The big day is coming! And I don’t mean the BIG, big day (aka, W-Day), but V-Day! If you happen to be reading this and planning a Valentine’s Day proposal to your sweetie, I’ve got a few traditional (but lesser-known) tips hand-picked from around the world for cuteness. (For more proposal tips, head on over to read my 10 Tips to Curb Proposal-Phobia on the Broke-Ass Bride blog.)
1. Hand your partner a box with a small metal key – maybe even a cool vintage-looking skeleton key? – and let your partner know they have the key to your heart. The obvious place to put the ring (or other proposal trinket) would be inside the box, but maybe instead you add a clue…for a scavenger hunt leading to the ring! In Padua, Italy, giving someone St. Valentine’s key is an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart. (Fun fact: St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers, fainting, traveling, and epilepsy.)
2. Carve a wooden spoon! On Welsh Valentine’s Day (January 25), it’s customary to give “lovespoons” to a person you’re interested in courting or marrying. If you’re a skilled carver, this could be a sweet proposal gift. You could even carve, “Will you marry me?” right on the spoon (maybe even slip a ring on the handle!) and present it to your sweetie. Or research some traditional symbolic designs – keys represent the heart! If you’re better at carving up your fingers than a block of wood but love this idea, Etsy’s got you covered.
3. Write it on the neck of a paper crane. While the paper crane is a Japanese symbol for luck, in Slovenia, it’s believed that the birds propose to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. You could find some nice origami paper (try pink or red, to keep with the theme of love!), follow this design, and slip the ring on the neck (or skip the ring altogether). Make just one, or string a bunch together and make a garland!
4. Hide the ring in a box of chocolates. For this one, I recommend investing in a few gourmet chocolates that you can share together. (You probably have an awesome local chocolatier, too!) That way, it’ll be tough to resist opening the box right away for a taste! Imagine the surprise on your partner’s face when s/he sees that life really is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get! (Pro Tip: Please, pleeeeeease do NOT hide anything inedible inside something edible! Cracked teeth and ER trips are not sexy! Place a ring or proposal gift visibly inside the box so your partner sees it right away.)
Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day proposal ideas? Share them in the comments below!