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Proposal planners help guys pop the question

Want to propose but don't know how? There's help—but it'll cost you.

By Kristin Wong Mar 11, 2013 5:08PM

Last year, Tiffany Wright and Daisy Amodio witnessed a marriage proposal. The guy was attempting to spell out, "make me the happiest man alive" in candle flames. Sounds incredibly creative and romantic, but there was one problem:

"He had spelled happiest wrong," Daisy explained.

Photo: Proposal planner help men propose / Cavan Images/Getty Images

Witnessing that proposal flop stirred something in Tiffany and Daisy. They decided to become business partners, starting their own proposal planning company, aptly named The Proposers.

"Marriage proposals have become big," Tiffany told Gulf News. "It's no longer about just getting down on one knee and asking for a woman's hand. Men have to up their game, and that's where we can help."

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The Proposers help by considering every detail of the proposal. They inquire about the client's history and then come up with unique, customized proposal plans that include calling vendors, finding props and booking locations.

Danny Amodi hired Tiffany and Daisy to help pull off his own proposal. He was pleased with the results, which included popping the question at The Ritz in London.

"On the day of the proposal they stuck up photos and memories of [my girlfriend] Annie and I around London on iconic buildings and places such as Big Ben and The Ritz. I told Annie I had a surprise for her and handed her a map, which directed her to all of the photos and clues. She spent the day in London following the clues and reading the memories and letters I had left for her, before being led to a restaurant overlooking The Thames where I was waiting on bended knee."

Tiffany and Daisy aren't the only ones who have profited from men popping the question. Many proposal-related planning companies have emerged in recent years. 

Sarah Pease, for example, owned a successful event-planning firm in New York — Brilliant Event Planning. When Pease witnessed a friend propose by putting an engagement ring in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, she got an idea.

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"I figured there must be a better way," Sarah told the New York Times. She decided to expand her event-planning business to include proposal planning. Sarah charges $500 for conceiving an original proposal idea. From there, clients might spend up to $12,000 on the pomp and circumstance that lead up to four little words. Which is a lot of money for the possibility of a "no."

But in an age where anything and everything creative has the possibility to go viral, it's hard to deny the increasing pressure on what was once a simple but sweet milestone.

"Handing a woman a ring in the middle of the kitchen just doesn't cut it any more — women want a proposal that they can tell their grandchildren about in years to come," Tiffany argues.
What do you think — does getting down on one knee (or digging in a bucket of chicken) not cut it anymore? Is hiring a proposal planner imaginative or just impersonal?

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Photo: Proposal planners help men propose / Cavan Images/Getty Images

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