Disney Proposal

Magical Disney Proposal Ideas

Disney Proposal Ideas
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Our marriage proposals are meant to be one of the most magical moments of our lives. It’s no wonder why so many lucky ladies these days are asked those 4 magnificent words (“Will you marry me?”) in front of the castle which epitomizes all of the fairy tale enchantment we’ve dreamt of ever since we heard Cinderella sing “so this is love” at the ball, ever since we began imagining meeting our true love, once upon a dream.

For most of us ladies, the fascination with princesses, chivalrous romance and kingdoms never really dies with our advancing age – the wonder that Disney movies ingrained in our little hearts at a young age stays with us forever; there is no erasing the spell that Walt Disney, through his beautiful princesses and handsome princes, cast upon us.

When we are finally blessed with our own Prince (or Princess) Charming, we can’t help but acknowledge that fairy tales do indeed come true (though in a more realistic, often wonderfully messy way). Getting engaged at the place where the powerful allure of fairy dust all began, at the place which makes you feel like magic is alive and anything is possible – at Disney World – is the happily ever after that so many of us wish for.

Read on for some Disney proposal ideas from James Allen customers.

5 JA DISNEY PROPOSAL IDEAS

1. Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

disney proposal ideas - Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

“He made [me] the happiest girl in the world, and in that moment [I] realized that dreams do come true. You only need faith, trust and pixie dust.” – Maria

Maria and Ricardo both had big dreams for themselves; Maria moved from Guatemala to Florida to study computer animation; Ricardo moved from Mexico to Los Angeles to work at a movie studio. They met during a marketing production of Metanoia’s film ‘Little Boy,’ and fell in love. They had a long distance relationship for a year, with not one month going by without a visit. When Valentine’s Day came around, Ricardo took Maria to her favorite place on Earth – Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – and asked her to marry him in front of the castle.

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Maria’s Ring:

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2. Chelsea & Ryan from Falmouth, Massachusetts

Disney proposal ideas - Chelsea & Ryan from Falmouth, Massachusetts

“ […] in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom, my very own American Prince Charming got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And I said YES!!!” – Chelsea

Chelsea was in the US for business when she met Ryan, a handsome American man, at his family’s hotel in Cape Cod. She knew right away that he was someone special. When her business trip came to an end and it was time for her to head back to the UK, they exchanged numbers and Facebook details, and vowed to keep in touch. Ryan flew to England to take Chelsea on a date a few weeks later, and the 2 continued to see each other for at least a week every month, not letting distance get in the way… and one magical day, Chelsea’s “American Prince Charming” knelt in front of the Magic Kingdom and proposed.

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Chelsea’s Ring:

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3. Sergio & Jeannine from Whittier, California

disney proposal ideas - Sergio & Jeannine from Whittier, California

“After what seemed like eternity, I got an awestruck affirmation. Best day ever! I have yet to wipe the smile off her face.” – Sergio

Sergio and Jeannine met at Disneyland and had a long-standing tradition of going back to their magical meeting place on their anniversary each year. For the past couple of years, however, they weren’t able to keep up with the tradition. On their 6th anniversary, Sergio had a surprise planned for Jeannine. He had created a scavenger hunt for her, filled with bouquets and even a message in a bottle – a poem! When she reached the final clue, Jeannine’s friend picked her up and took her to get her nails done. Sergio then headed to Disneyland to get ready for his meticulously planned Disney proposal. When Jeanine was brought to Disneyland by her friend, she thought that must be the end of her wonderful anniversary surprises. However, there was much more to come! They watched a beautiful water show called Fantasmic, and then, just as the fireworks began, Sergio knelt on one knee, showed her a sparkling, customized James Allen ring, and asked Jeannine to spend the rest of her life with him.

