Proposing to your girlfriend is more than just taking care of the business of asking her to marry you; for her, it is a moment she will remember for the rest of her life. Romance and sincerity are the key to getting the answer you want. If you impress her with your thoughtfulness in making this day memorable, you are sure to get a "yes." Whether you spend thousands on the moment, or 10 dollars on candles, expressing your love is essential to winning her hand.
Keep it sweet and simple. You don't have to spend much money to make a romantic proposal and knowing what your future bride loves the most (besides you of course), is the way to score points. Cook her favorite meal and fill the house with flickering candles for when she comes home from work. Take her camping and propose over a campfire next to a calm lake. Bring her to the place you first met and plan a romantic picnic. Relive your first date by watching the same movie, eating at the same restaurant or even going back to that old bowling alley. No matter where you go, at the big moment you should be down on one knee and telling her how much she means to you and why you want to spend the rest of your life with her.
If you have the money and you know she likes grand gestures, impress her with a big event. Rent a hot-air balloon, have a small plane carry your proposal on a banner or rent a billboard that says "Marry Me." Rent out a movie theater and have the proposal pop up on the screen. Take her on a special trip and get down on your knee at the top of the Empire State Building or the summit of Machu Picchu. No matter what big to-do you put on, people are generally willing to help you put it together if the price is right.
Build Up the Suspense
Build up to the big moment during the week leading up to Valentine's Day. Begin the week with a love note in her lunch bag or coat pocket. The next day, frame a photo of the two of you in a heart-shaped picture frame and place it next to her bed. On day three, e-mail her a classic love letter at her job; on day four, upload a romantic playlist to her MP3 player. Show you care on day five with a special foot and back massage. Pop the question on day six--Valentine's Day--over a home-cooked meal. Wrap up the week by hosting a surprise party for friends and family to celebrate your engagement.