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10 Geeky Proposal Ideas

Are you preparing to pop the question to your significant other? If so, you should think long and hard about how you plan to do it and come up with a creative way to propose. You and your future spouse are going to remember your proposal for years to come, so you should be able to look back on it and smile and laugh about how clever your idea was.

If nothing comes to mind right away, don’t worry! There are plenty of people who struggle to come up with ways to propose. Plus, if you happen to be into some of the “geekier” things in life—as in, if you prefer kicking back and playing an RPG video game or watching a sci-fi movie to doing just about anything else—there are so many great ways for you to ask for your significant other’s hand in marriage. Check out 10 geeky proposal ideas below and think about using one of them when you decide it’s time to settle down and get married.

Create a comic book that features your story as a couple.

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Do you love sitting down and reading a good comic book? Or does your significant other enjoy reading them? Then you should consider using one to ask him or her to marry you. The plot of the comic book should focus on the various ups and downs of your relationship, and it should end with you popping the question! You both will be able to read your comic book in the coming years as you add new chapters to it in your real life.

Program a video game to help you pop the question.

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From Super Mario Bros. to Bejeweled, there are quite a few video games that have been programmed in the past to help gamers propose. It will take some work on your end to get the programming done, but it will be well worth it in the end when your significant other sees “Will You Marry Me?” or some other variation of that question pop up on the screen.

Design a ring inspired by one of your favorite movies.

Do you and your significant other love movies like Star Wars? You might be surprised to hear that you can design a ring that looks just like an astromech droid. You can also design a ring based on many other beloved movie characters. Just imagine their face when they see you on one knee holding a ring that reminds them of a great movie you have watched together over and over again.

Use your LEGOs to build something that will do the proposing for you.

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Over the years, there have been many LEGO enthusiasts who have worked their love for LEGOs into their proposals. You can build a wedding scene out of LEGOs with your partner and then ask them to marry you at the end or unveil something that you have already built to show them just how much you care about them. Either way, they will be blown away by your creativity.

Build a website that shows why you’re the perfect match for your significant other.

There are so many dating sites out there that promise to find you your perfect match. Now that you have found yours, you can create a site of your own that is designed to show your partner why you two are so good together. You will also be able to use the site later to show all of your friends and family why you are so compatible when you announce your engagement.

Create a board game that finishes with both of you winning.

Many couples like to unwind by sitting down and playing a board game. Why not create a game of your own that also functions as a way to help you propose? Whether you incorporate dice into the mix or you come up with another way to move around the board, the game should end with you getting engaged and both of you walking away winners!

Assemble a crossword puzzle that spells out your proposal.

If your partner is a big fan of crossword puzzles, you can actually create your own puzzle to ask them to marry you. You can even come up with clever clues that hint at your intentions before you break the big news to them at the end of the puzzle.

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Engrave an iPod, iPhone, or iPad with your proposal and then fill it with wedding songs.

Apple allows you to engrave the back of many of their products, including iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Why not take advantage of this by engraving “Will you marry me?” into one of the devices. To make it even more special, you can also fill the device with a bunch of wedding songs and start planning out which one you will dance to at your ceremony.

Utilize a drone to deliver your engagement ring.

Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? No. It’s a drone carrying a ring for your proposal! You should obviously be careful about where you fly your drone when it has your engagement ring tucked inside of it, but your significant other will be blown away once the ring literally appears from thin air.

Shoot a movie trailer about your relationship and propose once it’s over.

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Most movie buffs don’t like it when a trailer gives away the ending of a film. But your partner won’t mind one bit when you spoil the ending of the movie for the memorable trailer you’ve created!

 

– Cassie Brewer

Cassie Brewer is a writer from Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys writing about healthy living, love, weddings, and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be.

