Story Weekend: Marriage Proposal

Do you have an interesting marriage proposal story?  If so, I’d love to hear it.

If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪ The story must be true

▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.


  1. Marlene Rosol on January 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    We were living together and he came home one day, started changing out of his work clothes, and told me that he was going to be taking a business trip. He asked me if I would pick him up from the airport on his return home. Then he started going on about a comedian we had seen who said the best part of being married is you’re always assured of a ride home from the airport. I said, “What are you talking about?” and he replied, “I want you to marry me.” Just like that, matter-of-factly — no fancy dinner, no roses, no down-on-one-knee. And you know what? I accepted! We’ll be married 25 years this August.

  2. Karla Rogers on January 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    One day we were watching TV and he said “maybe we should get married.” I thought about it for a second and said “okay.” Our 15 year anniversary is this year so it was obviously a good idea.

  3. Dana on January 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    He was forty and never before married. I was newly divorced with two young daughters. He had mentioned marriage a handful of times over the course of a year, but I never took him seriously. A bonafide bachelor and a single mom. Not likely.

    One evening he got down on one knee, and held out a three-stone diamond ring. He asked me to marry him saying that the three stones signified his commitment to me as well as his commitment to my children. We married in November 2013, and next month we’ll be adding a fourth diamond to that ring.

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Awww. . . that got me. Beautiful.

  4. Susan Cawson on January 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    It started with a phone call to her father who made him sweat. Could he propose when we all went to Florida. The ring was bought, a long flight and we arrive at our hotel. The next day we all troop to Magic Kingdom hubby and I in anticipation of a proposal (nothing happens). He had forgot to take the ring(it was his first Disney trip). The next day we had a deluge of rain that lasted most of the day. We trooped to Magic Kingdom again and he proposed on one knee in the middle of Maine Street just after the parade. It was very emotional she did not have a clue, she was so shocked she was shaking, but she said yes. That was in April last year, wedding is Juky 2015, I am looking for a mother of the bride outfit for our daughters disney inspired wedding. I felt privalaged to be part of the proposal.

  5. Gemma Gay on January 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    The sirens started early. We were cramped together with lots of people. Sounds of bombs were terrifyingly close. I cuddled up to my boyfriend. After what seemed an eternity the all clear sounded. My boyfriend turned to me and with a beautiful sapphire ring in his hand asked me to marry him. I said yes whilst people cheered around us. We were safe; we were not in a real air raid shelter but at a 1940’s dinner dance, and involved in an air raid re enactment. I love the 1940’s. This was the most romantic moment of my life.

    • Dana on January 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Please tell me you’ve seen Grease II and remember the bomb shelter scene.
      “Let’s Do it for Our Country”

    • Dana on January 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      I want to attend a 1940s dinner dance. We would love that – period costumes, music, etc. So fun!!

  6. Samantha Newey on January 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    We met in 2005 4 months before my 4 yr old daughter was diagnosed with cancer,as a new relationship we spilt so I could concentrate on my daughter’s treatment, we stayed in touch for the following two yrs. May 2007 I was told my daughter was dying and there’s was no more anyone could do, she was 6 yrs old. I called Paul, he came to be by our side that night and was with us both till the end, making her last few weeks special, she loved Paul. 6 months later he moved in, yr and half later, on Christmas Eve with our new baby by our side and standing by the Christmas tree he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, I said yes. May 2012 on my late daughters 11th birthday we married with our by then 2 daughters at our side.

  7. Christi on January 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    She left me lots of notes on post-its when we were first dating. I wrote Will you marry me? On dozens of post it notes and had a friend place them in the park where we went for a date a year before. Then we went for a repeat of that date, and the notes were there, waiting. At first she didn’t believe they were for her. We will celebrate one year in March.

  8. Debbie Bathurst on January 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

    We were sitting in the car on our 2nd date in August of 1983 and he handed me a 3X5 card that said: I’ll be yours, if you’ll be mine and then we can be together until the end of time. Thirty-two years later I still have that 3X5 card and I’m still his and he’s still mine, together until the end of time. I love my Pennsylvania boy!!!

