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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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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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Quiet A Bride’s Greatest Wedding Day Fears

Your wedding day is meant to be one of the happiest days of your life. It’s portrayed as a fairytale-like dream come true, celebrating the love you and your partner share with your closest friends and family. But beyond all the happiness and joy of the day is a great deal of stress and fear. The pressure of knowing you are the center of attention and everyone is there to witness you tie the knot can be terrifying and cause a bride to become scared on what’s supposed to be a joyous occasion. There are several common fears that many brides experience but don’t worry – take a deep breath and everything will be okay.

You Won’t Look Perfect

As you walk down the aisle, every single person will be looking at you. You’ve spent ages carefully selecting the perfect dress, shoes, hairstyle and makeup look for your big day. Not looking absolutely perfect on your wedding day is without a doubt one of the most common bridal fears. What if your dress and shoes don’t fit how they’re supposed to? Or what if you’re having a bad hair day and your hairstylist can’t achieve the look you had your heart set on? Or – worst of all – what if you wake up with a huge zit on your face? These are all huge concerns for every bride-to-be and, thankfully, the likelihood of any of these things happening is very low. Prepare for your wedding by trying on your dress and shoes beforehand and holding a hair and makeup trial run. By not waiting until the day of to do these things you will be able to alleviate some of the worries you’ll have of not looking perfect on your big day. And if you do happen to wake up with a pimple or dark eye circles, your makeup artist should be able to cover it up expertly.

 

 

People Won’t Show Up

Another extremely common fear for brides is that people (both guests and vendors) aren’t going to show up. If guests RSVPed yes and didn’t show up, you would feel sad and embarrassed that people didn’t feel the need to attend your wedding. If your vendors didn’t show up, it would ruin the entire day. Although it’s possible that some of your guests may not show up, remember that the people who you chose to invite to your wedding are people who love you and would want nothing more than to be able to celebrate with you. To help give your guests a gentle reminder that your nuptials are coming up, send out an email or letter outlining the details of the big day, such as directions to the venue, a schedule of events and accommodations for the out of town guests. To prevent your vendors from flaking on you, make sure you call them before the wedding to reconfirm all details and to also provide them with additional information such as itineraries and schedules, venue location and parking information.
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20 Memorable Quotes For Your Wedding Toast

It’s normal for the bride and groom to be nervous and emotional on their wedding day. But if you’ve been tasked with giving the toast, you are probably just as nervous! Speaking in front of a huge group of people is incredibly nerve-wracking. Instead of trying to write the toast from your own limited resources, it can be helpful to borrow words from poets or other writers who have spoken about love. Since you probably know the bride and/or groom fairly well, you can share a humorous anecdote from their past, for example, how they met, how one pursued the other, or how the three of you used to pal around together, etc. Once you have captivated the audience, you can get a bit more serious and start talking about your wishes for their future together. There are tons of quotes about love and marriage that you can find to suit your particular needs. Here are 20 noteworthy quotes to consider including in your wedding toast.

1. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:7

2. There’s nothing more admirable than two people who see eye to eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. – Homer

3. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin

 

4. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. – Sophocles

5. To keep your marriage brimming with love in the cup, whenever you’re wrong admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash

6. A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust. – Nanette Newman

7. But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. – Khalil Gibran

8. In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. – Marc Chagall

 

9. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. – Victor Borge

10. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because your reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

11. To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. – Mark Twain

12. There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther

13. Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Elizabeth Barret Browning

14. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn

15. No road is long with good company. – Turkish proverb

16. You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. – Jay Leno

17. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

18. When love reigns, the impossible may be attained. – Indian proverb

19. We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others. – Walter Rauschenbusch

20. Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Remember that when you are giving the wedding toast, your friends’ family members will be in the reception hall. So, above all else, maintain a certain air of decorum. Grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and even mom and dad do not want to hear inappropriate stories about the bride’s or the groom’s crazy college escapades or spring break visits to Cancun. So, make sure you keep the contents of your toast classy! These 20 quotes are all lovely choices to include in your toast and are sure to please everyone in the crowd, especially the bride and groom.

 

 

 

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Tips for Writing Your Wedding Vows

In the craziness of your wedding planning, there’s one very important task that you can’t breeze through; your wedding vows will take concentration, time and thoughtfulness but will be well worth it.

