In 2009, Maryland state delegate Jon S. Cardin decided to propose to his girlfriend.
But rather than get down on one knee at a restaurant, Cardin, who represents Baltimore County, decided for something a little more…elaborate.
As the couple took a boat ride through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a police helicopter conducted a “raid,” going as far as to pretend to arrest Cardin’s intended, just before he popped the question.
Megan Homer, Cardin’s girlfriend, was apparently charmed enough to say yes. City officials took a much less romantic view, the Baltimore Sun reported.
“Definitely there was some poor judgment exercised by some officers,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the paper the week after the proposal. “The Police Department is not in the business of renting out the helicopter and the boats for bachelor parties and birthdays. We’re in the business of upholding public safety in Baltimore.”
There are plenty of good ways to ask someone to marry you without inviting police scrutiny. As a provider of fine Bucks County custom diamond engagement rings, it’s in our best interest to steer you toward an ideal marriage proposal. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
1. Choose the right ring
We wrote last month about how to find the right ring size for your partner. But you should also have an idea of what shape diamond your partner loves.
From there, you’ll need to determine the appropriate setting for the stone, as well as the right metal for the ring itself. You should also pay attention to what’s known as the “four Cs” of diamonds when shopping for Bucks County custom diamond engagement rings.
- Color – The less color found in a diamond, the rarer and more valuable it is
- Cut – The cut of a diamond refers to how well the stone unleashes light
- Clarity – The absence or presence of blemishes and inclusions
- Carat weight – This determines the diamond’s size
2. Find the right time
On one hand, you want the proposal to be a surprise. So even though Valentine’s Day – among the most popular times for people to get engaged – is coming up, you might want a less predictable date.
At the same time, a proposal should never be completely out of the blue. If you and your significant other haven’t ever discussed the idea of marriage before, your proposal might feel awkward. Pick a time when you’re both relaxed, perhaps during a short getaway.
3. Pick the right place
The place you choose to pop the question should be private. A public place puts a lot of pressure on both of you. It should also be someplace that’s special for both of you. The restaurant where you had your first date will be a much more romantic spot than the most expensive restaurant in town.
Just be honest, tell them how much they mean to you and ask them to spend the rest of their life with you. You won’t need fireworks, a band or a fake police raid.
But you will need a ring, and Doylestown Gold Exchange is ready to help. We’ve helped countless couples who were searching for Bucks County custom diamond engagement rings.
Browse our selection online or stop in today to consult with our graduate gemologist and we’ll help you find the perfect ring for your beloved.
As for Jon S. Cardin, he ended up reimbursing the city for the cost of his proposal. According to his official website, he and his wife are still married.