Romantic Proposal Confessions

We asked readers to send us their proposal stories. We laughed, we cried…

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‘In the beginning of our relationship my husband and I had many dates watching the sunset from this one spot on the beach. We hadn’t gone in quite a while bu one day we got in the car and he wouldn’t tell me where we were going. We end up at "our spot" at around sunset. I just think it’s a cute romantic gesture to bring back memories of our early days, but he is super nervous. He kissed me what seemed like a million times, telling me over and over that he loves me so much. At this point I turn around to face him to ask why he’s being so weird. Then he gets down on one knee and tells me how much he loves me and asks me to marry him. I have never seen a man so nervous, yet so beautiful at the same time. We ended up getting married at sunset in the same spot he proposed!’ – ‪Catherine Rivera

I was getting dressed for work one morning when my now husband told me not to make plans for dinner as we were going out. It was a Monday so I didn’t think anything was up, just a normal date night. At dinner, while waiting for dessert to arrive, he took my hand and told me we needed to talk. He proceeded to tell me that we couldn’t be together anymore and wrote me a letter explaining why. I told him I wanted to see the letter. I was so hurt I started crying. I put my head in my hands trying not to cause a scene. When I looked up, he had the box open with a ring looking at me, and said, ‘Because I want you to be my wife.’ I was shocked! I thought it was a joke at first. Ha ha. And still after 9 years, I still love him just as much. Ok, much much more. Lol . – Samantha Petersen

I went to a colleague’s birthday party and there was karaoke. I was preggie so no drinking. My boyfriend of ten years, very shy guy, starts singing Wet Wet Wet. Ok I thought this is crazy but ok. Embarrassed I laughed and started to find a nice hole to bury myself in! I was cornered! He went down on one knee, still on the mic, said these sweet sweet words, whipped out the ring and proposed! Was not expected at all. He had arranged this whole thing with my colleague! Loved it! – Levonne Thurston Nefdt


He proposed on a week end away at the top of a waterfall in the river on one knee with his own written poem. – Alex Botha

We went for a walk with our dogs, stopped in the park, sat on a bench under a tree and he proposed with my perfect ring! I said yes and when we came home there was a bottle of champagne and a dozen red roses waiting for me. Every time I walk in that park I remember the second most amazing day of my life! The first being our wedding. – Tamaryn Hare van Heerden

Instead of the cliche of having a ring in your champagne glass, my now husband took this quite literally. He had a glass specially made with the ring within the actual glass. I had to break the glass for the ring! On top of that he designed my wedding ring himself and had it made! Not necessarily the most romantic proposal but the amount of thought that went into the glass and ring made up for it! – Claudia Smit

Long story short. He made arrangements to get me out of our apartment, without letting anyone know why. When I got home that evening, there were candles, flowers and lanterns all over and he cooked me dinner and he was dressed in black and white… My ring was hidden in a dessert box and now we are getting married in October. – ‪Nelia Groenewald

Coming home from work, walking through the front door, following candles to the bathroom with candles pointing to the bathtub filled with bubblebath and then spotting the ring box on the edge of the tub…… – Chanelle Herbst

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Mine was amazing he rented a houseboat on the Vaal River for the weekend, and docked the boat in a very private area. We sat on the roof having a drink watching the sunset. After a while he told me to look at the awesome view behind me, I did and as I turned back around to him he was on one knee with the ring. I had drawn my dream ring a couple of years ago. He kept the picture and had it made for me!! – Karen Hayes

We were going to the UK and the plan was to stop in Paris to change planes but instead he surprised me with two nights there. And we went shopping for an evening dress, which I thought was for my brother’s wedding. He asked me to wear the dress for supper. Little did I know it was a romantic dinner in the restaurant on the EIFFEL TOWER! When my plate there was a message on it: ‘will you marry me?’ and before I knew it he was on one knee. It was so special and – bonus – he organised a photographer to catch every moment. – Danielle Rosse

