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6 cliché marriage proposals

Proposing with a ring in Champagne, cake or even popping the question on the beach is a bit overdone these days. Here's our roundup of some of the most cliché marriage proposals.

By The Editors of TheKnot.com Oct 24, 2012 9:58PM
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An airplane banner
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On top of a Ferris wheel
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In a hot air balloon
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On a reality TV show
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A romantic walk on the beach
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Oct 28, 2012 10:40AM
Whatever happened to just saying I love you and will you marry me?
Oct 28, 2012 12:04PM
Here's how my wedding proposal went.  We had been planning on moving in together.  We were driving back from the RV and Boat show that was downtown in Chicago. I was prattling away about buying household goods for "our apartment" a little each payday. My husband (then boyfriend) mumbled something under his breath.  "What did you say?" I asked a little annoyed.  He: "I think we should get married."  I asked, "Is that a proposal?" And he answered, "Yes.  Will you marry me?" I looked at him, just a little perplexed and asked, "Where's the ring?" Well, at the time he was between jobs and I knew he didn't have one.  His face kind of went white and I said, "That's okay. You can owe me one and it better be good!" That has to go down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the worst proposal EVER! Despite that I said yes and twenty years later we're as happy as we were when we got married---I think maybe a little happier. 
Oct 28, 2012 1:05PM
Another way our press and society are focusing on flash v. substance.  Relationships (real ones) are not built on bling or show.  Our fascination with what's bigger and flashier is unhealthy.
Oct 28, 2012 4:55PM
Since when is a MARRIAGE (not wedding) proposal supposed to be a public performance? I have always found these stunts to be tasteless and forced, as if putting your partner in an awkward public predicament will compel an acceptance...
Oct 28, 2012 11:07AM
Hopefully the cake smashing into the face routine died a long time ago? Next will the You Tube dance go away?
Oct 28, 2012 6:48PM
I never understood why something so intimate as a marriage proposal has to be staged in front of an audience.  Love doesn't need audience support or approval, it just needs the two people in its light to be true and good to each other.
Oct 28, 2012 1:58PM
My father proposed to my mother by asking "Don't ya think we outta get married?" They had been dating for 5 years and have been married almost 19.
Oct 28, 2012 6:41PM

I've known some wonderful marriage proposals that ended in divorce.


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