Groom's Guide

Four Seasons Langkawi

You already treat your ‘better half’ like a princess, now is the time for her to experience the royal treatment at The Four Seasons Langkawi.

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Peter Pan Proposal

A Dutch actor brought a fairytale to life with a ballsy onstage proposal...

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VIDEO: Times Square Proposal

An Aussie and a Kiwi manage to cause a scene in the middle of New York's most hectic neighbourhood...

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No Rush

Some couples are in no hurry to get down the aisle, with years—even decades—passing between "will you?" and "I do"...

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Mega Diamonds

Popping the question usually means coming up with an expensive, shiny rock. Just be grateful that these stones are really rare...

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The Art of Surprise

Because who expects a proposal in the fruit and veg section?

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Planning the proposal

Strap on your thinking hat and conjure up a moment that will sweep her off her feet…

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ASK AN EXPERT: Buying rings online

We get everything else online these days, why not an engagement ring?

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Grand gestures or simple pleasures

Should a proposal be a big statement or a subtle expression of love?

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HE SAYS: I Do-Tube

Sure, your proposal/wedding/first dance was great. But, do we all have to know about it?

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VIDEO: Epic proposal

Hats off to any man (and his friends and family) who manages to pull something like this off…

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VIDEO: Angry Birds Proposal

The Aussie who went viral after combining his love for a woman with his love of gaming tells his story to Essential Groom...

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5 ways to propose

Popping the question is difficult enough—then there's the pressure of making it unique and unforgettable...

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Ring ker-ching

Deciding the aesthetic—and price tag—of an engagement ring:

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Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

Looking for a quick escape from wedding planning? An idyllic spot to propose? Or a private and secluded wedding?

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Buying a diamond

Get the lowdown on how to procure a quality diamond...

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Ring, ring: how to choose

The tradition of a man procuring a ring—THE ring—for his intended started in the 17th Century as a test of the man’s suitability for marriage.

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Put a ring on it… or not

In an ideal world, a man proposes to his dream woman with her dream ring. Yet the mind of a woman is not easily read...

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A Decent Proposal

The tail end of a proposal is the easy bit—but what happens before “will you marry me?”. Those moments will be retold, in detail, a kazillion times in the days, weeks even years to follow.

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Diamonds for dummies

Like a woman, a good diamond is both beautiful and complex. Choosing one is no simple task.

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VIDEO: In other news…

A news anchor inadvertantly announces her own surprise proposal...

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Virtual diamonds

Far away from pushy salesmen, the internet is a virtual gem store…

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Call In The Pros

What do women think about men using a professional planner before going down on one knee?

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A diamond is forever

The allure and mystique behind the billion-year-old jewel…

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A Professional Proposal

Calling in the professionals is not just for the wedding—meet the proposal planners…

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Cutting Loose

Why men are ditching the engagement ring and proposing with just the diamond…

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The faux-gagement ring

Since she’s expected to wear it for the rest of her life, choosing the engagement ring can be tricky…

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Flashmobs: romantic or ridiculous?

Have elaborately choreographed proposals and weddings had their day?

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WIN: A Bespoke Romance Package

Rock her world with a diamond as part of Essential Groom’s $9,000 giveaway…

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When to pop the question

A proposal is more than just finding the right ring—it’s about knowing when the time is right…

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What a gem

Diamonds aren’t necessarily every girl’s best friend. A look at the forgotten gemstones…

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Take cover: Insuring the rings

Giving a woman a diamond ring will bring her to tears—likewise if it gets lost or stolen …

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When she says ‘no’

Not every marriage proposal ends well. What next?

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Curtis cooks up a wedding

Aussie master chef to marry former Beverly Hills 90210 star…

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Obama’s smooth moves

America’s first couple reveal details of their first date…

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Diamond shapes

In gem speak, a baguette is not a bread stick and a marquise isn’t that tent where the reception is...

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Extreme proposals

Proposals are often memorable—some because they’re just totally out there…

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VIDEO: Blockbuster proposal

One woman’s trip to the cinema doesn’t go quite as she expected…

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VIDEO: Lego love

One love-struck lad enlisted a stop motion video and a lego man to pop the question…

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February 29

It comes along once in a leap year—the date when ladies are permitted to drop on bended knee.

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VIDEO: The big ‘no’

Camera's on. Check. Knee is bent. Check. Diamond ring. Check. She said what...?

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VIDEO: Love on the box

Elaborate, attention-grabbing proposals are all the rage—what better way to do it than on network television?

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Care to see a ring menu?

With Valentine’s Day sparking mass outpourings of romance, one restaurant is preparing for spontaneous types…

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VIDEO: All of the lights

Here's how to propose with some serious planning and a well-connected mate…

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VIDEO: I choo-choo choose you

Adam King bypassed posh restaurants and sunset beaches to pop the question on a peak hour train… flash mob style.

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Ask an expert: Proposing abroad

A reader asks: what's the best way to go about popping the question overseas?

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Love ahoy

An Aussie sailor hits the deck on bended knee...

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Jonah’s

A long-standing favourite bringing a slice of the Amalfi Coast to Sydney's northern beaches.

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The ring thing

A new survey puts the spotlight on the proposal.

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New Cartier Flagship

Cartier's revamped flagship boutique features a dedicated bridal salon for the discerning groom-to-be to customise an engagement ring.

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Lizard Island

Set on Queensland's spectacular Great Barrier Reef, getaways don't get much more romantic than this.

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