Posts Tagged: proposals

The Engagement Phone Cover and The Wedding-Industrial Complex

Let’s start with some statistics.

Cost of the average American wedding in 2012 = $27,000 (not including Honeymoon).

Cost of the average New York wedding = $65,000.

Median U.S. income = $45,000.

Dollars generated by the wedding industry every year = $30 billion.

That includes dresses, elaborate engagement photos, groomsmen gifts, monogrammed handkerchiefs, signature cocktails, bachelorette parties. The soul/love/capital crushing process has been dubbed the “wedding industrial complex,” a cold term that connotes just how effectively capitalism has insinuated itself in an institution supposedly characterized by love and other priceless emotions.

The wedding industrial complex is not without its detractors: Jezebel has entire category devoted to deriding it [...]


When Celebrities Propose

"If I believe I am going to eventually marry her one day, why not marry her now? The only reason not to would be that a part of me believes somebody better might come along, and if I really believe that, then the right thing to do would actually be to break up with her now, which I do not want to do, thus taking me back to the top of my “logic ladder ™” (a term I have just invented, and am in the process of trademarking)." —Michael Ian Black's story of proposing to his wife brings us a new term and a bunch of adorableness. [...]


The Crossword Puzzle Wedding Proposal and the Hidden Camera in the Closet

("It's too hard, I'm gonna take a shower.")


A Proposal Regarding Proposals

Mom: It’s a rhetorical question.  Me: What is? Mom: 'Speak now or forever hold your peace.' Me: Well, it’s not a question, it’s a command… Mom: Regardless, it’s culturally rhetorical. Me: But, if it’s a truly great friend, won’t they listen to dissent, even respect the dissenter? Mom: You overestimate the power of logic over emotion.

This is the conversation I had with my mother at least once a week for approximately three months. But I remained unconvinced. So, to one of my closest friends, a person considered to be family, I sent a letter detailing how his recent engagement made me uneasy. This act and the fallout made me [...]


Faking, Other Women, and the Top 50 Proposal Jokes

I've known a guy for about eight years now, and during that time I've pretty much always had feelings for him. We're now good friends, but it's hard because he has a girlfriend. However, he recently told me that he liked me and drunkenly tried to have sex with me. I would have gone for it, except I don't want to be the other woman.

So, I have a couple choices. I could not go for it and maybe never be with him, or I could tell him to break up with his girlfriend to be with me (I'm sure the actual situation wouldn't be this simple, but that [...]


Don't Do This, No. 1: Popping the Popped Question

So it turns out that engagements and weddings are are often opportunities for people to act like jackasses. OK! Here's the thing. This is what you say when someone announces his or her engagement or marriage to you:


That's it. That is what you say. That should be the first thing out of your mouth, and in all likelihood, the last thing. 99% of the time, if you have an opinion about this person's decision to get married, it really doesn't matter and you should keep it to yourself. No, I'm serious. If she wants your opinion, she'll ask. You're not the only one who knows how to [...]


Step Stools vs. Rooftops

"One could spend days on YouTube cataloging the phenomenon, but I’ll cherry-pick some of the better public proposals I’ve seen. Ideally, the backdrop is a very public space, usually with a built-in audience of spectators (tourists will do in a pinch)." —Hairpin pal Silvia Killingsworth traces the strange and stirring/horrifying history of the modern public proposal.


Cute Guy Commissions Wimpy Graffiti

Bronx-based muralists TATS CRU made a picture of a board game floating on a tree.

But also, aw. And according to GurwinProductions, Jeff Gurwin's proposal might be "the world's most creative marriage proposal" ever. (I hear great things happen to people who very lightly tease others about their loveliest moments. Is that true?)



Teeth in Love

I am transfixed by this painting of one tooth proposing to another.