Rudy and Jessenia Visit Seattle in Style

Jessenia loves Seattle and has told Rudy many times that she wants to ultimately move and live in Seattle. As the two currently live in Texas, Rudy knew he wanted to pop the question on their vacation to Seattle.

There’s no greater view of the Seattle Skyline than at Kerry Park – the location to their surprise proposal. Rudy and Jessenia arrived to Kerry Park and grabbed a seat on one of the benches. Much to Jessenia’s shock and hesitation, a guitarist came over and asked them to follow him. The guitarist led them to a portion of the park where dozens of candles were set up along with garland along the park railing. With the sun currently setting, it created a magical light over the place. The guitarist then began serenading Jessenia and Rudy. Rudy got down on one knee and asked Jessenia to marry him.

She said YES 0f course! Jessenia then was handed the most beautiful bouquet with all of her favorite flowers. After lots of sunset photos, Rudy and Jessenia took off in a limo headed to dinner to celebrate their new engagement!

The two plan on having a September 2017 wedding! Congrats Rudy and Jessenia!

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Photos: Nani Oei Photography // Planning and Coordination: Planning For Dudes // Floral Design: Gather Design Company // Guitarist: David James // Secured Photographer and Guitarist: The Heart Bandits // Restaurant: Salty’s on Alki // Limo: British Motor Coach

Thomas and Alicia Beach Proposal

The first time I talked to Thomas over the phone, I KNEW that him and Alicia had a love that was going to last. Thomas is that sweet guy who had kept every single memento from his relationship with Alicia. Alicia and Thomas met at school in California and knew right away it was meant to be! After school, Alicia moved back to the Seattle area for a job and Thomas soon followed.

There’s a small beach over near Deception Pass that Alicia’s family and friends have named “Alicia Beach.” Thomas knew immediately that he wanted to make Alicia his fiancé at this beach. But of course hiking to a beach and dropping on one knee wasn’t near enough. Thomas wanted to catalog their entire relationship. From the parking lot to the beach, four different tables were set up to document their relationship milestones including: “First Coffee”, “First Date,” “Ventura,” and “Seattle”. Each table had a chalkboard with key dates, photos, flowers and mementos from that time period.

By the time they made it to Alicia Beach, Alicia anticipated what was coming. There was a much larger chalkboard with champagne, rose petals and candles set up. Thomas dropped down on his knee for .5 seconds before Alicia said “Yes!”

The newly engaged couple celebrated with champagne and took the day to be together. Later that evening they headed to a restaurant to celebrate with their closest family and friends in Seattle.

The two wed on a beautiful November Saturday and we’re so excited for them to celebrate this huge chapter in their lives!

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Photo: Kerry Jeanne Photography // Planning and Design: Planning for Dudes // Floral Design: Studio 3 Floral // Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // Chalkboard Signs: Chalk Boss

Shaun + Shannon’s Save The Date

Posted by Meaghan Cody

One of our couples took ALL of their pictures from their engagement that we helped with and turned it into their Save The Date. We loved it so much that we wanted to share it with you…. Just another reason you should hire a photographer for your proposal… oh and us of course!

What Phrases Not To Use…

Posted by Meaghan Cody, Dallas

As cliché as it sounds, all girls wait for that moment when their man goes down on one knee and pulls out a ring. There are a few ways that you could mess this up, one being the words that you say. I have come across a few phrases that I don’t think would go over so well with your lady.

1. “Do you wanna?” – First of all that is awful grammar… Second of all, do I WANNA what? Do I WANNA go to Starbucks? Sure! Do I WANNA spend the rest of my life with you? Not if you are asking like that.

2. “How about it?” – Again, how about what? Be clear with what you are asking, that way you come across that you are confident in what you are asking, like spending the rest of your life with someone.

3. “My mom thinks it’s time we made this legal” – Your MOM? I personally would prefer for my future mother-in-law not to be the one to initiate my marriage proposal. Will she also initiate when it is time for us to have children? No thank you!

4. “Do you think we should get married?” – Going back to phrase number 2, be confident in what you are asking. You should know whether or not you want to marry someone before you ask. You either want to spend the rest of your life with them or not…. If you aren’t sure, you have bigger problems and should be seeking other blogs than this one.

5. Nothing at all – Be sure to say something. Even if all you say is “Will you marry me?”, that will be enough.

We can surely help you come up with other fun phrases on how to ask the big question that won’t disappoint! Just CALL US!

Ring Sizes – Where Do You Even Start?!

Posted By: Sarah Gai, Seattle

So. You’re planning on popping the question. You know you want to present the woman of your dreams with a ring that will knock her socks off. You’ve saved the cash. You’ve got a general idea of her style. Now what?

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Let’s start at the beginning, my friend. Your first covert mission is to stealthy find a way to figure out your gal’s ring size. Here are three (hopefully!) foolproof tips to get you on your way.

  1. For Captain Obvious: steal a ring.
    While she’s away, sneak into her jewelry box and pickpocket a ring she’s not going to miss. Keep in mind: your engagement ring sits on your sweetheart’s left finger, so if your hijacking one that she normally wears on her right, consider stepping down a half-size.
  2. For the Resourceful One: turn to the internet.
    Our good friends at Zales have taken the guesswork out of ring sizing with this printable chart. It’s as simple as placing the ring on top of each circle until you find the perfect match. A child could complete this task. Need we say more
  3. For the Craftsman: make an impression.
    Now, this may require a bit more skill on your part, but several jewelers have actually recommended making an impression of the ring with a bar of soap. Wet the bar of soap, press the ring firmly into the bar, and save the soap in a plastic sandwich bag. Off you go to present your latest masterpiece to the jeweler, who can determine her ring size from there.

You are now on your way to becoming an engaged man! Keep checking back for more tips when it comes to popping the question.

 

Engagement Season, It’s Officially Here!

Posted By: Rachael Wyatt, New York

Engagement Season is upon us – yep that is a real thing. Did you know that 1/3 of couples do get engaged from November to February? I love how Hearts On Fire laid out this information that they compiled. Some of these statistics are really worth considering when you are shopping for a ring. It’s likely that if you really want to surprise her, you might have to do some digging to get some of these answers, in terms of what is important to her. We are here to help if you are thinking of proposing to that special girl this Holiday Season.  And remember, like Meaghan said, try to avoid proposing in food – it’s time to start getting creative!  Stay tuned, as we will be giving more tips in the coming weeks regarding Proposals and how Planning For Dudes can help you.

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