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Maid of Honor Responsibilities: Ceremony and Wedding Toast

One of the more important decisions a bride will make when planning her wedding is choosing her maid of honor. The maid of honor plays a key role in the planning process and on the wedding day. It is an honor to be asked, but before saying yes, it is a good idea to understand the maid of honor’s responsibilities and the part she plays in the wedding, including delivering the maid of honor wedding toast.

Maid of Honor Responsibilities

For many, being asked to serve as the maid of honor is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help a friend or family member prepare for the biggest day of her life. Depending on the bride’s temperament and organizational skills, she may rely on her maid of honor to help with many aspects of the preparations, including choosing the color scheme, decorations, bridesmaid dresses, or even the venue for the reception. During the planning process, the maid of honor is often asked to assist the bride with the fittings for her gown and arrange the fittings for the other bridesmaids. In addition, the bride may need the emotional support of her maid of honor or simply need someone else’s opinion before she makes decisions. The maid of honor will be as involved in planning the details as the bride wants her to be. However, she does have some responsibilities of her own.

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The maid of honor is responsible for organizing and hosting both the bridal shower and bachelorette party. She may enlist help from the other bridal party members or the family members of the bride and groom, but she is the person who takes care of these pre-wedding events by organizing the details and paying the expenses. However, she can ask the other bridesmaids or family members to share the costs.

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Find the Perfect Wedding Officiant?

 

There’s one thing that every couple getting married needs: an officiant. There simply has to be another person to legally bring them together as one. And yes, for some couples, an Elvis impersonator in Vegas will do—but for 95% of couples, they want an officiant who means something to them, whether it’s because of religious beliefs, admiration, or because it’s someone close to them.

Those chosen can be religious, such as priests, pastors or rabbis; civil officiants such as judges, magistrates, court clerks, notaries public, or justices of the peace; professional officiants, or even a friend or family member that is ordained.

So what are the qualities couples should seek in an officiant, and where should they look? According to the wedding professionals at Blush Banquet Hall in Los Angeles, these are the differences between officiants, and here is how couples can select the right one for their specific union.

Know Where to Look

Once you and your future spouse have agreed on what kind of officiant you want (religious, civil, professional, or a friend), it’s time to find the right person. “If you don’t already have a certain person in mind, a good idea is to ask married friends for referrals,” says Avo Petrossian, owner of Blush. If this doesn’t work, there are many online officiant directories to choose from. (Be sure to read reviews on them, too.) If you’re having a friend officiate, be sure to ask someone who knows you both very well, fully supports your union, and is comfortable speaking in front of others.

 Meet Them First

“For religious officiants, it’s usually easy to find the right person,” says Petrossian. “The couple either already has someone in mind from their spiritual community, or they choose their childhood pastor or priest.” However, if you’re selecting an officiant that you’ve never met before, be sure to set up a time to meet them before your wedding. Chemistry is important, and you would never forgive yourself if the person who married you gave you an “off” or annoying vibe in person.

Know What They’ll be Saying

No matter what type of officiant you select, it’s always a good idea to ask them whatever questions you have—especially what they will be saying during the wedding ceremony. For example, if you aren’t religious, you’ll want to make sure they don’t mention anything spiritual. And if you don’t want them to toss in jokes or silly comments, that should be discussed. By asking up front, you’ll be able to ensure nothing is said during the ceremony that you’ll regret.

Have a Backup

“One thing that we always tell our couples is to have a backup officiant if they want someone personal to them,” says Petrossian. “If your chosen officiant gets sick or cancels shortly before the wedding, you’ll want to have someone else equally meaningful in mind to take their place.”

Hopefully, this helps you on your journey to choosing the right officiant for your wedding! It’s one thing if you just want someone to make it official, but it’s another if you want someone who means something to you. If that’s the route you want to take, just be sure it’s someone that you both like and are comfortable with, and go over what they will be saying on your big day. Good luck!

– Avo Vardanyan

 

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Say “Yes” To A Wedding Album? 6 Reasons Why You Should.

Professional wedding albums are more popular than ever for good reason.

