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Most Romantic Cities to Propose in: Focus on Jaipur

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Jai ho!  Thus far, we have directed our attention primarily on the world’s most romantic European towns as potential places to propose.  It’s now time to grab your passport (and visa) and head halfway around the world to the mystical and breathtaking land of India.  We shall visit Jaipur, “The Pink City,” and investigate all of the heart-stoppingly gorgeous locales, from forts to palaces to garden spectaculars, sure to have your very own Princess Jasmine swooning with amorous delight.

Nahargarh Fort

To truly understand why this was deemed ‘The Pink City,’ you need to check out the epic view of the cityscape from Nahargarh Fort.  Perched high on the Aravalli Hills, there is no other place that lets you fully drink in the luscious pink hues that permeate Jaipur’s sprawling edifices.  The reason why this place is dripping in this light fuchsia color is because in 1853 every building in the city was painted this way to welcome the ruling British Prince of Wales who was stopping in for a visit (guess he was very secure in his masculinity and had quite the penchant for pink?)  Striped and expansive, Nahargarh Fort is colloquially known as “Tiger Fort,” as ‘Nahargarh’ translates to “house of tigers.”  So bring your wildcat of a woman to the roof terrace and gaze out over the vast and pulchritudinous terrain.  You will feel like real royalty as you ask her to reign over this awe-inspiring and ancient kingdom with you forever.

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Amber Fort

This 16th century reconstructed palace hosted the esteemed Amber family for several generations, hence the eponymous title.  It is quite the feast for the eyes, inside and out.  After traversing through the beautifully intimidating threshold, you may find yourself in any number of rooms rooms completely covered in minuscule mirrors.  Take a moment to view the artfully fractured images of yourselves.  Next, weave through the ornately designed hallways until you find a massive room thoroughly ensconced in inlaid jewels.  This is the spot.  Even if the ring you are proposing with has a rather diminutive stone, it will be bolstered by the seemingly never-ending waterfall of brilliant gems surrounding the two of you.

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Elephant Ride

If your special someone has an affinity for large (yet gentle) quadrupeds, you may just want to take advantage of the elephant rides provided at the base of the hill leading up to the Amber Fort.  These majestic, and coincidentally, adorable creatures are painted in a wonderful array of bold colors, and their broad backs may just offer up the idea location for a big-question-popping.  Imagine her delight as you share a post-‘Yes!’ kiss atop a naturally elegant elephant, as it leads you on an actual and simultaneously metaphorical journey upwards (not to mention the sheer selfie-potential this moment has).

*Just as a side note, for those who are justifiably concerned with the welfare of the elephants, these amazing animals are so relatively large that the weight of a pair of humans on them is virtually unfelt.  Also, they love when you give them treats.

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Jal Mahal

Is your future betrothed an aquaphile of sorts?  You may hit the proposal jackpot with the Jal Mahal (“Water Palace”), which appears to defy the laws of physics as it hovers over the surface of the magnificent Man Sagar Lake.  This palace was constructed at the onset of the 19th century, but was made to resemble another lake palace, in Udaipur – so it’s got a lot of history imbued into the architecture.  You currently can not gain entry into the palace, as it is being converted into a luxury hotel, but that is just as well; the most amazing views to be had are when the palace is just in the distance, so you and your sweetie can take in the entire lake vista.  The sun reflecting on the lake’s surface does magical things, so it’s in your hands if you want it to be a sunrise or sunset themed proposal.

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Vidhan Sabha

If there is one thing Jaipur-ians know how to do, it’s put on a spectacular light show.  Meaning, some of the building exteriors are so extravagantly lit up at night that they feel almost other-worldly in their splendor.  The perfect example of this is Vidhan Sabha.  Structured in the typically wondrous fashion of Rajasthan architecture, this opulent legislative complex is aesthetically satisfying inside and out.  However, it’s the lustrous nighttime lighting and ambiance of the facade that really wows.  Bring your soon-to-be yours here for a remarkable proposal, bathed in pink, amber and lavender luminescence.

