published November 27th, 2013
A proposal of marriage can be one of the greatest and nerve wracking days of your life. That one word response to the question: “Will you marry me?” can have you leaping for joy or falling to your knees. Well, unless you’re down on one knee already, in which case you might just curl up into a ball on the floor.
Tradition dictates that the proposer gets down on one knee and pulls out a shiny ring before popping the big question - ideally in a romantic location or setting. It’s not really the done thing to propose in McDonald’s or while sitting in a car park.
Of course if you really want to impress your intended you can use your imagination and think outside the box.
Here’s just a few examples of men who have set the bar high for ingenious marriage proposals.
1. Take out an advert in the local paper.
Estate agent Steve English took his girlfriend Hayley Groves on a picnic, and suggested she take a gander at the Eastern Daily Press. He got down on bended knee just as she got to the page that read: “I love you with all my heart. We’ve been with each other for years and my love for you grows more each year. You are a beautiful and caring person and have always been there for me 100% through the bad times. My family adores you and I cannot imagine my life without you in it. Now we are expecting our first child I hope you will say yes and make me the happiest man alive.”
2. Arrange a mass singalong
In March 2012, Roger Taylor surprised his girlfriend Jeanie Jagpal during a night out in London. As they strolled through Piccadilly Circus a professional 100-strong choir launched into ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ by Frankie Valli, backed by over 200 dancers that Taylor had recruited via Facebook.
3. Be creative
Michael from San Francisco manipulated a Pictionary card on Photoshop to say "Marry Me" and then rigged the game so that Conny, his girlfriend, would have to draw it. He made a few fake guesses, like "propose" and "engage," to make her work for it. After choosing the right moment, he shouted "Marry Me!" Then, remaining smooth, he pulled out the ring and asked, "Will you marry me?"
Finally, one creative soul decided to think inside the box by creating a Mario themed presentation box for her Nintendo loving boyfriend.
Thankfully it was ‘game on’ and not ‘game over’ for these couples.