"So before my fiancee and I started dating, we were really close friends and both casually seeing other people. We went to Disneyland with a couple of other friends, which we did often. One particular night, we weren't having a ton of fun, until our friends had to leave early, making it just my (now) fiancee and I at Disneyland together. We ended up having a blast, just the two of us, and we ended up going through Sleeping Beauty's castle on our way out, just before the park closed.
We were the only ones in there, reading each of the 'story' sections in ridiculous voices and generally being goofy. But when we got to the end where you see the prince kiss Sleeping Beauty, we just kind of lingered for a long time before leaving. We talked about that night again after we'd been dating for a few months, and it turned out that we were both dying to kiss the other one at that moment.
So fast forward about three years, and my fiancee and I plan another Disneyland day with his parents, his brother, and some of our friends (again, something we do often). We went through the castle again, because lines were long, and no one else ever goes in there. So once we get to the end, he turns to me and says, 'Hey, remember when we totally wanted to kiss here and we didn't do it?' I laughed and said yeah. He got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and said, 'Um.. do over?'
For some reason I couldn't even believe it and I think I said, 'Seriously?' with a big grin on my face like four times. In retrospect, I should've seen it coming, based on the fact that he decided to dress particularly nice to Disneyland and had to go back into the house right before we left to 'get something.' But I didn't see it coming at all and it was amazing. Our wedding is in September and planning is crazy, but I'm excited! (Source)
"I have a daughter from a previous relationship. My girlfriend, who's now my wife, asked her what daddy got her for Christmas. My daughter blurts out, 'A ring with a diamond on it, it's in his closet.' Needless to say there was an impromptu proposal later that night, and learned 5-year-olds can't keep secrets. It caught her off guard. Surprised in a good way, she knew we were getting to that point in our relationship. At first I was a little disappointed because I was planning a whole big thing, but now my daughter will always be part of the story. I always smile when I think about it" (Source)
"I paint, but after graduating college, I had very little time to set aside for it, trying to find a job and join the 'real world' and all. My girlfriend kept encouraging me to paint, but what she didn't know is, using late nights and cracks of free-time, I had secretly started a portrait of her, which I was going to use to propose. I even bought an engaging ring, and put that exact ring in the painting.
Once I finished the painting, I snuck it and the ring into her house and hid them in her basement, ready to be pulled out when the time was right. The next day, after we got back to her house after being out for the evening, I quickly slipped down in the basement when she went upstairs, grabbed the painting and ring, and started up the stairs to her room where she was.
I told her as I walked up the steps that I needed to talk to her, that I had a confession to make and I hadn't been completely honest with her. By her tone, she obviously was starting to get a little concerned, but I told her that for the past couple months I have actually been painting, and I've been painting a portrait of her. I flipped the painting, she sees the ring in painting, starts to cry, and I get down on one knee, producing the ring in the painting. The rest is history" (Source)
"We were living together for awhile, and she was bringing up wanting to get married while I pretended to have no interest in marriage whatsoever. She even showed me the ring she wanted, for when I was ready to propose, and I just pretended to not pay attention.
I secretly bought the ring, and was trying to come up with the perfect way to propose. A little backstory about my wife, she loves Disney, and LOVES Cinderella. We decided to take a vacation to Florida to visit my parents. I was talking with my mother, saying I was trying to find the right way to propose, when she told me about this. Disney has an engagement package, at Cinderella's castle.
So, I shipped the ring to my parent's house, so she couldn't accidentally discover it in the luggage. Once we got to Florida, I moved the ring to the rental car. My mother told my wife that she booked us dinner reservations at the castle, while I pretended not to know anything about it. She was really excited, WOW dinner in Cinderella's castle, she was like a kid.
