By Sarah Pease, The Proposal Planner™
What makes a truly great marriage proposal? A perfect engagement idea is like your Grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies: there is no exact recipe. As someone who designs dream marriage proposals for a living, I’ve been privy to some seriously fantastic engagements. Here are my Top 4 Marriage Proposals of All Time (for now, at least):
4. Kimye’s Marriage Proposal. I know, I know. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West getting engaged isn’t exactly the tale of true love (for the third time around, apparently, in Kim’s case). But, I have admit that I was really impressed by Kanye’s “go big or go home approach” when he popped the question. If you’re looking for something flashy, elaborate and over the top, renting out a stadium, flying in her friends and family, hiring a 50 person orchestra surrounded by torches, writing it up on a jumbotron and then celebrating with fireworks is most certainly about as big as it can get.
3. Home Depot. Proof positive that just about anywhere can be a perfect location for a marriage proposal. While I have to admit that I normally consider a flash mob proposal a little played out, Spencer’s proposal took place in a very unlikely location: an aisle in Home Depot. With a fun, upbeat tune, friends and family (both in person and beamed in via FaceTime), this couple’s happiness and love is off the charts and as a result, so was their proposal. Not to mention, it’s such a wonderful experience to see a gay engagement video go viral alongside all the other popular proposals we’ve seen recently.
2. The Office. Money doesn’t buy you happiness, and it certainly doesn’t buy you a great marriage proposal. Whether you’re looking at Jim & Pam’s highway rest stop engagement or Michael’s candlelit, office sprinkler disaster, both of these proposals are personal favorites of mine. They break nearly all the “rules” of a great engagement but still manage to make me tear up every time.
1. Intimate and Romantic. My Brilliant Event clients George and Elise were on a business trip in NYC for his work. Since he was busy throughout the day, he treated her to a day of pampering – a personal stylist to take her shopping Pretty-Woman-style, a glam squad of hair and makeup professionals to make her feel amazing, and promised to meet her for a lovely dinner that evening. When she arrived for dinner, instead of a restaurant, she discovered a romantically-lit penthouse. Deep in the penthouse she found a choir and orchestra that performed her favorite song, Stille Nacht. At the last notes hung in the air, George emerged from an adjacent room and drew her to a rooftop overlooking the New York City skyline. He dropped to one knee and presented her – not with a ring – but with a glittering pair of Manolo Blahnik heels, and popped the question. They shared a quiet dinner, just the two of them, immediately afterwards. It wasn’t big and showy, it was heartfelt and meaningful – bringing them both to tears during the proposal itself.
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Sarah Pease, The Proposal Planner™ is the foremost expert on marriage proposals and is the pioneer of Marriage Proposal Planning. Sarah is the founder of Brilliant Event Planning and Proposal Ideas, and has designed and produced dream engagements for countless lucky couples from across the world.
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