‘She made excuses and ran to the bathroom’: when wedding ceremony proposals go hilariously unsuitable

‘She made excuses and ran to the bathroom’: when wedding ceremony proposals go hilariously unsuitable

‘I might see tantalising glimpses of the message by the gravy’

I assumed I had organised all the things very well. I booked a desk at our favorite restaurant and made a plate with my proposal written on it, with the intention that the message would reveal itself through the meal. The restaurant had kindly purchased into the entire concept so I delivered the plate to the restaurant per week earlier than and it was all going based on plan. We completed our starters, and my coronary heart was in my mouth as the principle course arrived on my acquainted plate. Half-way into the meal, I might see tantalising glimpses of the message by the gravy as Sandra scooped up her greens. Then she made excuses and ran to the bathroom. The ready employees gave me realizing seems, clearly assuming that she had learn the message and hated the thought of marrying me. When Sandra returned, she apologised and mentioned it should be too quickly after her latest operation for such wealthy meals, and pushed her plate away. She clearly thought I used to be bizarre and unsympathetic for making an attempt to influence her to have a couple of extra bites of these greens – “They appear scrumptious; go on, you should nonetheless have room”, I insisted. I repeated the entire charade six months later, and I’m delighted to say that she ate her meals, noticed the message and mentioned sure. We have now now been very fortunately married for 10 years. Craig Rore, Isle of Man

Craig and Sandra. {Photograph}: Jonathan Addie

‘Gale-force winds crushed my alfresco proposal plans’

We dwell subsequent to a surprising surf reserve in New South Wales – what higher place to ask the lady I like to marry me? I deliberate to fill the seaside with candle-lit jars, and invite my unsuspecting companion to hitch me. The night approached and I mentioned to my companion: “I’ve booked a pleasant restaurant for us, however first let’s have a drink on the seaside.” I trundled down there with a big climbing backpack filled with jars, candles, prosecco, meals and, after all, the ring – however the Pacific Ocean had different concepts. An enormous black entrance rolled in bringing gale-force winds and crushing my alfresco proposal plans. Disappointingly, various preparations have been made to take a seat on a blanket in our lounge the place we ate crisps and sombrely drank wine. As an alternative, we determined to have a seaside wedding ceremony on the equally gorgeous Heron Island within the Nice Barrier Reef. It rained. Maintain it indoors, proposers! Carolus Rex, science trainer, NSW

‘I needed to ask her to open the sweetener sachet anyway’

My now-wife, Lori, was working shifts and I’d typically convey her dinner on her breaks. One night, I made a decision to suggest. She favored iced tea with sweetener, so I put the ring inside a sweetener packet. I went to the drive via and bought her meals and iced tea – however I didn’t verify that the order was appropriate. It seems they gave her orange soda and never iced tea, so no want to make use of the sweetener. I used to be disenchanted and needed to ask her to open the sweetener packet anyway. She appeared very confused however opened the sachet – and the remaining is historical past. We’re nonetheless married, 27 years later. Kurt Frazier, supervisor

‘Apparently I had requested if I might marry her horse’

I met a lady who spoke no English, but it surely was love at first sight. I made a decision to suggest after an exquisite week. We went on a ship, then climbed up a mountain. I kissed her, knelt in entrance of her, and requested her to marry me in Portuguese. She smiled however didn’t reply and appeared bemused – then mentioned, “I haven’t bought a horse?” Apparently I had requested if I might marry her horse. I did it correctly a 12 months later. John Copsey, Ipswich

Tessa and her husband on their wedding day.
Tessa and her husband. {Photograph}: Handout

‘The ring would have been blown away in a second’

I had deliberate to suggest to my now-husband by Dean Village in Edinburgh, because it’s the place we mentioned “I like you” to one another the primary time. However from the second we bought to Edinburgh the climate began getting dangerous, so I assumed a giant stroll to Dean Village can be too suspicious. Plan B was proposing in entrance of Edinburgh Citadel – besides the wind bought so sturdy we couldn’t even hear one another speak. It might have been manner too chaotic and the ring would have been blown away in a second. To plan C, then: I’d do it throughout dinner. Besides the one restaurant we discovered was a (very pretty) Chinese language restaurant the place an enormous group was having a birthday celebration – not preferrred. To plan D – I’d do it again on the B&B, the place nothing might go unsuitable. We bought again, he turned on the TV, and Countdown was on. In simply an hour it will be the subsequent day, my birthday, and he would have to say sure, which felt like an excessive amount of stress. So I proposed to my boyfriend in entrance of Countdown in a not-so-great B&B room. Fortunately, he mentioned sure. Tessa, espresso store employee, Liverpool