We went hiking up the mountain at Wonderboom Nature Reserve to see the fort built there years ago. He took me around to see the structure taking pictures and enjoying the history. Then he disappeared for a few minutes and called out to me, I walked in his direction and saw him standing there on one knee in the middle of this historic structure he asked me to come up in front of him and close my eyes. I then joked and asked him not to put a bug in my hand. He then asked me to open my eyes and in his hands was a beautiful diamond ring and then he asked me to marry him. I SAID YES and we are excitedly planning a wedding for January next year. – Le-andra Deneal Levin

it was my birthday and I’d just turned 25. Woke up on that Saturday morning all excited for what he has planned for me. Then he phones and tells me that he has to work but his going to take me for breakfast and then head back. I was so disappointed. Anyway I got dressed (nothing fancy) and he fetched me around 10am. On the way, he tells me he just wants to stop at the beach to check the water (he’s a huge fishing fanatic). As we get to the sand he gives me a page and tells me read it … we’re walking on the sand and I’m reading the sweetest letter about how he met me 12 years before and never looked back and as I get to the end of the letter he gets down on his knees in front of a heart shaped sand castle which he made before and there’s a beautiful ring on the apex of the heart…. He had his friend duck behind some trees on the beach and take photos of the whole episode…. two years later here we are married. 14 years later here we are still together. – Sohini N Saaghir

Our families open presents on Christmas Eve. Being on his side of the family’s farm that year, we invited my parents as well since it’s a game farm and my dad loves nature. Paul was playing Santa and gave everybody present… everybody except me. I was shocked that I didn’t get anything from him. He asked me to help pick up all the giftwraps and papers etc. Everybody looking and sharing his or her presents (at least I got some from other family members haha). Then he walked to a nearby tree to reach for something behind the tree and suddenly he looked at me, told me how much he loves me and went down on one knee…cameras were flashing and I asked him "are you serious?!" And nodded YES! and funny enough just the night before we were having a braai at friends and I said to one friend we’ve been together 4years already and still no ring. After 3 years engagement we had the perfect wedding and our baby boy is due 11 June! – Jennifer du Plessis

We had won a free weekend stay in the outer banks that included an arial tour in a small airplane. The whole time my guy was texting and messing around on his phone and I started to get really annoyed. After the flight was over we were getting in the car and he asks, ‘What do you wanna do?’ I said well let’s go back to the hotel for a little bit and then go somewhere from there. When we pulled up in front of the hotel there was a banner hung across the front that said ‘Chelsea will you marry me?’ I was so shocked and surprised when I turned around he was just sitting there with the box smiling. In the plane he had been texting one of our friends trying to tell him where we were flying so they could go out on to the beach with the banner! Lol. – Chelsea Bean

Alex Botha Was romantic. He proposed on a week end away at the top of a waterfall in the river on one knee with his own written poem.

Tamaryn Hare Van Heerden Was so sweet! We went for a walk with our dogs, stopped in the park, sat on a bench under a tree and he proposed with my pefect ring! I said yes and when we came home there was a bottle of champagne and a dozen red roses waiting for me. It was so fantasticly perfect for me because now everytime I walk in that park I remember the second most amazing day of my life! The first being our wedding

Samantha Petersen I was getting dressed for work one morning when my now husband told me not to make plans for dinner as we were going out. It was a monday so I didn’t think anything was up, just a normal date night. At dinner, while waiting for dessert to arrive, he took my hand and told me we needed to talk. He proceeded to tell me that we couldn’t be together anymore and wrote me a letter explaining why. I told him I wanted to see the letter. I was so hurt and annoyed. I started crying. I put my head in my hands trying not to cause a scene. When I looked up, he had the box open with a ring looking at me, and said, ‘Because I want you to be my wife’. I was shocked! I thought it was a joke at first. Ha ha. And still after 9 years, I still love him just as much. Ok, much much more. Lol

Levonne Thurston Nefdt Went to a colleagues birthday party and it came to the time of evening when it’s karaoke time! I was preggie so no drinking. My boyfriend of ten years, very shy guy, starts singing ‘wet Wet wet’. Ok I thought this is crazy but ok. Embarrassed I laughed and started to find a nice hole to bury myself in! I was cornered! He went down on one knee, still on the mic, said these sweet sweet words, whipped out the ring and proposed! Was not expected at all. He had arranged this whole thing with my colleague! Loved it!

