leisure, without the high-pressure sales pitches or time constraints. Print out your top contenders and run them by your girlfriend’s sister, mother or best friend to get a reliable second opinion. When you’re ready, place your order online or ask for help from one of our customer service representatives (available via live chat, email or phone).
3. Pop the question (and the bubbly!).
Plan a Valentine’s Day proposal that is just right for you and your girlfriend. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be meaningful and memorable. Consider what you like to do together, what your happiest memories are as a couple and what would be most special for her. For example, if you love exploring the outdoors together and she shies away from the limelight, plan a Valentine’s Day hike and picnic lunch to a beautiful spot and ask her to marry you with an audience of only the birds and squirrels. If she loves to share important moments with the people who are important to her, plan a romantic dinner for two... that turns into a surprise engagement party with your friends and family after you propose. Check out some more ideas for how to propose on Valentine’s Day.
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Where to Propose in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico isn't called "La Isla del Encanto" (The Isle of Enchantment") for nothing. With its picture-perfect beaches, verdant rainforests, and waterfront cantinas, it lives up to its name. There's a reason why Puerto Rico is so popular for weddings and engagements! When you're ready to propose, consider one of these five ultra-romantic settings:
Culebra is a quiet island with a population of less than 2,000. If you're looking for a tropical getaway, you'll find it here. Spend the day at Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco), one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with white sand, calm blue waters, and swaying palm trees. Work up an appetite exploring Culebra National Wildlife Refuge and then dine in the open air at a café on the water. This excellent feature in New York Magazine will help you plan your weekend escape.
2. El Yunque
El Yunque National Forest is truly breathtaking. Drive up the winding road into the rainforest (El Yunque receives more than 200 inches of rain each year) and see gorgeous waterfalls, lush foliage, and an impressive diversity of plants and animals. Within the forest's 28,000 acres, you'll have plenty of room to hike and find the perfect spot to present your sweetheart with a diamond cluster ring.
Vieques is the larger sister island to Culebra, and it's just as gorgeous. In addition to its beaches, Vieques is famous for Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. The tiny, harmless organisms light up the water at night, outlining the swimming fish and humans with a blue-green glow. You have to experience it to believe it. You'll find plenty of outdoor activities in this picturesque setting, including horseback riding, scuba diving, hiking, and bicycling.
4. Old San Juan
Old San Juan is full of old-world charm. Walk hand-in-hand through the cobblestone streets, admiring the colorful Spanish colonial architecture and stopping to take pictures of the ocean views from San Juan Gate. Eat at an outdoor cafe and enjoy a night of rumba or salsa dancing. Hotel El Convento, a convent converted into a luxury hotel, has exposed wooden beams and handcrafted tile floors.
If you and your loved one enjoy the great outdoors, Orocovis has a lot to offer you. Sign up for a tour of Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park and choose an adventure experience that suits your fancy. Zipline two-handed over valleys of the deepest green, or fly like a bird (protected by the safety of a harness, of course). You can also rappel down a rugged mountain cliff. The only thing that could make your sweetie's day even more memorable would be a diamond cluster ring!
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Best Places to Propose in Tampa, Florida
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.
Tampa is the laid-back cousin of party city Miami. Located on Florida's west coast, Tampa has plenty of culture and beautiful outdoor spaces. There's a streetcar that runs downtown, beautiful white sand beaches, and plenty of culture. If you're ready to propose, consider one of these settings.
Where to Propose in Tampa
1. On a romantic stroll
Bayshore Boulevard is famous for being the world's longest continuous sidewalk, running six miles along the waterfront. Walk hand-in-hand and take in the views of the city at sunset, then get down on one knee and present her with a diamond cluster ring.
2. During a classy dinner
Take your sweetie out for a candlelit Italian dinner at Bella's Italian Cafe. It's a cozy restaurant located in the popular entertainment district of Tampa called SoHo (short for "South Howard Avenue"). The waitstaff will bring you fresh bruschetta upon seating you, and warm bread and butter throughout the meal. Saangria, wood-fired pizzas, and tiramisu are among the delicious menu options. Enjoy the friendly service and the warm ambience.
Nothing says romance like a dinner cruise. Reserve a window seat on the Yacht StarShip in advance for a gorgeous view, and an enjoy a three-course meal (a fourth appetizer course is optional) from the seasonal menu. After dinner, enjoy a 360-degree view of Tampa Bay from the Promenade deck as you toast with champagne.
3. On a lighthearted adventure
If your lady is a kid at heart, she will love the Airheads Trampoline Arena. Laugh yourselves silly as you literally bounce off the walls, because they're made of giant trampolines. On certain days, you can even play dodgeball. Surprise her by popping the question as you step out of the arena with your adrenaline pumping and your faces flushed.
