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IrishBoy
April 25th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Ok New Yorkers i need some serious advice from people who are lucky to live on the greatest city on this earth for a woman who deserves the best ever engagement and one she can tell the kids and the grandkids about.Firstly let me explain the reasons for planning so far in advance.We live in Dublin Ireland and we are dating nearly 4 years and have a one year old son and another one due in August.Just to add a little bit more to the mix we are also looking to move in to a bigger house to accomadate our new family!!!Now we are both huge lovers of all things New York!!!!We have regularily been there over the years but never together,hence this has got to be something extra special.There is only one slight problem that she has been there romantically before with an ex and they did the helicopter trip and they also did "top of the rock".Now i need some real new york ideas that are special!! The idea is to fly from ireland on the saturday before new years and stay untill the day after new year and fly back so we dont miss our angels too much!!!I am open to all ideas,fantasies,dreams as this has got to make her feel the most special person in the world at that moment because that is the way i feel about her all the time!!!!!Dont forget all fantasies and dreams welcomed!!!!!

media35
April 25th, 2007, 04:36 PM
I think rapunzel needs to weigh in on this one---

Ninjahedge
April 25th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Winter is tough, but I would look for things like maybe a horse-carrage ride through CP. Remember to bring something hot to drink and dress warmly (although there is a blanket).

There are also things that MAY be open by that time, global warming permitted, such as Wollman Rink (spelling) and Battery Park rink. But they are usually crowded.

You may also be able to get a circle line or other mini-cruise around Manhattan, but I would look into that early as most will probably be party-cruises for the new year.

You could also just try to find a nice cozy cafe or bistro to have a small dinner at, spend the night at a small jazz club like, heh, "Smalls", and take a walk (cold as it is) along the riverside at riverside park.


All just ideas!

FrankHegly
April 26th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Hey.

First of all pre-congrats.

Secondly I would advise reading this post:

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10421

I got engaged in NY last year around the time you are looking to do it. I got soo much information and idea's and even though I did not use them all they are a great ref point.

If you are wanting more specific idea's, post a few more details. Ages, likes, dislikes etc. Oh and budget!

Do you have the ring yet?

IrishBoy
May 7th, 2007, 03:17 AM
Guys Thanks for your ideas.All graetly appreciated and especially Frank as everythinbg under sun was suggested by your liitle bunch of friends.I reckon that the brides.com proposal is mega.Just need to time it right on early new yeras eve if possible!!!!I think with a dinner after in the river cafe to watch the fireworks and city bring in the new year from a distance!!???I also reckon a nice hotel on Times squrae might be the way to go so we are centre to everything afterwards.I havnt got the ring yet as obviously i have time to sort that out but with the daollar weakening against the euro,it makes sense for me to purchase the ring in Mnhattan as i will basically get an extra 30% in value with euro rates at the moment.IF ANYONE HAS ANY CONTACTS IN THE JEWISH DIAMOND DISTRICT IM ALL EARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!We will have anothewr few nights in the city so all other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Thanks again Frank for sending me your link it was invaluable even if i didnt get any work done for a couple of days reading throughh it!!!

FrankHegly
May 7th, 2007, 11:09 AM
I havnt got the ring yet as obviously i have time to sort that out but with the daollar weakening against the euro,it makes sense for me to purchase the ring in Mnhattan as i will basically get an extra 30% in value with euro rates at the moment.IF ANYONE HAS ANY CONTACTS IN THE JEWISH DIAMOND DISTRICT IM ALL EARS!!

With regards to diamonds, why not try an american company that exports to the UK and the Eire??

There are a few reputable ones out there that will work well for you, if looking to take advantage of the exchange rate.

Bluenile.com or co.uk is one of the best for good quality diamonds at a good price. I would recomend searching for the price for the cut/quality etc etc on a few different sites as prices will vary depending on whether they are paying for brokerage, the state etc etc.

Your best bet would be to have it posted to the UK and claim back the VAT (which will be added on) if you live in Eire rather than N. Ilnd.

So first of all decide on the type of diamond and then go and look at the price. i would also check to see if you can find a good jeweller who can make the ring using a stone you provide. Recently Boodles have stopped doing so (which dissapointed me!)

Oh and only use GIA... otherwise the certificate is a waste of time.

IrishBoy
May 7th, 2007, 04:38 PM
Thanks for that but ideally i would like to buy it in new york as i think it will be all the more romantic.Also any name sof stylish hair salons or spas where i can get my girlfriend to go while i go and buy the ring and oraganise a couple of other special things for her.Thanks again Frank

Schadenfrau
May 7th, 2007, 05:18 PM
For hair, try Frederic Fekkai at Henri Bendel.

Punzie
May 8th, 2007, 02:37 AM
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FrankHegly
May 8th, 2007, 03:45 AM
Thanks for that but ideally i would like to buy it in new york as i think it will be all the more romantic.Also any name sof stylish hair salons or spas where i can get my girlfriend to go while i go and buy the ring and oraganise a couple of other special things for her.Thanks again Frank

Personally I can't think of anything more romantic than designing it yourself. It will work out to be better value too!

Aside from this please consider the lead time in getting the ring. If you are wanting it there and then, I suggest you look for a ring not a diamond as otherwise you will not have anything to show after she comes back from the spa.... well just a diamond (which I guess could be sweet as you could then design it together) plus you might not even find what you are looking for.
Perhaps we could ask for some reputable jewellers rather than diamond merchants.

