Nowadays, getting engaged is no longer as simple as getting on one knee, presenting a diamond ring, and asking the important question: Will you marry me? If you're thinking of popping the question to your loved one any time soon, here are a few creative proposals for inspiration.
*Dancing For Your Love
Many of the best proposals are also great performances. Flash mobs are a fun and creative way to propose. The best part? They get family, friends and flash mob-enthusiasts involved in this special moment. Flash mobs are a type of contagious dancing that begins with one person and extends to a larger group, usually organized through social media. With the right planning, this proposal can be done almost anywhere, creating a romantic element of surprise. One of my favorites was done at Downtown Disney in California. The happy couple was strolling by a stage when the husband-to-be broke away to join in and began dancing to the tunes of Bruno Mars' "Marry You." Needless to say, he not only impressed the lucky girl with his dance moves, but he popped the question in a fun and unforgettable way. Her response? Yes, of course!
*Animating a Love Story
If you'd prefer to have a more intimate proposal, you're going to love this next one. A graphic designer developed an animation of his and his girlfriend's love story. Unbeknownst to her, he had rented out an entire theater and played their animated love tale -- which she figured out as the narrative progressed. Once the video ended, the lights were switched on and all of their family and friends were sitting in the theater enjoying in this beautiful moment. Although this proposal took some computer program expertise, it is another example one man used his talents to express his love. Plus, who wouldn't want an animated short detailing how they fell in love.
*Capturing the Big Moment
For those of us who may not be as artistically inclined, one of the simplest but greatest proposals came from a man who decided to propose to his girlfriend for 365 days straight -- and she never even knew! How did he do it? Well, each day he wrote down the question on a whiteboard and captured a video or photo of him asking. When the big reveal came on her birthday, she sat on the beach watching a slideshow of the 365 times he asked her to marry him. This proposal was simple, creative and clever. Also, it did not cost much money, require laborious hours of work, or need the coordination of family and friends. However, it did require consistency and forethought, and it made a huge impact. On the 366th day, the photos and videos taken finally give him the answer he's been waiting for.
The pressure of asking someone to get married can be high. But this list illustrates how using one's talents can make a proposal unique and creative. Though some take a lot of work, they are all a labor of love. Remember to follow your heart when it comes to asking this life-changing question, and try thinking outside of the box!