Looking for inspiration on how to pop the question in style?
Well, honestly you might be better not to follow these bizarre examples but sometimes the simple approach is even more nerve-wracking and us men aren’t the best at sharing our feelings. So what better way to avoid the awkward emotion of the occasion than by planning something downright weird? Here’s a collection of the oddest wedding proposals, do with them what you will.
If I had 48 friends who were willing to dress up as carrots for me, then I’d probably make them do it as often as possible. Pang Kun wisely saved it for one special occasion though, gathering them all to perform a rather odd dance routine in front of his confused-looking girlfriend before whipping off his outfit to propose over a microphone while the onlooking crowd chanted “Marry him! Marry him!” Talk about peer pressure.
Who’d have thought convincing your girlfriend that you’d died in a horrific and bloody car crash as she watched could be romantic? Well, pretty much nobody would have thought that except for Russian Alexey Bykov, who hired a film director and stuntman to help him fake his death before he rose again to pop the question to his heartbroken other half. She didn’t scream at him and punch him in the face incredibly, she actually saw the funny side and said yes.
Daniel Bedingfield’s hit If You’re Not The One has probably soundtracked many a moment of romance and even a fair share of wedding proposals. None were better than this one though as radio presenter Pete Simson, tongue firmly wedged in cheek, made his own video miming to the song in nothing but his colourful pants to propose to his other half, hiring out a cinema to give her the shock of her life by broadcasting it on the big screen.
Some men may seem virtually married to their computer consoles, but this chap seemingly managed to combine his two loves, guiding his girlfriend through the land of the Italian plumber, before getting down on one knee. His monosyllabic finance-to-be seemed none-too-shocked, saying ‘yes’ before even without being properly asked and then swiftly getting back to the Nintendo. The dog seemed happy though.
Alright, if you’re going to go for a computer game-themed proposal, then you might as well go the whole hog and really embrace it. This uber-geek went way beyond the call of duty, bringing Super Mario World to reality for his Nintendo-loving girlfriend, decorating the walls, playing the theme tune, concealing the ring in a prize box above her head and even including end of level fireworks to celebrate. Just lucky she said yes, as he friends and family were there to share the moment.
If you really want to make your future bride feel like she’s walking on air when you pop the question, then this is certainly the way to go. Plenty of boyfriends like to take to the skies when they want a romantic setting for whipping out the ring, but Alexander Loucopoulos, clearly not short of a bob or two, took it to another level indeed, booking a special zero-gravity flight for him and his other half. It looks like he kept a tight grip on the ring as well before slipping it onto her finger.
Picture the scene, you're swimming through crystal clear waters, getting a closer look at the colourful marine before taking the chance to ask the woman you love for your hand in marriage while enjoying the serenity of the ocean. It worked out pretty well for this guy, who chose the National Marine Aquarium in the Devon town for his romantic moment, with scuba divers sneaking up in the tank behind to surprise his girlfriend with a giant sign asking her to marry him.
This YouTube video has been viewed more than 27,000,000 times so there must be some inspiration in there. Taking the romance of going to the movies to another level, Matt Still sent his girlfriend Ginny off to the cinema when a couple of familiar voices popped up during the trailers. Ginny watched her fella asking for her dad’s permission to marry her on the big screen before he runs Hollywood-style to meet her and get down on one knee.
Girls just love the glitz and glamour of magazines, don’t they? So surely convincing your girlfriend that she’s going to be interviewed and photographed for a new magazine which doesn’t actually exist is a little bit mean. But that didn’t stop boyfriend Chizzy using it as an underhand way to make sure he could get her in the right place at the right time. She didn’t seem to mind in the end that the photoshoot and interview were completely fake.
The sickly sweet proposal at Disneyland is almost certainly faked, with the guy who just happens to be able to perform as well as the professional Disneyland actors in this mock impromptu musical as he asks for his suspiciously good-looking girlfriend’s hand in marriage. Still, the onlookers seemed to enjoy it and it’s bound to have inspired plenty of Glee-loving copycat proposals since.
