15 Crazy Marriage Proposal Incident Stories
Popping the big question has always been an event that many people want to
make memorable and drastic. Sometimes the planned proposal idea works out great
while other times it fails miserably. When the plan does go awry, the aftermath
can either result in a rejected proposal or a miraculous turn of events.
Sometimes it just may all work itself out after all. Nevertheless, there have
been some remarkable marriage proposal stories documented.
15) Marriage Proposal by Police
Baltimore State Delegate Jon S. Cardin staged a curious and elaborate stunt
with which to propose to his girlfriend. He had figured it was a fantastic move
to take a friend’s yacht then arrange for on-duty police to raid the boat by air
and by sea. Officers boarded and searched the vessel. Megan Homer was expecting
to be handcuffed and arrested when Cardin proposed. She accepted.
The stunt turned bad when officials of the Baltimore Police
Department heard of the incident and had some questions regarding the abuse of
resources, given the area was already short on finances. The department's chief
spokesman Anthony Guglielmi pointed out to those involved that the police were
only intended for the safety of the public – not the public’s amusement.
To make a bad situation worse, Cardin responded to the subsequent media
scrutiny with a lie that the police involved had merely been conducting a
standard safety check. In an attempt to smooth things over with the police and
public, Cardin vowed to pay back the police for any and all expenses that the
14) Hiking Proposal
In 2009, one man decided he’d propose to his girlfriend while doing something
they both loved – hiking. While the idea itself wasn’t bad, it would prove
ill-conceived. Leading up to the proposal, everything went fine. They had a
great experience hiking to the very top of a steep trail, where the man then
asked his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes, delirious with happiness –
like, seriously delirious.
She was so excited by the marriage proposal that she lost her balance and fell ten
feet down the steep incline. She was knocked unconscious. Rescue workers had to
fly the woman out of the area by helicopter. Her injuries weren’t
13) Ring Cake
Inspired by fanciful and evidently hazardous romantic comedy movies, Mr. Chen
had the idea that it would be a grand romantic gesture to bake an engagement
ring into a cake for his partner.
Chen’s girlfriend Wen was in the middle of consuming the treat when Chen got
down on one knee. Before he could propose, Wen cut him off – when she collapsed
after she swallowed the ring in a single mouth full of cake. Wen was promptly
taken to the hospital where they were able to remove the ring. Remarkably after
Wen regained consciousness, she accepted Chen’s marriage proposal.
12) Proposal by Bed Sheets
In 2013, Clifton Smith opted to propose to his childhood sweetheart by
arranging bed sheets to spelling out a message on her family's farm. The 15-foot
tall letters were placed on an acre of vacant land that his girlfriend’s father
had mowed to resemble a love heart.
Smith then arranged a flight for his
girlfriend Rachel over the area. She said yes.
11) Marriage Proposal by Arrest
In 2013, Ben Vienneau collaborated with the police to pretend to arrest
Vienneau’s girlfriend, Marcia Belyea. Vienneau arranged for police to pull over
Belyea while she was out driving, while Vienneau sat beside her in the passenger
One officer told Belyea that she had failed to pay $2,000 in fines and was
facing up to 30 days in jail. She was told to step out of her car and was led to
the police vehicle. Belyea was in tears as she was put into the back of the
police car when the officer told her that he would forget about the fines if she
agreed to marry Vienneau. Belyea said yes, inexplicably forgiving her boyfriend
for the incident, which he also filmed and entered into a radio station contest
in an attempt to win $20,000.
10) Proposal by Crash
In 2012, Ryan Thompson utilized his training as a pilot to propose to his
girlfriend in one of the most questionable ways. Thompson and his partner were
on a flight over Chicago when he informed her that he’d lost control of the
plane and that they might crash.
He gave his girlfriend a piece of paper, which he claimed had the protocol
for such emergency situation. He told her to read the “instructions” aloud. She
unwittingly read her own marriage proposal, though was so panicked that it
didn’t dawn on her for several minutes.
Once she’d regained her composure and realized what was happening, she
accepted the proposal. She was even impressed with her partner’s inventiveness.
