15 People Share Their Proposal Horror Stories So You Don't Make The Same Mistakes

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Vote up the worst proposals you wouldn't want to repeat.

Planning a proposal can be almost as stressful as planning a wedding! Thankfully, a lot of mistakes can be easily avoided if you read these stories of terrible proposals. These people lived through the worst moments so you can learn what not to do when proposing.


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    31 VOTES

    He Proposed In Public And It Took Her Way Too Long To Respond

    From Redditor u/ace35:

    My favorite had to be while I was in Vegas at the Bellagio botanical gardens. Everyone is doing their thing, snapping pictures, oohing and awwing, when this guy gets down on one knee and gives this little speech. Many, many, people stop what they are doing to watch, encircling the two while he finishes his speech. The girl, with hands covering her mouth, begins to cry. Some of the crowd's hearts melt at the end of the speech, but there has yet to be a reply. The girl continues to stand there and at this point, it begins to get awkward - there are some gasps and giggles from the crowd. You can see the dude's mind racing and he begins to look at the floor realizing what he has done was probably a huge mistake. The masses begin to feel horrible for the poor guy - but the chick, probably realizing what was going on all around her, shakes her head but the words that come out of her mouth were, "ohhhh alright, yes." The guy stands up and begins to wobble (probably some blood flow issues from the 5+ minutes of awkward kneeling) and he grabs a hold / falls onto / awkwardly hugs the girl.

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    27 VOTES

    He Proposed In Front Of An Audience After Scorpions Were Dumped On Her Head

    From Redditor u/dtigerkat:

    I work at Universal Studios in Orlando a few months ago and I watched a Fear Factor Live show. In one of the stunts, a lady is in a chair with a plexiglass box around her head. Her arms are strapped down as well. Someone spins a wheel and whatever it lands on goes on her head. Either snakes, scorpions, spiders, or cockroaches.

    This girl is the contestant in the chair her companion spins the wheel. It lands on scorpions so they do the stunt. In the end, her man gets the mic and says his spiel while the girl is still strapped in the chair. He didn't get a real answer till the poor girl was out of the chair. Just super awkward.

    Great way to start the marriage.

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    27 VOTES

    They Made A Joke That Concerned The Couple Next To Them

    From a Redditor:

    I proposed on a dinner cruise and told her I was gonna throw her overboard if she said no. The couple next to us interrupted to ask if she needed help.

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    22 VOTES

    He Proposed In A Jewelry Store With A Ring He Hadn't Bought

    From Redditor u/kemikiao:

    Saw a couple in a jewelry store when my wife and I were looking. Guy asks to see a ring, kneels, "will you marry me?".

    She flips... ohmygod!ohmygod!ohmygod!ohmygod! yes yes yes!!

    He says "great!" then hands the ring back to the employee and tries to leave the store. He proposed with a borrowed ring. Tries to explain to the girl he couldn't afford the ring but wanted to propose correctly. She slaps him so hard my face hurts (she put her whole body into the slap) and starts screaming about how her mother was right, etc. 

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    22 VOTES

    Proposed At An Applebee's And Tripped A Waiter

    From Redditor u/jim_shorts:

    I was eating dinner at an Applebee's at one of those high tables near the bar. sitting at the bar was a couple. after a few minutes, the guy pushes his chair back and gets down on one knee. he starts to propose. just then a waiter walks around the corner, trips over the bridegroom-to-be's outstretched leg, and drops a tray of food. to which he said "sh*t, did I just ruin what I think I ruined?" in any case the girl ended up saying "yes."

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    22 VOTES

    The Proposal Involved Hot Sauce At A Taco Bell

    From Redditor u/tylerjarvis:

    I was at Taco Bell with a few friends of mine, including a guy and a girl that had been dating for a few weeks. A few of us got tacos, but the girl only got a diet coke.

    So her boyfriend asks her, "Do you want hot sauce?"

    She says, "uh... No. I just got a Diet Coke, what the hell would I want hot sauce for?"

    He says, "I dunno. But I just think it would be really good if you had some hot sauce."

    They argue about whether or not she needs hot sauce for a while, until finally she just says "ok, whatever."

    He goes over and gets some. Comes back with a packet, gets on one knee, hands her the package that says "Will You Marry Me?" on it, and pulls a cheap-looking engagement ring out of his pocket.

    Keep in mind they've been dating about 3 weeks at this point, and we're in the middle of Taco Bell.

    She gets this look of absolute shock on her face. And then says yes. They got married a few months later. They got divorced a few months later. And that was the most humiliating trip to Taco Bell of my life.