The pressure must be horrific… it is February 12th and in two days, TWO DAYS, it will be Valentines Day. You know what that means right? It means that all over the world, amid the overpowering scent of red roses and Casa Blanca lilies (and sweat), men and women both young and old will be popping the “big” question to their significant other.
Will you marry me?
Years ago, it was as simple as planning an intimate dinner for two, hiding the ring in the parfait and anxiously waiting for it to be found (or swallowed). Then something happened and the bar began to rise slightly.
It became a well-placed $50 dollar bill in the hands of a camera operator during the big game and voila! The camera magically locates your sweetheart in the stadium and flashes it onto the Jumbotron with the caption, “Will you marry me?” The odd flip phone in the audience catches the image and it is posted on Facebook. During those days, it was difficult for anything to go “viral” because there was no twitter, no Instagram.
But still… word got around and once again the bar inched a little higher.
Enter stage left: YouTube.
Apparently everyone can be a film director and apparently everyone wants/needs/craves 15 minutes of fame. Those with a shred of creativity and an Apple imovie application start to film their fabulously unique, theatrically produced proposals and post them on YouTube for everyone to see.
The sweat now begins to trickle down between the shoulder blades of those less photogenic folks in the world.
The ‘Wedding Proposal Planner’ websites begin to pop up. A Google search yields results like, “ You can upgrade a diamond but you can never change a memory” and “The moment you ask, “Will You Marry Me?” will be remembered forever”.
Oh my goodness! Such pressure to provide the perfect, memorable, magnificent, show-stopping, chart topping, lip-dubbing, toe tapping, high-flying proposal.
Pressure… so much pressure.
Because it is almost Valentines Day, I figured I would add to the pressure, by sharing some unique wedding proposal examples:
Zero Gravity: A Boeing 727 was hired to provide a zero gravity adventure for one lucky couple. After climbing to 35,000 feet, the jet takes a nose-dive to 24,000 feet during which time the couple experiences zero gravity. It is during these few seconds that the proposal occurs.
“Cops” Proposal: The redneck who obviously watched “Cops” religiously decides to stage a pretend raid of his own boat (including helicopters hovering above) while he and his girlfriend slept. The police officers then proceed to handcuff the girlfriend and as she turns with her hands behind her back, her boyfriend gets down on one knee to propose. How romantic…
The Coffee Addict: You know you really love your coffee when you build a Starbucks in the woods. I am not kidding… Apparently this couple had their very first date in a Starbucks. So, when it was time to pop the question, the boyfriend recreated a Starbucks out in the forest, complete with a Barista.
In “plane” sight: This over-achiever enlisted his friends and family to create the words, “Marry Me” with red balloons on a snowy lake. The unsuspecting girlfriend then went on a sight-seeing plane ride and just happened to fly over the proposal. It was all caught on multiple cameras so that it could be edited to show her reaction.
Have I scared you just a little? Are you concerned that the love of your life will say “No” if you haven’t hired a camera crew to hide in the bushes, a swan wrangler to… well wrangle the swans that will magically appear beside your row boat at the very moment that you pop the question as a symphony orchestra begins to play “A Thousand Years” from the shore?
Don’t be scared. Chances are that he or she just wants to be asked and remember… millions of beautiful proposals have only been captured by the couple’s memory and that is perfectly alright…
Happy Valentines Day!
Judy Kucharuk is owner of Footprint Management Systems Inc. and specializes in Green Meetings and Event Innovation. Currently President of GMIC Canada Chapter in Formation. For more info log onto her blog www.managefootprint.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter @judylaine