What are the four words women all over the world long to hear: Will you marry me? But the real question is: HOW to ask the question.
Guys have been experimenting with marriage proposals for ages, and have come up with all kinds of proposal ideas, from ordinary to romantic to downright over the top. Here are some of the most public, i.e. super fun, marriage proposals I’ve heard of…
Chicken Little ProposalThis one reminds me of that children’s story where Chicken Little insists that the sky is falling.
Amanda (names have been changed) was at home one day when her boyfriend, Jared, called to tell her a plane with a banner behind it had flown overhead several times.
He couldn’t see it from where he was, but could she look out and see what it said?
Of course, it said, “Marry me Amanda.” Yes, I guess people really do that kind of thing.
Who knew? But this is a good example of when to make sure you really know your girlfriend before springing this on her. Some girls will love the entire neighborhood (heck, half the city) knowing you’ve proposed to them. Other girls, not so much.
Candid Camera Proposal
Sometimes public marriage proposals can really put your significant other on the spot, but none more so than this young man’s proposal. Without telling her anything about his plans for the night, Matt gave Sarah money that afternoon and told her to go get her hair and nails done. When she came home and dressed, they went to dinner at an expensive restaurant. By this time, she was really wondering what was going on, but he didn’t say anything about it during dinner.
After dinner, they went to a nearby park. It was summertime so it was still light, and Sarah could see that there was some other activity in the park. A photographer was nearby taking someone’s picture, and someone had left some stuff on a bench. To her surprise, Matt walked over to the bench, pulled a bouquet of roses out of its wrappings, and handed it to her! Then he went down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The photographer came over and started taking pictures of them — it turned out he was there for Matt and Sarah, and was only pretending to take pictures of someone else.
Again, this is an example of a proposal where you want to really be sure you know your significant other well. Some people find it upsetting to suddenly have a camera in their faces, and it may take the emphasis off the proposal. If you know your girl won’t mind, though, this is a great idea.
Law Abiding Citizen
One night when Andrew and Maria were on their way to dinner, they were pulled over by the police. The cops made both of them get out of the car, and while Maria watched nervously, a cop frisked Andrew. Suddenly he pulled something small and bulky out of Andrew’s pocked, and asked, “What is this?”
“It’s an engagement ring, sir. I was going to propose to my girlfriend tonight,” Andrew said.
To Maria’s utter surprise, the cop turned to her and said, “Do you want to marry this man, young lady?”
Flustered, she said, “Yes, I do.” The cops started laughing and slapping Andrew on the back, offering their congratulations, and Maria realized it was all planned. Andrew’s dad had friends in the police force who had agreed to help him out.
This kind of approach obviously takes a lot of planning, and can backfire in front of everyone if she’s not as committed as you think she is. But if you’re sure she’ll say yes, and you can pull it off, you will create a proposal that the whole family — both sides — will be talking about for a long time to come!
Public Proposal Tips
No matter how you decide to propose, the important thing is that it is well planned out. Think of all the small details, make your proposal unique to her, and don’t forget the ring! Below are just a few more examples of public proposal ideas:
- Have someone else deliver your message for you: Remember all those Old Spice videos? Check out this one, where the Old Spice man pops the question.
- Ask her to marry you….online! Is your girlfriend an avid Facebook-er? Ask her to marry you in front of all her close friends by doing it on her Facebook page. Of course, try to do it in an interesting way, maybe with a video or through pictures.
- Restaurant proposal? Albeit a bit overused, this public proposal idea can score you some major points if you make it unique enough. Take her to your first date spot, reminisce about your first date, and then pop the question.
- Plan a party, and as the finale: ask your special gal to marry you.
- Plan a trip, to a place neither of you have been. Call ahead to plan out the details of your public engagement.
- Surprise her at work, and propose in front of all her co-workers. This might seem embarrassing, but if you do it in a suave way she’ll surely enjoy it!
It doesn’t have to be public or over-the-top, but as long as it takes her breath away and puts a smile on her face, your proposal was a success. Your next worry? Planning a smart wedding!
Vera Mosley might as well be a professional maid of honor. Having been in over 15 weddings, she is pretty much an expert on weddings, proposals, and even helping pick out engagement ring settings.
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