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Jeannine’s Ring:

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4. Stephanie & Moises from Los Angeles, California

Disney proposal ideas - Stephanie & Moises from Los Angeles, California

“I was extremely in shock and I didn’t know what to make of everything. So I just hugged him very tight and kissed him.” – Stephanie

Moises took Stephanie to Disneyland for what she thought was his birthday celebration. Little did she know what else was in store for her. Moises casually suggested that they get a caricature portrait of themselves drawn. As the artist drew, a crowd started gathering around them – Stephanie wasn’t sure what was happening. When the artist finished the drawing, Stephanie went to look at it and saw a beautiful drawing of themselves with a thought bubble that said “Will you marry me?” Dumbfounded, she then turned around and saw Moises on one knee, asking her to be his wife.

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Stephanie’s Ring:

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5. Lee Ann & Samantha Nicole from Williamsburg, Virginia

Disney proposal ideas - Lee Ann & Samantha Nicole from Williamsburg, Virginia

“We lived in the same residence hall […] and fell in love over the course of the year.” – Samantha Nicole

Lee Anne and Samantha Nicole got engaged at the Magic Kingdom, a day before the four year anniversary of the day they met. The two princesses got married this past summer on their college campus.

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Lee Anne’s Ring:

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Have any other Disney proposal ideas that you love? Are you as enchanted as we are? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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Should I Propose? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Should I Propose?

So you’ve been in a serious relationship for some time now, and started imagining what the future might entail and asking yourself “Should I propose?” Before you pull the proposal trigger, here are 4 important questions worth mulling over.

1. DO WE WANT TO GET MARRIED?

This may sound like an obvious one, but it can be so easy for couples to get caught up in other people’s expectations – often times without even realizing it – that they forget to ask themselves such a fundamental question.

Notice the phrasing – it doesn’t say, “Do I want to get married?” “Do you want to get married?” or “Do our families want us to get married?” – the operative word here is we. If both of you can’t agree on this question, then think carefully about your next steps.

Should I propose? DO WE WANT TO GET MARRIED?

2. WHERE DO I STAND ON ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

You’re wondering “Should I propose?” But before popping the question, you should clearly define your engagement ring budget. Remember that there is no such thing as a “right amount” to spend on an engagement ring – you can find stunning rings at every price point, from under $100 to upwards of $100,000. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are the only person who can decide what’s right.

Second, you should think about how you want to pick out the engagement ring. Some people prefer to choose a ring without the help of a partner, whereas others love the idea of making it a shared affair. The good news is there are no rules: just as many people are picking out rings together as a couple as they are alone.

Should I propose? WHERE DO I STAND ON ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

3. WHAT KIND OF RING DOES YOUR PARTNER WANT?

An engagement ring breaks down into two major parts: the center stone plus the band and prongs (aka the engagement ring setting that holds the diamond). The center stone is most often a colorless diamond, though yellow and other fancy color diamonds and gemstones have become more common over time.

Ring settings can vary greatly – from a simple band designed to showcase the center stone, to an ornate setting featuring side stones. There is also a wide array of metals to choose from – white gold, yellow gold and platinum are most common, and rose gold has made a comeback in recent years.

As you’re thinking about rings, you should take a few things into consideration. What does your partner do for work? If, for example, a person is highly active or works with their hands, you might consider choosing a stone and a metal that can withstand more than the usual wear and tear.

Should I propose? WHAT KIND OF RING DOES YOUR PARTNER WANT?

4. WHAT KIND OF PROPOSAL DO YOU AND YOUR PARTNER WANT?

Here at JamesAllen.com, we love hearing our customers’ proposal stories. Whether a remote setting in Iceland or a plane ride over the midwest, your proposal is a chance to celebrate the start of a new and beautiful journey. Before you propose, though, you should know both of your comfort zones with regard to public versus private proposals.

Does she love being the center of attention? Do you mind the spotlight? Would she swoon at a homemade dinner proposal but freak at a flash mob proposal? If you’re unsure, ask her friends and family to chime in – they’re sure to have valuable insight to help strike the right balance between your preferences and hers.

But most importantly, remember this: a proposal is a unique and special unifying moment – make sure you both enjoy it!

Should I propose? WHAT KIND OF PROPOSAL DO YOU AND YOUR PARTNER WANT?

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Jackie B.

Jackie is a writer who loves a good deal, especially when it comes to jewelry!

