Saturday, January 10, 2015

5 Ways to Find Romantic and Unique Proposal Ideas

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 “Will you marry me?”

When it comes to popping this question, many people agree that ‘simple’ is out and ‘elaborate’ is in.
Society, women and their peers expect not only memorable but dramatic pre-engagement scenes and stories. It’s no mystery why guys are under a massive pressure to meet these high expectations.

Maybe you’ve done your first homework: selecting the best engagement symbol among numerous diamond rings jewelry shops. Now, your next assignment is to figure out a unique way of asking your girlfriend to be your bride.

Hollywood movies and TV series don’t make it any easier either. They set the bar too high that guys get frustrated when they try to copy them. Most proposals portrayed in media are ridiculously expensive, not to mention embarrassing. So forget about imitating their styles.

Instead, focus on the essential elements of a romantic marriage proposal and plan one that suits your circumstances and pleases your bride-to-be.

1.  Setting
What is the ideal backdrop for your proposal? Some locations are remarkably romantic by nature. But you still need to find one that matches your sweetheart’s preference or one that she expects the least. Consider the beach, mountains, gardens, and specific locations (e.g. Disney World, Eiffel Tower or Niagara falls).

Do you prefer fireworks, flower petals, or balloons? Should it be public, semi-public, or private? Maybe you can afford to take your girlfriend to her dream destination and then get down on one knee to propose. If money isn’t an issue, then go ahead book a trip for two and fly to that special location.

If finance or time is a problem, think outside the box. Remember that the venue does not have to be over-the-top. It could be the first place where you two have met for the first time or the exact spot where you first told her that you love her.

2.  Activity
Your plans on the proposal will greatly depend on your chosen setting. For instance, if you decide to stay in a scenic island in Jamaica or Hawaii, you can pop the question while you’re on a kayak. Or you may get down on your knees as you both watch the sunset or when you’ve reached the island’s highest peak with a fantastic view as your background.

Some men like mystery and adventure. They are ready to go great lengths to pull off a labyrinthine proposal. If your honey prefers more action and adventure, then an Amazing Race-like proposal might work. At the end of the challenge, simply ask, “Will you do this with me for the rest of our lives? Or something as mushy and cute as, “Will you be my partner in crime for life?

3.  Message
When you think about it, a marriage proposal is mostly about the message and how it’s delivered. In movies, you remember the lines that moved you more than any other story elements.

No need to memorize each word you wish to say.  If you want, you can even record a video of yourself asking for her lifetime love and devotion. Or you may write a letter. Or you can take it further by creating a scrapbook chronicling your journeys as a couple, with a final message: “Please be my bride.”

4.  Family and Friends
Though most women want to avoid crowds during this big day, they want their friends and family to be around to witness this moment. They are also the best cheerers and well-wishers.

In some cultures, a man usually informs the family of his girlfriend before they propose. But for others, it’s enough to be present during the proposal. There’s no universal rule but your significant other will surely appreciate that you’ve put a lot of thought on the specifics (e.g. custom, tradition, and her family’s schedules).

5.  Recording
If there’s no video or photo, it never happened.

Even camera-shy couples still prefer to capture this moment. You can ask your friends or a staff in a specific destination to take pictures or videos of you.

Most women (18-34 years old) surveyed about their dream proposal said they want the ‘magical moment’ to be recorded.  Don’t dismiss it as whimsical; you’ll surely share laughter and tears when you relive this heartwarming memory later on.

Don’t forget to share with us the brilliant ideas you’ve come up with using these pointers. We’ll also appreciate if you’ll tell us a little bit about her reaction. Cheers to long-lasting love!

By Guest Blogger Mitchell Wakehurst for ChasingTreasure, provider of beautiful heirloom quality wooden jewelry boxes and womens jewelry boxes, and jewelry armoires where she can store her jewelry treasures that she’ll accumulate over a lifetime of marriage.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December Birthstone: The Lovely Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz
December’s birthstone, the Blue Topaz, a beautiful mineral admired over the millennia.  It is found in all continents in the Western Hemisphere as well as Europe.  Pure Topaz (a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine) is clear, and color variants, such as yellow, orange, green, white, blue, and pink (the rarest), are due to impurities.

The Blue Topaz is categorized into 3 shades:  Sky (light blue tones), Swiss (medium tones), and London (the darkest blue hue).  London Blue Topaz is considered the most valuable (and therefore coveted) of the three.  It is also the rarest to find naturally, as the blue is created due to large amounts of heat or irradiation from the sun.  The Sky & Swiss are the most commonly found, making them the more affordable for everyday use by a broader population.

Topaz can be readily cut into most any size and shape to fit many jewelry designs.  Because of the sparkling blue hue it makes for a beautiful piece of jewelry.  When shopping for gift ideas for those with December birthdays, earrings (drop or stud), and shaped stones for rings or necklaces will look spectacular.  And Topaz looks grand as a pendant or pin to take an ensemble from attractive to beautiful.

Giving Blue Topaz as a gift choice for December birthdays is not limited to December:  consider it for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, or Anniversary.  She’ll appreciate her birthstone gift any time of the year, and don’t forget:  she’ll need a jewelry box as beautiful as the jewelry she wears to keep it safe and secure!

 Locking Jewelry Armoire for Her Prized Gems
Locking Standing Jewelry Armoire for Her Prized Gems

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Unique Holiday Gift for Him? Try a Beautiful & Elegant Watch Case!

solid cherry watch box
Solid Cherry Watch Box with Glass Top

Coming up with a gift for the man who has (almost!) everything can be difficult, and sometimes we default to an old stand-by:  t-shirt, socks, gift certificate. But we’d like to suggest this idea:  an elegant watch case.  Did you know that, according to Timex, the average man in the U.S. owns 5 watches? This is the one indulgence that men everywhere seem to have, but why?  Well, it seems that men (generally, not all) prefer function as fashion.  They will typically have two higher end watches for work or formal events, a medium brand digital watch for knocking around on the weekend, a sport’s watch, and a very casual watch.  In the case of pilots or SCUBA divers, they’ll also have a watch that acts as a tachymeter (to measure ground speed) and timer (to measure decompression times).  More recently, we have watches that also track biometrics:  heart rate, sleep pattern, steps, etc.

Given the number of watches that a typical man owns, a natural gift is a watch case. Men’s watch boxes come in a variety of sizes and capacity, as well as materials like cherry, burl wood, maple, teak and leather. The most popular ones are the classic leather boxes, though more and more have a glass top on the men’s watch box.  Others may prefer solid tops with locks, especially if the watches are expensive (and numerous).  A nice addition to a watch box is a pull out drawer, which can keep cleaning supplies, pocket change, or money clips.

If you purchase a mens watch box for him, a great idea is to add an engraving with his initials or a message. As a real surprise, add a new watch to the inside of the box before you wrap it:  two gifts in one!

And if he’s a connoisseur of higher end watches (self-winding, or automatic, watches), consider a watch winder as well.

 This Christmas season, Chasing Treasure has terrific values on a large variety of men's watch storage boxes that cross the pricing spectrum to provide wonderful value at almost every price point. Our wide choice of men's watch boxes at Chasing Treasure means you are sure to find the perfect watch box that will have a lasting impact on that special man.

Watch Box with Drawer
Watch Box with Drawer