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Do Tell: What's Your Favorite Engagement Story?

Do Tell: What's Your Favorite Engagement Story?

I've had a handful of friends get engaged this year, and their engagement stories keep getting more and more romantic. As we all know, this is the man's time to really wow his bride and sweep her off her feet before she says yes. Getting down on bended knee must be incredibly nerve-wracking, so I feel the guys deserve extra props when they plan a special proposal to boot. I think engagement stories tell a lot about a couple — some are over the top and extravagant, while others are low key and very unique to their relationship. So ladies, do tell, what's your favorite proposal story?

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newschus newschus 8 years
My engagement was natural and low key, like another story I read in here about the Saturday night engagement. My fiance and I were cuddling at home with a movie on and talking. We've been in love since before we started dating, only I was the one who didn't know it until we got together :) Whether or not he was joking at first, he told me he wanted to marry me from the very beginning. When we decided the time was right, the proposal was sort of a natural transition of our relationship that really didn't need to be asked to answered. So, I don't really have a glamorous or ultra-romantic proposal story! It just...was
lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 9 years
Awww! All these stories are so sweet! They make me want to get engaged really bad!
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
First of all, I had no idea my fiance was going to propose when he did, especially not the night before match day (he's a fourth year medical student graduating in June), where he pretty much finds out his destiny. I had made special arrangements to take two personal days back-to-back, so I could go to Chicago on Wednesday night and not come home until Sunday, with this being such an intense day for Eddie. I had been expecting my plane to be late because the last two days it had been three hours late, but it was on time! When I got into O'Hare, Eddie seemed really nervous, and I assumed it was because of match the next day. We were driving through downtown and I thought he was going the long way, but I didn't say anything because we were stuck in traffic due to the Iraq War protest. We pulled up outside the Drake Hotel and I was absolutely astonished. I asked what we were doing there, and he told me that he wanted to do something nice for me because I came in for match. I was stunned, but didn't suspect a thing. We went upstairs to our beautiful room that overlooked Lake Michigan, and he had room service waiting for us, along with Champagne. He told me to go put the dress on that I had brought, and I still did not have a clue. We had a great dinner, then left the hotel room for another surprise. I assumed we were going somewhere fancy for drinks or dessert, but we ended up walking by the aforementioned war protest, and coming up on a line of horse-drawn carriages. I was so surprised, and when I climbed into the carriage, there was a rose and blankets waiting for me. I was going on and on about how much he had done and how it was unnecessary. He started telling me about how important the next day was to him, and the next three years, but they were nothing compared to the next fifty years with me. The next thing I know, he has slid off the seat into the floor of the carriage onto one knee. He opened the ring box and asked me to marry him! I was shocked, and my hands flew up to cover my mouth because I couldn't believe it was actually happening. I teared up, said yes about a million times, and threw myself onto him. After a minute, he reminded me about the ring and he slid it onto my finger with shaking hands. We then proceeded to call all the involved parents. It was the most amazing night!
geenah geenah 9 years
ahhhh...! i loved all these stories, i hope mine is as romantic one day ! :]
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
Masqueraded Angel's story was the one I loved. It really warmed my heart picturing it :)
emmebeth emmebeth 9 years
Rocksteady- that is an amazing story!
sarahcateh sarahcateh 9 years
This thread made me want to get engaged RIGHT NOW! All I need is a boyfriend.... hahahaha
jazzybelle jazzybelle 9 years
Ahhh I should be getting ready for work but just spent the last 20 minutes reading these stories! sooo sweet! i can't wait untl I have my own story!
cahill cahill 9 years
tweethotpants- your story is wonderful, i went to santorini with my boyfriend last year and oia was one of our favorite nights. glad it is a place you will always remember!
