01/31/2013 12:09 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2013

Romantic Date or Marriage Proposal Inspiration from The Bachelor

On Monday this week, "Bachelor" Sean gave Leslie every woman's dream date. He recreated some of the shopping scenes from the movie "Pretty Woman." As a Marriage Proposal and Romantic Date Planner, I often get asked to recreate movies as part of a proposal or very special date. Today I am going to tell you how to recreate your partner's favorite movie as a romantic date idea or proposal.

Choose the Movie

The first thing you need to do in order to use a movie reenactment as a date or proposal idea is to choose a movie she loves. The movie you pick should be her all-time favorite. If you aren't sure what that is ask her over dinner one night or ask one of her girlfriends. "The Notebook," "Pretty Woman," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are popular choices.

Choose the Scene

After you choose the movie, the next thing you need to do is choose the scene you will reenact. For "Pretty Woman," there were two top choices; the shopping scene or the final scene where Richard Gere goes up the fire escape to rescue Julia Roberts. Sean chose the shopping scene for his date with Leslie on "The Bachelor." A recent client of mine chose to reenact the rescue scene (pictures below). You should choose either the most romantic scene or the most memorable scene in the movie.

Find the location

Now that you have the scene from the movie picked out, you have to find the location that is going to work to recreate your movie. For our "Pretty Woman" proposal, we picked Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix because of its fire escape. If your girlfriend's favorite movie is "Titanic" you might want to rent out a boat or ship. If you wanted to reenact "The Notebook," you could find a home on the lake.

Get the Right Props

After the location is chosen, you need to make sure you have all of the right props. For Sean, he ensured that Leslie had a rented-out gorgeous necklace which was a huge part of the movie. For you, you may need to have a horse drawn carriage, a dance posse (think "West Side Story") or anything else.

Dress the Part

No matter what the movie is that you choose to recreate, you need to go all out. Dress up as Prince Charming, a dancer, or a knight in shining armor. Whatever it takes, make sure you go all out or it won't be convincing.

Stay in Character

If you want the date or the proposal to be truly amazing, do not break character. If your movie star has an accent, you have an accent. If your movie star bites his nails, you bite your nails. Get it?


If the movie reenactment is for a big event like a proposal or an anniversary date, make sure you document it with photography or videography. If you follow these guidelines it is going to be epic and she will want to share it with everyone. Check out our "Pretty Woman" proposal below and see for yourself!

"Pretty Woman" Proposal

Michele Velazquezis a Romance Expert, who specializes in Romantic Date and Proposal Planning. She owns The Heart Bandits and has been featured in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, and KTLA news. Contact The Heart Bandits to have them plan your romantic date or marriage proposal. For more information about The Heart Bandits,