Girlfriend is 100% expecting proposal. She helped me narrow down the setting choice as I was not highly confident in my interpretation of her requested style. We've had numerous substantive discussions on what we want marriage to look like for us.
She's said emphatically she hates the idea of proposal at restaurant. I believe she's also said she likes the idea of private setting and would not want to be in public.
I will have the ring this week and want to give it to her soon. Her 35th birthday is coming up in 3 weeks.
Maybe this sounds odd, but I want to attach the ring to our rather fluffy cat (Olive) with string and then nudge GF into noticing the ring. I'd pick a room for this to happen in and get LED candles for that room that have remote control so I can trigger the lighting after she finds the ring, then get down on one knee and profess my love for her. We're able to see sunsets from our living room so I might time it to be around then. I'd also make secret dinner reservations for that night so we could celebrate & not have to worry about cooking & cleaning (there is a wonderful Italian place in town).
GF is a massive animal lover and I think this method will create a better memory for her. Also, loss is very difficult for her, she still grieves over cats she's lost, and this would attach a memory of Olive to the ring. Unfortunately we won't have Olive with us forever, but ideally she'll wear the ring for the rest of her life.
I will put up pictures of the ring when I get it It's a 1.54 F VS2 August Vintage OEC in a Caysie Van Bebber platinum setting. I already purchased insurance for it.
Please let me know if you see any problems or opportunities for improvement of my plan