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.
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.
But Nick, her boyfriend for five years, knew exactly how to cure that, she explained. As Evelyn sobbed herself to sleep in bed, distraught and broken from the heartbreaking day she had, Nick pulled out a little wooden band and asked her, simply, to marry her, she wrote.
She said "yes," and it showed her something about the way life works. She said the big moments — the pregnancies, parties and proposals — aren’t always perfectly orchestrated. They can come out of nowhere and still mean a lot to everyone involved.
The Internet inquiry
Given the growth of technology, it’s no question the Internet is a wide-open landscape for people to propose on. Such is the case with Katie Kendall.
Len Kendall, her then-boyfriend, decided to post a meme-like photo of him proposing to Katie, and soon it went viral across the Internet, according to The Huffington Post. Fans and commenters from across the country reposted the photo, and soon the hashtag #SayYesKatie was popping up on Twitter and social media, HuffPost reported. Katie then told Twitter she said "yes."
An early bouquet of flowers
Let the flowers grow.
That was the strategy for this YouTube video’s characters. One spring, a man plants a seed into the ground. The seed grows throughout the seasons into a patch of flowers. Then, the man’s beloved looks out the window and notices the flowers. Written in the vegetation are the words “marry me.” Though an answer is not given in the video, the signs on the woman’s face look like a total yes. Go, flower guy.
A Pennsylvania man proposed similarly, using a batch of flowers, according to The Patriot-News.
Tap A to accept
Who knew a video game could be used to pop the question? That’s what this one video-gamer did, hacking into the system and rewriting the game’s code to offer a wedding proposal.
“I love my maiden more than anything in the world, and I am her knight. I’m sure she would recognize me under all this armor,” the game’s code read. “Would you marry me?”
She said "yes," according to the YouTube video. But her first response?
“You are such a nerd," she said.
You can use your iPhone for a number of things. Music, making calls and even marriage proposals. One YouTube user made a parody iPhone commercial for his girlfriend by showing her a variety of things that can be done with the smartphone.
At the end, the user says you can use the phone to propose. Talk about innovative technology.
Dying for marriage
Faking your death isn’t really that cool, but it’s a different way to propose. Take this one guy who fell off the side of a building onto a blown up safety blob on the street. When his girlfriend looked over the ledge, fearful that her boyfriend had died, she saw the proposal written on the ground.
He was dying with laughter, and she was dying with shock and surprise.
Maybe a little much
Not every wedding proposal goes so well — and this one definitely didn’t have a ring to save it. While in a mall with his girlfriend, this man not only brought over a band to strum guitars to set the mood, but he also publicly announced to the crowd around him that he was going to propose.
In what seems like a sweet moment, things turn sour once the man gets down on one knee. The woman he’s proposing to tries to bring him back up to his feet before battering him with a ukulele and storming off.