The good old comedy video proposal, a great way of avoiding a bloke’s worst fear of having to be genuinely upfront with his feelings. A far cry from the schmaltzy Disneyland musical effort above, this tongue-in-cheek mock music video is full of self-effacing Aussie humour as the guy ropes in his pals into his boy band to put the proposal into a song. And if that wasn’t enough, he made sure they were both surrounded by friends and family when he screened it so there was no way she could refuse.
Behind you! Lots of people like to keep their proposal secret to add to the romance, but this fella even kept it secret from the woman he was proposing to. Lawrence Key took his girlfriend for the ride of her life teaming up with his friends to sneakily hold up a ‘Will You Marry Me?’ the message behind her back. The unsuspecting bride-to-be only copped on when she looked at the souvenir photo of the five of them on the ride together and subsequently the photo found fame across the world.
There was a time when mysterious crop circles were deemed to be the work of extraterrestrials but this is definitely the work of a bog standard earthling. A darn talented one though, it must be said, as this was apparently done with the aid of just some planks of wood and marking tape in a field in Wiltshire. Presumably lucky Laura didn’t have to go to the effort of making her own crop circle to give him the answer, a simple yes or no surely sufficed.
With any ‘weirdest’ list, you just know there’s a good chance something Star Trek related will sneak its way in there. While the Trekkies were attending the Austin Wizard World Comic Con this brave hubby-to-be infiltrated a cast photo shoot. He then got down on one knee to propose to tears and applause from the actors around them, although this unfortunately timed picture captured Captain Jean-Luc Picard apparently delivering a cringing facepalm.
Star Trek proposals not nerdy enough for you? Well, get a load of this guy. Not content with the good old English language, he took the words, “Rachel, you are awesome. Will you marry me?” and turned it into binary code. He then took it a step further, filmed himself reciting the code wearing the head of Bender from Futurama. It took her a full on half hour to decipher it. Jeez, talk about foreplay.
As far as publicity stunts go, Pizza Hut was really clever with this one. The Valentine’s Day stunt in 2012 offered loved-up customers the chance to order their $10 pizza box meal deal and supplement it with a ruby engagement ring, limo service, flowers and fireworks show, as well as providing a photographer and a videographer to ensure this moment of stupidity/beauty (delete as appropriate) is preserved for posterity. As far as outrageous proposals go, this one is pretty hard to swallow.
Maybe people are looking for love on the internet these days but Dave Garr went one step further with a DaveLovesElizabeth.com. The web romantic directed his other half through a survey of questions, concluding with the big one at the end. He then goes through a whiteboard presentation of why he loves Elizabeth. Cringeworthy and heartfelt in equal measure, it certainly did the trick as the website now redirects you to images of the happy couple with their first child.
Self-confessed geek and Google employee Michael felt his first proposal “lacking in pizazz,” despite the fact that she said yes. So the ambitious Romeo decided to harness the power of Google Street View by holding up a ‘Marry Me Leslie!’ banner to be captured by the street view cameras. Simply directing his bride-to-be to the street view image was not going to be enough either, so instead he started a website encouraging strangers around the world to email her instead. Now that’s teamwork.
An internet meme is one thing but a Twitter proposal seems a little, well, lazy. I guess it’s to the point though, and if it gets the job done, then why not? Brett at least went to the effort of asking to use some of Virginia politician Mark Warner’s Twitter space to make the pithy proposal. The romance didn’t exactly unfold in some kind of Twitter soap opera, the ‘what is happening’ response sounded less than encouraging but l pictures later proved she did give him a positive answer.
It’s often said that if you buy a ring that’s sparkling enough then you barely even need to say anything at all. But one man took the concept of ‘letting the ring do the talking’ very literally. Luke Jerram collaborated with a jeweller and a vinyl record maker to etch a 20-second sound recording into the surface of the ring, with the loving proposal message played back by a miniature record player.
I’ve never had the pleasure of dining in a Church’s Chicken, but apparently, it looks like this and is the poor man’s version of KFC. This marriage proposal which attracted no end of mocking comments when the picture found its way across the world wide web. Still, presuming Shineka was in the area, it was a proposal she surely couldn’t miss, even if the punctuation leaves a little to be desired.
If you’re going to plaster your proposal on a sign for everyone to see, then you might as well do it properly and you can't get much bigger than a billboard. It also presents a great opportunity for anyone else with a girlfriend with the same name to pop the question without having to spend a dollar.