We stay at one of the Disney resorts, and go to the castle for dinner on the second day. Right before dessert, they bring out a glass slipper with our names engraved into it, and a quote of my choosing. She was extremely shocked, then I got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. She said yes, and this July will be our second anniversary" (Source)
"A guy I knew in the Army told his girl they had dinner reservations at a specific time and to be ready. He then called her and said he was very sorry, but had been delayed at the base and, to make it up to her, had sent a limo to take her to the restaurant. Instead, the limo driver, as directed, drove her to a local pier where the guy I knew had lined candles up both sides and was standing at the end in his full dress uniform complete with white gloves and saber. As she approached him, he dropped to one knee and proposed" (Source)
"I bought her those 25 cents cheap rings out of vending machines when we first started dating and would propose to her openly in front of people wherever and whenever - it made people around us applaud and try to buy our drinks/food (we always turned it down). I stopped doing it over time. Seven years later we were in our favorite coffee shop, I pulled out a plastic vending machine bubble and proposed in front of people. She laughed at first thinking I was being nostalgic until she took the bubble and realized it was slightly heavier than usual"(Source)
"My now husband proposed on a random Sunday. We were cuddling on the couch watching a marathon of The Walking Dead in our PJs. He got up went to the bedroom, came back and kneeled in front of me and asked. He said he had planned to do it on a vacation or over dinner, but at that moment he knew he couldn't wait" (Source)
"We did a lot of geocaching early in our relationship. So I hid my own geocache box the day before that contained all things relating to our relationship that I had saved: movie tickets, letters, notes, receipts, etc. Then while she was reading the 'log book,' which I had written a note in, I went behind her and knelt down and waited" (Source)
"Both me and her are huge Disney fans, so we were at Magic Kingdom right before the Wishes fireworks. I took her away from our group to the front of the castle, told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me, and in front of a gazillion people and got in one knee and proposed to her" (Source)
"We went on a new hike. It was an unusually mild winter, so we hiked to a vista point. About seven miles round trip. Of course there was a group up there when we arrived. I really didn't want to make a scene so I waited for them to leave. Thankfully it wasn't windy or cold up top, so we waited around and they left finally. I finally got down on one knee and tried to blurb out this amazing speech I had pieced together in my mind for the last three miles. It went terrible, and as I stopped to compose myself she said, 'Are you serious!' For a brief moment I thought I had misjudged the last four years of our relationship. Then to my relief though she started doing these awkward hops of joy while screaming, 'Yes, yes, yes,' and I slid the ring on her finger.
Thinking back now of how awkward the hike out would have been if she had instead said no" (Source)
"My now husband proposed to me over a weekend vacation to New Orleans (my favorite place). It was also my birthday, so after a lovely day out and about and a great birthday dinner we walked over to Jackson Square and sat down to soak up the atmosphere. He started saying the sweetest things and like a fool I was like, 'Yep, be nice to me, it's my birthday, haha,' then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It was so lovely!" (Source)
"My husband and I are huge baseball fans (Baltimore Orioles!). Well, a few years ago, The Orioles went to the playoffs for the first time in years. My husband managed to nab a pair of tickets for us to go. My parents and uncle and cousin also had tickets. We all meet up by the statues of former Oriole players before the game. My uncle gets a video camera out and my husband hands his DSLR to my cousin (I thought it was weird for a second, but thought nothing else of it). I just figured they were gonna shoot some of the scene around us.
I sat down on the bench and my husband hands me a baseball that says, 'Will you marry me?' in his crappy (but adorable) handwriting. He then got down on one knee and proposed. I've never been more surprised in my life! And to top it all off, the Orioles played an amazing game and hit home run after home run. It was awesome!" (Source)
"Before our kids, we traveled a lot and I decided to ask her on our trip to Paris. I asked at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the beginning of our trip, which in hindsight wasn't the greatest plan if she had said no. Would have made it a little awkward for the rest of our vacation" (Source)
"I made a huge 'MARRY ME' Christmas decoration that covered about 1/4 of the tree and then put the ring at the top instead of the star. I was up early and waited patiently for her to come out into the living room. She walked by and I had a huge smile on my face. She looked at it and said, 'Oh,' in the least excited way possible. I was pretty crushed.
