Reaction to the ring

Reaction to the ring

A pinay’s guide to getting hitched

We invest a lot of thought into marriage proposals.

Some of us dream up grand gestures inspired by chick flicks and fairy tales, involving hot air balloons, string quartets and clear-cut diamonds soaked in wine.
On the other hand, there are those who opt for the understated. A simple dinner, modest ring and heartfelt speech may be the only ingredients needed to make your loved one swoon.

My husband proposed to me two years ago on a warm winter day. We were standing in front of our new home, a charming starter space picked out after living in a downtown apartment for two years. This was my first time seeing it since the open house.

I was overflowing with joy and pride. I kept thinking, “We made it!” We’ve finally hit another milestone. To my surprise, it wasn’t the only major life event planned for that day.

It was on our front doorstep where my husband went down on one knee and asked if I wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. It was simple, but monumental.

I’ll always remember that kind and uncomplicated moment. A proposal can do many things, but most importantly, it should show the person you love how well you know them.

For most of us, we don’t need our names spelled out in the clouds. We won’t judge if you had to spend a little less on the engagement ring to help budget for our future. We can make do without having our entire proposals packaged into a viral video on YouTube.

To quote one of my favourite songs, love is all you need.