blue-skies blue-skies 9 years
I ended up knowing exactly what was going on, and I liked it that way! We had discussed getting engaged and what it would mean for our relationship, when we wanted it etc many times, but it was in January last year while out with my fiancés work friends that I just said to him, in private "You know what, let's think about getting engaged this summer", because it was our original plan to get engaged then but we almost forgot about it. I always feared getting a weird-sized, super ugly ring that was not at all what I wanted (classic, white gold, non-showy as I am super clumsy and wouldn't want something that was super super expensive) and having to say "YES!" and not be able to fit it on my finger or something. I thought it would ruin the moment a bit, so we went looking together during that spring, and I tried rings on and all that. I found one I really loved, but then I had to forget about it. When we went to Stockholm, Sweden where I'm from, I had a feeling it would happen. He asked me for a day of no plans, and just letting him plan the day. Cue my heart racing and feeling nervous! He is so sweet, he had written these beautiful little clues on where we were going next, symbolising our relationship chronologically. It included going to a park where we went when we had just gotten together, a lovely ice cream break and little shopping trip for me (!) and then a nice break so I could get ready for the evening (at which point I was SO nervous, I had no idea why, we had been living together for almost two years and I knew I really wanted it) and I did. He took me to this flashy part of town and I thought "Oh god, don't make a big scene at some overly posh place that is NOT us at all!" but he lead me to a lovely vegetarian restaurant (we are both veggies) and I said to him, very romantically, "Please don't take any offence at this but I can seriously not eat anything right now, I'm too nervous!" and so he took my unsubtle hint, and did it such a perfect, subtle way. I hate big showy proposals but it was just so good that he knew me well enough to not go the attention route. I of course said yes, immediately! :D Haha it probably doesn't sound so romantic, but I loved the fact that we could be natural with each other all day long. I liked that it was an adventure where I was allowed to be myself and not have to be in some pretend-princess-outfit in some overly fancy place that would be really unnatural. We're getting married next August :)
lauratrisnadi lauratrisnadi 9 years
So many of these stories are really beautiful. It's great to see that many guys take the time to thoughtfully propose. Even though my fiancé and I have known for awhile that we wanted to marry each other, I told him that I still wanted an 'official' proposal. I also made it clear that I didn't want an engagement ring. He proposed on my birthday after a day full of surprises; going to the beach, presents and an afternoon at the spa. We had some time between the spa and dinner so we chilled during sunset at the beach walking our dog when he pulled out a ring and proposed. Only the ring was too small and thick. He then led me to the parking lot where there was a scooter with a cover on it. He took it off and I saw that my engagement gift was a totally restored 1968 Vespa Primavera in seafoam green. The 'ring' was actually a bevel that belongs in the Vespa! This was a complete surprise and totally original. I have wanted a Vespa for such a long time and never thought I'd ever actually get one. I tell my friends that my engagement ring is vintage, Italian and green. It's the last part of the description that throws them off!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Great. I'm sitting at work crying like an idiot and wishing my stupid boyfriend would hurry up and propose. grrrrrrrrr
ohkayla ohkayla 9 years
* To add to mine, my boyfriend had previously kept mentioning that what he was giving me for our anniversary would blow mine out of the water, so I got all excited expecting a ring, the weekend before our anniversary, we were ahving dinner and he got all serious and was like "You won't like your gift because it isn't a ring or a puppy." I was like "Oh...(I was crushed on the inside)well whatever you get me will make me just as happy as if it were." I paused and said "Wait are you getting me a promise ring? If you are that is tacky, if you are gonna promise a future with me you might as well do the real thing." He laughed at me and was like "No it isn't a promise ring but that was the most priceless comment." I was convinced he wasn't proposing at that point but apparently a few of our friends had known.