At Altar Albums, we believe every couple deserves a proper wedding album. With over a decade of providing professional albums for couples and photographers — let Altar Albums share a few important the reasons why:

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A professional wedding album is not a photo book:

Will it cost more? Yes.

Will it last longer? Yes.

Will it look and feel better? YES.

Our popular video below provides a quick comparison to help to distinguish the important differences between a real professional photo album and a traditional, inexpensive photo book.

 

 

It’s Never Too Late:

Wedding photography can be expensive. Sometimes adding a wedding album to the photographer’s package isn’t financially possible at the time of the event. However, one positive to digital technology is that you can revisit making an album whenever it’s convenient for you.

The Best Way to Share the Story of the Day: 

When presented in an album, wedding day images tell the story of the day. An album also serves as an excellent document of the faces and personalities that participated in this important family event in a way that files stuck on a computer cannot. An album is more than just a collection of photos. It’s a family ancestry heirloom.

Printed Images Look Better:

Tablets and phones are a fine way to enjoy everyday images. However, wedding images yearn to be printed, tangible, touched. Professional photographic paper presents images in a gorgeous way that makes sharing meaningful. There’s warmth and depth to printed images that cannot be compared to any other way of viewing.

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Images on a Disk/USB/Cloud Are Not Convenient To Share:

These are convenient repositories, a fine way to store the images. What they are not is an easy way to share your wedding images with family and friends. Also, as everyone has experienced, much like the disappearing sock in the dryer, digital images have a way of mysteriously vanishing over the years.

Altar Makes it Easy and Affordable:

You don’t need a photographer or a designer to create a great wedding album. You just need the high-resolution version of your images. These days, hi-res images are typically included in the photographer’s package.

With Altar Album’s software, anyone can design a professional looking album with confidence and ease. Our software provides 200+ elegant pre-made designs. Our unique software has been popular with couples for over five years. If you are able to drag/drop your images — you can make an amazing album that is constructed to last for generations. Our customers tell say this best!

If you’ve yet to make an album of your wedding day, I encourage you to consider it. They make the ideal anniversary or holiday gift.

If you know a friend or family member with wedding images filed away and forgotten, please share these thoughts with them. Everyone deserves a beautiful wedding album that will last a lifetime.

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The Perfect Wedding Toast: A Beginner’s Guide

Intro Wedding Toasts 101

When your friend bestows the honor of the wedding toast upon you, it should spark feelings of respect and accomplishment. However, most people feel a deep sense of dread at the notion of getting up in front of a large gathering during a lifetime event and giving the couple their send-off. Public speaking is a common fear, and when you add the fact that this is the event that ties two lives together, it’s only natural to be a little scared.

A million fears and questions can play out through your mind. Will you forget your speech halfway through? Will your palms start sweating? Will you shake so badly that your words come out in staggered bursts? Will you mumble? How much eye contact is enough? How should you move around? How do you gesture? Should you speak quickly or slowly? Are jokes okay? How sentimental is too sentimental? How long should this speech even be?

But fear not; the perfect wedding toast is just a few tips away. Before getting into that, what does a wedding toast entail? A wedding toast is given generally before the meal to commemorate the marriage, offer some personal backstory and wish the couple well. That means that your speech should cover these three points. It’ll be less intimidating to think of the speech in increments rather than worrying about the whole package.

Start off by thinking of what you want to talk about. Don’t worry about the actual performance yet. Think about what stories you would like to share. This research period will probably take you a few days. If you rush this part, you’re going to have a weak speech to deliver come wedding day. Instead, give yourself a little time to remember how you all met, anything in their relationship that stands out, any words of wisdom you can impart and your overall sentiment towards the couple. Above all, your words must be genuine. If you fall into trite verse or make the speech impersonal, you’re going to leave your friends with a sour taste. Always keep in mind that this is an event that often comes once a lifetime, and you don’t want to butcher it by not making the right time investment in your speech.
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