Worry Free Weddings: Interview With The Proposal Planner™, Sarah Pease
You may have seen Sarah Pease on The Today Show, ABC Nightline, or the E! Network sharing her expert advice and commentary on marriage proposals and engagement. From elaborate proposals on the big screen in Times Square with a private serenade by American Idol celebrity Katherine McPhee, to more intimate ones like a log cabin in the French Alps and a glamorous yacht in Miami, she is the go-to person for dream marriage proposals. We snagged a bit of her time to bring her experience and insight to our blog in an interview we hope will get your imagination going.
Lavalier: Thanks for your time, Sarah. We’re really excited to share this interview with our readers. How about we start by giving a bit of background. How did you get into the proposal business? That’s a pretty specific niche!
SP: Thanks for having me! It all started with a bucket of KFC. A friend of a friend was getting proposed to – and his heart was in the right place – he wanted to incorporate her favorite guilty pleasure food. It just so happened that her favorite food was Kentucky Fried Chicken. So, he decided that the very best way for him to propose would be by putting a beautiful diamond ring at the bottom of a bucket of chicken. Needless to say, when I heard this story I immediately thought “There’s gotta be a better way” and that’s how the idea was born.
Lavalier: What makes for a truly perfect and memorable proposal?
SP: Proposals need to be personal. It needs to reflect your unique love story in a way that feels genuine and authentic.
Lavalier: What mistakes do people often make when planning the big day? How can they be avoided?
SP: The biggest mistakes come from two areas: 1) not planning in advance or not planning enough and 2) choosing a way to pop the question that doesn’t feel like you. For example, if you’re a really chilled out, outdoorsy couple – getting engaged during a stuffy black tie dinner may be a mistake.
Lavalier: Out of all of the proposals you’ve participated in, do you have a favorite?
SP: Of course! My favorite was when my husband popped the question and I said yes.
Lavalier: How much (or little) should one plan to spend on the proposal?
SP: I’ve always said that you don’t have to have a ton of money to have a dream proposal. Whether you buy a stack of printer paper and fold it into a thousand origami butterflies and spend $1.99 or you fly real butterflies in from Thailand and spend $199,000 – it’s about making it personal.
Lavalier: What are some benefits to working with an expert like yourself when popping the question?
SP: Our clients hire me because they want something extraordinary. They know they need help – just like a bride often gets help on her wedding planning – and they’re not willing to settle for the same-old, same-old.
Lavalier: Are public proposals a good idea? What if she says no?
SP: Depends on the couple. Some couples really want to have spectators to make a really dramatic splash, others want something intimate and private.
Lavalier: On TV we often see the ring dropped into a champagne glass or baked into dessert… Is this kind of creativity a good idea? What’s the best way to present the ring?
SP: Is that what people call creative? I sure don’t. These are exactly the type of tired, cheesy proposal plans that lack the personalization that makes a proposal truly perfect. The best way to present the ring is something that feels right for the couple.
Lavalier: So, she said yes! Is there a protocol where it comes to telling people?
SP: Immediate family are always first. Find a thoughtful way to share with extended family and your friends. The last way should always be social media.
Lavalier: Where can our readers get in touch with you to find out more about working with a proposal planner?
SP: We’d love to help! To plan your dream proposal, get in touch via email at email@example.com, or if you are looking for a more budget-friendly proposal, you can check out our sister company.
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