Las Vegas brides, did you know Irish tradition encourages women to propose to their guys? According to legend, St. Patrick gave permission for an Irish woman to propose to her man, especially if he was simply too shy to pop the question himself, through an opportunity that would come around every four years: Leap Year! Today bold brides-to-be are still partaking in that tradition, and yesterday many women even took a leap of faith and popped the question to their boyfriends.
Sharon and Simon celebrated their engagement at Blackpool Tower. Look closely, and you'll see "Marry Me?" on the beach below!
In my favorite February 29, 2012, tale, BBC News reported that 31-year-old Miss Sharon Fuller organized her girlfriends to etch “Marry Me?” into sand of North West England’s Blackpool beach as the perfect sign for her boyfriend, Simon Dunkerley. Then at the top of the 500-foot-tall Blackpool Tower, Simon saw the lines in the sand and accepted. Together the couple celebrated with small glasses of champagne, and they already have plans to be wed in a quiet British ceremony this summer.
But with all the excitement and weddings on the way, what’s an engaged Las Vegas bride to learn from yesterday’s Leap Year Day proposals? Brides, I’d like to suggest we learn to propose our love in new ways beyond the big question! Take a look:
Celebrate: Do What You Both Love
First, brides, as we celebrate with these recently engaged ladies and gents, let’s take time to celebrate our own engagements too! Often we plunge headfirst into wedding planning after he pops the question. Now that’s all well and good. But remember why you’re getting married. The core of the wedding is the marriage. And the core of marriage is love, devotion, and commitment through thick and thin. Take some time to celebrate those elements.
Host an engagement party! Go out to dinner! Take a stroll through the park, or hit the Vegas Strip for some fun together. Cuddle up on the couch. Watch a movie, cook dinner, play a game, go for a run, or write each other love letters. Just because you’ve already enjoyed the proposal doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying each other. Continually discover what makes each other’s hearts sing, and go for it!
Plan Together: Pour into your Relationship
Now on this note, brides, keep in mind that you too can plan a few activities. It’s easy to let your man handle the plans. After all, you know he can do it. He planned that beautiful proposal! But take some inspiration from this Leap Year’s ladies. You don’t have to plan the proposal, but do plan something special for you and your groom.
True to tradition, this bold bride proposed to her man on Feb. 29th! Las Vegas brides, think of ways you too can show your love for your grooms!
“It’s been a nerve-wracking few weeks planning it all,” Leap Year lady, Sharon, told BBC News about planning her proposal to Simon.
I think that’s something to keep in mind, brides. Planning is tough. Instead of leaving our fiancés to read our minds, let’s lessen the stress and help our guys with date nights too. Plan an event together instead of expecting him to decide what you’ll do every weekend. Together you’ll make a great team, and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to work together on building your relationship!
Say Thanks: Let Your Groom Know You Love Him
Even with your marriage proposal in the past, take time to thank your groom for making that moment so special. You see, I have it from a good source (*cough cough* my own groom) that planning a proposal is fairly stressful. He’s supposed to make it special, make it personal, and make it memorable. Oh, and it has to be unique. That’s a lot of pressure for one question.
Encourage your man, and let him how much you loved every detail of what he planned for you. Whether it was a romantic dinner at the top of the Stratosphere or a quiet moment on your couch, he asked your permission to spend the rest of your lives together because he loves you with his whole heart and he’s willing to commit to you. That’s what counts, brides.
Want to start your marriage with romance designed to fit your desires? Las Vegas brides, you’re on your way to experiencing a honeymoon specifically designed for you and your groom! Take this quiz to discover what your perfect honeymoon looks like.
Just Married! Where will you journey for your honeymoon?
Quiz: What’s Your Honeymoon Style?
1. It’s a three-day weekend. You and your groom plan to…
a). Pack your Camelbacks, and strap on your Tevas. It’s time for an adrenaline-pumping weekend of hiking, bouldering, camping, and rock climbing in The Great Outdoors.
b). Catch a film on Netflix, and order take-out. Draw the blinds, cuddle on the couch together, and let your day off be spent on some much-needed R & R.
c). Grab your cameras, and jump in the car for a road trip that’s Destination Anywhere. The world is your oyster, the stereo is at your command, and here’s your chance to capture the landscape through your camera’s lens.
d). Dress your best, and race to the Las Vegas Strip. The music is pumping, the drinks are waiting, and you can’t wait to hit the club action.
2. Your favorite movie would be…
a). Pirates of the Caribbean.
Excited by action and adventure?
c). 500 Days of Summer.
d). Sex in the City.
3. A perfect day includes…
a). Riding roller coasters at a theme park.
b). Lounging in a hammock under a shady tree on a sunny day.
c). Exploring little known areas of town that exhibit big personality.
d). Shopping, followed by a few hours at a spa.
Love to lounge at a spa and pool?
4. Your ideal wedding location would be…
a). If we had to stay near Las Vegas, we’d marry on Mount Charleston in a moment. But if we could travel anywhere, a destination wedding in the jungles of Costa Rica or the snowfall of the Swiss Alps would be awesome!
b). We would love to soak up the sand and surf in a casual beach wedding. Well, if we couldn’t make it to California, my parents’ backyard would be beautiful!
c). We’d wed in San Francisco, with a trolley to take us there and lots of local color in our vintage-style photographs. But if that’s not in the budget, we’d probably try to find an eclectic locale in Vegas—like a dry bed lake or a museum. Hmmm… maybe even a funky wedding chapel!
d). Hollywood! Imagine the sunsets, the nightlife, and the five-star resort! If we couldn’t make it somewhere that glamorous, we’d be stars in our own city. Time to book a high-rise hotel in Viva Las Vegas!
