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Getting Really Romantic
Getting Really Romantic

11 February 2019

Yes, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day! (Have you noticed?!)

What a romantic time for a marriage proposal!

But there are proposals and proposals. Some may be private – perhaps at home or even on a mountain top; some may be public. Maybe the proposal takes place by a waterfall, in a shopping mall (!) or over the loudspeaker at a pop concert!

They are all valid – and, intrinsically, very romantic.

Making it even more special

But supposing you could do more?

The proposal may well come as a surprise – but your partner may be half-expecting it. What they won’t bargain for is what follows – something like a ceremony that I conducted in 2018.

Surprise, surprise!

Imagine a terrace at the back of a 5-star boutique hotel near Gloucester Road. There are a handful of tables and chairs plus a “birdcage”. This area resembles an aviary, perhaps, but is not for birds. It’s a sort of gazebo with benches, a chair and a table.

For this particular event, the outside wedding planners decorated it so that it looked like this:

Everything ready in the “birdcage”

You may notice an i-pad with a handwritten note on the table. We’ll come back to that presently.

This is what happened (as arranged by the proposal planners –

Frankie had brought Jessica (not real names) to the hotel. A member of staff (actually, a proposal planner) met them at reception to take them through to the birdcage. However, Frankie pretended he needed the toilet, so Jessica was led out there alone and left on her own. She saw the note on the table, inviting her (by name) to play the i-pad.

She watched a compilation relating to Jessica’s and Frankie’s time together as friends. At the end of which, Frankie (everything was timed, of course) emerged. After a few words, he sang her a love song (rather to Jessica’s amusement as well as delight!). He then went down on one knee and proposed.

Tearfully, but gladly, she accepted. After a minute or so, I emerged from where I had been skulking, and introduced myself to the couple. I had prepared a brief ceremony, which is what my role was. Poor Jessica dissolved into tears; she clearly loved it.

We ended with a secular blessing and sincere best wishes.

It was time for champagne, but, unfortunately, my job was done, so I had to miss out and go on my way!

But what an experience (for all concerned)!

So, if you’re looking for something romantic, but with even more way-out ‘wow factor’, just contact Michael.


Michael Gordon can help prepare and conduct a tailor-made civil ceremony in or around London or, indeed, in Europe. Telephone me now on +44 (0)7931 538487 or contact me directly by e-mail.

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