With or without the commercialism – Valentine’s Day is a day for romance.

Valentine’s Day is upon us. It’s a day we set aside to celebrate love, and a great day to propose or even elope! I’m not a fan of excessive commercialism, but I do have a soft spot for romance.

Your engagement plan doesn't have to be over-the-top... although this looks great!

We can thank greeting card companies, jewelry manufactures, the diamond industry, florists and candy makers for creating our modern traditions. And although the custom of giving gifts is the result of advertising, it doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. Au contraire! It is lovely to receive a box of chocolate, flowers, or a piece of jewelry. Just don’t put too much pressure on yourself or your partner. Keep your expectations reasonable. Expressing one’s love and proving your commitment is not a one-day affair. It is something that is shown in actions big and small, every day.

No money to spend? Not a problem. Give your beloved a gift certificate for hugs, kisses, love and maybe even some special chores – redeemable when needed most.

Many people choose Valentine’s Day to propose. It’s a great opportunity for creating a romantic setting with a ring inside a box of chocolates. Here are a few other ideas for those about to pop the question:

First, a classic: Recreate your first date. You can’t go wrong!

A quiet spot to propose.

Another timeless idea is when dining out have your waiter place the ring in (or on) a desert. Just be careful it doesn’t get ingested!

Consider having someone at the ready to document the moment with photos.

Don’t propose at the expected time – at that special restaurant for example – wait and spring a surprise later.

Don’t be afraid to laugh or cry or both! If something goes wrong – go with the flow.

Don’t get thrown off if the reaction is not what you expected. When emotions run high they come out sideways sometimes; it’s pretty normal actually.

Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to make it a spectacular, amazing, over-the top event. YouTube and social media have really made us all crazy. The bar has been raised higher and higher for people to create the most original, most romantic, most daring, the most…. everything!  A sweet, heart-felt and meaningful proposal is always in style, and always tasteful.

What if you don’t have a ring, can you still propose? Absolutely. Not everyone is sure of their loved one’s taste, preference or even ring size. Although not a surprise, it is thoughtful to choose a ring together, to insure getting exactly the right one. In fact, why not make the entire proposal experience a trip to buy a ring? Or give a gift certificate of sorts – good for one engagement ring! Your card might say: ‘will you please do me the honor of accompany me to purchase a ring for you?’

Happy Valentine’s Day to romantics and lovers everywhere.

What if you don't have a ring?


Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the wonderful photo

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