Posted by Marie Bernadette on January 20, 1998 at 12:33:05:
In response to A proper marriage prosposal, written by Patrick on January 19, 1998 at 13:51:12
Dear Mr. Daugherty,
After deciding which style of proposal best suits yourself and your intended why not go all out? Down the board is a picture of my husband in Regency attire. Perhaps a costume shop would have such a thing. When do you plan to propose? Here is what I have in mind: wait until a sunny, warm day (of course, I do not know where you are; if you are in Australia it is warm and sunny. I am in Michigan where it is not.) Find the appropriate costumes for the both of you. Pack a picnic hamper (French bread, wine (or sparkling juice if you do not imbibe), cheese and fruit. Do not forget the cloth serviettes (napkins), blanket for the ground, and crystal goblets. Do not, under any circumstances, use anything plastic! (Wrap the goblets in the napkins). If you or your lady do not have a nice garden setting, perhaps you have a friend that does. A bed and breakfast could be another possibility. They often have beautiful gardens or, if the weather is not condusive, they can offer the apropriate interior setting. Go to the B&B first by yourself and tell the innkeeper what you have in mind. Many innkeepers are wonderfully accomodating in matters of this nature and will assist you in making the necessary preparations and may also have a few romantic suggestions of their own. Many B&B's go for a Victorian theme but if you can find a B&B guide (big book stores usually have them in the travel section) you may be able to find one that has a Regency flavour. I wish you the best of luck and please let us all know what course and manner you finally decide upon. This could have the makings of a wonderful short story. I hope these suggestions are helpful, if even in only a small way.
Honoured to be, &c.
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