She told me she was just still really tired and hadn't processed what was happening, but once she properly woke up she did say yes. She had actually proposed to me in a restaurant about two years earlier and I said no at the time, so we're pretty good at squashing climactic moments" (Source)
"We were long-distance for a while, and we'd had some ups and downs, but ultimately, really wanted to be together because, you know, love and stuff.
Anyway, he flew from his city to my city to see the band Metric with me because their music has meant a lot to our relationship. I was so excited to see them at the Ryman in Nashville because it's an amazing venue. I waited all night to hear my favorite song, but they wrapped up their set and said goodnight before they played it. I had my fingers crossed for the encore to be that song.
Sure enough, Emily Haines and one of the guitarists came back out and she starts talking the meaning of the song she's going to sing, and says some other really lovely things but I wasn't listening that closely because I was sure it was the song I wanted to hear. They start to play an acoustic version of my song, and I was so excited and surprised that I turned to my boyfriend and he was holding the ring out in front of him with tears and a big question in his eyes.
We were crying and kissing and generally too overwhelmed to actually hear the song, But I found a Youtube video of it later on. So that was cool.
He told me later that he had actually emailed the band and requested that they play the song and make a dedication, but didn't hear back from them so he thought it was a no-go. He was sweating all night because he wasn't sure if they were going to do it at all.
I don't know if they did the encore performance especially for us or not, but it sure felt that way.
It was a super magical night, and I couldn't have been happier with the romance and the surprise of it all. I had it in my head that I would propose to him that night if he didn't ask me, but I didn't need to because he's amazing"(Source)
"I made a photo album full of photos from the time we met to a week prior to the proposal. Put them all into chronological order along with a story of how we met and fell in love, where our relationship had taken us. I took her on a picnic to our favorite spot and gave her the album. On the second to last page I finished it with, 'He has just one question left to ask you...' and as she flipped the last page it said, 'Will you marry me?' Then I got on one knee and gave her the ring. The rest is history, been married two years in August" (Source)
"We had been building a 1000 piece Doctor Who puzzle, that was a surprisingly difficult build. At this point, us getting married was kind of a forgone conclusion, but not officially. I had removed a piece of the puzzle and taken it home (we lived in different cities about 90 miles away), and she had completed the puzzle after a few weeks but could not find the last piece. She was so pissed off about it. Meanwhile I had gotten her ring, a really awesome vintage rose gold solitaire with a halo, and the day her frustration about that d--- puzzle piece came to a head I thought it was time. I got off work and drove to her house. When she came to the door, I handed her the ring box with the missing puzzle piece and proposed with the actual ring when she made the puzzle whole" (Source)
I had planned to propose at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve in 1997. We were surrounded by hundreds of people and a live band was playing.
I didn't actually propose at the stroke of midnight. The band that was playing decided to string out a song and jam for about ten minutes before announcing 'Happy New Years.' This kind of pissed me off at the time. Also, my wife didn't know that I was going to propose to her and decided that she didn't want to go out that night. This led to a semi-argument between us because I had become committed to my plan and wasn't going to change it. I remember telling her, 'I'm going with or without you so you need to decide now.' I have no idea what I'd have done if she'd said that she was staying at home.
In the end, she said, 'Yes.' It was beautiful.
The lesson here is to roll with the changes that life throws your way and don't stress out about the little things. I was a lot more impatient then than I am now and I regret throwing down an ultimatum and stressing about the band going on for too long. Life's too short for that silly kind of behavior and everyone has their own perspective on what they want to do and how to live it. Enjoy the unpredictability!
Since then, we've been happily married for 13 years. We've had our ups and downs, but we've always been there for one another. Being joined in matrimony to my best friend and my strongest ally is one of the things in life that I'm most proud of. We have a beautiful daughter" (Source)
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