Charlotte Hannah
January 02, 2013

The 5 Best Public Marriage Proposals We’ve Seen – And One Dishonorable Mention (VIDEOS)

Public marriage proposals are a very iffy thing. On the one hand, if they’re done without the proposee’s prior consent, they can be a great way to humiliate and/or emotionally manipulate a “yes.” And some people feel public proposals are rude and awkward for the strangers forced to witness them.

On the other hand, if the proposee seems genuinely thrilled about the proposal, public proposals can be freaking adorable. So, let’s make the assumption all the women in the following videos were aware of their partners’ intent to publicly propose and just enjoy the cuteness.

Here are five of the best public marriage proposals ever. Say it with me now: Awwwwww!

Coming soon to a chapel near you

If you ignore the somewhat controversial concept of asking her father’s permission and the questionable language used therein, this is one sweet proposal. The look on her face when she realizes what’s going on is priceless.

And they call it Muppet love

This is another fake movie trailer proposal, but this one has a twist: it features Muppets created in the likenesses of the couple. If you’re game, read the whole sweet story of how this special proposal came to be over at Sid Ceaser’s website.

A very special report: Will you marry me?

There have been plenty of live-on-TV proposals, but we particularly like this one, in which news anchor Mark Rivera proposed to reporter Alissa Groeninger on air. It just seems so genuine and not contrived.

He loves me, he loves me… yeah, he definitely loves me

While on a romantic stroll with her boyfriend, this woman began receiving flowers from strangers – so many, in fact, that she could barely carry them all. Then, having quickly and surreptitiously changed into a tuxedo, her beau proposed. Cute!

Lip dub love

You probably won’t be surprised to know that the guy who planned this proposal is an actor, and that the couple met at an audition for “West Side Story.” You also probably won’t be surprised that his community effort lip dub proposal went crazy viral, racking up almost half a million views on YouTube in just a day.

Dishonorable mention: guy who faked his own death

Photo credit: Europics

Remember that thing I said earlier about how public proposals, if not executed with care, can be a very public form of emotional manipulation? Well, this guy is a perfect example of that. This dude orchestrated a fake car crash to convince his love that he was dead, before springing to “life” and proposing to her. The reasoning behind the creepy proposal?

“I wanted her to realize how empty her life would be without me and how life would have no meaning without me,” he said.