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What better time to round up our favourite proposals than The Proposal issue? We are diving into our favourite fun proposals today. We have so much admiration for the ingenious ways these partners chose to propose that will leave you shaking your head and smiling from ear to ear!

The 365 Days Proposal

This proposal is an old favourite of mine and such a fun idea. A groom to take 365 days to propose and he recorded every single second.

Youtube/Dean Smith

 

The Car Karaoke Proposal

Singing along in the car has to be the best thing ever, and this session of carpool karaoke has the amazing unexpected twist.

Youtube/IroningMyUnderwear

 

The Acapella Proposal

When you’re called on stage and don’t suspect a thing, but it’s all in perfect harmony! I love the hilarious sing-along style of this fun proposal.

Youtube/ccjone01

 

The Right In Front Of You Proposal

When something catches your eye, this bride to be proves that it pays to look a little closer.

Youtube/Derrick Pelliter

 

The Sing-Along Proposal

Who says one has to stay still when getting the surprise of their life? This lip dub proposal is an old favourite!

Youtube/Bradley Productions

 

The Love Is Little Proposal

Work is work, but sometimes, when you work with tiny tots work can turn into the most wonderful day you’ve ever had.

Youtube/Howheasked.com

 

The Just Guess! Proposal

I’ve said it before – at home, low key proposals have a special place in my heart and this one turned games night into something rather special.

Youtube/Pamela Garcia

 

The Multiple Mickeys Proposal

I had to include this one as a nod to our Aussie heritage, because when else can you take over a street with multiple Mickey Mouse costumes?

Youtube/jehanr

 

The Dinner For Two Proposal

When you think you’re going out for dinner and it the entire restaurant has a surprise for you Well, it can only mean one thing!

Youtube/Bookatable

 

The Your Favourite Show Proposal

When you manage to get the cast of your future fiancee’s TV show on board to help you propose, it can only end in magic.

Youtube/Matt Hulbert

 

Suiting is ready for Spring as MJ Bale unveil their brand new “The Fresh Revolution” Spring 2018 collection.

Mixing traditional tailoring with casual wear, the collection is filled with light, Spring weight fabrics like linen cotton blends, breathable merino wool, which have all been crafted into dapper, modern tailored pieces.

In what is designed to be a refresh for the brand, an evolution of style and colour also gives a nod to the warmer weather. Grey blues, tan, sands, dusky pinks and of course, the ever classic navy (updated with a denim tone) which all give grooms & groomsmen a collection that works for sweltering wedding days. There are also tropical print shirts, checkered blazers and their much loved Robertson and Phifer suits reinvented with updated cuts and colours for on-trend looks.

The pieces are designed to be interchangeable – a dusky pink blazer, easily slipped on over a casual shirt with jeans, tailored pants paired with both sneakers, as well as their classic “dressed up” style. The mix and match vibe a nod to the confident gent who wants a new kind of attitude.

MJ Bale’s new collection is now available in-store and online.

Photographer: Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca / Attire: MJ Bale / Campaign Stylist: Grant Pearce / Assistant Stylist: Jacky Tam / Editor & Head Of Brand: Jonathan Lobban / Head Of Marketing: Tim Smith / Art Editor: Cassandra Thomas / Fashion Editor : Jaime Fernandes / Senior Graphic Designer : Daniel Stapleton
Image: Ava Me Photography. Via Tayla & James's Lower Hunter Valley Country Wedding

Ava Me Photography Via Tayla & James’s Lower Hunter Valley Country Wedding

It’s proposal month here at Polka Dot Groom and we’re celebrating one of the most important aspects of any wedding. Without a proposal, nothing else falls into place!

But how to make that moment memorable? There are so many variables out there, I’d always suggest you start with: what would my partner want? But if you’re still struggling, I’ve listed a few options and aspects below to help turn your proposal from good to great!

The photobooth

Seems crazy, right? But if you can get the timing right, the photobooth proposal will go down as one of the greatest surprises and stories of all time – AND you’ll have the evidence to back it up. Your standard photobooth will give you three photos, so here’s the game plan:

• First photo: Normal smile.
• Second photo: Whip out the ring.
• Third photo: That reaction!

Yes, this proposal involves some very good timing on your behalf, and you’ll have to make sure you have the ring box at the ready. High risk, high reward, as they say.

 

Pets

Pets can play a huge part in the lives of individuals and couples. So, if you’ve got a four-legged furry friend, why not try and make them part of this special moment too – after all, they’re going to be around for all the other special moments!

Consider tying the ring box or just the ring to your dog’s collar. Picture the moment when the dog jumps up onto your partner’s lap and they aren’t quite sure what that thing is dangling from the collar. Then, when they open the box and look up at you, you’re already on one knee. Perfect for those of us who want to keep it low key but still ramp up the romance.

Flash Mob

Look, I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of these types of proposals, but in the social media age, it’s difficult to resist the chance to turn your proposal into a viral video. Why not ask your family and friends to get in on the act and rehearse some basic dance moves? And at the next family function, ramp up the tunes and pull off the surprise performance of a lifetime.

Can you picture the look on your partner’s face as everyone starts moving in unison and they’re at the centre of the spectacle? Don’t forget to get someone to film it! Here’s some inspo:

Photographer

Yes, this might be elaborate especially for those of us on a budget. But let’s face it, you’re going to whip out your phone for a selfie soon after the big moment anyway. Imagine if you didn’t have to worry about taking a photo because you had a photographer there to capture the moment. You could even ask them to keep it incognito in the lead up and during the proposal. Those candid photos will live on forever.

The outfit

All the cards are in your hands here. You’ve got the element of surprise and the ability to plan, so there’s no excuse for doing this in trackies and a singlet – unless of course, you’re going for a casual proposal, which is fine too. But if you’re going big, don’t forget to select the outfit to match. I went for the suit and bowtie, which I’m told is still a magnificent memory and made the moment that much more special.

Looking for inspo? Check out some of my interviews on wedding suits, bow ties and shoes.

And if you’re struggling with all the pressure that comes with your proposal, why not check out my ultimate proposal checklist, guaranteed to make sure you tick off all the boxes before you ask the most important question of your life.

Ms Zebra Says: I can’t even imagine the pressure that comes with planning a proposal – but thanks to Mr Houndstooth & his great advice, surely you can’t go wrong?!?!

About the author Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.