6 Public Proposal Dos and Don’ts

Thinking of proposing in front of a few dozen, hundred, or thousand unsuspecting strangers? There’s a not-so-fine line between romantic and horrifying. Actually, three not-so-fine lines. Watch and learn from these public proposals, plus our dos and don’ts of popping the question in public:

Don’t do it if you’re not sure what the answer will be.

Do discuss the future of your relationship in the privacy of your own home. If you’re going to propose on the JumboTron like this guy, at least make sure you’ve floated the whole marriage idea to your significant other before getting down on one knee. Getting married is a mutual decision. The proposal should not be the first time your significant other finds out you’re thinking about marriage.

Don’t trap them. Figuratively or literally, such as 30,000 feet in the air, in a plane.

Do give them an out so they’re not pressured to say yes in the moment…only to go back on it later. Hey, we’re sure he or she will say yes! But juuuuust in case, maybe don’t propose when their only escape option if they say no is jumping out of plane. (Spoiler alert: the woman in this video says yes…but who wants to say no to someone they’re about to spend hours on a plane with?)

Don’t do it in a food court. Really, no intimate moments of any kind, emotional or physical, in a food court please.

Do…not do this under any circumstance. Sorry, there is no “do” in this situation. Even if it’s where you first met. Even if the smell of fries now reminds you of her. No one wants to be proposed to with the soft sounds of “Welcome to Wendy’s. Can I take your order?” in the background.

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Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K4 years ago

I do like that this tips this article gives includes understanding who your partner is, and what (most likely) her expectations are. That being said, there's a lot of pressure for the perfect proposal and wedding. Maybe engagement should be a time about worrying about what your life in general will be like together. It may be as long as sixty years, maybe more even.

sandra j.
sandra j4 years ago

There is a guy out there that asked the question publicly (on t.v) and her answer was no....I feel for him,but to think it'll go well-she just can't refuse publicly is a mistake. Some women resent being put on the spot and aren't afraid to say it...even in front of millions

Gyan T.
Gyan T4 years ago

Ummm. Even the positive one has a slight squirm factor.

Danial W.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank You

Alina Siluyanova
Alina Siluyanova4 years ago

i've never seen it in real! has anyone here?
i think it is beautiful :) i liked the second video in the plane and i am very sorry to the man who was dumped in the food court :( he was talking a lot with her; why she left in the last moment if she guessed what was going on? strange lady
i think, to make it in public requires to know the person pretty well - what she likes, how she will like the proposal to happen, when the moment is really good. it is different for everybody. smb may like it in the plane; another person will sit there in horror waiting for the plane to land, stressed and angry - not good time for a proposal to such a woman )
but in total i think the idea is still very romantic )))))))))))

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Being 100% sure what the answer will be helps. What helps even more is not being chintzy with the ring in a public proposal.

Kayla Paolini
Kayla Paolini4 years ago

it really honestly depends on the person ! before you propose to someone you should really understand if there a public or privet person if u dont know tht about them u probably shouldnt even be thinking of proposing

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti4 years ago

It's touchy. What's wrong with a regular proposal?

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Perhaps all people need is courage

Mary S.
Mary S5 years ago

My husband proposed to me in a hotel room right after I was gushing about how happy I was to be with him in that moment and I couldn't be happier. Well, he proved me wrong!