The Ring &The Proposal
When looking to plan the perfect proposal, plenty of us look to the grand gestures of movies for inspiration. Here is a look at five ways to use the movies to pop the biggest question of all.
One: Good Fortune in Bride Wars
One of the most common ways to hide that engagement ring during the course of the proposal on film is in something edible – usually in a gooey dessert or at the bottom of a glass of champagne. Skip those messier options and go for something that’s a real surprise, like Chris Pratt’s character in Bride Wars did when had his engagement ring for Anne Hathaway baked into the fortune cookie of their Chinese takeout. Instead of a slip of paper waxing prophetic, her character found a diamond ring waiting for her after the cookie snapped. Set something up at your boyfriend/girlfriend’s favorite restaurant. If you’re a frequent customer, the management team won’t hesitate to give you a helping hand.
Two: Surprise Tiffany’s Stop In Sweet Home Alabama
Though the relationship between Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey’s characters in this southern set romantic comedy may have been doomed from the start, their proposal scene is the epitome of thoughtful and sweet. On their way to an event, he takes her to Tiffany’s, after hours, so that she can pick out her perfect ring while he proposes, Now, the ring doesn’t have to come from Tiffany’s, but negotiating with the manager of a local jewelry store for some one-on-one time with the merchandise and the love of your life will make for one memorable moment.
Three: Learning A New Language in Love Actually
Not the only couple in the British dramatic ensemble, Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz’s characters are one of eight couples in the massive holiday film. They fall in love even though they don’t speak the same language while she works for him. After he returns home and her housekeeping services are no longer required, he discovers he’s in love with her, and begins to learn Portuguese to tell her so. If your significant other’s first language is different than your own, learning just enough of their native tongue to ask them to spend the rest of their life with you in front of their family and friends is a lovely and romantic gesture.
Four: High Flying Music in The Wedding Singer
Though Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler’s characters are engaged to other people at the start of this film, the duo fall in love by the end of the story. In the truest and one of the most creative grand gestures, Sandler’s character, who though he writes music has been relegated to wedding performer, plays a song he wrote over the intercom of an airplane in hopes of winning Barrymore’s character over. You don’t have to be a songwriter or a great singer to achieve this; you just need the cooperation of a romantic in charge of operating the intercom.
Five: The Problem Speech in Runaway Bride
This is one film with a lot of proposal stories – lit up score boards, rings hidden in cocoons being chief among them. It’s Richard Gere who takes the cake with Julia Roberts though as he gives her a realistic look at wedded bliss, reminding her that even the happiest couples have problems, telling her the best proposal is one that says, “I guarantee that there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is going to want to get out of this thing, but I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.” It’s an idea that comes full circle when she proposes to him at the end of the movie. That’s probably the best lesson in proposing of all: be upfront and honest and everything else will fall into place.
So whether you want to show the world how you feel or have an intimate moment to pop the question, take a cue from some of the most romantic movie proposals of all time, and get to planning.