ELLE (Canada) - - Relationship -

When it comes to wed­dings, there is im­mense pres­sure on both par­ties—but it all starts with the pro­posal. My bud­dies clearly got the memo, be­cause their pro­pos­als were damn good. Need­less to say, I had a lot to live up to. A few years back, my best friend sur­prised his girl­friend while she was on va­ca­tion in the Caribbean with her fam­ily. The guy flew to freak­ing Aruba so he could pro­pose on a rose-petal-scat­tered beach. Just a few months ago, an­other friend pro­posed on a trip to Chicago. His girl­friend thought the Black­hawks game was just a last-minute event, but dur­ing the game the team’s mascot walked up to her with a sign that read “Celia, will you marry me?” as my friend got down on one knee. The pro­posal was caught on the Jum­botron, and the au­di­ence roared with con­grat­u­la­tory cheers. So this is why I set out to make my pro­posal dif­fer­ent from those of my friends. It’s no easy feat, es­pe­cially in this In­sta­gram era, where things have only got­ten more com­pet­i­tive—and pub­lic. As a writer, I felt that pre­sent­ing my pro­posal in a mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle would be unique, ro­man­tic and some­thing no­body in my so­cial cir­cle could do. I wanted it to be cre­ative and no less spec­tac­u­lar than freak­ing Aruba. B.B.

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