5 Marriage Proposal Mistakes That Leave Women Feeling Disappointed

Published: 27th August 2009
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5 Marriage Proposal Mistakes That Leave Women

Feeling Disappointed

By Michael Webb


Did you know that a man once hospitalized his

girlfriend trying to propose to her?

It's true! He slipped the engagement ring into her

shot glass and as they toasted to his speech, she

swallowed it! Now, she survived, but they did need

a trip to the emergency room.

In fact, it's 'embarrassing yet funny' proposals

like these that remind me of the 5 ways that guys

totally DESTROY this precious moment for women by

making horrendous mistakes. Please don't make these



Whether it's a party, family get-together or Yankee

game, realize that you should never propose to your

beloved if she wouldn't feel comfortable with a

public proposal. Not only may it embarrass her, but

she may feel pressured to say "Yes," only to tell

you the truth later. Bottom line, think about what

sort of person your lady is: Is she shy, cautious

or a little reserved? Then maybe a private proposal

is the better way to go.


Some men's idea of an amazing proposal is slapping

together all the "usual" romantic things into one

big event and calling it a "marriage proposal."

Sadly, this couldn't be further from the truth. For

example: A man serves the candlelit dinner,

presents her flowers, chocolates, a teddy bear and

then proposes to her.

Yuck. I'm sorry, but if you believe your lady

deserves the most magnificent experience of her

life, then understand that normal "everyday

romance" is only good for... everyday romance! ­ not

a proposal. She'll never admit it, but she'll most

likely be disappointed.


You usually only get one shot at your proposal so

you MUST get it right! No pressure :D. Always

rehearse through the things that could go wrong,

create backup plans and please make sure your

proposal idea is safe! If you're creating a more

elaborate proposal, you'll need extra caution.

Physically rehearse through the situations,

discover what could go wrong and work out solutions

around them. Get your friends together and

brainstorm the sticky situations that could come up

on the day. Of course, life is unpredictable and

things may change but be prepared the best you can.


Hang on! You're probably wondering, "How is

spending TOO MUCH money on a proposal a problem?"

Well it all depends. The problem with money is that

it often becomes a substitute for creativity. As a

result, you get a "nice" memorable proposal but

nothing that's "jaw-dropping!"


Now here's the biggest mistake of them all. Yes,

coming up with creative and original ideas to

propose is tough, but it's a must if you want your

moment to be remembered and talked about for years

to come!

Your proposal needs to be personalized to your

girlfriend. What are her favorite hobbies, music

and interests? These are the starting points to an

incredible proposal that everyone will talk about

for years.

While the Eiffel tower, hot air balloons and

getting the waiter to bring out the ring on a

platter are "okay" ideas, they're not creative and

original enough for the most important and

memorable moment of both your lives.

About the author:

Michael Webb is the author of "The Romantic's Guide

To Popping The Question," a book filled with 101

Creative and Unique Marriage Proposals, hand-picked

as award-winning stories from a total of 7,329

entries in his worldwide competition. To learn

more, visit:


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