Wedding Wednesday- Proposals

We are half way through the week, so it’s time for another Wedding Wednesday post!

weddingwednesdayWe were inspired this morning by a beautiful proposal that we shared on our Facebook Page. This post is dedicated to all things marriage proposals!

Asking your significant other to spend the rest of their life with you is one of the most important questions you will ever ask or be asked. (Notice how we say significant other instead of girlfriend- we believe proposals can be done by anyone of any gender to anyone of any gender.) A proposal should be meaningful to both of you- whether that means a romantic walk in the park where you first met, proposing on the ferris wheel at your favorite amusement park, coordinating a flash mob, or proposing at home surrounded by family and friends, you should take time to consider what is meaningful in your relationship and build the proposal around it.

1) Rings.

When beginning to plan your proposal you first want to consider a ring and the cost associated. Make sure you know your significant other’s preferences (you don’t actually have to ask them, you can talk to family and friends or take a look at what jewelry they wear for inspiration) and then begin your search! A ring doesn’t just have to be a diamond solitaire, there are thousands upon thousands of great options!

  • Gemstone rings are beautiful and unique; they can also be very sentimental. You can choose their birthstone, your birthstone, or a gem that is otherwise meaningful to them.

topaz ringPhoto From: Gemvara

  • Delicate Bands. There are a lot more couples choosing a band with beautiful detail as an engagement ring/wedding band. The ring becomes extra special as it is the on you will propose with and marry your significant other with!

band engagement ringPhoto From: Etsy

  • Engagement Rings for Guys. More and more men are the ones being proposed to these days, which is pretty fabulous, if you ask our opinion! We are seeing so many great options for male engagement rings now that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one for your significant other!

trillion bandPhoto From: Love and Pride

2) Location.

As we mentioned before, it is important to pick a meaningful location for your proposal. Perhaps there is a cafe you both love to go to for breakfast or a favorite painting at a museum- ultimately what matter is that the location is special to you both.

  • Perhaps you want to propose in front of your favorite fountain in Central Park. (Clicking on this link will take you to the Youtube video where you can witness the whole proposal that includes an incredible flash mob!)

Carl ProposalPhoto From: Go See Do Arts

  • Maybe your significant other has been away for an extended period and you want to catch them off guard at the airport to signify their return and the start of your new life together.

woman proposing to a manPhoto From: Shine Yahoo

  • Sporting events can be amazing places to propose. Take this fantastic couple who got engaged at an NHL Game on the ice! Alicia (the one being proposed to) is a HUGE Ottawa fan and her girlfriend knew this would be the perfect place to propose. How sweet is this! (If you click on the link under the photo, you can even watch the amazing proposal!)

hockey proposalPhoto From: Equally Wed

3) Who?

Deciding who to involve in the proposal and who to tell can be a very difficult decision to make. You want to make sure to think about how your significant other will feel about other people being involved, as some people would rather it just be an intimate moment. Other people, however, would just love to have their family and friends involved!

  • Proposing in front of family at an event can make the proposal that much more special. Being able to celebrate such a big milestone with your family is such a special treat!

public proposalPhoto From: Pinterest

  • Flash Mob proposals are very trendy right now. They are a great way to set the stage for a proposal your significant other will never forget!

Flash mob ProposalPhoto From: The Heart Bandits

  • We featured this proposal this morning on our Facebook page. We absolutely love everything about this proposal! He makes up a story about how she needs to take care of his nephew that night while he works. She arrives at her soon-to-be Brother-in-law’s house to find a dress, necklace, and roses next to a laptop. She pushes play to find a video of her soon-to-be husband telling her he isn’t at work and that a car will be there in 10 minutes to pick her up and that there is a surprise in the car for her to look at during the 10 minute drive. When she gets in the limo, she finds a book he had made dedicated to their relationship. The last few pages are perhaps the most important though, because they are pictures of her parents, brother, grandparents, best friends, and his family holding signs congratulating her on her engagement. We love that he kept the proposal intimate between the two of them, but still had all of their family and friends involved! Watch the proposal here: Youtube Video

What will you say?

For most people, planning exactly what they will say when they propose is the hardest part. Some choose to write a poem or a song or even memorize a speech. Other people choose to say whatever they feel at the moment. Still others prefer to let a song or a sign do the asking. No matter how you decide to propose, choosing what you will say is one of the most important parts!

Here are some great tips from The Knot on how to decide what you will say: The Knot Article

 

There is a lot of work that goes into planning a proposal, but it will all be worth it when you see the smile on their face and hear them say yes!

For help planning the perfect proposal, Contact us today and schedule a complimentary consultation!

 

 

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Weekly Feature- August 1st- August 8th- Venues

Over on our Main Page, we are featuring venues from around Southeastern, PA that we think are unique and offer amazing options for couples planning their wedding.

