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Love Is In The Air

February 12, 2015

Goodness, I’ve just spent the last few hours researching ‘best marriage proposals ever’ gaining insight into creative ways men propose to the love of their life. As I watched each video, most on YouTube, the romantically sappy and ever so sentimental side of me started sniffling. Reaching for a tissue as tears rolled down my face I realized love is in the air alright...the airwaves.

Seriously, YouTube is busting at their gigabyte seams with love struck lovers’ marriage proposal videos. Plus, entire websites are dedicated to hosting the “7 most creative...” or “10 craziest...” marriage proposals. Therefore, if any of you gentlemen are considering popping the question start Googling now. Although, I have to say, a flash mob has been used so many times it’s almost become cliché. However, I must add any marriage proposal which involves dancing should earn you a ‘yes.’ Although, consider not hiring professionals or a brass band. You don’t need it. Instead, the best mob dancing videos involved family and friends dancing, an amateur videographer and ‘taken completely by surprise’ written all over her face. Aww...

Speaking of popping the question, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to for a man to get down on bended knee and tell the woman he loves the sole reason for his existence is to make her happy because he would be a worthless piece of nothingness without the woman he loves sharing life with him. Too dramatic, Romeo? Really? Okay, but might not hurt to bring up the idea of marriage, Romeo, during dinner one night to see if living on a mushroom farm knee deep in dookie appeals to your Juliet. Trust me, if ‘no’ isn’t the answer you’re looking for it wouldn’t hurt to know in advance because there are also videos showing the woman of his dreams walking away because...well, maybe walking in dookie for eternity wasn’t her dream. However, taking her side I’d have to say it could have been the atmosphere.

Which brings up a second point: She may wear the team colors and holler till her voice is hoarse but a proposal in the middle of halftime doesn’t have that one element women long for...romance. Which begs the question: What does a flash mob have that an NBA game doesn’t? “Marry you” lyrics by Bruno Mars, of course. Seriously, the song is perfect and several men used it in their proposals. Don’t worry though if music isn’t your thing, there are other ways to add the element of surprise when proposing.

For instance, one proposal was alarming and that’s putting it mildly. To set the stage...everyone was on the rooftop of a four-story city building (the kind with a ledge) and the ‘proposal’ guy got everyone’s attention by saying he had something to ask his girlfriend. Climbing up on the ledge he asked someone to toss him the ring. Of course, the small black box is tossed over his head. As he makes a dramatic jump for it he falls off the roof. Remember, camera angles are crucial when videoing your proposal and someone had a camera trained on her face. Honestly, she about had a stroke when he went over. Then as she rushed to the edge only to glance down and see him in the middle of a huge inflated safety pillow with large signs placed over it asking her to marry him, she instantly recovered. The only downfall I saw (tee-hee) was now he is four stories down and she is still on the roof shouting yes. Awesome!

Although, on a scale of 1-10 the most creative proposal was the one where he produced a fake movie trailer and had it played before they were about to watch a movie. Even though it appealed to me because I’m a huge movie buff it was very well done and of course, she said yes. However, I’m a sucker for romance and the most romantic proposal wasn’t even a video but a story written by a woman who told of the ‘proposal kit’ her husband put together containing reminders of their first date and other events they’d shared during their courtship. Not to mention the little black velvet box. Sigh. Especially when she added he had carried it (small suitcase) around all day working up the nerve to pop the question. Double sigh.

FYI gentlemen: one key element I noticed, which may mean absolutely nothing, involves body language. One hand to her mouth usually meant “No.” However, two hands usually meant...“OMG he went to Jared’s!” In other words “YES!!!”

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! After all, the only love worth having is the forever kind.




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