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‘Propose to your partner by giving her
a bunch of roses with a ring inside one of the flowers!’
‘Write your partner a letter, telling
them all the ways that they make you feel special.’
‘Read your partner a love poem by one
of the great romantic poets or write your own.’
‘Book a surprise Hot Air Balloon flight
and watch sunrise together.’
‘Buy a new calendar for your partner
and write on each page a reason why you love your them.’
‘Put a note, which says ‘I love
You’, in your loved ones, wallet, hand bag, coat pocket
or lunch box!
‘Plan a surprise ‘lovers’
picnic in a secluded romantic hide away!’
‘Put kiss shaped chocolates on the floor
which leads to a note saying "I kiss the ground you walk
on and will you please marry me!" ‘
‘Scatter red rose petals on the floor,
in the bath and on the bed for the person you love. ‘
'Oh, my love is a red, red rose' Rose, as
the queen of flowers, symbolizes beauty, peace and war, love
Valentine's Day is a time to send flowers
and gifts to your loved ones but beware! Some of these beautiful
messengers may transmit wrong messages.
There are traditional meanings of different coloured roses
in some cultures. These are still adhered to today, so choose
your colour with care.
White roses are for true love and purity of the mind - Red
roses are for love and passion -Yellow roses are for friendship
- Pink roses mean friendship or sweetheart.
A heart, pierced by the cupid's arrow, has become the most
famous of the valentine's symbols. To give someone one's heart
means to give to him or her one's whole being, for the heart
is at the center of one's existence.
Love Birds and Doves
The sweet little blue coloured lovebirds signify that the
lovers can't live without their mates. Doves signifies purity,
meekness and innocence. Hence, these two birds have become
the most endearing symbols of the spirit of valentine day.
W ooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February
14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations
on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!
In the Middle Ages
Young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their
valentines would be. They would wear these names on their
sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now
means that it is easy for other people to know how you are
Romantic Valentines Wedding
Getting married on Valentine's Day? You
must be a true romantic. Have your ceremony and reception
reflect all the romance of your personal love story.
- wear a white dress with red accents. Wear
red roses in your hair and carry an overflowing bouquet of
more red roses
- Have your bridesmaids wear the same dress
in varying shades of pink and red, and have groomsmen wear
red ties with different red and pink boutonnières.
If you want to get married on Valentines
Day make sure you book your celebrant and location early,
as it’s a very popular day to tie the knot.
Wed someplace that will allow you to light
lots of candles to really set the mood for a late evening
ceremony or try a garden or greenhouse filled with roses and
flowers for plenty of romantic atmosphere.
During your ceremony have married couples
stand and reaffirm their love for each other.
Music: A string quartet or Italian opera
singer will help set the mood. If you want to have a DJ, create
a song list full of love songs.
Menu: Why not fan the sparks between your
guests by including some aphrodisiacs in the menu, including
an oyster bar, asparagus, almonds, and chocolate covered strawberries
Give your guests tiny heart-shaped boxes
of candy with a note attached saying "Thank you for being
our Valentines. Love, Jessica and George."
Proposing on Valentines Day
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular
days of the year to propose. It's a day that's romantic, so
fill it with the love you feel for each other and make your
proposal special and memorable.
To propose with a ring or not a
ring! That is the question!
If you are not confidant as to what type of ring your girlfriend
really wants! It may be wise to propose and then give your
fiancée a few ‘Engagement Ring’ brochures
from reputable jewleres! After all she will be wearing it
for the rest of her life!
Proposing in Front of a Crowd
Sporting Event – Live Theatre – Movies - Restaurant
– Cruise Ship – Party – Any where!
Organize with the venue manages to publicly surprise your
partner, it could be by sign writing in the sky or on the
big screen at a sporting event to on stage at the theatre!
On the Radio
If your partner listens to a particular radio program arrange
to propose on air on Valentine's Day! Call the station at
least a few days in advance to arrange it, or see if you'll
need to buy an ad.
Say it with Chocolate!
Buy your sweetheart a heart shape box of chocolates and replace
one with the engagement ring.
Or buy a bag of choclate hearts and wrap one with a note that
says "Marry Me”! If she says ‘Yes’,
then give her the ring or!
Recreating a First Date or Special
Make arrangements to recreate your first date or that special
date when you told each other "I love you" for the
first time. Go to the same restaurant, play the same music,
have the same foods and wine and wear a similar outfit! Tell
her that it was the moment you knew that you wanted to spend
the rest of your lives together, then get down on one knee
and pop the question!
On a Walk/Drive/Sail
Go to a romantic location, talk about why you are in love
and why your relationship is so special, then say something
like "I wanted to bring you to a spot almost as beautiful
as you are to ask you to spend the rest of your life with
me. Will you marry me?"
If you want to surprise your partner with a proposal but you're
not the romantic type and you know they will be suspicious
if you suggest going out for a fancy dinner on Valentine's
Day. Why don’t you put the proposal note "Will
you marry me?", in a common place in your home –
the kitchen drawer, the toothbrush dish, a shirt pocket in
the laundry or tied to the neck of a beer or wine bottle!
Another casual approach to proposing may
be to read the Engagement column or Valentines Notices in
the newspaper and nonchalantly ask, "Do you think we
should announce our engagement in the paper?"
Give your partner a jigsaw puzzle for Valentins Day with one
piece missing! When she discovers that one piece is missing
produce the piece which reads "Will You Marry Me?"
Make an album of your relationship, with pictures of the two
of you during important moments, and on the second to last
page write "what will the future bring?" and on
the last page write "how about marriage?"
Other Valentine's Day Tips
"Marriage is not a ritual or an end.
It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing
matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice
of partner." - Amy Bloom
"Sexiness wears thin after a while
and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you
laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat." Joanne
"A successful marriage requires
falling in love many times, and always with the same person."
- Mignon McLaughlin
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