We are beyond thrilled to bring you this next little tidbit of wedding goodness. SMP has cozied up with Blue Nile for their aaahhh-mazing “Ring It. Sing It.” holiday contest...giving one lucky couple the perfect proposal weekend. So, if you're nearly engaged (and we KNOW there are a lot of you out there) you could win a...wait for it...a diamond engagement ring, a trip to NYC and the chance to pull off the ultimate proposal live at NASDAQ! Throw in a consult with yours truly to help you plan the perfect proposal weekend and it's the coolest giveaway ever! Plus you can enter the “Sing It.” competition for a chance to win a personalized love song and performance by band Green River Ordinance. Pretty fab way to pop the question if you ask us!
And as for that perfect diamond engagement ring? Well, here are some of our Blue Nile favs...
First Row: Cirque Diamond / Halo Micropave Diamond / Classic Pear Shaped Diamond
Second Row: Aria Cathedral Diamond / Three Stone Diamond / Halo Pave Diamond
Third Row: Cirque Cathedral Diamond / Floating Diamond / Marquise and Round Diamond
So here are the deets. The first part of the contest, Ring It, will culminate on Cyber Monday (Monday, Nov. 29) with a NASDAQ first — a live proposal. Blue Nile will provide the couple with an all- expenses-paid trip to New York and the groom-to-be with a custom diamond ring for the proposal. Green River Ordinance lead singer Josh Jenkins will serenade the couple in a live, acoustic performance of the band‘s hit song, Endlessly, and get this...Katharine McPhee (yes THE Katharine McPhee) will perform It‘s Not Christmas Without You. I mean, how cool? To enter and find out more details, head to Blue Nile's Facebook Page.
For the "Sing It." portion of the contest, eleven winners of the weekly contest will have their own love story put to music crafted by Green River Ordinance. They will then be serenaded with their personalized song and given a recorded version to share with friends and family. Your own personal love story that incorporates elements from your own experiences. Ummm, hello coolness.
So, in the spirit of engagement fun, we thought that we would add to the celebration by offering up all of you bride and grooms-to-be, some tips for crafting the perfect proposal.
1. Make it personal. Yes, the over-the-top, no-holds bar proposals are great...but it's the personal touches that really make it memorable. Her favorite flower, the place you first laid eyes on her, a dessert she obsesses over. Those sorts of things.
2. Remember her unique personality when crafting the perfect proposal. If she is a private person, make it personal and intimate. If she loves a great party, invite friends and family to help celebrate.
3. Choose a ring that she will love forever. You can even download the Blue Nile app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to comparison shop in real time for the very best diamonds at the very best price. Blue Nile also lets you customize each piece so that you can craft a ring that suits her own unique style. Oh and they ship priority overnight with a 30 day return policy. Kind of like the best little set-up ever.
TO ENTER: To register for BOTH the Ring It and the Sing It portions of this INSANELY awesome contest, head over to the Blue Nile Facebook Page. All Ring It entries must be received by November 15th, 2010. Sing It entries must be received by Sunday of each competition week. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judjest including Katharine McPhee, Josh Jenkins from Green Riber Ordinance, Sharon Feder Hirsch from Mashable, myself and representatives from Blue Nile.