For some lucky gals out there, the question of the day is not "will you be my valentine?" but "will you be my bride?"
It's not just the chocolate and champagne talking. Many men sweeten the "I do" deal by popping the big question on the most romantic day of the year. (Other holidays like Christmas, New Year's Eve and Thanksgiving are popular for proposals, as are special occasions like birthdays.)
Guys aren't just dropping to one knee and pulling a small box from their jacket pocket at a restaurant anymore. That's amateur night compared to the effort and expense some men are exerting now to get a "yes" from their wife-to-be. Take one look at reality TV and you'll see the long lengths men are now going to surprise their girlfriends with over-the-top scenarios. I Propose
is a show on the Style Network
now, with the tag line, "he only gets one chance to do it right."
And I guess he'd better give some thought to it because a recent survey
* found that 25 percent of women consider the wedding proposal as, "more important than the wedding ceremony" (*online survey for Robbins Bros.
, the World's BiggestEngagement Ring Store).
It seems men who pop the question have even more work to do these days to make the moment memorable. But for all the newly-engaged women from recent holiday proposals and those who will say "yes" tonight, the next big moment is downright effortless when compared with the guys' preparations. While the women squeal about their sparkly new ring over lunch with their closest girl friends, asking "will you be my bridesmaid" will take about as much angst and energy as saying "I do" to that last piece of Cupid's chocolate.