Almost everyone thinks of Christmas or New Years as the best dates to have that diamond engagement ring ready and propose to the person of your dreams; the season is filled with happiness and fond memories that it only seems fitting to add another fantastic memory to that time of the year. But often forgotten is the Thanksgiving proposal.
There are great ways to propose during Thanksgiving that will leave the one you love breathless and your new family in awe of your thoughtfulness. Plus, doing it during Thanksgiving means everyone will think of it during that day every year thereafter. So, here are a few “Dos and Dont’s” to create a Story Behind the Moment.
First, make sure the answer will be yes before pulling the box out in front of the entire family. While this is a given in any public situation when proposing, when done in front of a family and the answer isn’t a resounding “YES!” right away, the embarrassment lasts forever. Also, don’t ask right when dinner is about to begin. Feel out the room like a comedian does before coming on stage. You need to know the family pecking order and the potential for any family fights that always seem to occur during large family gatherings. Pace yourself. Let some of the family members have a few cocktails. Have one yourself. JUST ONE! Just before desert would be our suggestion. Everyone is full, happy and just about to get sleepy from the turkey. The excitement from the proposal will wake everyone up!
We do not suggest hiding the ring in food. Think about it. First of all, someone else will get it and probably choke on it! Secondly, it is covered in food; gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie…this ruins the initial shock and awe since you found a fantastic engagement ring that is supposed to make the heart melt at first sight! If you have your heart set on this, make sure another family member is involved and find a way to not have the diamond ring actually in the food.
If the family goes around the table and everyone offers what they are thankful for, you have your immediate in right there! But, here’s a better way to make a memory. Before the turkey is cut, see if you can get the wishbone. Again, a family member will have to know the surprise. But, at the end of the meal, grab the wishbone, ask your future spouse to celebrate with you by breaking it and making a wish and when it’s done, pull out the engagement ring and ask for your wish to come true right then and there.
If that doesn’t make a Story Behind the Moment, not much else will!