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Couples Take the BuzzFeed Engagement Ring Challenge

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The Engagement Ring – to Surprise or Not to Surprise

Proposals are still, much more often than not, a surprise. The engagement ring, however, does not need to be. Today, many couples are opting to choose the engagement ring together, and they venture into the ring buying process as a team. Perhaps it’s because women are stronger and fiercer than ever today, and they want to speak their minds and say what exactly they want. Or maybe too many women had been disappointed in the past, receiving a ring that needed to be exchanged for another ring more to their liking and society learned its lesson that the ring could be chosen together by both partners. Of course, there is a certain timeless romance in having no idea what’s to come and being completely surprised by both the ring and the proposal. Usually any ring that’s received is adored, as it’s a symbol much more than a material thing. It’s really up to the couple and their particular personalities.

There are several factors to consider:

If you’re the one proposing:

How well do you know your girlfriend’s ring style? Do you think she would be happy with a complete surprise, or has she hinted at her ring preferences? Maybe ask her best friend what they think.

If you’re the one being proposed to:

Do you have a particular setting in mind, or are you open to whatever your fiancé-to-be chooses for you? Do you want the ring to be a surprise, or does the idea of not loving it worry you? If the thought concerns you and you’d like to go ring shopping together, just tell your significant other straight out. You’ll still be surprised by the proposal!

Take a look at this BuzzFeed video of couples who try to design their partners’ dream rings, and decide for yourself if you’d like the ring to be a total surprise or if you’d prefer for it to be a joint effort.

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What are your thoughts on choosing the ring together? Tell us in the comments!

 

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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Diamond Carat Size

How To Make Your Diamond Engagement Ring Look Bigger

6 tips to make your diamond ring look bigger than it actually is.

Engagement rings with beautiful undercarriages that make their diamonds look bigger

Whether your fiancée-to-be has been pining after Beyoncé’s mega diamond ring, or she’s more about the proposal than the size of her rock, do yourself a favor and learn a few tricks to make your diamond ring look bigger than it is. Trust me, she’ll thank you for it!

A little more sparkle never hurt anyone, and there are so many budget-friendly ways to let your ring stand out. Here are 6 affordable ways to make your diamond ring look bigger.

1. SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

White gold pear-cut diamond halo & shank engagement ring that makes its center diamond look bigger
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You may not have believed that statement before, but when it comes to diamonds it’s really true! Did you know that there is actually no such thing as a diamond’s “carat size?” A diamond’s carat actually refers to the weight of the diamond, rather than the size! So instead of worrying about how many carats the diamond is, you’re better off focusing on the cut of the diamond. The cut determines how the stone catches the light. When the diamond has a better quality cut, the stone is more brilliant and therefore gives the impression of being larger than it actually is.

2. SHAPE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT

Engagement rings with elongated diamond shapes that look bigger than their carat weight: pear-cut diamond, emerald-cut diamond, and marquise diamond.

The shape of the diamond has a huge influence on how big the rock looks. If you want to increase the size of the diamond, or rather the size that the diamond appears to be, consider the diamond shape. For a more noticeable stone that seems bigger than it is, go for an elongated shape like oval, emerald, marquise, or pear. If you put a 1-carat round diamond next to a 1-carat emerald-cut diamond, the emerald shape will appear larger and can cost substantially less.

3. SAY HELLO TO HALOS!

Halo engagement rings that make their center diamonds look bigger.

There’s a reason why halos are such a popular choice for brides today. Halos consist of tiny diamonds surrounding the larger, center stone, creating the illusion of one very big diamond. Plus, they’re beautiful and extra sparkly!

4. CHOOSE THE WHITE METAL

White metal engagement rings that make their center diamonds look bigger.

If your goal is to make the ring the main event, opt for the white metal. The stone will reflect off of white gold or platinum bands, creating more shine than yellow or rose gold engagement rings. If you’re still determined to get a rose or yellow gold ring, no worries! You can get whatever metal you like on the band and still choose white gold prongs. That way, the white gold will shine through the diamond, giving the rock a bigger appearance.

5. DON’T PUT SIDE STONES ON THE SIDELINES

Engagement rings with side stones that make their center diamonds look bigger.

