One simple question has the potential to bring us infinite pleasure or pain. With Valentine’s Day approaching and wedding season soon to follow, we can look to the magic of motion pictures for romantic inspiration concerning the marriage proposal. Having trouble finding the exact words to pop the question? Need advice on creating the perfect romantic setting or finding an exotic location as a backdrop for your proposal? Unsure how to convince your lover to make a lifetime commitment? Screenwriters have already done the work for you, providing clever ideas of what to do (and what not to do) for every conceivable romantic scenario.
So for men who are diehard “Diehard” fans, and women who prefer to view “A Room With a View, ” remember that there’s value in compromise. Watch a date movie together and then adapt these silver screen suggestions for your own private use. Mix and match the best parts from the best movies for the best results. But keep in mind these two key ideas that will aid in the process: romanticize and customize.
What To Do:
What Not To Do:
Although every marriage proposal should be special and unique, you can still take your inspiration from the movies. Maybe the potential groom isn’t quite as suave as Johnny Depp in “Don Juan DeMarco” and the bride-to-be can’t fit into Julia Roberts’s spandex skirt in “Pretty Woman. ” There’s no reason, however, why the two of you can’t get engaged like “America’s Sweethearts” and live happily “Ever After” in your own Cinderella Story.
Copyright 2007 Leslie Halpern
Central Florida entertainment writer Leslie Halpern wrote the popular gift book “Reel Romance. The Lovers’ Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies” (Taylor Trade Publishing), which reviews date movies and suggests romantic ideas inspired by these films. Visit her website at: http://home.cfl.rr.com/lesliehalpern/leslie_halpern.htm She is also the author of “Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science” (McFarland & Company), an analysis of representations of sleeping and dreaming in more than 125 movies. Both books are available from her website or at http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.Barnesandnoble.com