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Hawa Mahal

Further fueling the pink-ness of this city is the gigantic and extravagant Hawa Mahal palace.  This incredible experiment in architectural magnificence is commonly known as the “Palace of the Winds,” as it was erected to allow the females of the royal family to secretly watch the goings-on of everyday life below.  It was also built to resemble Krishna’s crown, giving the lovely rose structure a pious tinge to it.  Either venture inside with your dear and do the proposal deed as you watch the hoi polloi mingling from afar, or simply from down below, as the two of your bask in all the palace’s coral glory.

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Central Park

Much like the park of the same name nestled in the middle of Manhattan, this garden laden enclosure provides a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the main metropolitan area.  The lush gardens feature numerous Jaipur-specific flower breeds that are as rare as they are delicately formed.  There is also a variety of sculptures and artfully designed structures to get lost amongst, as you find the perfect grass carpeted nook to rest upon with your beloved.  Again, pick the time of day that showcases your snookie and their surroundings in the most flattering light, and then ask away.  You’ll never feel closer to nature, and each other (…especially if an inquisitive and mischievous monkey pops over to say ‘hi’ and inadvertently scares your lover, causing them to clutch you even tighter).

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Smriti Van

If you want to take things to the extreme in terms of an ecological haven, then Smirti Van is the environmentally lush way to go.  Ensconced in naturally occurring wonder, the rolling hills of this vegetation rich forrest provide many cozy locales to snuggle up in with your sweetie.  There are tons of different tree and plant species therein, as well as flocks of exotic birds dancing about in the sky.  There’s even an open air theater that is accessible to the theatrically inclined public.  Overall, this could be a great place to escape to after visiting all the iconic forts and palaces of the otherwise populated and arid city.  Wind your way down a path amongst the sounds and smells of the rich atmospheric greenery and then pause…drop to one knee…and let the magic of Jaipur do the rest.

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-Joe Leone

Before You Say “I Do”…

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8 Must-Ask Questions Prior to Proposal

Most people who are on the cusp of proposing/being proposed to are familiar with the standard questions which you should ask your potential new betrothed. Such inquiries, ubiquitously regarded as mandatory, include “Do you want kids, and how will they be raised?”, “Where do you see yourself in 20+ years?”, “What religion do you practice?” and “What’s your financial status?” There are a few more topics which should be broached as well, just to fully ensure everyone is one the same premarital page. Some of these may be a little awkward to bring up, but you probably want to know if your intended spouse incessantly plays World of Warcraft all night or is a communist, right?

Any children / pets / spongy relatives I don’t know about?

Some people live their lives by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule. If not prompted, they may never disclose the fact that they have a 12 foot long pet Komodo dragon in their attic, a gambling addicted cousin who “needs to crash for a few…months” or are the matriarch/patriarch of a whole other family, replete with 6 offspring, residing in Des Moines that they live with when on “business trips.” Sometimes you just have to ask.

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Any (other) strange relatives I don’t know about?

If you’re at the point of almost agreeing to get hitched, you’ve probably met most of your beloved’s family. This means you’ve encountered the whack jobs (every single clan has them, no need to feel ashamed of your conspiracy-theory-spouting great uncle with the monstrous monobrow). However, there sometimes lurks an abominable creature of such epic proportions that they are never even mentioned until after the nuptials have been legally confirmed and eternal vows have been spoken. At this point, it’s too late to protest when a Bigfoot-hunting hillbilly cousin shows up at your wedding reception, with a poorly wrapped, “fresh” roadkill raccoon as a present.

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I know what’s currently in your bank account…but what/who do you owe??

Look, there’s nothing wrong with being financially destitute, as long as they are totally honest about it. Even if your soon to be fiance-ed partner has shown you that they have zero available funds, there may also be a sizable debt chimera churlishly pursuing their every move. You need to explicitly ask and find out how much they owe, and to whom. If it’s 18 grand in student loans, that is something you can both work at mitigating. If it’s 100+ k to “Louie the Finger,” you may want to think twice before you walk down the aisle with this potential “hit” target.

