So many feels.
I think we can all agree that proposals are intensely emotional experiences, because choosing to spend the rest of your life with one person is a big deal (not that I would know … LOL). Leading up to the big moment, your palms are sweaty, your knees feel weak, your arms are heavy, there’s vomit on your sweater already … OK, I might be getting it confused with Eminem, but you get the point. These proposals are basically straight out of all your favorite romance movies on Netflix, but with less ice cream binging alone in your room (guilty).
1. “I was so nervous that I was sick to my stomach. Not nervous about whether she would say yes, but nervous because the proposal included performing an original song in front of a packed bar, and having all of our friends and family show up to witness it all without my girlfriend at the knowing. Plus keeping all of this a secret from her for so long nearly drove me insane. A few hours before the proposal, I blurted out something like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m engaged to the most beautiful woman alive.’ I meant to say ‘dating the most beautiful woman…’ But it didn’t come out that way. So after months of planning, I almost blew my cover with one stupid slip of the tongue. Anyway, it all went off without a hitch and we’ve been happily married for four years … It felt really good to propose; it was a mixture of relief, excitement, and joy. Once she said yes, put the ring on, turned around, and saw all of the surprise guests, it was all smiles for both of us the rest of the night.” —Steve, 31
2. “I felt an eerie sense of calm right before proposing. I remember looking into the beautiful blue eyes of Chani and just seeing the fantastic future we would spend together sprawling out before me. Being with her felt like destiny! It was such a beautiful moment that when I went down on one knee, I actually shed a tear!”—Maud’Dib, 31
3. “I was excited, nervous, and sweaty. I had a whole speech ready to go and I forgot it all as soon as I started. It turned out OK though. She said yes!” —David, 24
4. “It’s incredible having 100 pairs of eyes on you, and caring so much about just one of them that the other 99 disappear.“ —Peter, 25
5. “It was an exciting moment, knowing that I was finally able to take the next step in my relationship with the one I loved. No nervousness or anything like that.” —John, 23
6. “It felt absolutely wonderful; I don’t think there are actually words to convey how wonderful it felt. As trans people, finding someone so completely accepting of you can be a struggle. I feel incredibly lucky to have found my fiancée, and to know that she loves and accepts me completely. Our story is actually kind of strange; I had proposed to her before, but we had been having an emotional day, and while we were talking it out at dinner, she asked me if I really wanted to marry her. I told her to give me the ring back and I’d ask her again in the middle of the mostly empty restaurant. I knelt down at her feet, looked into her eyes, and knew that this is the woman I want to spend my whole life with. When I asked her to marry me, her whole face lit up with joy, and if I had had any doubts before then that this was the right thing, they would have been gone in that instant. I was able to see on her face that she knows without a doubt she is loved, cared for, accepted, and wanted, and I want to spend my life making sure she never doubts those things.” —Loki, 29
7. “Proposing was an odd feeling. It was odd because I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions. First, I was anxious, I proposed around 6:30 p.m. so it felt like the longest day of my life waiting for the time to come. I was overwhelmingly excited — I’ve known Brooke was The One ever since she decided to give me a chance. I was so happy and so excited to ask the love of my love to marry me. As it got closer I got scared — my brain started messing with me: I started to get nervous whether or not she would say yes and wondered if I was a little too over the top with my proposal surprise, etc. When I finally saw Brooke walk around the corner, my heart was pounding, and I was overwhelmed with so many emotions. I was so nervous as she walked up to me, but when she got to me, she hugged me and everything else in the world stopped. Everything in the world felt right when she was in my arms. I nervously said a bunch of cheesy stuff to her and then got down on one knee … and then she said yes! And then I was overwhelmed with happiness, gratitude, and thankfulness. I felt like I just won the lottery. The girl of my dreams, the one who I know without a single doubt in my mind that is the one for me, was finally my fiancée … And that felt awesome.” —Eric, 25
8. “I felt very, very nervous but excited at the same time. That was leading up to the asking. When I actually did, it was probably the happiest I’ve ever been. Seeing the look of disbelief [and] surprise on her face. I was a little nervous at first because she seemed to not really believe me and didn’t answer right away. But once it finally sank in that I wasn’t joking, seeing her tear up and say yes, I was flooded with happiness. I couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear.” —Tommy, 24
9. “This is the most important question you will ever ask in your life. The minutes and seconds prior to proposal go flying by but all at the same time, it feels like an eternity. You want to remember every second of the proposal. While you’re proposing, your heart is going a mile a minute. Then after she says yes, you place the ring on her finger (on the correct hand), and you share the first kiss as an engaged couple. In that moment, all the worrying and nerves are worth it.” —Jeff, 25
10. “I was a ball of nerves, despite the fact that we’d been talking about this for months, and she knew it was coming and picked out her own ring. But still, super nervous. Because even though she would have been happy with it anywhere, she’s perfect and deserved a perfect memory. So I found the right strip of beach, and just the right spot with a mountain and lake in the background, handed my sister my phone to take pictures, and dropped the question. She said yes. I knew she would, but it was such an amazing feeling to hear it and see her face and know we’d be together forever.” —Stephen, 25
11. “In one word: natural. I wasn’t nervous. Because I knew that she would say yes, and not out of arrogance, but because we had talked about itm and it felt like a natural next step, not a leap.” —Nathan, 28
12. “Like the moment when you’re edging to the start of a large waterslide and gravity takes over. No turning back. Swiftly followed by the rush of excitement coupled with adrenaline, and of course a healthy dose of relief.” —Matt, 25
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