ohkayla ohkayla 9 years
My story is my favorite :) I just recently got proposed to on our three year anniversary. It was March 17th and five of midnight and I had asked my boyfriend, well now fiance, to get me a bowl of cereal. He told me to wait till midnight for our anniversary, I was like "But why? It is cereal, and I want my bowl now." He just kept telling me to wait five minutes. Eventually he goes to the kitchen and I remind him not to fill the bowl to the rim with milk, he comes back and there is like two tablespoons of milk. I sent him back out and this time he tied the twist tie from the bread around the handle of the spoon and said "Marry me? Yes,yes?" and I was like "That is not funny, you know that isn't funny, that is mean. You just think proposing to me as a joke." I start eating my cereal, and he fumbles at his desk. He comes back over and he goes "Yes,yes?" I just start going "Are you kidding? You are kidding, that isn't funny. You're mean!" and he goes "Yes yes?" and I was like "'re serious. Well of course!!" I forgot about my cereal and sat in the bowl for 10 minutes being soggy.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Talk about "surprise" engagements - our engagement came as a surprise to *both* my then-boyfriend and me :) I've known Nyghtfall (his online name) since he was 15 and I was about 22, and over the years we'd gotten to be really good friends. About 6 years after we met, I had to have surgery on my right wrist, and since I'm right handed, it made a lot of things very difficult to do - typing messages in particular - and at the time, most of my social group was online. Nyght, being a sweet guy and a good friend, would come over every evening after work and let me basically dictate my responses to messages on the BBS's we frequented and typed them in for me, as well as helping out with some of the basic stuff that just needs to be done. One night, he was giving me a backrub and it was so relaxing, I started to fall asleep. At some point, apparently, I started reaching up, running my fingers through his hair, and then pulled him down into a kiss. *I* don't remember doing that - that's how asleep I was! All I knew was I woke up and we were kissing, and something inside me just KNEW that it was the most right thing I'd ever felt. It was like the whole universe just suddenly clicked in place for me. I had to drive him home that night, and on the way back, I heard Pearl Jam's song "Black" which has a line "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky - but why, oh why, can't it be mine?" And I had to pull over to the side of the road because that's was exactly how I was feeling. It never occurred to me that he might actually want to pursue a relationship with me. Thankfully, he did, and initially we said we were just going to date casually, but within about 2 weeks we realized that "casual" just wasn't cutting it and decided to be dating exclusively (not that either of us had gone out with anyone else during those two weeks.) About a month after that, we were snuggled up on my couch, when Nyghtfall got this really blissful look on his face. I asked him what he was thinking and he said "I was just thinking how cool it would be if we could spend the rest of our lives like this." Assuming he was just making a romantic comment, I said "Yeah, that would be nice" - though I considered that to be mainly wishful thinking. The next thing I knew, he'd LEAPED up off the couch, and was bouncing around my living room, exclaiming "Oh my god! I'm getting married, we're getting married! I can't believe this! Oh my god!" and I was just sitting on the couch kind of "Uh.... ok... yeah... I guess that works...." and in a state of total shock. After about a half-hour or so, he settled down, by which time the full implication of what had just happened finally hit me, and *I* started freaking out! It was really funny. So, I've often said that when it comes to my husband and I, we started dating because I accidentally kissed him, and we got engaged because he inadvertently proposed :D
NIC84 NIC84 9 years
Wow. I am in tears from reading all of these amazing stories! Congrats ladies! I wish I had a story to share! =)
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
I love all these stories! Here's my favorite proposal story, my mom and my step-dad's. Well, my mom's visa was about to expire (she's from Mexico), and if she didn't re-new it, she could be deported. My mom had my sister, me, her boyfriend of 6 years (my step-dad), she just graduated from college, and she just started her career. She talked about it with my step-dad because she was worried about us. Well, he pulls out a ring with a small sapphire on it (my mom's birthstone), and says, "I've been saving this for the right time, but with the way life goes, it's either now or never. I don't want to risk losing you, and you can become a U.S. citizen if we get married, oh, and with this, you'll be able to stay. I want you to stay with me for the rest of our lives." A week later, they got married in my aunt's garden and have been happy and achieving the American dream ever since.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Oh my gosh, I love these stories!!! Here's mine: When I met my husband, we both didn't have much money and I was going through a very trying time in my life. One day, I got so sick and ended up calling out of work for a couple of my now hubby came over to the house (I had a roommate in a townhome) to take care of my son. The thing is, I was SO bummed out because my birthday was the same week...I was feeling better, but definitely couldn't go running around town. So after I called out of work for that day, I fell asleep. When I woke up, I turned over to find him laying next to me with my son in between us, napping. He smiled and motioned to the pillow above my son's head, and there was the ring. I started crying as quietly as I could, (didn't want to wake my son) and he whispered, "Will you marry me?" into my ear. We'll be married for 3 years this July. :)
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
there are some really sweet stories here. :) my fiance faked me out with a promise ring on our five-year anniversary, then popped the question with TWO rings for me to choose from the next afternoon, in battery park, where he told me early on in our relationship that he'd propose to me. the sweetest part of this is what he later told me about ring shopping... he went on tuesday night to buy the promise ring, but couldn't stop thinking about how much he wanted to marry me and how happy it would make me, so he went back on wednesday to pick out an engagement ring. i loved the thought behind that. and i wasn't in it for the jewelry, but that part was fun, too!
sunshowers83 sunshowers83 9 years
KaseyGirl, that's an amazing story!!! I think that's the best proposal I've ever heard of!
