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Yesterday, I opened up my email to find one with the subject help – I opened the email thinking maybe it was a request to post an event or recommend a neighborhood – but this is a big request…
Needed an awesome idea and figured you were the best person to turn to.
I want to figure out the coolest way to propose to my girlfriend in Pittsburgh. I’ve Googled a bunch of stuff, taking out billboards, renting a limo etc. I really wanted to figure out if it were possible to have dinner and propose …
I have received a few emails to IheartPGH over the past few years and I try to reply with helpful answers to all of them – but this is a big one and I have no experience with marriage proposals – I am totally flattered you thought to email me. If you are looking for advice on where to eat lunch for less than $5 (pretzel Shop) or best coffee (La Prima) or where can I find a bar with the largest taxidermy collection (Joe’s Bar, Ligonier) – I can help with that. The prefect Pittsburgh marriage proposal – not my area of expertise!
With his permission (and I promised to keep him anonymous so that it is a surprise,) I am posting this request to see what you dear readers of IheartPGH can suggest.
I did a little blog research on marriage proposals, thus far no one has blogged a Pittsburgh engagement story. Plenty of people have blogged about their engagement stories – Sean Bonner, one of the founders of Metroblogs, proposed over Twitter (read her side of the story here). Their story was also covered by Boing Boing and Wired covered some other Tweetheart stories here. I am sure that you can do better than this suggestion of proposing by instant message, from Engagement-ideas.com (yes that blog exists). We are not necessarily looking for geeky proposal ideas – this is about Pittsburgh proposal ideas.
So please leave your suggestions and ideas here in the comments – if you have a great Pittsburgh engagement story – please share that too. If you would prefer to send your ideas by email – please email email@example.com and I will forward all of your ideas to the lucky guy.
Some related reading on the subject of proposals…
- Abraham Lincoln, Rejected (readerville.com)
- A proposal of sorts (ourmanincameroon.com)
- Would You Propose Marriage Through Technology? (thegadgetblog.com)
- Trees, and sitting in them (seanbonner.com)
If I were the recipient, I'd love a whole day of Pittsburgh things. I'd love an incline ride to Mt Wasington with with lunch at the Coal Hill Steakhouse, near the large window, or out on the patio if appropraite. I'd enjoy time spent at Point State Park and/or at the Natural History Museum or Science Center. I'm a big Clemente nut, so a proposal near the Clemente bridge or the Clemente statue at PNC would reduce me to blubbering tears. A proposal on the incline also sounds kind of neat.
But, not knowing the woman, who's to say. What are her favorite places or events in the city? Can some of them be combined into a whole day affair?
suzi w. says
When I first set foot in Pittsburgh, the admissions person from Carlow took me up the incline to Mt. Washington overlooks. And she said, a lot of people get engaged here. I have at least one friend who did indeed do that. Dinner at LaMont, a walk over to the overlook…it's the best skyline in the country, or so I've heard. Best of luck to the lucky couple.
Uda P. says
Actually, I year ago my recently new son-in-law proposed to my daughter. They went away overnight (she thought it might be happening when they went away) but it didn't. When they arrived home and walked through the door she saw a table with a candle and a pretty box inside the box was a love letter which told her to go find the next box which he had set up in another room. She went to that box and again a small love note which told her to go to the next box again another love note- at the 4th table he had a box with four different rings in it – each ring was in a box. The 3 rings were all joke rings ( light up ring-kids, one you could open and had lip gloss and the 3rd was a huge fake diamond) In that note he told her she could choose one and she should choose wisely then he grabbed the real ring and was down on one knee proposing -she loved it and so did all her friends.
When I was proposed to, he did a scavenger hunt around town of important places we had visited when we were dating. Admittedly, this was in another city, but it cold work well here. The places were where we went on our first date, where we had our first kiss, where we went for a festival, etc. He left a card at each place (at the restaurant with the hostess, at the park as several fliers tacked around the park). The last place was a rose garden and when I saw him standing there, I knew he was going to propose. It was all very romantic.
Mme. Trois-Rivieres says
I was one of those people who got engaged on the overlook on Mt. Washington, and it was wonderful and amazing. Even though it's a very common place to get engaged in the 'Burgh, it still makes me feel like that fantastic view belongs to us in a very special way.
There's also always the sporting event scoreboard route – if our friend can wait until March I'm quite certain PNC Park would be compliant, I've seen proposals there before, and the ballpark is a romantic place, especially with that view. If he doesn't want to wait until opening day, a Pens game would work too – though I would personally find Civic Arena a little less romantic than PNC.
I hope we get follow-up on this – I want to hear how it goes!
I had friends get engaged on the overlook at Mt. Washington as well, although for whatever reason I think that using the fountain at Point State Park is a good route too.
If this person is able to wait, there's always light up night or once Kayak Pittsburgh opens up, could be cool to get engaged on the rivers (though hard to get on one knee)
Ann Dino says
If your lady loves the zoo, take her there. You will have purchased a stuffed animal of her faorite creature at the zoo beforehand. Upon getting to that part of the zoo, present her with the stuffed animal, wearing the ring on a velvet ribbon around it's neck.
OR, have a photo taken of you on your knee proposing. Have the photo enlarged and turned into a jigsaw puzzle. Be sure the part of the photo with the ring on it is not in the box. When trying to complete the puzzle, you will have the missing piece with the ring on top of it. Of course, you have taken your lady on a picnic, and you are doing the puzzle after lunch.
Congratulations and best of luck!!!
s york rubin says
could take her to that dark room in the mattress factory, where you have to wait for 15 minutes in black for your eyes to focus
or under the t-rex at the museum of natural history
or on that boat in the river that takes people to the bucs games
I have not much time, but I've got many useful things here, love it!
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