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Magical Proposal Ideas Inspired By Romantic Movies

by | Groom, Tips and Tricks


Cindy Man Hun

landscape-1429198413-htra536-vv647-h‘Sweet Home Alabama’ image via Elle

Who said proposals can’t be magical, just like in the movies? Here are my favourite proposal ideas inspired by a handful of memorable romantic movie proposals.

In rom-com classic The Wedding Singer, Robbie (Adam Sandler) confesses his love for Julia (Drew Barrymore) by serenading her with a song he wrote dedicated to her, called ‘Grow Old With You’, while she’s on a flight to get married to another man whom she doesn’t really love! If you have any musical talent at all, why not write a personalised song for your partner and find a way to sing it to them before you propose? The thought of performing such a heartfelt song to your partner might seem quite nerve-racking, but believe me, it will be worth seeing the look on your partner’s face while it’s happening. So, get out of that comfort zone and get writing!

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Many say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Is your partner all about diamonds? Look to Sweet Home Alabama’s iconic proposal scene in which Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) is taken to Tiffany’s by her boyfriend Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) and is told to “pick one” ring. At first, Melanie has no idea where they are because they arrive in pitch blackness, but when the lights turn on, she realises she’s spoilt for choice. If you don’t have a ring budget and you are willing to spend any amount, take your partner to a jewellery store, tell them to pick any ring they wish, then pop the question! If you do have a budget, create your own ring menu and give it to your partner when they least expect it!

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Stepmom’s proposal is hopelessly romantic and sentimental. Luke (Ed Harris) wakes up Isabel (Julia Roberts) holding a jewellery box with a spool of thread inside. As Luke ties a knot around Isabel’s finger with a string of thread and drops a ring down the string from the other end, he makes a speech that tugs at our heartstrings: “Even when things are hard and you feel like giving up, you have to hang on to that decision, that choice to love each other. Even if it’s only by a thread. I let that thread break once. This time, it won’t. Will you marry me?” You could recreate this exact proposal, or maybe you’d like to reword certain parts of the speech. Either way, the thread will only strengthen between you and your partner!

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He’s Just Not That Into You sees Neil (Ben Affleck) attempt to sneak a pair of cargo pants – which his girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Aniston) hates – into the house. What Beth doesn’t know is that there’s a ring box in one of the pockets. Before she goes to discard them into a throwaway pile, Neil advises her to “check the pockets first”. She does, and she is pleasantly surprised by what she finds! Buy your partner a gift (for an occasion such as their birthday) that has a hiding spot and you know would disappoint, like an unattractive bag, and hide the ring. Present the gift to your partner. Once you see the disappointment on their face, let them know the receipt is somewhere, but act unsure. Eventually, your partner will come across the ring!

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Whichever proposal your choose, no doubt you will put your heart and soul into it. The magic happens when you’re in the moment!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: In true Hollywood style, all of these proposals will melt any girls’ heart!

Peter Jackson Spring Summer 15 Collection

by | Groom, Groom Fashion


Ms Chinoiserie

Clooney-dinner-suit_look_fullFull of bright Spring colours, the Peter Jackson Spring Summer 15 Collection is the perfect place to look for the groom with a bit of a bounce in his step.

The Spring Summer 2015 collection sees a new creative direction for the brand, now led by a fresh creative team that seeks to outfit both the traditional and fashion forward groom and groomsmen.

Inspired by 1960’s Palm Springs, vibrantly coloured neckties in oranges and pinks sit along side the more traditional navy and green, while pocket squares in modern paisleys and polka dots are just as at home in the collection as classic block tones. There’s even the addiction of quirky cufflinks for a little personalised flair.

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Cuffs 8Cuffs 4Tailored suits, each available in three-piece sets or seperates, are made from Australian merino wool in Italy in classic black tuxedo shapes, pale blues, classic navys and warm weather taupes.

The Peter Jackson Spring Summer 15 Collection is available in store now.




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Memories of a Traditional Pakistan Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Memories, Life As A Groom


Bec Lawrence

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“Our wedding was filled with the culture and traditions of Pakistan, so that means we celebrated a month before and finished celebrating a month after.”

For Moe, his wedding in Pakistan is remembered as a beautiful cultural event with an overwhelming atmosphere. He explains how the couple squeezed what is usually a four day ceremony into three days of traditional Pakistan wedding celebrations!

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“On Day One (traditionally called “Nikah”) we held the ceremony which includes paper work and signatures. Later that evening (“Mehndi”), the groom’s side (about 350 people from my village) will go to his partner’s house gifting jewellery, clothes, sweets and henna for the bride and her family. After all the singing, dancing and fireworks the groom’s family puts henna on the brides’ hands/feet, then the bride’s family puts henna on the groom’s hand.”

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The second day of the wedding is called “Barat”; this is when the groom brings his wife home. “Here’s the interesting bit, the groom takes everyone he knows with him. So I am talking about 400 people!” Moe organised a special way to bring his bride Sundus home. “Traditionally the ride I use to take her home is normally special and unique. I went ‘old school’ and used a camel.”
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“Our home was filled with red carpets and little kids waiting to throw flowers on us as we entered as a couple. We have another tradition where we sit together and hold the youngest baby in my family (this is so we could later be blessed with a healthy baby).”

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Moe remembers Day Three (“Valima”) as a social gathering where everybody is invited to celebrate the wedding and the couple gives thanks for the well wishes.

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“From what I can remember we had over 800 people in total. This is the day where we receive our gifts and we just eat.” For Sundus, meeting all her new family was particularly special. She was welcomed and could “feel the love they have for her.”

Moe highlights some of the traditional differences between an Australian wedding and his ceremony in Pakistan. “The groom’s family has to buy all the girls in his family outfits to wear to the wedding. The bride’s family buys all the furniture and home appliances an everyday couple would need for their new home.”

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One of the most special moments Moe remembers from his wedding is the overwhelming feeling as his new wife walked towards him. “When I saw her walking towards me it felt so special. It also felt sad because all her family were in tears because she was moving away. With the mixture of the music, people and the atmosphere I had goose bumps. It’s the sort of feeling when you see something so precious that you didn’t think existed in life before. It’s like Oreo biscuits and Nutella mixed together, but better!”

“My favourite memory would just be being together. It was so good just to have her with me. I was nervous for the wedding but very excited at the same time.” For Sundus the wedding meant she would leave behind her family and move to her new home in Australia. “She was scared at first because being married meant she had to move which was daunting but also exciting.”

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After a month packed with celebration Moe flew Sundus home to Australia. “When I walked her to my house that was a life changer for me. It made me feel that I am now responsible for more than myself. I think feeling that responsibility is a thing you cannot forget.”

While the couple are now home and making a life together, Moe will forever cherish the powerful atmosphere present during their marriage celebration. “Having that atmosphere … was something that made it everything. It put the whole thing together.”

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Miss Chinoiserie Says: Thank you Moe for sharing such wonderful memories: your wedding celebrated so much that is precious!

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