I’m not going to lie – planning my proposal wasn’t easy. I knew for months where I wanted to do it – in Bali – but how I was going to do it took a whole lot of thinking and research. I spent countless hours on forums reading proposal stories trying to get some inspiration. I even engaged a Balinese proposal consultant to help guide me.
In the end I just went with my gut and thought about how I would want her to feel on that day. I arranged a full-day experience involving some adventure, some relaxation and (of course) some romance. The story goes like this…
We’re chillin out in Ubud Bali, in a beautiful private villa by the rice fields. It’s 7am and I’ve already been up for a while but Angie’s still fast asleep. I run out and jump on the bed excitedly trying to wake her up.
“ANGE! Wake up! I’ve got a surprise for you! You need to get ready – a car’s picking us up in 30 minutes to take us somewhere!” to which she replies, “f— off” before going back to sleep. Awkward… lol
Ok so she’s not a morning person.
After a few more attempts she finally realises I’m not being an idiot and that I actually do have something planned. Now she’s excited.
We eat breakfast served on our porch and I tell her to wear clothes she can get wet. She still doesn’t know where we’re going or what we’re doing. She especially doesn’t know it’s the day I’m going to propose – she just thinks I’m being nice and making up for a forgotten anniversary.
After an anxious hour-long ride in the car we get dropped off at the Melangit River.
“Surprise we’re going rafting!”
We meet our Balinese guide and get decked out in the stylish rafting gear. It’s a fun morning spent in our own little raft – cruising down the river, admiring the view with a few drop-offs thrown in – nothing too crazy especially since it hasn’t rained in a while. Lunch is an Indonesian buffet included in the package.
Before we know it it’s all over and we’re back in the car returning to Ubud.
She thinks that’s it until I whisper in her ear, “there’s another surprise to come…”
Her face lights up again in anticipation.
Instead of getting dropped off at our villa, the driver takes us to a beautiful spa I had organised – the perfect complement to an active morning. We’re treated to a 3-hour couples spa treatment in an open air room by the rice fields – a 90 minute full-body Balinese massage, followed by a 60 minute facial and a 30 minute milk bath.
It’s all pretty amazing and by this stage we’re both feeling a million bucks.
A car takes us back to the villa at 430pm. Just as she’s about to lay down and relax…
“Ange – there’s another surprise to come, get changed, we’re going out. A car’s picking us up in 30 minutes.”
She almost can’t believe there’s another surprise.
After a short drive from our villa the car pulls up to the beautiful Kupu Kupu Barong resort and we’re taken to a stunning private dinner table for two set up in the middle of an infinity pool over the forest. The path is lined with flowers and candles, the sun is setting and the view is incredible.
We’re introduced to our dedicated waitress who runs us through the 5-course set menu.
I almost can’t believe everything so far has gone to plan.
Although we’re eating our food and sipping cocktails, I’m secretly waiting for the perfect moment and getting pretty nervous. She can tell I’m a little distracted.
It doesn’t come until after the main course when I tell our waitress to wait 20 minutes before bringing out our desert.
The sun has now set and the candles are flickering. There isn’t anyone around. It’s now or never – I take a deep breath.
I start by telling Ange how I feel about her and that there was actually another reason for all of this.
I stand up and walk over to her side.
At that exact moment it finally clicks for her – she finally understands what’s actually going on, what all of this was really about, and starts crying.
I get down on one knee and pull out a ring that’s been hidden in my pocket all night.
I tell her I want to spend the rest of my life with her.
“Baby, will you marry me?”
She bursts out a big YES! Thank god…
We kiss and hug. She cries a little more and I get a little teary. We’re both over the moon and the energy is palpable.
I turn around and go back to sit down.
“Aren’t you going to put it on my finger?”
“Oh yea…” Oops lol.
The waitress comes back a few minutes later none the wiser. We ask for some photos and enjoy our desert.
And that’s the story of how I proposed to Angie!
Since then we’ve begun planning our Bali wedding and have looked at a heap of venues – we’ve put in lots of time and research and have written a Guide to the Best Bali Wedding Venues!
Are you planning a proposal or have a great proposal story? Please share it in the comments section below. We’d love to hear it!