I’m very excited to be featuring ‘The Proposers’ this week on my Supplier Spotlight, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, for having a fab website (love the ‘sssh’ – go check it out!), for having the best idea and really spotting a gap in the market and for all the buzz there is surrounding what they do! Meet the girls of the moment, the lovely Daisy and Tiffany.
- Tell me about The Proposers and what it is you do?
We’re the UK’s first marriage proposal planners. The idea is that while there are plenty of people to help you plan your wedding, when it comes to popping the question, men don’t have anyone to turn to.
Our most basic package costs £100. We send a questionnaire to the man asking him about himself, his girlfriend and their relationship, and based on that we tailor two proposal ideas specifically to them.
We also offer to co-ordinate it from start to finish and we negotiate for the best deals. People tell us their budget (whether it be £300 – £30,000) and we come up with ideas based on that.
We have recently arranged a proposal which involved a romantic treasure hunt around London. Having spoken to the wannabe groom, he explained that London was a special place for him and his girlfriend as they had shared lots of happy memories there together. We then decided to arrange a proposal where we set up a treasure hunt for his girlfriend taking her around iconic tourist attractions in London. At each attraction she found a photo of her and her boyfriend, or a memory that he has written out, and a clue. The clues eventually lead her to a VIP members bar over looking London at sunset where he was waiting for her on bended knee. Of course she said yes!
We’re currently setting up a proposal in the Lake District for a sporty couple which ends up with them abseiling into a private cave filled with memories and her favourite foods whilst being serenaded by her favourite music (it will mean that we have to abseil down there to set-up first, eek!).
- Where are you located and what areas do you cover?
We’re both based in London but our reach is all over the UK and Worldwide. Only recently we arranged a proposal in Ibiza and next month we’re jetting off to Malaysia (we’re really excited about that one. We can’t say much now but it’s going to be very hi-tech)
- Tell us about yourselves and your experiences in this industry?
Well we’re born to do this. You don’t just become a proposal planner overnight; it takes time to really know your stuff. In fact, over the past 10 years we achieved quite a few things we’re proud of, and here’s a few:
– Written for top magazines such as Grazia, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan to name a few, not discounting plenty of wedding magazines and blogs. As a result we know all of the best venues, stylists, photographers etc who can help with your proposal.
– Extensive worldwide travel with time spent working in Australia, Greece, Switzerland and Ibiza meaning we have contacts worldwide so if you want to arrange a proposal abroad, we know how to do it.
– Graduated with degrees in Advertising & Marketing and Drama & English, so when it comes to creative ideas, we’ve certainly got an imagination and think outside of the box – no proposal will be too much of a challenge.
– Most importantly, we’re at the age where everyone is getting married so we’re in the ideal position to learn and share our knowledge
- Why did you set-up the business?
We are two extremely passionate romantic girls who love a romantic proposal or two. We planned our first proposal in 2011 and have inspired many proposals since but the company officially launched in May 2012. We met a few years ago when we witnessed a creative proposal ‘gone wrong’ in Hyde Park. The thought was there but unfortunately the spelling wasn’t. The Wannabe groom had decided to propose by writing “Make me the happiest man alive and marry me” in candles on the grass. Unfortunately he had spelt ‘happiest’ wrong. Luckily for him, Tiffany and I spotted this and quickly amended it before the bride-to-be arrived – we also offered to take some photos for him whilst he was down on one knee. We stayed around to watch the magic happen and was delighted when she said YES. Both being huge romantics and suckers for a good story, we spotted a gap in the market and decided to set-up The Proposers which offers bespoke proposal planning to anyone that just needs a bit of a helping hand.
After all, the story of the proposal will last forever and be told a million times so it needs to be right.
- What is the best part of your job?
Hearing about all the yes’s! It’s fantastic to work with people who are about to get engaged – you can’t help but share their excitement (and shed a tear or two). And there is nothing better than hearing the excitement in the couple once the proposal has happened and she’s said yes. It doesn’t feel like work at all. (we haven’t heard a NO yet!) We also get to work with some fantastic suppliers, wedding bloggers, wedding planners, photographers….
- What advice would you give to someone considering proposing?
Never use Google for your proposal idea, these are generic ideas that thousands of people have already used and they aren’t necessarily right for your relationship. Proposals need to be unique and personable to their relationship. i.e you shouldn’t propose in public if your girlfriend is quite shy. Take some time to really think about what your girlfriend would like as (I bet) she’s probably been thinking about this day her whole life so try and make it extra special for her, whether it be a romantic trip away, sky diving or home cooked candle lit meal, make it special and rememberable forever.
- What advice would you give to women who are hoping to be engaged soon?
Hang in there, he will do it soon but in the meantime, why don’t you give him a little hint! We have sneakily created a secret hint hint box on our website that takes you through to a page dedicated for women who want to give their boyfriend a kick-up the bum. Maybe he’s nervous or maybe he’s disorganised, either way we can give him a push in the right direction by sending a one-off email that details all the do’s and don’ts of proposing which will hopefully prompt him and get the ball rolling. It will never be traced back to you either, so go on, you’ve got nothing to lose and a wedding to plan.
- How do I get in contact with you?
0207 823 9119