Meet the Irish couple who want to organise your perfect proposal
A newlywed couple are determined to change the proposal game in Ireland.
It's no secret that weddings are big business, but Jason and Niamh Weldon (both 30) are keen to make the experience as special as possible from the very start.
The pair, who wed last August, have launched a new engagement planner service after Jason said he had "ideas beyond my reach" when it came to popping the question to his girlfriend of eight years.
On Valentine's Day 2015, Jason got down on bended knee at Jamie's Italian in Dundrum and while he was thrilled to have organised a photographer to capture the surprise (pictured above), he said he was overwhelmed by all that was required for the proposal to show how much he meant to him.
"You have all these plans for hot air balloons or a horse and carriage but you simply don’t have the time for it," he told independent.ie
"It was important for me to show the love of my life how much she means to me, so I wanted to have it all organised and for it to be a surprise to her.
"I managed to do this but I also found that we lead a busy life and we spend most of our free time together. So making calls and sending e-mails were all difficult when trying to organise so much."
They set up YourEngagementPlanner.ie as a passion project as both still work full-time in their respective careers - Jason in commercial finance and Niamh owns a home bakery.
Prices for the planning vary from client to client based on “"heir individual needs and budgets", but said there are the "bog standard" packages available with the option of enhancing experiences that will require more time and money.
Examples of more elaborate proposals would include the aforementioned hot-air balloons or catering for ex-pats coming from America looking to source an idyllic proposal.
“The service is fully dependent on the peron’s budget and the plans they want,” he said.
One example of a simple proposal suggested by the couple is on the Ha’Penny Bridge after a "romantic night out when the stars out in a stunning location".
Howth Head would also be suitable with a "stroll and some ice-cream before proposing at the end of the pier."
The service will be full available around the country.