Archives for California Marriage Proposals

Rooftop Proposal with Marry Me Sign in San Francisco (video)

Christian and Rhia’s rooftop proposal in San Francisco was a huge favorite with our TYG followers, and we’re so excited to be posting the video.  Warning: Grab some tissues! Everything from the gorgeous city backdrop to the personalize bar menu was perfect!

Proposal planning: The Yes Girls

Florist: SF Bay Blooms

Videography: Joseph Alan Productions

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Digging into The Yes Girls | Ups and Downs of Business

Pinch me! The Yes Girls is almost 10 years old!

Seriously, I was pinching myself as I answered your questions. Thousands of “yeses!” and a few gray hairs later, I am so thankful to be a part of such iconic moments in our couples’ lives. I was a 22 years old female, launching a business that primarily revolved around working with men. Was it challenging? Of course! Sometimes I wasn’t taken seriously. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I get to see men in a rare form, in a more vulnerable and endearing light. Our clients are head over heels for their soon to be fiancees, yet aren’t confident in how to bring her dream proposal to life, and we get to be there for them as they navigate new territory.

So I’ll dive right into your questions.

 

1.What was the inspiration for starting your business?

I started The Yes Girls in 2008 because there was a lack of resources for gentlemen looking to propose in creative, personalized, and thoughtful ways.  The Yes Girls  is the first marriage proposal planning company. During my event planning internships I always loved asking couples about their proposal stories and I started to see a trend where the guys were so unsure on how to do it they ended up just bringing the ring out during a car ride or randomly at dinner. I realized that guys could definitely use a female’s perspective.

The company really is inspired by our clients and their unique love stories as they embark on a new chapter. After planning thousands of custom proposals our team launched Box Sock – the pocket sock that hides your engagement ring box in order to solve the issue of “where should I hide my ring box so she won’t notice it?” A bulky box in their pocket was a dead giveaway, and that’s where Box Sock came from- a creative and safe place to hide our thin ring box in a pocket sock.

 

2. Describe the very moment when you decided to launch your business. (e.g. Did you have a moment of epiphany during a particular conversation? After a big life event?)

I had just graduated college with a dream to work in the wedding industry. I had taken any internship and job I could since high school to learn about weddings and events. That said, it was May of 2008 and the job market was ROUGH! No one was hiring, especially in the event planning industry. My dad is an entrepreneur himself, and after going for a walk where I was frustrated because I wasn’t having any luck getting hired, he simply asked, “why don’t you start your own company?” That was the moment. Starting my own company was always my goal and that transpired into marriage proposal planning verses wedding planning. It was a bit of a risk and a leap of faith since no one was doing proposal planning. I got many awkward head nods (still do at times) but the excitement to pioneer uncharted waters trumped the fear of failure.

 

3. How do you have a work life and mom life balance? 

HA! I won’t pretend to have this dialed in. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old (two very adorable and active boys) and some days I am in total survival mode living off caffeine. Thankfully I heard early on that this idea of  “perfect balance ” really doesn’t exist. I was intrigued because I totally felt like I was failing at “balancing” marriage, being a mom, and helping my team thrive as individuals and as a company. Instead I learned it was all about prioritizing. I had to learn to say no to some things and also delegate certain aspects of the business (especially the parts I didn’t enjoy or wasn’t honestly great at) in order to prioritize what is truly important (my family and our vision for The Yes Girls).

 

4. What have been some of your greatest challenges and accomplishments since starting your own business?

It was a challenge to create a company that was new. Not only was a young entrepreneur learning how to start a company but I was creating one in an industry that didn’t exist which meant a lot of the advertising and networking involved was just letting people know this resource was an option.  We’ve planned thousands of custom proposals to date but one of my most memorable accomplishments was my very first proposal. I launched my website and a week later I booked my first proposal and I will never forget that moment – I was completely terrified and pumped!  After my client’s girlfriend said “yes!” in a gorgeous winery in Napa Valley, I was totally hooked.

For 8 years, The Yes Girls were strictly service based. Launching our first product was also a new challenge and accomplishment for sure. Any time I package up a Just Engaged Gift Box or a Box Sock I am giddy because I get to see something we created, help others in an iconic moment and/or period of their life.

 

5. What was the first year like? 

My first year was trying. I would have days of encouragement when those proposal moments came to fruition but I was working tirelessly (with a side job) and was charging what seemed to be pennies on the hour to essentially just make enough to put money back into the business and build a portfolio. It was hard to see the big picture at times.

