Valentine’s Day Proposal – Would You Do It?

posted on 11 February 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice


Valentine’s day is touted as the most romantic day of the year. For some.

As a schoolgirl, Valentine’s day was a private torture chamber of a day. A futile wait for a card to appear (from goodness knows whom). When said card failed to appear, yet again, I had to content myself with tales of other girls’ conquests. The world was not a fair one.

I have long since shaken off the need for protestations of undying infatuation, replacing that need with an aversion for the commercialism of one day a year when the world goes mad about red roses, balloon hearts and the over-romanticisation of love.

As luck would have it, though, my relationship not only began around Valentine’s Day, but our wedding anniversary falls but a week before (does anyone else get the  inadvertent fulfilment of my girlhood angst?).

Which means that annually my task to find a fitting, sincere gift entails trashing through a mire of shiny red balloons and cards with artificial sounding endearments – enough to gag on.

You can safely surmise then that I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day proposals. Or am I? There are pros and cons to success on the day, and here are a few of them:


  • If your relationship is on track, you’re both mad about one another, there is NO way she/he will say ‘no’
  • It’s a day to which you both respond in a positive way – you tend to write silly little poems and doodle endlessly in one another’s cards
  • The whole world is talking about love on this particular day, so she/he should definitely be in the mood
  • It’s a day you can definitely afford to be emotional on, coming over all romantic is exactly right for both a proposal and Valentine’s
  • 10% of marriage proposals happen on this day – you have every chance of success


  • Don’t let the ‘hype’ around Valentine’s be the reason for your proposal, there is way too much expectation around this day
  • Don’t place your partner under pressure to propose on Valentine’s; pushing your partner into proposing means the proposal lacks all spontaneity

Valentine’s Day and your marriage will forever be entwined, and should the relationship take a dip, the day loses its appeal forever

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