THE MONTH OF LOVE…
February is known as the month of LOVE and with Valentine’s Day only a matter of weeks away we are sure that there are lots of men planning the to pop the big question. However don’t forget it’s a leap year this year ladies and on the 29th February it’s traditional for us girls to ask that all important question.
So for those of you contemplating this exciting next step we have some expert advises and top tips on how to pop the question from leading wedding and party planner Bruce Russell to ensure this special moment has a real ‘wow’ factor.
Bruce Russell’s top tips
Be original – nobody likes a cliché and this is a moment that cries out for being truly personal and thinking about what reflects you as a couple. Put some real thought into how you’d like to do this – will you go for something highly creative and exciting that’s never been done before or stick to the traditional ‘down on one knee’ approach. There’s no right or wrong here, it’s all about choosing the right setting, location and timing and knowing what will best appeal to your beloved.
Surprise Surprise – I always find that the most perfect proposals include an element of surprise – try to pop the question when least expected. It may be that the date, trip or setting triggers a few bells in their head but try to pick a moment when they can be caught off-guard. Remember – this is a story that they will be telling over-and-over again!
Don’t lose the love – clearly nerves will set in and there is no small amount of planning involved but try to relax and enjoy the moment. After all, it’s the most romantically-charged declaration you will ever make!
Try to exceed expectations – which isn’t to say you need to be looking to do things on a ludicrously extravagant scale. Take time to plan something that will really sweep your partner off their feet. And when it comes to destinations, the world really is your oyster. Bruce cherry picks three very different, but equally inspiring, ideas.
Ask for her Hand in the Sand – There’s something so perennially, enduringly romantic about a classic beach proposal and where better to pop the question than beneath a starry sky amidst the bridal-white sands of your own paradise island, gently serenaded by rustling palms and the rolling turquoise waters. For me, the Maldives is about as close to paradise as possible – check out one of the tranquil havens such as Reethi Rah and wait for them to agree to be your one and only!
Plane & Simple – Whisk your intended off for the ultimate night out in one of Europe’s most romantic capital cities. For unadulterated luxury, charter your own plane and touch down in time for dinner somewhere truly special – perhaps in the shadow of Paris’ Eiffel Tower or iconic Arc de Triomphe, before checking into an opulent suite (try the Hotel George V for quintessential Parisian elegance) and heading out the next morning to peruse the jewels in Place Vendôme or the Champs-Élysées.
Dining with a Difference – Order in and surprise the one you love with a carefully curated menu of their favourite dishes. But when it comes to dessert, serve up something truly special by inviting your jeweller de choix – think Cartier, Harry Winston or the best of British from Boodles – to turn up with a trolley of diamond rings. Now that’s one ‘baguette’ she wouldn’t have been expecting at the table!
A little bit more about Bruce Russell.
Under his eponymous brand By Bruce Russell, he offers independent specialist services for weddings and civil partnerships as well as private parties and the most special of occasions. His creativity combined with his experience honed over many years means that he offers clients strategic counsel to deliver exceptional events. His contagious joie de vivre – the heartbeat to his professionalism – is an ongoing inspiration to clients and it is little wonder, therefore, that he has an ever-increasing and loyal base of clients who turn to Bruce when looking to host stand-out events that are truly unique.
Bruce Russell’s illustrious provenance includes over 15 years working in high-end hospitality around the world, including The Plaza New York and his recent appointment as Director of the eponymous Savoy Weddings By Bruce Russell, attracting an
International clientele to the five-star London property and driving the hotel’s global profile in the wedding industry. Here Bruce manages a dedicated team, offering an end-to-end service for couples planning their special day