Help getting over an underwhelming proposal

posted 4 months ago in Engagement
Post # 16
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

When I see threads like this where bees lament not having a super special proposal story, I have to wonder what circles you run with that everyone spends so much time sharing and comparing proposals.

My husband proposed without a ring while sitting on the couch on a random Sunday afternoon.  It was an unplanned, organic moment that is one of my most precious memories of our life together. 

In the weeks following there might have been 2 or 3 questions about how he proposed. And for those who asked, I answered.  A few asked to see the ring, to which I explained we were shopping for one together.   Most just said congratulations and asked about wedding plans.  

And at no point did anybody look at me with pity over my lame proposal story.  Not once did friends and family judge my husband for not having bought a ring prior to asking.  And after the first few weeks people stopped asking.  It just doesn’t come up. 

If you’re hanging with people who would judge you and your Fiance for the way he proposed then I suggest you find new friends.  However, I strongly suspect that its much more likely that this is a you problem.  You want to impress people with some fairytale proposal story as a way to convince them how much you are loved.  Are you afraid that if he doesn’t ask you with the perfect ring that people will think he doesn’t really love you? 

The fact is, most people don’t care how he proposed to you.  And how he proposed has no bearing on how happy you’ll be together.  Cut the guy some slack. 

Post # 19
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@Brownsugar003:  you’re welcome! I’m so glad you’re talking about it; I know it’s hard but it really helps. My husband and I have been married 6yrs now. It’s a memory that’s so much easier to look back on now.

I recently purchased an upgraded ring for myself, and he’s really excited. He didn’t have any interest in upgrading his and it’s something we can joke about–“oh yea, duh you picked yours, so you’re still happy with it 🙃”

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