PROPOSING ON A BUDGET
The month of love is here again. The season to show that special person how much more you love them. This is an opportunity for some to turn that friendship into a relationship and others to turn their relationship into an engagement. After several years of dating, and probably hints here and there from the family, you have finally realized that she is the piece that completes the puzzle. You love her so much and can’t imagine your life without her, so you decide “it’s time to pop the big question”.
Since you are reading this, I assume you have realized that proposing is serious business. A lot of creativity and expenses comes with it. It is not surprising to hear guys postpone proposing to their girlfriends because they can’t afford to buy her dream ring, but don’t worry, you are not that guy. We are here to help take some of that pressure off by giving you budget friendly tips that works with most financial constraint.
Intuitively, the first thing on your list should be a ring. An engagement ring is the focal point of a proposal. Yes, we all have that one friend that proposed to his girlfriend without a ring but what’s the fun in that. I know sometimes we may find ourselves in a financial bind, especially with the current situation of the economy in Nigeria. Everybody seems to be on a tight budget and putting that extra cash into getting your girlfriend a proper engagement ring may be a challenge. If you plan ahead, you can find an exquisite ring at a great price and also be able to pay for it with a payment plan. Start your search 4 to 6 months before you plan to propose.
At “Deinte Fine Jewelry” we have a variety of top quality engagement rings that are sure to fit your budget and blow your girlfriend and her friends away. You know what they say, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and we have all kinds to make her your best friend forever. From lab-created diamonds(structurally and chemically same as mined diamonds) which cost a fraction of the price (22,000 to 150,000 Naira) to unique exquisite mined diamonds(240,000 and above), all mounted on 18 karat gold, finely crafted. If you interested in us creating a custom design, plan on 6 to 8 weeks of production time. Stop by our store and we’ll help you figure out what works best for you and your significant other. Ask about our “Layaway Plan”!
Now that you have your Deinte ring, it’s time to pop the big question. Keep in mind that this is a day she’ll remember for the rest of her life and a story she’ll tell people for the next few months, so you want to nail it good. To do this you have to know your girlfriend. This, we believe is the Rosetta stone to having a perfect proposal. What personality does your girlfriend possess? Is she conservative or does she like being the center of attention. This will help narrow things down while you proceed with your plans.
As promised, here are a few budget friendly romantic ways to propose:
- Do you remember where you two first met? If you do that’s awesome. You can take her to that exact location and tell her how much you love her and how glad you are that you were here ‘X’ years ago. Speak from your heart and then get on one knee and pop the question.
- Are you confused about what type of ring to get her? Well, this tip is especially for those who do not know their woman’s taste in rings, or are too afraid to make the decision on their own. Go see a movie with her, after the movie casually stop by a jewelry store and have her look at different rings within your price range. Have the sales staff bring out the ring she likes the most. She will think you want her to try it on for fun or you will come back to get it later when she’s not there, but you already came to the store a few days before and arranged all this with one or some of the store’s staff members. When the ring is handed to you, get down on one knee and propose.
- Talking about movies, if your girlfriend likes to be the center of attention you can arrange with the movie theatres management for a slide saying “will you marry me (with her name)” to show during the advertisement segment of the movie. Be ready to get a lot of aww! Congratulations and applause with this one.
- If you and your girlfriend are foodies, you can go to a four or five star restaurant and have something like “will you marry me” or “be my wife please” written on the dessert. Then bring out the ring and do your thing. Dealdey has great deals on many restaurants for this valentine season.
These are some proposal ideas. Proposing is all about creativity, so bring your creativity to life. You can always modify these ideas to fit your needs. The most important thing is that you have fun and make your proposal a memorable day for both of you. Good luck!
By Derin Sokoya(Guest Blogger) @dee_sokoya
Image: Tari & Toyosi’s Proposal Photos. (Deinte Couple 2015)