It’s a wonderful time to be alive, in love and planning for your dream wedding. Marriage is, afterall, one of life’s most sacred partnerships. To this end, creative marriage proposals are the stuff of YouTube wedding legend, with more and more people outdoing each other with more and more outlandish ways to pop the question. And while we now live in a country and a time when anyone can marry whoever they love, same-sex or otherwise, some wedding traditions remain elusively unbroken. Like women popping the question, for example. But may this be about to change?
According to a recent survey of 500 men by Glamour Magazine, 33% of men interviewed said that “whoever has the guts” should propose marriage, and 70% said that if their girlfriend proposed to them they would be psyched.
So why don’t women take more initiative with the marriage proposal? Well, some people argue that women view this as a man’s romantic role in the relationship. In a recent New York Times article Amanda Miller, a sociology professor at the University of Indianapolis argued “though women have more power to move the relationship closer to marriage, they still want the man to ask. That’s considered his job.” It is a wedding ritual that many people still cling to, she argues, but there are also many women who no longer feel that they have to abide by those traditional gender roles when it comes to relationships and marriage.
This is especially true on February 29th. In an ancient Irish tradition, Leap Day is a day when women are encouraged to propose to men. This Ladies’ Privilege day is thought to “balance traditional gender roles in a manner not unlike how leap year serves to balance the calendar.” And while this is one day when women jump at the chance to propose marriage, we don’t see why this act has to be limited to just one day. In fact, women not only can, but also should be the ones to propose in some situations.
And to prove it, here are 6 amazing women who popped the question in some truly epic ways.
If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself
Megan Hunt told Huffington Post that she knew she wanted to marry her boyfriend, and she didn’t want to wait for him to propose. Instead, she planned a trip to Chicago and in an interview she said “I had a ring created for him by a jeweler that I know, and I planned this romantic evening that I thought he would love.” Was she a little nervous? Sure, but she also knew it’s what she wanted and what they were ready for. Who says that only a man can surprise his girlfriend with jewelry and a marriage proposal?
Let The Photos Do The Talking
If you’re worried you’ll be too nervous to actually blurt out the words “will you marry me?” you can always let some pictures do the talking. Molly Gibney from Bristol in the UK used the February 29th Ladies’ Privilege day as a chance to pop the question to her love. In a BBC piece she shared her story: she proposed to her boyfriend Paul by showing him five photos of herself standing at five places in Bristol that are significant to them. In each picture she is holding up a sign-together they spell out, “Will you marry me?” This a romantic, simple, beautiful, epic, and really effective way to propose marriage, and it worked.
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Do It At The Ball Game
If your man loves sports, then what better place to propose than at a ball game? And no, a man is not the only one who can arrange a grand marriage proposal at a sporting event. This woman got down on one knee (literally) at a Dallas Stars game, and they weren’t the only ones to enjoy the special moment…fellow spectators at the game celebrated with a round of applause and a whole lot of love. Just watch.
She Did It First
Sometimes one proposal isn’t enough. This bride proposed to her man FIRST, and shortly after accepting her proposal (which is captured in this epic 22+ minute video), he then proposed to her a few days later. Everybody wins in this case. We dare you not to be emotional and smiling ear to ear after you watch the two proposals in action.
Best Birthday Present Ever
Diane von Furstenberg is undeniably stylish and is a female powerhouse in the fashion arena. She is a successful businesswoman and a major role model for girls and women everywhere. And apparently, she also knows how to take charge in her relationships too, and we love that about her. In an interview with O, von Furstenberg told Oprah about how she proposed marriage to her husband. “One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday,” Diane revealed. “And I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you.’ And he said, ‘Let me see if I can arrange it.’” They’ve now been married for 13 years (on top of the 26 years they were together before marriage). Talk about a story to be passed down for generations.
Equality Led To A Marriage Proposal
We already knew we loved Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. But this? They’re just amazing. They give us major #relationshipgoals, and this story of how Bell proposed to her boyfriend of many years gives us all of the feels. Back in 2012 Kristen Bell explained “the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my [gay and lesbian] friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant. Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.” So what happened when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense Of Marriage Act and ruled that same-sex couples deserved the right to get married? She proposed to Dax Shepard on Twitter, of course. Love is love is love is love. And we love this couple, a lot.