  9. Louise Hoffman Broach on January 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I think David and I knew we were going to get married. We’d bought a house together. He had given me a pearl engagement ring, but neither one of us actually ever asked the other to get married. We picked a date to get married in our house. We were in our 30s and no one was going to give us a wedding. I bought a dress, and a lace collar for my dog and a bow tie for Hank, David’s dog. We asked my friend, who was a judge at the time, to come to our house to do the wedding. There were about 40 people, and as we were waiting for the ceremony to begin, it occurred to me that no one ever said the words “Will you marry me?” I told David he better formally ask me or I wasn’t going through with it. He did. We will be married 20 years Jan. 28.

  10. Fiona Walker on January 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

    We were travelling in New Zealand and Australia together for 10 weeks and had a fantastic time! We had 3 nights on Fraser Island and on the 3rd night, by the campfire, he asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes but unbeknown to me, I had been helping to carry the ring in our bag for the past 6 weeks! He was too scared to leave it behind when we went swimming with dolphins, glacier walking, rafting, canyoning, bungee jumping and everything else we did during that trip. So the ring joined us in all these activities without me knowing – who knows how I didn’t manage to spot the ring box in the bag! We celebrate our 10th anniversary next year!

  11. Martha O'Quinn on January 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    My granddaughter’s now husband is creature/monster/cartoon artist. He had just completed a summer internship in California and had returned home and planned a special dinner in downtown Atlanta. She thought it was to celebrate his return home. Instead, he had arranged for champagne and dipped strawberries for dessert and produced a diamond ring. She barely had time to say “yes” when he gave her a crock-pot recipe book with a special page marked on which was a recipe for marriage. Then he took her to an outdoor showing of “Jaws” on the big, big screen and asked her if he could have a replica of the shark as his groom’s cake at the wedding. He always said he knew she would be his wife because the other girls he dated all said “eeeeww” when he told them what he wanted to be when he grew up; my granddaughter said “cool.”

  12. Helen Kavanagh on January 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    We were watching TV one night and he turned to me and said, “How are going to afford a ring?” I said, “I don’t even want an expensive ring, I don’t care about stuff like that.” So we got in the car and went to Wal-Mart and I saw one I liked. I asked the lady how much and she said, “Six.” I said, “$600?” And she she said, “No, $6.” My husband-to-be said that was a little too cheap, so we settled on a $60 ring, which I am still wearing 12 years later, along with my wedding band. We are still going strong after 11 years of marriage and 3 kids!

  13. Elaine on January 12, 2015 at 5:55 am

    I was about 17 and going through a very challenging year, I was dating a guy for a few months, I didn’t think it was serious. (Seems he did).
    We were in a very small nightclub with some friends one night when the music stopped and the DJ made a ‘special announcement’ a light was shining at me and my guy was on one knee. I was mortified, it was awful but everyone was watching so I couldn’t say no, however on the bright side we did get free fizzy wine and some roses!
    We broke up a few days later and I am now 33 and thanks to a recent law change in the UK I’m getting married in May to my Lovely girlfriend of 4 years … I guess it was never going to work really

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Hooray for the enlightened laws sweeping the world! Congratulations!

  14. Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

    These posts are some of my all-time Story Weekend stories. Just lovely to read. Thank you all for taking the time to share.

  15. Vickie bloomer on January 12, 2015 at 11:12 am

    In the fall of 1931, my parents with friends climbed to the top of Mount Pilot in North Carolina. While looking over the edge, he grabbed her arm and said,” Woman will you marry me or shall I push you off?”

  16. JoAnne McCrone-Ephraim on January 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    It was Labor Day Weekend on a balmy night down LBI in ’63. We were enjoying a romantic evening on a moonlit beach celebrating our 6th month anniversary of our “official” !st date. While sharing memories of our 4 years of friendship we enjoyed since first meeting, Nick also shared he always knew he wanted to spend his life with me, presented me with an engagement ring and asked me to marry him. Although he did not write it in the sand (lol). of course I said, “Yes!”

    We were married 2 years later and will be joyfully celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. We have been truly blessed with many more cherished memories to reflect on and our life together has been grand!

    Although a bit late, Zan, and certainly not an unusual proposal, I though you just might enjoy this one. 🙂

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

      JoAnne, I do love it! Fifty years! How amazing and wonderful.

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