Origianally written for and posted on plentyoffish.com: Personalizing your POF Proposal
Remember like it was yesterday. You signed up for Plenty of Fish, while glancing over your shoulder to see if anyone was watching. You chose your best profile pic, created your dating profile write-up and began the endless messages of hey and what’s up? Congratulations, you were officially online dating. Nowadays it is the number one way my couples meet their better half and the stories that come along with it are some of my faves.
Fast forward to catching that sweetheart’s attention; the first messages back and forth; meeting up over coffee or drinks and then eventually never leaving each other’s side. Congratulations you are a success story and I’m doing a happy dance, over here, to celebrate with you. But now what?! You’re ready to pop the question but have no idea on where to begin. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back!
Unlike most men, women dream of this moment their entire lives: how will it happen, where will it happen and what will I wear? For the proposal, this once in a lifetime moment, is when you need to make those details count.
We’re here to share our tips with you for personalizing your POF love story into your marriage proposal:
Your POF Username & Profile:
You thought long and hard for this catchy username so let’s continue with it! We love incorporating POF profile usernames on Starbucks coffee cups and champagne glasses. Print out your POF profiles and frame them with a timeline of your first message, first meet up and date you cancelled your POF account and then include the proposal date below.
Your POF Messages:
We highly recommend if you are reading this and haven’t saved your early messages. Go do that now! Messages cannot be retrieved after thirty days. If you do have the chance to save them, you can have a lot of fun with them. You can incorporate them into your décor by having a calligrapher write your meaningful first messages on canvas creating a love story timeline effect filled with your POF messages, texts, favourite moments together and photos. We always recommend accenting calligraphy pieces with candles, lanterns and greenery/florals to help create a romantic setting. Bonus points if you answer these questions too in a love letter to share with your sweetheart after she says yes:
- Your first impression of your partner and what drew you to message them or reply
- Your feelings after meeting them for the first time
- When you first knew you loved them
- When you first knew they were the one
Your First Meeting Location:
Remember those first few messages, where you both were trying to decide on the perfect place for that first awkward meeting. You put a lot of effort into picking the perfect location, which now holds such a special meaning for both of you. Why don’t you take a walk down memory lane and remember those first interactions on the dating site where it all began? We love the idea of incorporating that special place into your proposal! Do this by making those dinner reservations or having a celebratory “we’re engaged” drink at the bar where you first laid eyes on each other.
Your Proposal Announcement:
You’re sweetheart has just said YES and you can’t wait to share the news with the world. Let’s get creative with it! We love:
- Wooden signs with hand painted calligraphy signs saying JUST SAID YES, I’M HOOKED or I CAUGHT THE BEST FISH IN THE SEA
- Go above and beyond and record a personal video having you read out your first messages and sharing your favourite moments. This can always be incorporated into your Save the Date, Engagement Video or even have it played at your Wedding.
- POF has some great t-shirts for popping the question too!
Hire a Proposal Planner:
You knew I was going to slip that in somewhere! Finding that person that truly understands your story and someone that you trust is so important. I personally have a POF success story and can’t wait to hear yours! Together we’ll make sure no detail goes unnoticed and that you have an incredible photographer there to capture all of the magic.
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WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST AND HAPPY PROPOSAL PLANNING!