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antmanb
02-28-2012, 11:47 AM
These are all both cringe-worthy and extremely funny:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/28/five-worst-public-marriage-proposals

allezfred
02-28-2012, 12:14 PM
There should be a ban on proposing marriage in public. :scream:

PDilemma
02-28-2012, 12:53 PM
There should be a ban on proposing marriage in public. :scream:

Totally.

My husband and I had a practical "time to get married" discussion, had an appointment at the church and bought the ring together, but he still wanted to propose formally. Then he asked me if there was anything I wanted him to do in that. Answer: "Whatever you want when we are ALONE". An answer that he was quite relieved about!

viennese
02-28-2012, 03:49 PM
OW!

the first clip is so brutal. but you know, from the moment the girl cringes in embarrassment and shock, that is all about to go wrong.

BigB08822
02-28-2012, 03:51 PM
I think at least one of those, maybe 2, have been proven to be staged.

FigureSpins
02-28-2012, 04:00 PM
The first one was pathetic and he was looking for attention. "We met in front of this Cinnabon." He gets down on his knee TWICE because the person in the wheelchair didn't the see first time and no one had their cell phones out. I don't blame her for leaving, he went too far.

I met my future husband at a fast-food place, but he didn't even consider giving me a ring and crown, lol. I would have walked out.

Yet, I've witnessed a few simple, well-done public proposals and they were short and sweet. I think it's cute and does not "need to be banned." Is it tacky and attention-seeking? Maybe. I know one woman who is a skating director and her boyfriend proposed at the end of the rink's annual skating show. Everyone knew both of them and skating is her life, so it was sweet.

People do far worse things in public these days than asking someone to marry them.

aliceanne
02-28-2012, 04:23 PM
There was a proposal on an episode of Ellen that went bad. The guy had written in that his girlfriend would be in the audience and Ellen brought him there to propose. When he got down on one knee, the girl started crying, at first everyone thought she was touched, but after a few seconds everyone realized she wasn't going to accept him. They then rushed him out of the studio and went to the closing. However, they obviously didn't cut it from the show that aired, poor guy. It was probably traumatic for her as well, and will be aired in repeats.

nubka
02-28-2012, 07:43 PM
Did John & Rena make this list? :D

BigB08822
02-28-2012, 07:50 PM
There was a proposal on an episode of Ellen that went bad. The guy had written in that his girlfriend would be in the audience and Ellen brought him there to propose. When he got down on one knee, the girl started crying, at first everyone thought she was touched, but after a few seconds everyone realized she wasn't going to accept him. They then rushed him out of the studio and went to the closing. However, they obviously didn't cut it from the show that aired, poor guy. It was probably traumatic for her as well, and will be aired in repeats.

Not real. :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-emdtEFCnxY

reckless
02-28-2012, 07:51 PM
And then there is this fake marriage proposal done as a prank (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMHidjDB_Uk).

The revenge prank (www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7AUgp5fPI) is even better.

taf2002
02-28-2012, 09:02 PM
I didn't watch any of the clips because I absolutel HATE any & all public proposals. They are all gag-me-now moments AFAIC. First of all, I doubt that any proposal is completely out of the blue. Once people say I love you, marriage could be on the table at some point so a proposal is not going to be a complete surprise. Second, what for most people is a private moment now becomes a public affair with spectators & critiquers. Third, it puts the woman on the spot, even if she eventually wants to marry him, just not right now. I've never seen one that didn't make me think the guy was an attention whore.

PDilemma
02-28-2012, 09:05 PM
Did John & Rena make this list? :D

:rofl: Definitely should have. She looked so uncomfortable with that whole thing.

BigB08822
02-29-2012, 12:30 AM
First of all, I doubt that any proposal is completely out of the blue. Once people say I love you, marriage could be on the table at some point so a proposal is not going to be a complete surprise.

This. I always wonder why the women sometimes seem so surprised and begin crying and shaking. Was this never discussed? If so, best of luck. My bf and I have been discussing marriage in some way or another for years before we finally said "ok, let's do this and pick a date." There was no proposal or anything needed, it would have seemed ridiculous, to be honest. Why ask someone a question you already know the answer to? On the other hand, why ask someone to marry you (in such an official way) when it has never been brought up before? I think marriage proposals are just a commercial gimmick and a romantic notion.

ballettmaus
02-29-2012, 04:44 AM
This. I always wonder why the women sometimes seem so surprised and begin crying and shaking. Was this never discussed? If so, best of luck.

Well, there are proposals which aren't expected; my dad proposed so quickly, my mother certainly didn't see it coming. They're going to celebrate their 31st anniversary this October. And while a friend of mine wanted to get married and her boyfriend knew, the proposal wasn't expected when it came due to the circumstances of their relationship. He wasn't sure at all whether he wanted to commit to marriage or not.
From what she told me, my jazz teacher also didn't see the proposal coming.

Since marriage hasn't the status it used to have, I don't think that being in love and moving in with each other and planning to spend the rest of your life with someone must mean there's a proposal in the near future. All of it, plus starting a family, can be done without marriage.

taf2002
02-29-2012, 04:52 AM
True....but I wouldn't think it would be a complete shock either.

I always think about the scene in Working Girl where Alex Baldwin asks Melanie Griffin to marry him in front of all their friends. Are any guys really that clueless? She comes home & finds him screwing someone in their bed & next time she sees him he proposes. And then he's offended when she says no. (BTW I loved that she said no. :respec:)