Find Your Results.
If you are mostly A’s, you like ADVENTURE. Jump headfirst into new experiences with your fiancé as you explore new terrain in your relationship.
Dreaming of a natural, private beach?
If you are mostly B’s, you like RELAXATION. Embrace this time to appreciate each other in a calm atmosphere, secluded from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
If you are mostly C’s, you like ARTISTRY. Indulge your desire to revel in the discovery of each moment while you gain insight to each other’s souls.
If you are mostly D’s, you like being IN THE SCENE. Celebrate each other as you partake in the excitement and entertainment of the big city sphere together.
Now that you know your honeymoon style, invite your groom to share his ideas as well. Together, plan a honeymoon with a location and itinerary that accommodates your style and your fiancé’s likes. Then buy plane tickets, book hotels, and start dreaming about your first days of married life together during your ultimate honeymoon!
When you’re engaged, you don’t need Valentine’s Day to tell you it’s time to have a date night. But with your Las Vegas wedding right around the corner, you’ll need to find ways to spend valuable time together that also let you save money. Starting today, freshen your relationship without breaking the bank. Take a look at this list for affordable Las Vegas date ideas, and find what best fits you and your groom!
Marathon Training: Stay healthy and sculpt your shape for your upcoming Las Vegas wedding. Lace up your most comfortable, supportive tennies and hit the pavement together. If you and your hubby-to-be like listening to music to keep you focused, then make matching playlists to listen to as you run. You’ll smile knowing you’re being inspired by the same tune.
My groom Anthony and I love our date nights together! We've tried all these date ideas, and we've certainly found our favorites. ;)
Volunteer: Soothe your soul and help those in need by volunteering together. Find a nonprofit organization that appeals to your skills, and challenge yourselves to volunteer together at least once a month. Whether you’re building homes for local families, organizing clothes at a shelter, or pulling weeds for free, you’ll find your spirits lift when you focus your time and energy towards someone other than yourselves.
Scent Shopping: Enjoy a sensual experience as you visit local stores to shop for scents. You get to choose his cologne, and he can pick perfume for you. Just remember to spray the scents on test strips first, or you’ll have a wristful of rather powerful whiffs. If you’d like, buy a small bottle of your ideal scent for each other to wear on future dates.
Video Gaming: Stay home, and tackle a video game together. Choose a co-op video game (ask your groom for details), and play on the same team. Like a little competition? Then pop in a group-friendly game, like Rock Band or Wii Sports, and laugh all night long.
Play tourist in your own town. Take photos to commemorate your experience.
Play Tourist: People flock to our city to visit the Las Vegas Strip. So dress your best, and play tourist! Visit the casinos, tour the shops, and take in the lights, sights, and sounds. To keep the mood light and loveable, stay away from bars and dance clubs for this date. Find new ways to revel in the Las Vegas Strip, like watching the Bellagio waterworks hand-in-hand, admiring the architecture of casinos inspired by international hot spots, or sharing a sumptuous dessert on the spot.
Hike a Trail: Embrace the great outdoors. Choose a trail to hike together at Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, or Valley of Fire. Pack a backpack full of tasty snacks, sandwiches, and plenty of water to enjoy along the way. Don’t forget to wear your sturdy walking shoes and a light jacket.
Read Together: Curl up together on a couch, and take turns reading aloud from a good book. To find more novels you’ll both love, visit a Las Vegas-Clark County library. Then add intrigue to your library search by splitting up and perusing the shelves until you find a book you think your spouse-to-be would enjoy. Then meet back up, reveal your choices, and bring home these books for weeks’ worth of happy reading together.
Snow Sledding: Be cozy despite the cold. Drive to Mount Charleston, and prepare for a whole new Southern Nevada experience. Bring toboggans, inner tubes, trashcan lids, or even flat pieces of cardboard to sit on as you slide down the hill together. Find a safe sledding location, like Lee Canyon, and follow the U. S. Forest Service’s Spring Mountain Twitter account (find their link here) to find weekends when sledding or snowshoeing is open to the public. Don’t forget to pack mugs and a thermos of hot chocolate to sip as you snuggle at the base of the hill.
Prepare a meal together. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Yum!
Make a Meal: Having a restaurant meal is always a popular date night idea. But what if you created the experience at home? Go grocery shopping together for food you’ll need to concoct a meal of your choice. Later, at home, prepare a meal together and dine by candlelight.
Mix in a Movie: Enjoy dinner and a show. Consider coordinating a homemade meal with a movie you’d like to watch together that evening. Pair My Big Fat Greek Wedding with lamb and Greek salad or experiment with a recipe for moussaka. Or, for a simpler recipe, watch Juno while enjoying a bowl of macaroni and cheese.
As a Las Vegas bride myself, these date ideas helped my groom and me to invest in each other and our relationship. Even now, as newlyweds, we’ve still continued to take part in affordable activities that we started during our engagement to constantly cultivate our relationship. Brides, when you focus on pouring into one another even with a small budget, you’ll connect with your groom, thrive in experiences that renew your spirit, and set a strong foundation for your marriage.
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