(Closed) Was it REALLY a surprise?

posted 7 years ago in Proposals
  • poll: Was your proposal a surprise?
    Never saw it coming!! : (12 votes)
    11 %
    Knew a proposal was coming, but was surprised by when/how : (53 votes)
    50 %
    I saw it from a mile away, but still acted surprised : (23 votes)
    22 %
    No surprise at all, we agreed when and where to get engaged : (17 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @sarg88:  We didn’t agree when and where… but I totally knew it was coming!

    Post # 4
    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I thought it was going happen in the next couple months, but I had an idea of when exactly and was dead wrong. So in the moment I was 1000% surprised! (Especially because it was a little random vs being at a stereotypically romantic moment.)

    Post # 5
    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    No surprise whatsoever.  Fiance and I both picked out the ring; I even went with him when he made his final payment and picked it up.  It sat on a shelf in our closet for a while (not hidden).  I did tell him I wouldn’t live with him until we were engaged (we bought our house in August, he moved in October 1, I moved in a week later with no ring), so I knew it was coming very soon.  One weekend morning he said he was going to get us breakfast while I finished getting dressed.  I came downstairs to a note with coordinates on the counter and instructions to meet him there and a specific time.  If that wasn’t a dead giveaway!  I was a little freaked out having to get there by myself, but it was totally worth it.  He so dropped down on one knee with the Atlanta skyline in the background and made a short speech, but hontestly I don’t think he actually ever asked the question “Will you marry me?”.  HA  I just said yes anyways. 🙂

    I wasn’t totally surprised and would have loved to be, but then again I am just glad he did it instead of running the other way.

    Post # 6
    11465 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My Darling Husband was ready to propose before I was ready to say yes.  However, once I decided that I was ready to say yes if he asked, we went shopping for the ring so that he would know exactly what I wanted.  After that, the when, where, and how were all up to him.  So, I knew it would be soon, but all of the details were a surprise. 

    Having said all of that, I should note that our entire relationship was long distance, and we only saw each other two or three times each month for just a few hours spent over one or, at most, two days at a time, so everytime we would see each other after I had chosen the ring, I was wondering if “this was it.” 🙂


    Post # 7
    7646 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Darling Husband and I went ring shopping together, and he knew which one I liked the most. He wouldn’t tell me when or how though.

    I honestly was completely surprised because he proposed on a Friday with no signifcane, sitting on the couch (while I lookd awful–unshowered, didn’t do my hair, no makeup. I looked gross lol). He played a video slideshow he made for me. Near the end of the slideshow he was crying, which is something he does when he becomes emotional, but I guess I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought until the sweet messages started coming up on the screen. Then when it said “Megz06…” I knew what was coming next. “…will you marry me?”

    It was perfect. It just shows you that he doesn’t have to propose on a special day with two dozen roses when you are dressed up and sitting in a fancy restaurant.

    Post # 8
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I knew it was coming sometime. We’d decided the wedding would be in Scotland (where his parents are) and he had told me to start looking at venues. We had 2 vacations coming up and I was hoping he’d propose during one of them. I didn’t know he had a ring.

    We were going to NYC for the weekend and were driving in. He was driving and kept looking at directions – I thought he’d changed which hotel we were staying at (he kept changing his mind). I honestly had NO IDEA until he got me out of the car, and the dog, and started walking through this park.

    So bottom line, I knew it was coming eventually, but I didn’t have a clue until about 2 minutes before he proposed.

    Post # 9
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

    For me it was a little of a surprise, but is funny because it shouldn’t have been. We picked the ring togheter(online so I had only seen the ring in pictures), I knew exactly when he bought it, and i knew when the ring was home. so I was really expecting to know exactly when he was going to do it. however I didnt even see it comming when he actually proposed!! and the ring looked so much more beautiful than it did in pictures so I was completely surprised at that momment!

    Post # 10
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I knew it was time to get married because at that point we had been dating for over 4 years, so I knew it was going to happen sometime. However, the actual proposal was a complete surprise!

    Post # 11
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We’d been together for nearly 10 years and I’d had a drunken snotty cry at him about six months previously at which point he promised we would get engaged at some point soon, so I kind of knew it would be coming soon-ish. I’d already been expecting it at every Valentine’s Day, Christmas, New Years, trips away and birthdays, so the next “big day”, which coincided with a city break (my birthday, Florence), I was hoping beyond hope that he would do it, if not “expecting” as such! And he did, so I was right Wink

    Post # 12
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I was there when the ring came in the mail. He said it would be before my bday (got the ring in April my bday is late July) so I was bummed but knew it was coming at least. The day after he got the ring he proposed. So I was surprised but I knew it was coming before he started talking because he got all nervous in the car on the way to lunch lol

    Post # 13
    9 posts

    I knew it was coming because he’d been talking about it but the words he said when he asked were sweeter and more heartfelt than I could have imagined. it was still one of the greatest days of my life.

    Post # 14
    5006 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Not at all. We had agreed that he would be buying the ring, and, as he can never seem to keep my Christmas presents from me until Christmas, I knew he would propose the same day it came in. He tried to throw me off a little bit, by saying there was a delay and the ring would take longer, but I knew otherwise. And, then he asked me if I “wanted it today or tomorrow”… I think he knew that I knew by then.

    Post # 15
    5219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I was TOTALLY surprised… I had no idea he had the ring, had told everyone he was going to do it, and he had this plan all mapped out.

    We had only been officially dating ( friends before) for 6 months when he bought the ring and he proposed to me at the 9 month mark. We had planned a vacation, so he had his mom hold the ring until the week before we left so that I wouldn’t find it and so that he wouldn’t give it to me. Well– she gave him the ring on a Sunday and that Monday he proposed, in his garage after hiding the ring in a Coke box. It didn’t go at all like he planned, since he envisioned doing the proposal at a specific location on our trip. It was really sweet, though.., and I am really happy it was just the two of us to enjoy the moment.

    Post # 16
    815 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I didn’t see it coming, but at brunch (right before the proposal) I saw a suspiciously box-shaped item in his pocket. Plus he was acting super jumpy and weird. But honestly I didn’t put the two together as well as I should have.

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