Off the Hook When It Comes to Popping the Question
Will You Be My ... Husband?" Today, women are twisting traditional gender roles more than ever, whether they're running for the presidential nomination, competing in a male-dominated professional golf tournament, hitting the open-wheel racing circuit, or heading a Fortune 500(TM) company. As women take on larger leadership roles in the workplace and in society, it's only natural that they've begun to assume these roles in the realm of romance, as well. This "role reversal" trend is not only evident in the number of women proposing, but in society's willingness to accept this shift, as six out of ten Americans (59 percent) do not think that men should always be the ones to propose.
Neither does 30-year-old
Christin Glodek, whose husband, Andrew Papachristos, acknowledges
she is the type of person who is comfortable straying from the
norms o traditional gender roles. Despite this, Papachristos was
"totally surprised" by Glodek's October 2001 proposal
(on the night before they were set to move in together). "Christin's
proposal was symbolic of our relationship and definitely had her
personal stamp on it," says Papachristos. Of Glodek's unique
idea to pop the question by carving "Will You Marry Me?"
in a line of Halloween pumpkins, Papachristos adds "I was
completely overwhelmed ... it was perfect and I don't think I
could have done it any
couple is not alone: six out of ten Americans (63 percent) agree
women proposing marriage to men is becoming more common. The survey
also revealed that almost half (48 percent) of women would propose
to their significant other, and eight out of ten men (80 percent)
would accept a proposal from their significant other.
Planning a Perfect
From determining the
time and place of the proposal to figuring out how to say those
four little words, asking for someone's hand in marriage can be
an overwhelming process for any man or woman.
Jason R. Rich, author of "Will You Marry Me? Popping the Question with Romance and Style" (The Career Press, 2003) says that regardless of who proposes, "understanding the expectations and dreams of the person you're proposing to -- and taking them into consideration during the planning process -- is the first step in bringing a perfect proposal to life." The Korbel Perfect Proposal Contest This year, Korbel has tied the knot with Blue Nile to help men and women make their ultimate "Marry Me?" moment a reality.
For the second year in a row, the Korbel Perfect Proposal Contest invited Americans who are ready to propose to enter to win their dream proposal, complete with an exclusive round Blue Nile Signature Diamond Engagement Ring (created from among the top one percent of all diamonds in the world). Judges will select three first prize winners based on creativity, originality and romantic theme, and Korbel brought the three winning proposals to life just before Valentine's Day, 2003. One of these winners will also be selected to receive the grand prize of $10,000 for a honeymoon or reception.
Last year's grand
prize winner, Ashley Yablon, of Dallas, Texas, proposed to girlfriend
Donna Yarborough on Broadway, after a performance of Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida. During a special encore onstage with the
show's leads, Yablon serenaded the unsuspecting Yarborough in
front of the audience and cast, all of whom couldn't help but
sing along. The couple has planned a fall 2003 wedding.
we received last year was overwhelming," says Gary Heck,
Chairman and President, Korbel Champagne Cellars. "Proposals
are special, emotional moments for people, and as an integral
part of these moments, it makes sense for Korbel to help bring
dream proposals to life through the Perfect Proposal Contest."
for more information on the annual Korbel Perfect Proposal Contest.
Blue Nile, the online
leader in the diamond and fine jewelry category, located on the
Web at www.bluenile.com, offers consumers a better way to buy diamonds and fine jewelry.
Blue Nile consistently receives honors from such distinguished
publications as TIME and Forbes, among many others. Blue Nile
provides an exceptional collection of classically styled jewelry
selected according to high standards of quality, beauty and value.
Cleanly designed and easy to navigate, the site offers the in-depth
education necessary to make informed purchases with confidence.
All Blue Nile jewelry is delivered free of charge, and guaranteed
and returnable within 30 days. Based in Seattle, Blue Nile is
privately held with investments from Bessemer Venture Partners;
Trinity Ventures; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Lightspeed
Venture Partners; Integral Capital Partners; and Vulcan Ventures
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