 

6. What do you love most about The Yes Girls? 

It goes without saying, I love to see thoughtful and personalized events come to life, but I also love my team. I love working with a group of women that inspire one another, work alongside each other and challenge each other to be their best selves. It’s easy to turn on TV to see a group of catty women putting each other down, or to scroll through social media and not feel like we are “keeping up”. Let’s be real, the world doesn’t need more females criticizing each other. How refreshing it is to have a female team that thrives and bands together even during hardships and challenges. My team is crazy talented and I want them to know it.  I say “YES!” to more of that!

 

7. What keeps you going or inspires you? 

I find inspiration in different life stages. Since becoming a mom, my little boys inspire me. I think it goes without saying you want to be someone your kiddos (and husband) are proud of but I am also inspired to raise kind, loving, brave, and thoughtful gentlemen after working with our clients. Some clients were this definition. Others were far from it (I’m just being real).

I’m also inspired by other boss babes! I love listening to or reading from ladies like Jenna Kutcher and Jen Hatmaker. I have a “Praise Folder” that I skim through on the down days (which was a tip from Jenna!).

I’m inspired by Jesus; to me He is the epitome of love and a place for everyone to belong, and love is what The Yes Girls is founded in.

 

8. How do you deal with the haters or negative feedback?

I sleep on it. The best way for me to respond kindly and effectively verses emotionally was to step away; I sleep on it to see the big picture. It took a few emotional beatings (at least that’s how it felt!) to realize when dealing with clients, vendors, and people in general, when someone spouts off a rude response, it’s usually a reflection of their own underlying insecurity, stress, or inner battle. That helps give me perspective. After years of managing various conflicts or dealing with “haters”, I choose not to hop aboard the crazy, emotional rollercoaster ride. Being negative back just keeps us going in circles. I prefer to stay on the platform where kindness live.  I’m far from perfect but I’ll never regret being kind.

 

9. How do you deal with people trying to copy your business?

They say its the sincerest form of flattery, right? :) I’ll be honest, there have been times it’s been pretty frustrating; I saw new proposal planners start their business and legitimately copy our Marriage Proposal Packages content word for word.  We once created a personalized Breakfast At Tiffany’s proposal and a month later I did a double take when another proposal planner had duplicated that EXACT same proposal (down to the number of Tiffany’s boxes use). Was this annoying? Of course. However, we are suppose to be in a creative business so I found it more odd they couldn’t come up with something fresh and thoughtful for that couple on their own. (wink wink)

 

10. What’s your biggest advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

In my personal opinion, if you don’t believe in what you are doing and that it will help others then it’s going to be a draining venture. I was passionate about launching proposal planning and I truly believe passion is the heart of any inspiring business.

 

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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What Goes Into Planning a Proposal?

Proposal planning is a unique job, and while we’ve been around for almost 10 years (WOW!) the process is still uncharted territory to many men.   We answer many questions on a daily basis, but questions we receive most are: “Why does planning a proposal cost so much?” …and our favorite… “Why am I paying for 20+ hours of planning? I think I could do this myself in an hour or two.”

What many people don’t realize is that planning a proposal is very similar to planning a wedding- the difference is that when you’re planning a proposal, typically you don’t have a year or more to plan.  In fact, the majority of the men that reach out to us want to propose within three weeks or less.  That’s 15 business days of creating custom proposal ideas, finding the perfect venue, tracking down available photographers and videographers that we know will have consistent work, creating floral ideas and hiring the perfect florist to help us pull it off, hiring artists to create custom décor, creating a timeline and floor plan to ensure that things run smoothly on the day of, and more.   And if you still aren’t convinced, read below for a breakdown of each component we have to get PERFECT to pull off a seamless proposal.

pink rose petals aisle

Custom Ideas

Most of our clients come to us with no clue where to begin for their proposal.  Upon purchasing package #1, our creative team creates two unique, completely customized proposal ideas.  We never use the same ideas twice, and refuse to create “insert-girl-here” proposals (cookie cutter proposals that could be set up for anyone).  Instead, we find the perfect balance between creative, romantic and wow-factor for our design, and make sure to include precious details from your relationship so that your love shines through from the moment she walks into the space.

San Francisco marquee sign proposal

Venue

Finding the perfect venue for a proposal can be tricky.  There are many factors that go into a proposal that need to be considered.  Something we face most often is budget.   For example: If a client has his heart set on a rooftop in New York, but his budget won’t support this type of rental, we will be determined to find an outdoor balcony with an amazing view to give the same romantic feel as a rooftop.  Typically, venues will require a contract and venue rental fees or permit.  We handle all of this, all while having your best interest in mind.

beach picnic on lawn

Vendors

This is the most time-consuming part of the planning process. We pride ourselves on finding the perfect vendors to help us pull off any given proposal, such as photographers, videographers, florists, rentals, musicians, entertainers, etc.  After we find the perfect team, we then have to sign contracts for each vendor, make partial and full payments towards their fees, coordinate their arrival times and ensure they know exactly what they are contributing to the proposal.