Adding smaller side stones to either side of the larger center diamond will bring out the center stone, and enhance the ring’s beauty as a whole. Think of the side-stones as the performers who open before the big show! They’ll create a grand, luminous effect for the main act – the center diamond.

6. ROCK THE BAND

Three engagement ring bands that make their center diamonds look bigger: a thin ring band, a knife-edge ring band, and a tapered ring band.

The design of the ring band can create the illusion of a larger or smaller center diamond.

  • Thin bands are great, as the diamond will appear bigger next to the band.
  • Knife-edge settings are also an excellent choice, as their top is also a thin edge and makes the diamond look larger.
  • Tapered ring settings start out thicker on the sides and thin as they get closer to the center stone, giving extra emphasis to the center diamond and featuring it as the main, brilliant event.

TA-DA! You’re ready to make your diamond ring look BIGGER!

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Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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Maldives Engagement Story: Alyssa & Tom

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A Maldives Engagement Story

All us ladies grew up with that fairy tale image of romance in our heads. Chick flicks like Pretty Woman and Bridget Jones’s Diary had us dreaming of our own movie love. Whether you’ve yet to find that fairy tale romance or failed past relationships have made you think life isn’t a movie … you’ll be pleased to know that fairy tales DO indeed exist. And the proposal story of this wonderful couple Alyssa and Tom proves it.

And guys, if you’re planning on proposing, you won’t want to skip this story – use it for proposal inspiration and start planning!

Get out the popcorn, sit back and live vicariously through this worthy engagement tale!

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Alyssa & Tom from Townsville, Australia

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Tom began planning the proposal months in advance, making sure to plan each and every detail carefully. 3 months before the proposal, he sent Alyssa 3 roses. The next month she received 2, and finally one month prior to the big moment, a single rose. Alyssa, completely unsuspecting, didn’t notice the date, and went about her daily routine at work. It was then that her coworker handed her a card from Tom, which told her he had arranged for her to take the day off, and instructed her to get a manicure, buy a new bathing suit (he had put money in her account), and get home by 1:00.

Alyssa excitedly followed Tom’s mysterious instructions. She arrived home at 1 to a candlelit bedroom – their passports and suitcases were on the bed, along with a bottle of Moët chilling on ice. With no hint as to what their destination was, Alyssa packed her luggage and the two headed off to the airport. They were going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

They followed Tom’s organized itinerary, and on the last night the couple enjoyed a romantic boat ride complete with beautiful scenery – fireflies lit the trees and brightened their magical night. Surprised that Tom didn’t propose that night, Alyssa supposed there wouldn’t be a proposal on this trip. The next morning, however, after they packed and arrived at the airport (they were meant to be flying home), Alyssa found out that there were more surprises to come – Their trip wasn’t over yet! Next stop: Malé, a beautiful island in the Maldives!

Alyssa had never even heard of Malé and had no idea what to expect. They arrived at breathtaking waters in the Maldives and a resort at Lily Beach, where their bungalow overlooking the water had petals arranged in a heart shape on their bed.

It was then that Tom asked Alyssa to come outside to enjoy the view. When she did, she saw ‘Alyssa, will you marry me?’ spelled out with rocks at the bottom of their private pool. Tom then got down on one knee, showed her the sparkling James Allen ring, and asked a happy-tear-filled Alyssa to be his wife. She said yes, of course, and their fairy tale romance continued on.

engagement story - Alyssa & Tom from Townsville, Australia

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What do you think about this destination engagement story? Share your thoughts and congratulate the couple in the comments!

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Diamonds

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Diamonds

This one is for those among us whose life motto is “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and who go to sleep counting diamonds instead of sheep. Or for those who are busy preparing for their proposal and want to get their diamond education under their hat before choosing which one is perfect for their lucky fiancée-to-be.

Are you a diamond connoisseur or do you just love gazing at their sparkle, but don’t know too much about them? Let’s find out your knowledge of the history of diamonds and diamond trivia!

Take the Quiz to Find Out How Well You Know Diamond Trivia

Don’t forget to share your results with your friends – see who has the best diamond knowledge!

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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