03 Sep 2012

My Waterfall Proposal Idea

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Hi Grace,

Me and my girlfriend have been together for 8 years now and I know she is the one I want to spend the rest of my life with, but I want to make the moment I ask her to marry me as perfect as possible!

Every year we go up to the mountains for a weekend and spend time at a special private waterfall there that has real romantic meaning to us. It was there 8 years ago, when we first started dating, that she gave a key charm to me off of her bracelet and told me that it was the key to her heart.

She has no idea that I still have the key, and when I take her to the waterfall once again I plan to show her the key and tell her I hope to have the key to her heart for the rest of our lives, and then ask her to marry me. I would love to know your thoughts on this, I’m so excited to ask her, but am afraid my plan is too corny!
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Thanks, Dan.


Dear Dan,

I love this whole situation. It’s a rare thing that a couple has such a romantic setting in their shared history, a place that means so much to them, and is a special spot on its own merits. Sounds like a wonderful, magical place to make your marriage proposal a reality.

I understand your fear of seeming “corny,” but it’s a fear that you really need to let go of. You probably understand your lover after 8 years together, and should apply that experience and depth of understanding by asking yourself – will she go for this idea or not? If you think that she has a romantic bone in her body (and I bet she has more than one!) she would never make a judgement like, gee, this is so corny I can’t believe he did it. I feel almost 99.9% positive that any woman in the world, given your time together and what sounds like your deep and respectful love for each other, would have anything like a negative thought.

In fact, just thinking about it makes me smile and imagine what her reaction will be. I think that a great way to pull this proposal off would be to put the charm on a string or a chain. When you arrive at the waterfall, find a way to distract her, or send her out of sight for a moment. Then choose a place that will be the staging area. Hide the charm but leave the string or chain visible so that you can easily find it when the time comes. Relax and do what you usually do while at your romantic spot for a while.

When the time is right, suggest a walk or get her to the staging area somehow – I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Act surprised, lift the charm up from its hiding place, and tell her that this is a sign from the goddess of the waterfall that it’s time to do something you’ve been dreaming about. Then you fall on one knee and propose. I guarantee that the idea of this being “corny” or overly sentimental will be the farthest thing from her mind!

I wish you two all the happiness you deserve. Have a long and beautiful life together!




Grace Pamer is a full time romance and relationship writer. She writes romance and marriage proposal tip columns for various publications including YourTango.com and GalTime.com. As seen on FoxNews.com, Cosmopolitan.com, DivineCaroline.com and CanadianLiving.com to name but a few.

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