KaseyGirl KaseyGirl 9 years
This happened to a good friend of mine I worked with: Her and her boyfriend were huge theme park fans, so one weekend her, her boyfriend, their siblings, and a bunch of their close friends went to another town to visit its theme park for the weekend. While there, the group was broken up a lot because of there being so many people. But at one point they all met at this one ride at the same time. When it was time to get on the ride, their entire group managed to make it through the line at the same time, and all be on the ride together. She didn't even notice this until she realized her and her boyfriend were at the very front of the roller coaster train, and she turned around and saw every person in their group on as well. They rode the ride and at the end her boyfriend suggested going to see the candid pictures they take while you are going on a big fall or sharp turn. Once there, they showed everyone one picture at a time; first it was her and her bf, then her 2 sisters..etc. However, the last five people each had a sign saying one word from "Will You Marry Me Steph?", when she finally read it, she turned around and her bf was on his knee with the ring, with all their friends and family watching. The best part about this was the obvious time management and attention to detail her man put into it as well as helpfulness from the staff at the park. I love stories like these!!
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
HA! Skigurl, yours cracked me up - engagement by chocolate sounds like the best! :) I really think that most people love their own story the most because it suits them and their spouse perfectly, which is the whole point and I think that's awesome. My husband proposed on 2-year dating anniversary, which I really should have expected, but I didn't. I woke up to find him walking into my bedroom with a bag in his hand - he'd gone out to get pastries for breakfast for the occasion, to bring me breakfast in bed. He also had a newspaper, which he said was from a guy standing outside the store giving away free samples (they do that around here all the time, trying to convince you to subscribe, so I didn't question that at all). So we ate breakfast, and then we were going to exchange anniversary gifts - I gave him a gift certificate for a drawing class he'd been wanting to take, and he gave me...a DVD set, just a normal TV show on DVD that I'd wanted. I was a little disappointed it wasn't more extravagant, but I didn't want to hurt his feelings to I acted like it was really fantastic. But he put on a face like he was upset that he hadn't done enough, and he grabbed the paper and said something like, "I'll make it up to you - let's find something really fun to do tonight, anything you want, I don't care what it is or what it costs." So he gives me one section of the paper and he takes another and we're looking for things to do. And suddenly, he says, "Oh, hey - this might be good! What do you think?" and he circled something and handed me the paper. I started to read what he circled, and it said something to the effect of, "Jennifer - you are truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. You are my best friend and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?" And while I'm processing this, I look over at him, and he's down on one knee next to the bed with my most perfect engagement ring ever, that he designed himself and was exactly what I wanted even though I never told him what I wanted. I think he got the point that I meant yes when I fell on top of him sobbing like a baby and simultaneously pushing my finger into the ring and kissing him :) I don't think I spoke coherently for at least 5 minutes! Of course I still have the newspaper.
Maragon Maragon 9 years
My fiance pulled me into the People's store on the way home from our 3 year anniversary dinner. He's not big on buying me jewelery, and I don't wear alot of it, so I was confused. He lead me over to the engagement ring counter and told me, simply, "Pick one." And that's when it finally hit me what he was doing. I cried, right in the middle of the store, and walked out with a beautiful white gold solitaire 30 minutes later.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Aphrosette has the best story I've ever heard of. That is great and so sweet. My husband ended up moving up his proposal after we got into a bad car accident. I'm sure he would have come up with something much more romantic if he wasn't rushed but I still love mine. He proposed at the river where we went on our first date and shared our first kiss. I knew it was coming because of the way he was acting but I didn't think it would be at the river and I was so happy.
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