Happy National Proposal Day! And if my Facebook feed is any indication, I'm not surprised. Each engagement story is unique, from the location to the ring to the level of creativity, but when is a proposal too little or too much of a good thing? Well, let's look to Hollywood for answers, because if anyone knows how to do a proposal, then it's the masterminds behind romantic comedies, right? Or no? I'll let you decide. I've rounded up 10 proposal ideas from flicks funny, sweet, and sentimental, so tell me: are these down-on-one-knee moments worthy of the real world, or just the "reel" world?
This weekend The Five-Year Engagement hits theaters, and you don't have to be engaged to relate to the relationship ups and downs Tom and Violet (played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) go through over the course of the film as they struggle to make it to the altar. But if you are taking part in this wedding season either as one half of a betrothed couple, as a bridesmaid, or as a family member to a bride-to-be, there are some tips to glean from the rom-com. Check out these proposal and engagement dos and don'ts from The Five-Year Engagement now! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
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When it comes to planning a wedding these days, there are an endless number of resources for getting advice and inspiration. But sometimes the best tips and tricks come not from the experts, but from the brides who've been there. Over here at our very women-friendly Sugar HQ offices, we've got a whole lot of recent brides and current brides-to-be to help with everything from etiquette questions to first-dance songs. After all, they know from experience how tricky it can be to plan a big day. So we're kicking off a new Sugar Bride Guide series featuring an inside look at the weddings of our own Sugar editors. First up, feel the love with their romantic proposal stories! And share yours in the comments!
With Wedding season kicking off this month, we're caught up in the season of love. These days, to make a serious statement of your heart's intentions it's all about adding some geeky personality for an unforgettable proposal. We've seen dozens of these proposals memorialized on the web to send our hearts aflutter. The latest: the below video combines binary coding aptitude and Futurama fanaticism. Yes, that is a proposal spoken exclusively in binary.
Follow the break to watch our favorite geek-tinted proposals.
Spring is here, which means ready or not, here comes wedding season! Whether you're collecting invites from your friends tying the knot or prepping for your own big day, the next few months will be full of I dos. And we're already seeing a fresh crop of celebrity engagements with the season of love on our heels. Alec Baldwin and Seann William Scott have just announced their prospective engagements, and rumors have been swirling that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged. We have to say we're suckers for the sweet stories and tidbits from newly engaged couples (along with the glimpse at the bling!), and the best part may be hearing how the fella, or lady, popped the question. We've rounded up some of the cutest and funniest proposal stories from the famous guys who did the proposing and lived to tell the tale. Check 'em out now!
Happy Leap Day! If you watched that Amy Adams movie a couple of years ago, you know that according to tradition, on Feb. 29 a woman can propose to a man. But this practice dates back before romantic comedies. According to legend, in the 5th century, Ireland's St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for a proposal. St. Patrick apparently decided he could compromise and let women propose on Leap Day. After all, it only comes around every four years.
Another story attributes the practice to Queen Margaret of Scotland in 1288, who is said to have imposed fines for men who turned down a woman's proposal. Note that Queen Margaret would have been 5 and living in Norway at the time. The fine ranged from a kiss to a silk gown. In Denmark, the longstanding tradition states that a man must give a woman 12 gloves if he refuses marriage on Leap Day, and in Finland the fine is a fabric for a skirt.
Whether St. Patrick or Queen Margaret actually granted women permission to propose, it didn't become popular until the 19th century. Obviously this tradition seems quaint if not sexist, since a woman shouldn't be obligated to wait passively for a proposal, except on one day every four years. Still, I'm curious: regardless of the day, would you propose to your guy?
My boyfriend and I have been dating for three and a half years. We are both in our late 20s. I recently found out that he bought an engagement ring to give to me (he had it custom designed by a jeweler who is a close friend of the family), and I am so beyond excited. I love him to death and I am so happy that he is ready to take this step with me. The problem is now I am expecting him to propose, and every time we go to our favorite restaurant or some romantic place, when he doesn't propose I am left very disappointed.
I don't know how to stop feeling this way. I cannot trick myself into forgetting about it and I just keep getting upset, even though I don't want to. I know I should just wait, but what if it takes him a few months to get up the courage? I know plenty of guys who have had the ring a long while before proposing . . . He's not going to EVER propose if I keep getting upset every time he takes me on a nice date! Should I just tell him that I know? I feel like that would upset him and take a lot of the fun out of it for him.
This year, public marriage proposals took going down on one knee to a new level, with the exciting and emotional (and some cringe-inducing) moments going viral thanks to the nontraditional ways these fellas popped the question. Some of these proposals caught on camera are creative, some are shocking, but for the most part they all have happy endings. Now see the good, the bad, and the sad marriage proposals making the rounds in 2011!
Britanny Hillard was knocked off her feet when her now-fiancé, Cameron Humfleet, asked her to marry him. The 20-year-old from Kentucky literally fainted when her boyfriend popped the question. Cameron had organized a double surprise, first gathering all of her friends for a birthday party and then bringing her to the event blindfolded. But, the real shocker came next. He got down on one knee, and she quickly dropped to the floor. Fifteen minutes later, Cameron proposed again, and Britanny was able to actually say yes. It was all caught on tape, so check out the latest viral marriage proposal below!
So apparently you can find more than sex at Occupy Wall Street — you can find love and marriage, too! The demonstration took part in its first marriage proposal, and although we've seen a lot of public proposals caught on camera, this one's pretty cute. To ask for his girlfriend's hand, the proposer uses the cause's "people's microphone," which was created out of necessity when electronic amplification was banned. It involves the speaker yelling out short phrases that are then repeated by the crowd. Watch the cute proposal now, and see how she responds to "will you occupy my life?"