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Have any of your exes “boiled bunnies?”

Of course it’s only natural that your honey boo has had some previous relationships (if they haven’t, and you aren’t still in high school, this may be yet another crimson flag). Even if you do not desire to dig deep into their love life past, you should gently inquire if there are any grudge holding, spell casting, stalkerific exes waiting in the bushes for you. This is not necessarily a deal breaker, you just should be prepared (with mace, a machete or judo chops).

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Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the _____ party?

Sure, you and your cuddle muffin are most likely in agreement about important political and social issues …but were they once an active participant in a violent coup, fervently sporting an anti-aircraft rifle? Yes, people can change, but if your relationship has progressed from mere dalliances to the hope of an entire life spent together, it can be vital to know of any lingering affiliations with incendiary organizations or conflicting ideologies they may be harboring. There is no circumstance where it won’t behoove you to know if they used to conduct naked rituals in moonlit forests, offering up sacrifices to various lunar deities. Nothing divides a family like differences in faith or politics…and sometimes tornados, of course.

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Who’s gonna do what?

In the America of today, both parties in a relationship often have jobs/careers that they are quite vested in. What this leads to is not a whole lot of free time to allocate for chores/home maintenance. Well, so what? The deal is that you need to figure out who is going to be responsible for what in advance, otherwise you may find yourself in a month long game of chicken with your lover over who’s taking out the recyclables. If neither of you like to cook, but both savor delicious homemade tagliatelle bolognese for dinner and western omelets at dawn, you either need to hire a live-in chef, work out a compromise or go your insatiable, separate ways.

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Kids: when, how, where, why…what’s the deal?

The super blatantly obvious topic of kids really need not be addressed here, as you clearly will have spoken to your partner about this already…or have you? You can’t be apprehensive about asking your beau if they a) want kids at all, b) want to raise them in a particular fashion (say, for instance, solely speaking French), c) how many of the little nuggets do you want scuttling about, d) when do you want them disrupting/enriching your lives, and e) who’s taking time off to initially rear the little adorable runts? Get all this out of the way (along with any other …eccentric requests regarding your offspring) and you’ll be all set and can avoid the morass of opposing child upbringing doctrines. Then you just have to deal with actually feeding, clothing and iPhoning them…

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Who’s in charge of planning out the perennially-pressure-packed-to-be-perfect wedding day?

The rules of wedding planning have changed a fair amount over the last decade or so. What was once a “bride-to-be” specific activity is now open territory, as giddy grooms want in on the action. Lest we forget, possible interloping parents in the equation. There’s a solid chance there are going to be a lot of (often imperious) personalities and opinions flying around. Have an open talk about where you want this blessed day to take place, who is invited, how much ground you’re actually going to let your parents cover and who exactly is paying for this thing (which on average costs around 30k in these glorious United States we live in). Better to have this convo now, than later when one of you excitedly suggests a destination wedding at a remote chateau, yet your partner has their heart set on the Elks Lodge in town.

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Hopefully everyone will be able to tackle any and all unresolved issues before sparkly diamond cynosures are slipped on ring fingers. If things simply can not be worked out, and you happen to be stuck with a diamond ring (or, they are temporarily worked out, and only later are you stuck with the dang thing), there is at least a place you can sell it off for a sizable amount. Diamond Lighthouse takes in all diamonds (1 carat and higher), and helps you recover lost funds.  We do not buy diamonds, rather we aid you in selling yours to a vetted network of professional buyers.  We take a commission from the sale (10% on those 1 carat and larger stones), so we naturally want to get you the highest amount possible.

Getting cash back for unneeded diamond jewelry of any nature is always a step in the right direction. Then you will be even better prepared to get out there and find the right person for you: someone who doesn’t have insane relatives or allegiances to despotic rulers or evil entities.

Happy engaging!

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-Joe Leone