My husband Craig has all the time been the king of the shock date, and his proposal to me on Christmas Eve 2007 was a string of surprises, deliberate to the second. It began going wonky virtually instantly. We ambled as much as Sadler’s Wells theatre in London with about 20 minutes to spare earlier than that afternoon’s efficiency of The Snowman. Which, it turned out, was truly on the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, greater than a mile away. We simply managed to leap on a bus and get to the correct theatre with a couple of minute’s grace however we needn’t have panicked – on account of a ticket agent double-booking about 100 tickets, most individuals hadn’t even been seated but. After an hour of the orchestra taking part in carols whereas dozens of irate mother and father and distraught kids milled about within the aisles, Craig was turning into more and more twitchy. The efficiency began about an hour late, and the second the curtain calls started, Craig hustled me out of the theatre and informed me we’d must run to the subsequent occasion: ice skating at Somerset Home. The second I set foot on the ice, I realised this was a horrible mistake: I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t focus, and I couldn’t cease shaking. I used to be having my first ever panic assault. I managed to claw my manner spherical the sting of the rink, sobbing and swearing, and staggered off to down a scorching chocolate and get my breath again. My head was thumping, however at the least we have been again on observe for the ultimate a part of the night: dinner on the South Financial institution. The meal was wonderful, and I used to be comfortable to linger over espresso, however Craig was curiously insistent that we needed to take a stroll earlier than heading for the station.

Craig and Becky
Craig and Becky. {Photograph}: Handout

Outdoors, he pulled me in direction of the bench the place we’d spent most of our first date, knelt down, and produced a hoop. I used to be overwhelmed and so comfortable, I burst into tears. As soon as he’d realised it was a sure, he stood up, kissed me, and mentioned, “Proper, we’ve bought 25 minutes to get to Euston. You’re going to must run once more.” I wouldn’t change a factor about that day, however I’m all the time amused by the truth that I spent a lot of it both crying or operating. Becky Kennedy, main college studying assist assistant, Watford

‘I inadvertently proposed on the grocery store checkout’

My long-term companion and I wished to purchase a retirement residence on the Côte d’Azur. We had a suggestion accepted on an house in Good and I despatched a duplicate of the contract to a UK lawyer. I obtained her report one morning and was studying it as we did our weekend grocery store store. The lawyer was anxious to emphasize that, due to French inheritance legislation, it was advisable that {couples} shopping for property collectively must be married. We have been within the strategy of going by checkout as I learn this aloud and mentioned, in an offhand manner: “Appears to be like like we’ll must get married then.” There was a surprised silence from each my now-wife and the cashier, who each stared at me amazedly. Am I the one individual to ever inadvertently suggest in a Waitrose checkout queue? Iain, retired researcher, Sheffield

‘Two birds fell out of the sky – useless from the warmth’

I’d gone all out: first-class flights to the Carribbean Aruba and a mini-suite at a luxurious lodge within the guise of celebrating my fortieth birthday. I’d seen a whole lot of images of the well-known “Aruba tree” and thought that might be the right place to go down on one knee. We walked and walked, however couldn’t discover it wherever. After reluctantly asking for instructions, we turned again the best way we got here. I might see that Caroline was beginning to burn, and spirits have been beginning to dip, then we noticed the tree. It was stunning, identical to the images! Excellent – till you realise that the one that took these images was standing in a unclean public automobile park. Warmth, dehydration and concern have been all getting the higher of me. Caroline wished to return to the lodge, so we began strolling, and strolling, and strolling. We have been misplaced once more; Caroline was fairly irritated and I used to be feeling a bit unwell. Then we heard a thud, and one other. Two birds fell out of the sky – useless, we assumed from the warmth. Finally we bought again and, in a last panic, I mentioned: “Look, there’s a jetty – let’s stroll to the tip and have a look at the ocean” (once more, considering this might be the right place to suggest). Caroline shouted, “I’m dehydrated, hungry and have severe burns – you can go have a look at the fish!” The following evening I proposed on the lodge’s seaside, and we’ve been married 9 years now. Daniel Ramsay, Southampton

‘I informed him I’d dreamt he’d proposed – and I hadn’t mentioned sure’

My husband “by accident” proposed to me whereas we have been on an island in Brazil. He had been planning on doing it whereas we have been in Rio however, whereas we have been queueing to see the Christ the Redeemer statue, I randomly began telling him a couple of dream I’d had the evening earlier than the place he’d proposed to me with a wood ring. When he requested what my reply had been, I mentioned, “properly, I didn’t say no, however I didn’t say sure both.” Little did I do know that he had a hoop (that had as soon as belonged to his grandmother – not wood!) within the rucksack at that second. Listening to about my dream, he shortly reconsidered. The following day, we arrived on a lovely, distant island. We have been on the brink of exit for dinner after I requested the place our pockets was. He pointed me in direction of our rucksack, fully forgetting that the ring was additionally there. I dug to the underside and noticed a small burgundy field. With out considering, I mentioned: “Er, I discovered this”, shaking it about. Like a rabbit in headlights, he stared at me, fully misplaced for phrases. I panicked, considering he’d modified his thoughts and wanted a get-out, so I shortly added, “I assumed perhaps it’s to your saxophone?” as he’s a musician. Recovering, he mentioned: “I believe you realize what it’s for …” and bought down on one knee. That was 10 years in the past. Susan McGowan, arts skilled, Cardiff

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