Here is the weekly feature!

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This week on “Weekly Feature” :

Venues!

We are already working on several beautiful weddings for next year and all of our couples are very focused on the venue. Over on our Blog, we gave you 10 great tips for selecting the perfect venue, so we thought we would showcase some of our favorites from around the area on our Weekly Feature.

First Up:

Chester County’s: Downingtown Country Club

The Downingtown Country Club is tucked into the woods in Downingtown, PA, and while it is close to everything, it feels like it is in it’s own world. Everything about the Country Club is beautiful- from the grounds, to the building, to the layout of the ballroom, to the landscaping in the outdoor ceremony area. One of the best things about Downingtown Country Club, besides the service, is that they offer all-inclusive packages for your planning convenience. Their packages include; food, alcohol, ceremony site options, cocktail hour site options, reception, linens, cake, centerpieces, discounted hotel rooms and transportation through a nearby hotel, and amazing service. Victoria Lee can personally attest to the fantastic experience you receive at DCC as she and her husband were married there. They have packages to accommodate all budgets and are willing to work with you throughout the entire process to ensure a perfect day. Check out their website here: Downingtown Country Club

Downingtown CCPhoto From: Weddingbee

Delaware County’s “The Old Mill”

Speaking of gorgeous places that feel like they are in their own world, The Old Mill  in Rose Valley is a hidden gem. Not only does The Old Mill offer an indoor ceremony option, but they also have 3 unique outdoor ceremony locations. They have a gorgeous ballroom and tented courtyards that are heated and cooled for year round use. There are so many couples who would love to have an outdoor ceremony but are nervous that in the event of inclement weather, they won’t have an indoor option that is as beautiful as the outdoor. The Old Mill has made sure everything about the property, both inside and out, is equally breathtaking and it can be customized to fit any theme or wish. They also work with award-winning Conner Catering for food, so you know you will not be disappointed. Check out The Old Mill here: The Old Mill  and Conner Catering here: Conner Catering.

The Old MillPhoto From: Main Line Events

Philadelphia County’s: “The TRUST Venue”

Another incredibly unique location, The TRUST Venue is elegant, historic, and modern, rolled into one. The building was originally constructed as a bank in 1902. Eventually, it was sold in the ’70′s to a church to act as housing for people visiting from all over the world. Perhaps most notable in recent memory, this building was home to the MTV reality show “The Real World” in 2004. Since then, several million dollars in renovations have made this venue one of the premier choices for couples getting married. Another huge plus is the in-house catering, making this the perfect venue for couples who want to have everything in one place.

TrustPhoto From: TRUST Twitter

 Lancaster County’s: Drumore Estates

We all know The Great Gatsby theme is spreading like wildfire, and hidden in rustic Lancaster County is the Drumore Estates. This home is truly something out of The Great Gatsby. The 70-acre Estate features numerous mature gardens, fountain gardens, beautiful views of the Susquehanna Valley, and a 16,000 sq. ft. home. The back of the home is tented for the reception and you have numerous options for ceremony location. If you can dream it, you can make it happen at the Drumore Estates! Their full-service, in-house catering makes this one of the premier wedding venues. Check out their website: Drumore Estates

Drumore EstatesPhoto From: Leslie Gilbert Photography

Montgomery County’s: Normandy Farm and Hotel

If you love history, you will absolutely love the Normandy Farm and Hotel. Originally started in 1730 on 68 acres, the land and  property structures have grown through the years while being bought and sold by various families until it was bought in the early 90′s by the current owners, Hansen Properties, Inc. The historic buildings and barn have been restored to their former glory. The property includes the hotel, the barn, a country club, and a beautiful golf course, among other structures. Offering both indoor and outdoor options with all-inclusive packages, the Normandy Farm and Hotel is a very special link to the area’s rich history.

Normandy Farm HotelPhoto From: Candid Moments Photography

Bucks County’s: Holly Hedge Estate

There are so many things to love about Holly Hedge Estate, but one of our top reasons to love HHE is the true ability to customize your ceremony and reception to fit your needs. Indoor or outdoor, Holly Hedge offers multiple options for ceremony and reception locations. Their all-inclusive packages can fit any need and their 15 private guest rooms give bridal party and family members easy access to the events. You and your guests are treated like royalty with valet parking the moment you set foot on the beautiful grounds. HHE feels like a secret garden, which is perfect for one of the most important days of your lives. The old English Charm of Holly Hedge Estate is sure to please, so check out their website: Holly Hedge Estate

Holly HedgePhoto From: Rebecca Barger

Interested in learning more about any of these venues or having us help you make your dreams come true? contact us today for a complimentary consultation!