The most important think is the budget.... care to share? Im guessing for someone who is planning ahead this much that you are a hopless romantic (like myself) and are planning on going all out.... Tiffany & Co springs to mind.

As for a SPA, someone mentioned http://www.blissworld.com (think it was Schadenfra?). Anyway she gave a possitive review I seem to recall. An alternative would be the SPA in the hotel.

Oh and remember unlike the UK/Eire in the US tax is added on to the price you pay.... so work out your budget pre state tax. Otherwise you might find yourself a couple of $$$$ short :)

FrankHegly
May 8th, 2007, 03:56 AM
Thought I would add this too... looks really nice http://www.insideclay.com/

Punzie
May 8th, 2007, 12:16 PM
So her Ex took her on the 'copter ride over New York, eh?

Everybody and his mother has done that.
:rolleyes:
How stodgy.
How passe~~~

You, my friend, should propose to her on a Hot Air Balloon Ride for two!


You won't be floating over New York City,
(that is reserved for us bats),
You will be floating around it and viewing the skyline from >angles<
:cool:


We are 'above' providing you with details...
So go ahead and start a 'ballooning' topic.
:p

FrankHegly
May 9th, 2007, 02:53 AM
So her Ex took her on the 'copter ride over New York, eh?



Everybody and his mother has done that.
:rolleyes:
How stodgy.
How passe~~~


You, my friend, should propose to her on a Hot Air Balloon Ride for two!



You won't be floating over New York City,
(that is reserved for us bats),
You will be floating around it and viewing the skyline from >angles<
:cool:



We are 'above' providing you with details...
So go ahead and start a 'ballooning' topic.
:p




Good call... much more romantic!

IrishBoy
May 9th, 2007, 11:18 AM
Rapunzel my friend you may be a genius,im not sure but a great idea.I wont insult any regulars by opening up a ballooning thread as i found all i need already. http://www.njhotair.com/index/adventures/ Very,very expensive for the city one but at least its another option worth seriously thinking about.On another note has anyone heard of firefighters getting involved in a proposal and doing something wacky for a donation to a 9/11 fund?I know i keep moving the goalposts but i want as many options as possible before i decide on what to do.Again any ideas for ring and where to purchase,hair salons and something to make her stay in new york one to remember are all greatly appreciated.Just to show you what the competition is like to make this an extra special weekend i have attached a picture of a couple who are old friends of my girlfriend that came to her suprise birthday in Dublin last year.Thats him holding our 3 month old son also.
Philip
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FrankHegly
May 10th, 2007, 03:19 AM
Rapunzel my friend you may be a genius,im not sure but a great idea.I wont insult any regulars by opening up a ballooning thread as i found all i need already. http://www.njhotair.com/index/adventures/ Very,very expensive for the city one but at least its another option worth seriously thinking about.On another note has anyone heard of firefighters getting involved in a proposal and doing something wacky for a donation to a 9/11 fund?I know i keep moving the goalposts but i want as many options as possible before i decide on what to do.Again any ideas for ring and where to purchase,hair salons and something to make her stay in new york one to remember are all greatly appreciated.Just to show you what the competition is like to make this an extra special weekend i have attached a picture of a couple who are old friends of my girlfriend that came to her suprise birthday in Dublin last year.Thats him holding our 3 month old son also.
Philip
41534152


Ok....um...now we need to think a little more- lol

What is ur budget??

FrankHegly
May 10th, 2007, 03:20 AM
Just had a thought.... since it will be winter... a hotair balloon might not be the best option, it will be freezing on the ground let alone a couple of hundred feet in the air.

Great idea for the summer though...

IrishBoy
May 10th, 2007, 04:06 AM
Balloon ride will definately be too cold as i spoke to them last night and they told me that all flights finish the second week of november as the weather is unreliable after that untill late spring.With regard to budget i dont really have one but i dont mind spending a few dollars if its something very special!!!I am spending 10/15k on the ring so that is the most important to me as her also.With regard to the trip i am open to all options!!!!!

FrankHegly
May 10th, 2007, 10:09 AM
Balloon ride will definately be too cold as i spoke to them last night and they told me that all flights finish the second week of november as the weather is unreliable after that untill late spring.With regard to budget i dont really have one but i dont mind spending a few dollars if its something very special!!!I am spending 10/15k on the ring so that is the most important to me as her also.With regard to the trip i am open to all options!!!!!

Ok lets narrow things down a little.... we will forget about price for the moment.

What would she prefer............something intimate, something extravigant something crazy.

If we try and narrow down it will help us a little. New York has sooo many possibilities, that it would be best to work out what she would like the most and we can try and work around it.

Details like her age, hobbies it will all help. Stay positive we will work this one out!

ManhattanKnight
May 10th, 2007, 11:04 AM
I suggest the Staten Island ferry. The price is right ($0.00), it operates 24/7, and it is quintessentially NYC. However, since it departs from one county (New York) and arrives in another (Richmond), or vice versa, there could be an interesting theoretical issue as to where the marriage actually occurred.

http://www.inetours.com/New_York/Images/Stn-Islnd/Staten_isl_fery_9502.jpg

Info: http://nyc.gov/html/dot/html/masstran/ferries/statfery.html

FrankHegly
May 11th, 2007, 03:34 AM
why not book a restraunt in times square........run out at midnight and propose??

Alonzo-ny
May 11th, 2007, 08:43 AM
With a gazillion people crushing around you? When i worked at the statue of liberty in the summer someone proposed and it was quite nice, and there will always be one of my mates there to take a picture! or the classic esb at night, the 102 floor is usually quite even at the busy times.