Laguna Beach Floral Tee Pee Proposal

Custom Décor

Without custom décor, the amazing custom proposal that completely embodies your relationship would simply be another cookie cutter proposal.  We design many pieces in-house with our team of artists, but also work with other companies to get large, unique pieces that are going to add the wow-factor into your proposal.  For example,  one of our gals loved sunhats (which we could very clearly see from her Instagram) so we ordered a custom sun-hat with “Soon to be Mrs.”  to be a part of the proposal décor. Flower petals are lovely, but THESE are the details that will make her swoon!

down on one knee rustic wooden wall proposal

Floor Plan

Many of our clients don’t truly understand what their proposal will look like until they receive a floor plan.  This is our way of taking the idea in our head, using the props that we have already booked, and creating a layout of exactly what the proposal will look like.  Many clients are amazed at how the props we book can be put together in such a beautiful, romantic way that really makes a statement.  That being said, this is also a good time for adjustments to be made should the client wish to add more items, or have them arranged differently.

The floor plan is also helpful to our vendors to show them our expectations for what the proposal setup will look like. That way on the day-of, everyone is on the same page and ready to create the design that the client is expecting.

monarch beach engagement

Timeline

The timeline may be the most important factor that goes into planning a proposal (and often one that is overlooked when someone decides to plan them self). Can you imagine showing up at your proposal ready to propose, and the florist hasn’t even started setting up yet?  Or how about meeting your girlfriend at the proposal location, only to find out that she’s stuck in traffic and won’t arrive until after dark? We’ve heard it all, so we are sticklers about our timeline and ensuring that all vendors know where to be at what time (and even having them arrive a little earlier than they need to to ensure that everything is perfect when you arrive).   Having a timeline also helps to ensure that we are renting the venue only for the amount of time needed, rather than spending extra for any hours that you may not need.

tea pot engagement San Francisco

After-thoughts

When it’s all said and done, our keen sense for detail is what sets us apart from our competitors.  We consider the “after-thoughts” during the planning process to keep things from going awry on the day-of.  Things like where outlets are located or if a generator will be needed, what the weather forecast is (and what the rain plan will be should the weather act up), where the photographer will hide and still get the best angle, if the couple wants tea- where they will get the hot water, and more are all important to consider when planning a proposal because they could change the entire day.

poker theme proposal

Coordination

Since our proposals take place all across the U.S. and Canada, our coordination skills are key to pulling off any proposal.  Our offices are located in several states throughout the country, however for the proposals that we are not able to attend, we rely on our day-of coordinators to take the ideas and work that we have done throughout the planning process and bring them to life. Our proposal planners are on-call the entire day of the proposal (even weekends) to answer any questions, confirm that the vendors arrive on time and are where they are supposed to be, verify that the set up matches the floor plan we created, solve any problems that make arise, and to make sure that all you have to do is walk into the space, get down on one knee, and pop the question.

dallas summer proposal

After the Proposal

Our job isn’t done once she says, “YES!”  We then have to confirm that the venue is cleaned up and left the way that is was when we arrived (to keep you from paying any extra fees).   For some destination clients, we pack up their décor and ship it to their home so that they don’t have to pack it in their suitcase.  Then, we follow up with the photographer and videographer for the next few days/weeks to ensure that you receive your memories within a reasonable amount of time.

Want to create her dream marriage proposal? We have the perfect way. Contact The Yes Girls to get started on your personalized marriage proposal, wedding plan, vow renewal, anniversary or date night today! We're so excited to work with you!

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Movie Theme Proposal in Dallas by The Yes Girls

custom movie posters proposal

Last week we posted an adorable proposal video from this White Rock Lake Proposal in Dallas! Well this week we are featuring Manuel’s and Megan’s proposal pictures :)

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Photos by Abbie Mae Photography
Engagement Ring by Diamonds Direct

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Movie Theme Proposal in Dallas Texas by The Yes Girls Events

Manny knew he wanted to marry Megan one day after a movie date. So for his proposal we had custom movie posters created that display special moments in their relationship! We added in Megan’s favorite flowers in vintage Pepsi bottles and a custom monogram wooden bench for them to grow old together on :) This adorable proposal video is below, and check back next week for the proposal pictures!!

 

Video by Rachel Heacox Films

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