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Engagement Proposal

Marriage Proposals: Not Quite Perfect Wedding Proposals of 2008

Sometimes marriage proposals don't go just like you imagined -- here are 8 of them.

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Slept Through It

“My proposal was a surprise. The night before it happened, I had a minor disagreement with my fiance and I went to bed early. In the middle of the night, the phone rang and it was him. He said "I came like a thief in the night to profess my love. Will you marry me?" I thought he was messing around. He said he was serious and that I should check my hand for the ring. There was no ring. Apparently the ring had fallen off and I was lying on it.” -- loconika_14


Vegas, Baby

“I was eating lunch at my desk two weeks after starting a new job. Joe called me and asked if I'd like to go to Vegas with him that weekend and spend the rest of my life with him. No knee, no handholding, no eye contact, no kiss...I just said, ‘Um, okay,’ and he responded, ‘Okay, love ya. Bye!’ Click.” -- Xcat9


Showered With Love

“As I was showering, I saw him walk into the bathroom with his laptop in his hands. It was playing a romantic R&B song called ‘Let's Chill.’ He placed the laptop on the toilet and started dancing. I thought he was nuts and started laughing. He then proceeded to step into the shower with all of his clothes on. I shrieked, ‘What are you doing?!’ His response, ‘Baby, I love you.’ I shrieked back to him, ‘I love you too, but get outta here. Your clothes are getting wet!’ Then he slowly bent down on one knee, took out the ring box, opened it, and asked me to marry him.” -- Anonymous


Up High and Uneasy

“At the last minute, we decided to climb Snowmass Mountain in one day. It’s a 14,092-foot peak and all the guidebooks say that it’s a two-day hike. At the top, I plopped down on a giant rock. Travis came over and held my hand. I was so sick from the climb and the altitude, I quickly pulled my hand away and told him I thought I was going to puke. He took my hand back and said, ‘Don't throw up, marry me.’” -- Travis&Cari


Deja Vu in Paris

“On our first night in Paris, Paul suggested we go to the Eiffel Tower. At the top, he reached into his pocket to dig out the ring, and I blurted out, ‘I can't believe Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes up here. It's so ugly!’ He didn't propose then. Before we left for the airport to return home, we were sitting in this garden behind Notre Dame. Paul explained he didn't really enjoy the vacation because he was so nervous, and then told me that he had tried to propose on the trip several times. I felt horrible and sat silent for a few moments before he said, ‘I can't take it anymore!’ and got down on one knee in the middle of the park and proposed.” -- Meredith


Bite Your Tongue

“I guess he had planned on proposing the next day when we had plans to go hiking...but he got tired of waiting. So at around 11:30 p.m., he woke me up and said, ‘You really need to come outside and see the stars.’ Half asleep, I got up. With two sweatshirts on (complete with hood) and socks pulled up to my knees, I walked out onto the deck. ‘Okay, what did you want me to see?’ I asked. He pointed into the middle of nowhere and said, ‘I think that’s the Milky Way over there...’ Not convinced I said, ‘Shut up, you don’t know what you are talking about. I'm going inside.’ And by the time I turned around, he was on one knee.” -- emma.cordova


Murky Water

“While scuba diving together, we got to about 15 feet and the visibility of the water was horrible. He stopped and made us kneel on the bottom of the ocean floor. He kept pointing out to sea, then pointing to me and then to himself. I was confused and getting upset because I didn't understand what he wanted. I started to cry and tried to surface. When he came up, he said, ‘I was trying to ask you to marry me!’" -- Monica


With Extra Cheese

“We went to Chuck E. Cheese for some really bad pizza and fun games. Once we were done, we went to exchange our tickets for prizes. I let the guy know that I wanted the pink star ring and he proceeded to pull out a blue ring box. Inside the box was a piece of paper that read, ‘Do you want to trade?’ and a blue plastic ring. Yeah, I wanted to trade -- I wanted the pink star! I l told the guy and he just stared at me. ‘Uh, are you sure you don't want to trade for the one behind you?’ I turned around and I saw JJ on one knee. Was he really proposing at Chuck E. Cheese? I started to laugh and said, ‘Yes! Of course I'll marry you!’” -- Liz

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