Another destination to delight your inner child is Gaspar's Grotto. Located in Tampa's historic Latin quarter and entertainment district, the pirate-themed bar was founded by a retired sea captain and his wife. If your lady loves animals, she'll appreciate that the casual outdoor patio encourages dogs (there's even a plate for dogs on the menu!). When you're ready to propose, contact the management and see if they can help you plan a special surprise.
If you're looking for delicious food and drink in a one-of-a-kind environment, consider Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club. Find the unmarked wooden door in the seemingly random location and say the password that you received when you made your reservation. Inside, you'll be transported back to the 1920's. Nestle into a candlelit private booth secluded by curtain,s and order a Prohibition-era cocktail and small plates, like black truffle popcorn or chicken and waffle sliders. As the evening comes to a close, giving your lady a diamond cluster ring will make the experience truly unforgettable.
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Best Places to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.
Who knew that Hamilton, Ohio, was one of the most popular places in the U.S. to propose? Part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area in Southwestern Ohio, the historically industrial Hamilton is known as "The "City of Sculpture" because it is attempting to revitalize itself through the arts.
Where to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio
Though it may not be as well known as nearby Cincinnati, Hamilton is a great town in which to carry out your creative proposal idea -- if you know where to look, that is. Here are a few of the coolest places to propose:
This park is one of the most beautiful highlights Hamilton has to offer. When the weather is nice, take your loved one on a walk (you have 265 acres to choose from!) and admire the many different sculptures that grace the landscape. A particularly unique feature of the park is the 10,000 square foot Ancient Sculpture Museum that displays Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan sculpture. Pyramid Hill's ultimate goal is to be the only art park in the world to represent the complete history of sculpture of mankind, and it's well on its way. Scout out the grounds in advance to find a sculpture that represents your relationship with your bride-to-be. When you come back with her by your side, present her with a diamond cluster ring and share why you chose this sculpture as your romantic backdrop.
What could be more romantic than watching a drive-in movie with your sweetheart? Drive-in theaters are hard to come by nowadays, which will make the experience at the Holiday Auto Theatre all the more exciting. Choose a romantic film or a lighthearted comedy, something that you know she'll enjoy. Pay a $5.00 fee to bring in your own food, or stop by the Refreshment Center and buy some popcorn and her favorite kind of candy. Cuddle up during the movie, and as the credits roll, surprise her by popping the question. When you tell the story of your engagement later, you'll receive a lot of compliments for your creative proposal idea!
An unexpected find in Hamilton is Hanover Winery, which produces more than 20 wines on site and holds wine tastings and community events on their beautiful grounds. Choose an event -- such as an outdoor concert -- from the schedule on the winery's website. Bring a blanket and picnic, and pick up a bottle of wine in the tasting room. As the sun sets, present your lady with a diamond cluster ring that will sparkle with the fading rays of light.
If your loved one is a kid at heart, consider this creative proposal idea: asking for her hand in marriage at this old-style ice cream shop. Flub's Dari-Ette has been serving up frozen treats for more than 40 years, including soft-serve cones, slushies, and cyclones (with delicious names like "Mike's Chocolaty Marshmallow"). Imagine her surprise when she reaches for her order and turns around to find you on one knee!
The Oktoberfest celebration in Hamilton is more than 45 years old. It's held by the Liberty Home Association, a German club that brings authenticity to the annual event. Enjoy the freshly made bratwurst, sauerkraut, and other German foods (make sure to bring some breath mints!) and sample the liberally flowing beer. Once you surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring, you can celebrate by sharing your news with the multi-generational partygoers and dancing to live music. Prost!
Best Places to Propose in Los Angeles
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.
Ready to propose? Los Angeles offers a great many romantic settings, and you're sure to find one that suits the personality of your bride-to-be. Whether she's a nature lover, a true romantic, or a gal who loves a good show, you'll find a spot that she'll remember for the rest of her life.
Where to Propose in Los Angeles
1. In a picturesque garden
With 134,000 square feet to choose from at the Central Garden at the Getty Center, you're sure to find a spot for your proposal. The description from the garden website says it all:
The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide scale and a sense of intimacy. Continuing through the plaza, the stream cascades over a stone waterfall or "chadar," into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is full of quaint proposal spots. The Queen Anne Cottage is set on the edge of a lake and is surrounded by magical-looking Blue Gum Trees. Consider presenting her with a diamond cluster ring in front of Mayberg Waterfall, a relaxing destination surrounded by tropical plants.
