March 20 is National Proposal Day. The Spring Equinox brings the arrival of Spring, warmer weather, longer days, and new beginnings - the perfect day to get down on one knee and ask a significant other for their hand in marriage. For those struggling to find a day to pop the question, National Proposal Day offers a good and meaningful option!
History of National Proposal Day
The story goes that John Michael O'Loughlin created National Proposal Day to help out his cousin, who had been waiting for her boyfriend to propose for a long time. Perhaps O'Loughlin wanted to give the two lovebirds a hand, and give all other couples around the country a reminder to make the commitment to get engaged before it's too late.
The day quickly gained traction and spread all over the internet, every year more people take part in National Proposal Day. The most popular days for wedding proposals are Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, and New Year's Day. National Proposal Day, however, is consistently rising in popularity, with more engagements happening on that day every year. Perhaps it will be up there with the most popular holidays one day.
Wedding proposals come in all shapes and forms. Some people like an enormous and elaborate proposal, such as a flashmob, while others prefer to keep it private, with a special and romantic evening at home. There is no right way to do it, the important thing is to be sure that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
While the tradition has always been for men to get down on one knee and propose to their partner, more women are now taking their engagement proposal into their own hands and proposing to the men! Many choose to do it on leap day when it happens, but why not do it on National Proposal Day?
How to celebrate National Proposal Day
Have you been thinking about proposing to your partner for a while but struggling to find the right time? Have you two talked about getting married before? Then why not celebrate National Proposal Day by getting engaged on this day? Let the arrival of Spring encourage and inspire you to get started on a new chapter of your life together.
Want suggestions on how to propose? Here are a few romantic ideas:
- Plan a surprise vacation and propose at a special location. This could be somewhere that holds special meaning for the two of you, like the place where you first met or a place you've always wanted to visit together.
- Arrange a romantic dinner for two at a fancy restaurant or a place with a beautiful view, and propose over a candlelit dinner.
- Create a scavenger hunt leading to the proposal spot, with clues leading to special places or memories you have shared together.
- Plan a surprise picnic in a beautiful outdoor location, and propose surrounded by nature.
- Hire a professional photographer to capture the moment of the proposal, so you can look back at the memories forever.
- Make it a big surprise, interrupt your partner somewhere she is least expecting it, at work, or in the gym with a large gesture.
If you've been expecting a proposal for a while and it still hasn't arrived, then perhaps you should take National Proposal Day to sit down with your partner and discuss getting engaged and married and double-check that you're both on the same page.