9) Marriage Proposal by Racetrack
In 2013, two autocross enthusiasts Jack Wile and his girlfriend Maggie
O’Brien were in the middle of a practice run on a race course. After dodging a
number of obstacles, Wile slammed on the brakes. Confused, O’Brien asked what he
Wile took out a ring box and explained that O’Brien was the most
amazing woman he’d ever known and that he wanted her to be his co-driver for the
rest of his life. She said yes. Wile had also had a camera on the car’s
dashboard to record the event.
8) X-Ray Table Proposal
When Kaitlin Whipple’s friends took her on in a chugging challenge she
accidentally swallowed the ring that her boyfriend Reed Harris had placed in her
drink. How she was supposed to scull the drink without swallowing or choking on
it was never really clear.
Whipple was rushed to hospital after the incident. X-rays revealed the ring
in her stomach. Harris seized the opportunity and with the x-ray image of the
ring in hand, he proposed to Whipple, who accepted. She passed the ring days
7) Music Clip
Pete Simson hired a camera operator and produced a short video of himself
dancing and miming Daniel Bedingfield’s song ‘If You’re Not the One’. The clip
involved sequences of Simson on a bed and ostentatiously dressed dance scenes.
The film closed with Simson proposing to his girlfriend. Simson took his
girlfriend to the cinema, where he’d arranged for the film to be played. His
girlfriend said yes.
6) Balloon Proposal
Lefkos Hajji thought attaching a $1000 engagement ring to a balloon was a
great idea... until it got caught up in the wind and Hajji lost control of it.
Then lost sight of it. After two days of searching, he was forced to give up and
accept the loss.
Somewhat fortunately for him, his girlfriend didn’t leave him
over the incident... though she refused to speak to him until he bought her
another expensive ring.
5) Disneyland Dance
In one elaborate stunt a man arranged a flash mob of dancers to gather in
front of his girlfriend, while the couple were at Disneyland one day.
Disneyland Main Street
joined in with the dancers making a strange and awkward situation for his
girlfriend even weirder, before popping the question. She said yes.
4) Proposal with Zach Braff's Help
In 2013, when Matt Hulbert decided to propose to his girlfriend Janice he
managed to enlist the help of former 'Scrubs' star, Zach Braff, who appeared in
a YouTube video for Hulbert. The footage shows Braff listening to some of
He then speaks directly to Janice, explaining that Hulbert
wanted to marry her. The footage then features various friends and family of the
couple encouraging her to say yes, which she did.
3) Marriage Proposal by Angry Birds
In 2013, Angry Birds fan Ben Levi decided to use his favorite game to propose
to his girlfriend, Melissa Swift. The hardcore gamer got a custom-made level of
the game produced, through which he popped the question.
He went to such extreme measures as to get the game’s creator Rovio to
develop a unique game level that ended with the message, “Marry Me Mel”. Levi
decided to use the game despite that fact that Swift actually hated it,
especially because of his addiction to it.
Nevertheless, Swift accepted the marriage proposal and now loves the game given that
it got Levi to propose – as the game was the only thing that would and could
have motivate him to do so. Whether she’s happy with his plans for an Angry
Birds themed wedding is anyone’s guess.
2) Proposal Through Google Glass
In 2013, Breon Nagy broke new ground while wearing Google Glasses – the
company’s head-mounted computer technology – when he popped the question to his
girlfriend Amanda Ingle.
By Loic Le Meur (Flickr: Loic Le Meur on Google Glass) [CC-BY-2.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
The video recorder in the glasses captured the moment,
which was then spread over the internet.
1) The Faked Death
You always want to be certain that the person you want to propose to actually
loves you in order to save yourself both a crushing rejection or perhaps years
of mediocre married life. Russian man Alexey Bykov thought the best way to
determine if his would-be wife really loved him would be to fake his death.
Bykov contacted a film maker, along with an entire film crew – make-up
artist, stuntmen, script writer etc. – to help him stage a fake car accident.
Bykov then organized a time for he and his girlfriend Irena Kolokov to meet up.
When she arrived at the location she found Bykov had seemingly been involved
in a serious car accident. He was covered in blood in the middle of the road. An
actor dressed up like a paramedic told Kolokov that Bykov was dead. Kolokov was
devastated. Delighted, Bykov sprung up and proposed. Kolokov accepted.
Extreme and unusual marriage proposal stories are popping up everywhere.
People are going to continue to test the limits and the norms of society's
standards. But if the result of the proposal ends in an "I do", then no matter
how bizarre the proposal was, it still ended up being a success.
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