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No ring, no problem for these 10 guys

Published: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 3:20 p.m. MDT

Here are 10 different stories of men proposing to women without a wedding ring.

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How important is the diamond ring when it comes to marriage proposals?

Writers at The Federalist, like Rachel Lu and Emma Elliott Freire, have looked specifically at the state of the diamond ring — wondering if it’s necessary and if there might be a better alternative out there.

Choosing whether to include a diamond ring in a proposal is risky business. According to a survey earlier this year, 1 in 5 women are left disappointed by their man’s proposals, Daily Mail reported, with one of the main reasons being the lack of a diamond ring. One in 10 women will turn down the proposal if they are unsatisfied with the ring chosen for them, Daily Mail reported.

Some, like Catherine Strawn of The Frisky, a lifestyle blog, raised the question of whether or not it should be considered a proposal if there isn’t a ring. According to her blog, a ring is necessary for most women. TheKnot.com, a marriage research and news website, found that no ring is often the No. 1 reason for women saying "no" during proposals.

But the Yano Research Institute found that the number of men proposing with diamond rings is on the decline, showing a shift in culture in the way marriage proposals are made.

So, if you're wondering whether to propose with a ring or not, the data says spending the cash is worth it. But there are some who don't follow that rule.

In fact, here are 10 times men proposed to women without a diamond ring:

Hot dog hero

It wasn’t mustard and ketchup that Wang Chiu used to add flavor to his wedding proposal: It was hot dogs.

According to the Mirror, the 32-year-old Chiu placed 1,001 hotdogs in a room, with the word “love” spelled out in the center, as a way of proposing to his girlfriend Zhen Juan Kang. This was a hat tip to their beginnings where they met at a hot dog stand in Thailand.

Once Kang read the message, Chiu was there to propose. Kang said "yes."

“Luckily the sausage-fan said ‘I do,’ and the pair have since warned wedding guests that sausages will also play a big role at their upcoming wedding,” the Mirror reported.

Text message

Leave it to a professional athlete to change the game of marriage proposals.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Culter didn’t take a knee and hand a ring up to his girlfriend Kristin Cavallari.

According to The Huffington Post, Cutler sent a casual text message that read: “Oh, shall we get married?” Cavallari said "yes," and then was mailed the ring later on, HuffPost said.

At the ballgame

Proposing at a baseball stadium or any other sports venue is more often seen in movies than in real life.

But it’s certainly doable, even if 10 percent of women like the idea of being proposed to in a stadium, according to weddings.com.

The casual question

Evelyn didn’t expect to get a marriage proposal on the worst day of her life. In a blog post on A Practical Wedding, Evelyn explained her story. On that day, she was having a terrible day with her friends. She was rude, inconsiderate and frustrated with everyone she interacted with, she explained. Going to lunch with her friends, she stormed off in frustration for how she was treating people.

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