Even the most carefully planned marriage proposal can take a turn for the worse. Here are the top 10 not-quite-perfect proposals.
“My soon-to-be fiance was holding our 4-month-old as we walked along the river’s edge at a quiet campground while on vacation. We were both feeling miserable due to very sore throats. I stooped down by the water’s edge, and when I turned around, he had pulled out a ring. He professed his love and asked if I would marry him. As soon as I said yes, our baby vomited all over us. We ended up spending the night in the ER due to us both having strep throats. Not the proposal I always dreamed of, but it was my dream come true!”
A Knockout Proposal
My fiance had an entire day planned of reliving our best memories on the day of the anniversary of the day we met: everything from getting doughnuts at the shop we always got breakfast from, to the theater where we saw our first movie together, to the Starbucks where we had our first date. After getting doughnuts from our favorite shop, we went to see a movie where we saw our first one together. In the middle of the movie, I got sick and ran to the bathroom. As it turns out, I had a minor concussion from an incident the night before, and I was feeling the effects. I spent the entire night in the hospital. The following night, he was taking me to my parents’ house, but I fell asleep on the way. I woke up to him carrying me to the place where we always eat lunch together in a park, and he proposed to me — despite all the medicine-induced loopiness and the late hour!
In One Ear, Out the Other
In the weeks before the proposal, my mom and I had been fighting over my relationship with my soon-to-be fiance. We fought for weeks, and then one day I was on the phone with my mother and she forbid me to ever see him again. She was yelling loud enough for him to hear, and suddenly, he knelt down on both knees and whispered, “Marry me… now?” Of course I said yes. My mom loves him now, but I still think it was an interesting way to begin — with my mom yelling in my left ear, and him proposing in my right ear!
Rainy Day Romance
While I was teaching English in Korea, my now-fiance came to visit for 10 days. We traveled to Gyeongju, Korea (Korea’s center of culture and history), to spend a relaxing weekend of sightseeing and exploring. What we hadn’t planned on was the torrential downpour the entire time. On Friday night, he insisted on taking a taxi downtown to eat at a formal, romantic restaurant. But after a misunderstanding, we accidentally agreed to a seafood BBQ meal. We found ourselves staring at a tray of raw, unrecognizable seafood at a picnic area in the pouring rain. But then he pulled out the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen, and the rest is history!
We drove down to my favorite place, gorgeous Monterey, California, walked on the beach, and then went sunset sailing. The ocean was sparkling, and as we watched the water, my boyfriend began talking about our future and how he wanted to be my rock, always be there to support me, be there for me as my husband and proposed. We sat down to celebrate with others, but the swaying of the boat got to my stomach and I turned pale. At the same time, my new fiance also got seasick and leaned over the side of the boat to vomit. Upon seeing him lose his lunch, I did the same thing!
He was so nervous about proposing that he got out of bed and drove around town to calm his nerves after I fell asleep. He finally came home at 3 a.m. and started saying loudly, “You need to wake up. Something just happened; you need to wake up!” In the back of my mind, I am thinking someone broke in, someone died, something bad had happened. So I get out of bed still shaking, and he asks me if I’m awake. When I was fully awake and standing, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him — I was still so scared I couldn’t even say yes! I finally took the ring and said, “Of course.” Then I couldn’t sleep, but I couldn’t call anyone yet because it was 4 a.m.! I stayed up the rest of the night waiting to call someone.
Falling for Him
My now-fiance had told me he was going to check out rings at Christmas time, so when we went on vacation in July, I didn’t suspect anything. After spending the day sightseeing, we were walking around to find a restaurant and I fell up these concrete steps and cut my arm. After our meal, he wanted to walk up this huge hill to see the sights, and I was complaining and getting angry because I was so tired and sore. Finally he found the botanical gardens, and the next thing I knew, he was on one knee. I forgot all about how sore I was!
Impatience and Proposals
It was our four-year anniversary, so we decided to stay in, drink martinis, and watch a movie. Around midnight, my now-fiance disappeared upstairs. After a while, he came back in a huff and said “What are you doing? I’ve been calling for you for five minutes!” I said, “I’m SORRY, I didn’t hear you! I’ll be up in a minute.” I went to the bathroom, and when I came out he was still calling my name! Annoyed, I headed upstairs calling, “I’m coming! Why are you yelling?” He was just standing there, so I walked past him and said, “Why are you being so impatient! I don’t see what could possibly be so urgent you couldn’t wait a few min…” I turned around, and he was on one knee with the ring in his hand.
I almost missed my perfect proposal twice! On the Saturday of my proposal, I found myself overwhelmed with a lengthy to-do list. I was so busy, I decided to call my soon-to-be fiance and asked if we could cancel our dinner plans. Little did I know, he was planning to take me to dinner followed by a romantic carriage ride and to propose while ice skating. Not wanting to give away the surprise, he changed his plans. On our way to run errands, he pretended to have forgotten his wallet at his parents’ house. When we got there, he told me to look under the tree for my Christmas present. I looked for so long that I finally gave up. As I stood up, he stayed on his knees in front of me. Not realizing he was going to propose, I answered my ringing phone. All the while, he kept waiting on his knees and I’m playing with an ornament on the tree that is centimeters from my ring! After I hung up, he just reached into the tree for the ring and asked, “Will you marry me?”
My soon-to-be fiance asked me to take a walk to a vacant boat to see the sunset. Just as the sun started setting, he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring box and asked if I would be his wife. I said, “Yes!” I began to run to inform my family, who were waiting at the pier. I jumped from the boat and stumbled, but I kept running. As I ran toward the ramp that connected the boat platform to the dock, I clipped the end of the rail with my hip and fell face first on the ramp. My family could only look at me in disbelief as I skidded across the ramp. My future husband was in tears of laughter as he helped me up. I finally made it to the group (my hands and my new ring all scraped up!), and we all just cracked up.
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