Post # 1
FI proposed to me just before Christmas, and our (dating) anniversary is coming up this weekend. Before we were engaged, he told me that he wants an engagement ring too. Since then, neither of us have mentioned it, so when I give him a ring this weekend it will be quite the surprise!
I was playing around on priceline.com’s bidding option and bid really low for 4star hotels in nice nearby areas. I was accepted by a super nice hyatt in a great location! Even better, there’s a fondue restaurant right across the street which we’ve been wanting to try.
So, I was thinking about checking into the hotel, spending some time there relaxing and getting ready, and then either picking him up or having him meet me at the restaurant. After dinner, I’d surprise him with the hotel room and give him his ring.
There’s just a few (many) details I need help with:
 I am flying out of town (back to school) the next day, so I’d rather us not have two cars… should I have a friend drop me off and have him meet me at the restaurant, or take his car and leave the hotel area to pick him us and come right back?
 How should I give him the ring? He’s already proposed, so we’re already engaged… should I still get on one knee? Will that be cheesy? I was thinking about making a card ank kinda just giving it and the ring to him when we enter the room.
 The hotel has an ipod speaker connector, so I’ll have some of our favorite music playing, and I’ll bring wine and his favorite beer. Am I missing anything?
 Any other advice?
Thanks everyone! I’ll let you know how it all goes.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Omg, this sounds like such a fun, romantic time for you two! I’d probably put the ring in a nice box with a ribbon, and place it on the hotel room bed (if you’re going to have a chance to ‘set up’ the room beforehand.
Post # 4
yeah, i will have time in advance… i’m planning on checking into the hotel before dinner. (that’s why the transportation issue is in question), but yeah, having the ring already in the room instead of just pulling it out sounds nice. should I have anything else set up or done to the room (other than music, ring, and wine/beer?)
Post # 5
That is so awesome. I think that having a friend drop you off makes sense. As for how you should do it, I think you need to do something different thatn down on one knee. Maybe put your ring hand in his and talk to him about the meaning behind the ring he gave you, and then pull out the ring fo rhim and slip it on his hand? IDK…
Post # 6
thanks, i’m working on finding a friend willing to drive me. But, being as vague as possible, i warned FI that i might need his car… so, either way should work.
Thanks for the comments and advice! keep it coming.. 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
What a sweet idea. I think having 1 car there is best, whichver way it works out. I think handwriting a letter to go along with the ring would make for a special keepsake.
Post # 8
I love this! Hotels are so fun and such a nice little treat. I think my fiance would be mortified if I got on one knee, so I think you should give him the card and as he is reading it, get the ring out.
Post # 9
So fun! I always think that I wish I could propose to him too! He did such an amazing job with my proposal that I want to return the favor. I’ve done it a few times in a joking manor, listing off all the things I love about him … but to actually be able to do it?!
Not sure about the distance but what about driving to the hotel, setting things up, then going and picking him up and bringing him to dinner. Then when you get back to the room after dinner you can "propose" then! And you’ll only have one car.
The only thing you might be forgetting is that he’ll need something to wear to bed (if anything, wink wink!), a change of clothes for the next day and his toothbrush!! Not sure if you can sneak this stuff out, but I’m sure he’d appreciate it!