2. At a romantic restaurant
Il Cielo Restaurant in Beverly Hills is known as one of the most romantic restaurants in L.A. and often makes "Best Places to Propose" lists. Sit on the garden patio, which glows with tiny white lights. Enjoy decadent Italian food before presenting your sweetheart with a diamond cluster ring after the meal.
Geoffrey's Malibu is a favorite for couples who love an ocean view. Request a table by the rail and breathe in the sea breeze as you dine on fresh seafood and New American cuisine. After dessert and wine, take a walk on the beach below and take a knee on the sand as you pop the question.
3. At a show or theme park
Hollywood is, of course, world famous for its entertainment industry, and nearby Anaheim is well known for its theme parks. When you're ready to propose to a woman who loves arts and entertainment, you have your pick of venues.
If your lady loves theme parks, think about proposing at Disneyland, "The Happiest Place on Earth." The Sleeping Beauty Castle makes for a beautiful backdrop, and the fireworks show will make her diamond cluster ring sparkle.
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Best Places to Propose in Atlanta
This post is part of the "My Trio Rings Precious Places" series.
If you're looking for proposal ideas, take a look at the list recently released by Mashable: the Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged, according to Facebook. Today we begin a series of posts that profile each city and highlight the best places to get down on one knee and present your love with a beautiful diamond cluster ring.
Where to Propose in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, blends big-city culture with relaxed Southern charm. Here are three types of Atlanta proposal ideas for you to consider:
1. An elegant restaurant
During dinner, excuse yourself and secretly slip the diamond cluster ring to your waiter, with a request to bring it out with dessert or champagne. If there's a live band, approach during a break and request that the band play a song that means something to you and your sweetie. Here are a couple of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta:
Bacchanalia is consistently rated as one of the Top 10 restaurants in Atlanta and has been number one in the Zagat guide since 1996. It's also often mentioned as one of the best places to propose. Relax into the cushy banquettes and enjoy the classy ambience, the friendly waitstaff, and the creative menu (with the chef sending out several small bites called "gifts" throughout the meal).
Set atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar rises 73 stories above the city and rotates, offering breathtaking 360-degree views. The top floor revolves completely every half hour, the bottom floor every hour.
2. A peaceful park
Take a walk hand-in-hand through the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden and admire the beauty of the rare plants and flowers. You'll take your lady's breath away when you present a diamond cluster ring against such a gorgeous natural backdrop. The 10,000 square foot Fuqua Orchid Center is especially romantic.
Plan a picnic at Centennial Olympic Park and surprise her with strawberries, champagne, and a sweet proposal. Or, if she's the adventurous type, playfully grab her hand and run through the Fountain of Rings. It's the largest interactive foundation in the world and is tiled in the shape of Olympic rings. Once you two are lightly soaked and laughing, get down on one knee in the middle of one of the rings and ask for her hand.
3. A center of culture
If your bride-to-be loves to see a show, romance her at the theatre or the symphony. Propose at dinner before the show, or during an evening walk afterward, while you're both enraptured by the magic of the stage.
The Grammy-award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs at several venues in town, including the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. With 200 concerts per year to choose from, you're sure to find one that she'll fancy.
Before you propose in Atlanta, find a diamond cluster ring that she'll love.
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Are You Ready to Get Married?
Many couples today are uncertain about whether they should get married and at what point in their relationship it is the appropriate time to do so. There are a lot of practical reasons why couples choose to get married: tax benefits, legal protection for children, expectations of family members and friends, sharing health insurance benefits. But regardless of all of the practical considerations that might encourage some to rush into marriage (or the undeniable excitement of wedding gowns, diamond cluster rings, and honeymoons, the best time to get married is when you both feel ready to commit to spending your lives together – not just when you are ready to plan a budget wedding or when other people are ready to see you walk down the aisle.
How will you know when you are ready? Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. You want to spend your lives together, regardless of whether your budget wedding plan involves a simple trip to the courthouse or an extravagant trip to the Mexican Riviera.
2. You are prepared to stay together through thick and thin, regardless of future employment, future health, future lifestyle, or future residence. This is the person you are excited to share your life with, through all the ups and downs.
3. You share important values and are able to compromise and come to consensus on important issues as well as seemingly trivial disagreements. You have discussed everything from religion and children to household chores and spending styles, and you know you are compatible. Remember, no couple has a perfect relationship or a completely smooth road ahead in their lives. The important thing is that you are prepared to support each other and work together in good times and in bad. If you think you are ready for wedding bells to be in your future, keep in mind that the time for choosing diamond cluster rings for a Christmas proposal is drawing near. But if the time isn't quite right, then wait until you both are ready before you jump into planning the budget wedding of your dreams. How did you know you were ready to get married? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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