Post # 1
So I’ve posted once before about proposal ideas. There were some good ones but nothing rung really true for her. Then a coworker came in yesterday and out of the blue said, “Last night I was thinking about you getting engaged to your girlfriend, and I had a great idea! She’s an archaeologist so you should do a treasure hunt for her!” At first I laughed and said it was cute but that was it. I’d run across the idea before but hadn’t given it much thought. Then after thinking on it for a bit, it hit me and I realized how truly perfect a scavenger/treasure hunt would be – IF I can pull it off.
Archaeologists are kind of divided on Indiana Jones (he’s not really much of an archaeologist and some of the more uptight ones grumble about how poorly he portrays the field) but my girl has always loved him. So I thought about sending her on an adventure of her own (with her own nickname, after the state she does her field work in) to collect clues around town. I still need a creative name for the “object” she’s searching for. I’m planning on being at the end location with the ring, and to ask her the final question, which will be “Will you marry me?”
Now for the hard part. Has anyone done one of these/know someone who has? I’ll be setting it up all on my own (I wish I had friends or family around here to help me and be stationed to give her the clues, but we don’t.) I’m trying to figure out how many stops she’ll need to make and how to get the clues to her. If I leave them in envelopes, will strangers take them? Is it appropriate to approach a business (the nail salon, a restaurant, etc) where I would like to send her and ask them if they’d participate by giving her an envelope when she comes in? I wish I had someone to plan this with me!
Post # 2
LadyCapricorn: I think that is a great idea.
Did you know there is an International Archeology Day? And they celebrate with a Scavenger Hunt?
There might be ideas you could steal from their website.
Post # 3
I had no idea. That is a fantastic website. I might use it to help craft some of the clues.
Post # 4
If you came in to my work and asked me to give her an envelope I would love to help! But in saying that I think you might encouter homophobic people unwilling to help seeing you guys are a same sex couple (assuming from your user name you are a woman). I would definitely encourage trying that though! Most (openminded) people would love to help!
Post # 5
That is always something to consider. We’ve been very fortunate in our town not to have run into that yet but there is always a first time for everything. I’m planning on sending her to the nail salon at one point and at least one person there already knows we’re a couple, and to my workplace where we’re both well known.
How many stops/places should I send her to? I figure I’ll start it out with an introductory letter on the outfit I picked out. (1) There will be another note in her truck with money telling her to put gas in the truck. (2) Then a post-it on the inside of the gas flap that she’ll see when she goes to fill up telling her to look in the glovebox. I want to put together a notebook for her to follow along with that will have clues to solve the puzzles as well as just some sweet stuff from our time together. There will be another letter sending her to the nail salon. (3) I want her stylist to give her the next clue to lead her to the bookstore nearby. (4) I want to put the next clue on the shelf near her favorite book. (5?) I was thinking about having her eat lunch at the restaurant where we had our first date (it was a chain restaurant but I don’t know how I’d get the next clue to her. I suppose I could follow her and wait till she goes inside, then leave it on her car?) (6) Next I’d send her to my workplace to pick up our faithful hound from the people there and he’d have another letter on his collar. The main problem is I’m not sure where to end it! I could send her to the college where she works and then to a special footbridge on campus, but it might not be private enough there. Or I could send her through the historical reenactment area we love (gotta find a place to put the clues or go into one of the shops and see if they can take one) and find a place there somewhere. The hard part will be planting all of these things and setting up the initial letter/clothes and getting out of the house without her knowing what I’m up to!
Post # 6
Just wanted to say this sounds awesome and really fun. I would love it if my partner comes up with something this fun and different! Go you 🙂
Post # 7
I’d put the note in her favorite book! The amount of stops depends on time. I think any more than a couple hours would get a bit tiring. But I don’t know. I probably wouldn’t have her stop for lunch alone. Maybe you guys can go there after. If it was me I would get the clue and keep going not actually eat!
Post # 8
gamerlover: That makes perfect sense, she probably would want to just keep going! I’m glad I’m planning this now so I have time to think on it and figure out what does and doesn’t work.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
My FI sent me on an Easter egg hunt with clues all around the house which lead to the next one. Each one had a little Easter chocolate and the final one was an egg with my ring inside 🙂
Post # 10
LadyCapricorn: I stalked your other threads and now the suspense is killing me as well! Sorry I have no creative ideas at the moment but gosh darnit you better update us when you pop the question!!! haha 🙂