According to a survey by Modern Bride magazine, more than 1 in 4 grooms propose during the holidays. Psychologists say it makes sense. The family has gathered, the holidays make couples feel closer, and making an announcement seems like the perfect thing to do. So, if you're ready, here are some unusual ways to pop the question:
- First, the Santa in the Minneapolis Holidazzle parade helps at least 2 grooms propose every year. He leaps from his sleigh, rushes into the bleachers, and says, "You want to hear what your boyfriend wants for Christmas?"
- Then there's the $10-thousand dollar drink at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. A "marriage martini" with a diamond ring instead of an olive. Or you can supply your own ring and just pay $14 bucks for the drink.
- Another unusual way to pop the question: The Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant founded in 1865 in Philadelphia serves "Rocks on the Rocks" a diamond ring presented on a bed of ice, like a shrimp cocktail.
- And the staff at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey will let you take a plunge during the water show, and hold up a "Will you marry me?" sign from inside the aquarium.
- Here's another unusual wedding proposal: For guys too scared to do the asking, Seattle jeweler E.E. Robbins has the answer. A 6 foot 5 guy called "The Proposer." He arrives dressed like James Bond, with an engagement in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, and won't take "no" for an answer.
- Finally, here's help for the groom who's afraid to pick out a ring his fiancÃ©e won't like, but wants to give her something she can keep. The Message Connextion offers "Will you marry me?" bracelets. With a silver envelope that can hold up to 400 words on tiny micro-engraved plates.