Your short speech needs to come from your heart but also requires planning. The following are important tips for successfully writing and reciting your wedding vows.

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Start Early

Writing your vows might sound like a bit of a scary process but the truth is that once your vows are written, the wedding planning will seem more manageable. You’ll also want the option to go back and change part of your vows to make them sound exactly as you imagined. Begin your first draft at least three weeks before the wedding and have your final draft ready to practice at least three days before the big day.

Confirm with Your Fiancé and Officiant

First and foremost—is writing your own vows something that you and your spouse-to-be both want to do? It is important to discuss this early so that the two of you are on the same page. Once you’ve decided, speak with your officiant. Many congregations require the couple to read at least part or all of traditional vows. This won’t necessarily mean you can’t write yours, but be sure to clear your plan with the officiant early.

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Read Up!

There are a lot of different directions you can take with your wedding vows. Read through the Internet for examples of wedding vows that other people have written so you can get a sense of various formats and styles. Some couples decide together whether to take on a humorous, romantic or light tone in their vows, while others prefer to let it be a surprise. It is totally up to you whether you want to discuss with your fiancé what the tone of your vows will be but keep in mind that if you don’t, you may end up writing a heart-felt tear-jerking vow, while his is light and silly, or vice versa.

Timing

While your vows are a very important part of your wedding ceremony, keep in mind that they shouldn’t go on for very long. Your audience will be eagerly listening but if your vows are made up mostly of inside jokes or simply go on too long, your guests will become stir-crazy and lose concentration. Your vows should not last more than one to two minutes. If you feel there is more you really have to say, perhaps leave time during your wedding day to give a (brief) wedding toast.

Getting Started

Okay, so you’ve got the important first steps down, now it’s time to start brainstorming! If you’re not sure where to start, try grabbing a piece of paper and marking down bullet points that answer important questions such as ‘when did you first realize you were in love?’, ‘how did he/she make you feel when you first met?’ and ‘what makes your relationship so strong?’. Don’t be afraid to include challenges you’ve gone through because that generally shows how you’ve supported one another. Think about what you miss most when he/she is away, why you decided to marry this special person and how he/she inspires you. Once you have a few stories and answers down, the most important things will stand out to you. Highlight or circle points that you want to include in your toast.

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Pick a Format

A trick to great writing is sticking with one format. For instance, that can mean repetition (“I remember when we met… I remember on our first date… etc.), a timeline or in storytelling form (you could tell your story from an outsiders view and end it with how you feel in that moment).

What to Include

Some great key elements to include in your wedding vows may be your favorite memories together, promises for your future and perhaps a silly comment, joke or story. If you want, you can include a romantic quote in your vows but quote or no quote, avoid clichés. That means that your vows should sound like your voice, not anyone else’s. If there’s a point you want to get across that sounds cheesy every time (ex: You’re the most beautiful woman in the world), add a personal touch to it to make it relatable (ex: No woman is more beautiful in a T-shirt and jeans or matching rabbit pajamas than you).

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Don’t Embarrass Your Fiancé

You know what stories will make your fiancé laugh and which ones will embarrass him/her. Avoid the wedding day disaster by straying away from any stories that your spouse-to-be would be uncomfortable with all of the guests hearing.

Read it Out Loud

Reading what you’ve written out loud is a great tool for any sort of writing but especially for a piece that you will be reading because it allows you to truly see what flows smoothly and more importantly, what doesn’t. It’s much easier to skip over awkward phrasing in your head than when you’re reading out loud. You’ll also be able to catch any mistakes or missing words and get an idea of how long your speech is. Remember, your vows should be one to two minutes at most. If you want to get an outsider’s perspective or proofreading, have a good friend or family member listen as you read your vows out loud.

Practice!!!

Practicing your wedding vows is not only important so that they turn out smooth during the wedding ceremony, but also because when the time comes, you are going to want to look your partner in the eye as you say these heartfelt words. It’s okay to have a (clear and legible) copy of your vows with you, but having your vows mostly memorized will help you sound natural, comfortable and genuine. If you do need to stop to look down at your words, it’s okay to stop talking for a few seconds and resume once you’re back on track and can look your fiancé in the eyes.

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Writing and reciting your wedding vows may seem intimidating, but at the end of the day, this is just an opportunity for you to share how you feel about the love of your life. Above all else, the most important thing to keep in mind is to be yourself.