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Message in a Bottle Marriage Proposal

by JimJ
(C'bus, OH)

message in a bottle marriage proposal

My girlfriend loves pirates so....
I plan on having a nautical map of OBX made and have navigation notes written randomly on it ... However one of the notes will be the proposal.

This "map" will be rolled up and put into a leather covered rum bottle (I know not authentic, but awesome). The plan is that we will take a walk on the beach and stumble across this bottle (a photographer friend will have placed it in the sand and be hiding to photograph the moment).

Currently my dilemma is the wording of the proposal....

Any pirate poets wanna take a crack at it?

Pirate theme marriage proposal on the beach
Terrific Photos & Amazing Help from Sally Siko of
Silvercord Event Photography.

Comments From The EE Team:

We can think of nothing more romantic than a swashbuckling pirate bending down on his one good knee, raising his eye patch and asking his fair maiden to wed!

UPDATE: She said Yes! And we have the pictures to prove it!

We are totally into this idea – we have written (what we think) is a terrific pirate marriage proposal poem for you.

By the way if you need a "message in a bottle" for your proposal made for you...we know a terrific company that does just that.

We looove the outer banks! North Carolina is such a beautiful part of North America. Very smart of you to have a photographer standing by – this is one moment you have to get on film. We suggest a video photographer too if it’s possible.

If you love getting into character, you can have a pirate shirt on under your jacket. The long sleeves and ruffled front will be hidden until you are ready to propose.

As you walk along the beach, towards your rum bottle, it would be fun to bring up an element of a pirate movie she loves. If she loves Pirates of the Caribbean, you might recall some of the highlights, and throw in a couple of “Jack Sparrow"-isms.

Look out to the sea and remind her that not very long ago, pirates actually sailed right off this very coast. Don’t worry – you assure her, you will protect her.

This is such an original, fun idea, and so romantic – she is going to be very touched that you took her interests into consideration when you organized your proposal.

We have a few more suggestions....After you propose, we want the evening to continue. Once your proposal has been caught on film, head back to the car and drive to her favorite restaurant. If you can, pre-arrange a dinner like this:

Go to the restaurant and talk to the manager. Tell him that you want to set up a romantic dinner in advance, and take care of everything now. Most places will really get into this.

Ask for his most romantic table, and if you like it, reserve that for the night of the proposal. (This works best if the night is very soon.)

Plan the menu – start with her favorite beverage, and an appetizer. Choose the entrees, and desserts that you think she will like best.
Give them your credit card or some cash, and tell them not to bring a bill, you will get the receipt later. Organize a 20% tip in advance (that does wonders for service).

On the day of the dinner, drop a bouquet of her favorite flowers off at the restaurant, to be placed on your table in advance of your reservation.

After your proposal, drive to the restaurant. You park, walk in, and silently the host leads you to a table. She might look at you, quizzically. Your flowers are on the table, she might not notice right away that no other table has such a beautiful bouquet.

Your drinks arrive, without you ordering, as does your appetizer, and everything else. She will soon catch on that you have organized the whole dinner. Her hero!

What do you think of the plan? Feel free to ask us questions, or even request a whole new idea – we are here for you.

This is already a very exciting time for you and your girlfriend – with your imagination and sense of adventure we are sure you will have a fantastic life together.

Here's our pirate's poem proposal:

Ahoy, ye matey – and avast these tidings:

I used to sail the world, singing, “The pirate’s life for me,"

But all alone, I grew weary of sailing the seven seas.

Quickly I tired of searching for a love that is true.

Until that blessed day I cast my eye upon you.

“Shiver me timbers!" I cried from the deck,

You were drifting alone, on that cursed shipwreck.

We pulled alongside, and as you came aboard,

The other mates swarmed, I had to draw my sword.

“Stay back – you scurvy dogs," I yelled to my men.

And your honor at once I chose to defend.

A fair maiden, at last, whose beauty made me swoon.

Quickly I cashed in my booty – even all my doubloons,

And bought this here bauble to adorn yer soft hand,

And ask that you marry me and move to dry land.

So what be your answer, my lady, my love?

You are my angel, surely sent from above.

Make me the happiest pirate on this earth,

Say yes to me lassie – I pledge forever to prove my worth.

We hope you like it!

Keep us in the loop – and we wish you all the best and a yo ho ho!

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Photos from the message in a bottle proposal
by: Sally Adams Siko

I am the photographer for the "Message in a bottle" engagement session. The photographs are amazing and I am so grateful to have been there to capture Jim's proposal.

If your interested in seeing the photo's for yourself please check out, just look for the post titled "A real engagement shoot on Bear Island N.C."

All best to the engagement experts, your website is really cool!

She said yes
by: JimJ

I thought I should follow up with a little about the proposal, the preparations were quite stressful but the end result was awesome. I had to skip the dinner option due to the ferry schedule to the island we were staying on but other than that it was great.

2 photographers backed out, 1 at the last minute after being paid, however the 3rd was amazing. Sally with Silver Cord Event Photography was extremely helpful. I mailed her the bottle with the proposal in it and she did a great job of hiding and documenting the proposal.

Ahhh the proposal map, yeah that was stressful too, the first person asked to do the project came up with something completely unlike what I was looking for so at the last minute I had to have the map redone.

Everyone thought the poem was amazing, I am really grateful for all the help and suggestions.

Thank you,


It All Starts With One Good Idea
by: The Engagement Experts Team

JimJ- We love pirates so it was easy. You're welcome! Glad we could help out--that's what we're here for.

Jeff- Yes, we wrote the poem --it was "talk like a pirate day" last week so we were well prepped! ;-)

Thank You
by: jimj

Wow and here I thought I had the most amazing plan layed out then I found this page. You are amazing love the poem and the dinner idea ...... Will definitely need an accomplice as we are from Ohio ..... chose OBX specifically bear island as it is a place known to have hidden black beard

Great idea
by: Jeff in Dayton

Did you guys really write that poem for this guy in Ohio? If so, way to go. If I ever need a poem I am writing you.
I like this idea about a pre-arranged diner. I got engaged already, but maybe I will use this idea for an anniversary or a birthday. Cool.

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