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Claudia Smit Instead of the cliche of having a ring in your champagne glass, my now husband took this quite literally. He had a glass specially made with the ring within the actual glass. I had to break the glass for the ring! On top of that he designed my wedding ring himself and also had this made! Not necessarily the most romantic proposal but the amount of thought that went into the glass and ring made up for it!

Chanelle Herbst Coming home from work walking in the front door following candles to the bathroom with candles pointing to the bathtub filled with bubblebath and then spotting the ring box on the edge of the tub……

Karen Hayes Mine was amazing he rented a houseboat on the vaal river for the weekend, docked the boat in a very private area, we sat on the roof having a drink watching the sunset. After a while he told me to look at the awesome behind me, I did and as I turned back around to him he was on one knee with the ring I drew of my dream ring a couple of years ago!! He kept the picture and had it made for me!!

Danielle Rosse Well we were going to the uk for a trip and the plan was to stop in paris to change planes but instead he surprised me with two nights in Paris?!! And we went shopping for an evening dress, which I thought was for my brothers wedding. So he asked me to wear the dress for supper so I agreed. So little did I know it was a romantic dinner in the restaurant on the EIFFEL TOWER? !!!!!!! so as dinner went on, me thinking nothing of it. On my plate it read will you marry me and before I know it he was on one knee. It was so special and bonus he organised a photographer to catch every moment

Le-andra Deneal Levin We went hiking up the mountain at Wonderboom Nature Reserve to see the fort build years ago and with many breathless stops we made it to the top. He took me around to see the structure and admire the building taking pictures and enjoying the history. The he disappeared for a few minutes and called out to me, I walked in his direction and saw him standing there on one knee in the middle of this historic structure he asked me to come up in front of him and close my eyes, I then joked and asked him not to put a bug in my hand. He then asked me to open my eyes and in his hands was a beautiful diamond ring and then he asked me to marry him. I SAID YES and we have been engaged for 3 weeks now and excitingly planing a wedding in January next year.

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Ayanda Mabuza emberrassing:when is that tym of the month no one can say stop.It was one of d night i prepared for after a long week to meet with this handsome guy,hes been calling all week and mayb 2to3 tymz a day jst to hear my voice claiming dt its one matured voice he has ever come across.and i remember d way i used to speak to him over the fone i wantd to create d sophisticated picture in hes mind.the day came and we met in sandton d butcher shop n i remember i looked s part even the way i was walking one cud swear that im miss universe,as i sat down i was so careful coz i was wearing a cream coloured pants,d meal was nice n wine was so smooth blendin wel with our chat as i was heavely detoxing with ice cold water with lemon after a certain cough i had something cuming out of my private part but i tot it was nothing serious the tym went on n i felt that i was was wet i was so stressd n wantd to distruct him from paying attention n guess what the time to go was now n i had to stand up oh what an EMberrassment

Sohini N Saaghir It was my birthday october 13 2012 I just turned 25. Woke up on that saturday morning all excited for what he has planned for me. So saaghir phones me (who is now my husband) and tells me that he has to work today but his going to take me for breakfast and then head back to 2work!! I was so dissapointed. Anyway I got dressed (nothing fancy) and he fetched me around 10am. So he tells me he just wants to stop at the beach to check the water (his a huge fishing fanatic) as 2e get to the sand he gvs me a page n tells me read so we walking on the sand while im reading the most sweetest letter about how he met me 12 years befor and never looked back and whilst walking as I get to the end of the letter he gets down on his knees infront of a heart shaped sand castle which he made befor and a beautiful ring on the apex of the heart…. the best part is thay he had his friend duck behind some trees on the beach and take photos of the whole episode…. 2years later here we are married. 14 years later here we are still together

Jennifer Du Plessis Our families open christmas presents on christmas eve. Being on the (his side of the family) family farm every year everybody was there, we invited my parents as well since its a game farm and my dad loves nature. Paul was playing santa and gave everybody present…everybody except me. I was shocked that I didnt get anything from him. He asked me to help pick up all the giftwraps and papers etc. Everybody looking and sharing their presents (at least I got some from other family members haha). At first he walked into the tree to reach for somethig behind the tree and suddenly he looked at me, told me how much he loves me and went down on one knee…cameras were flashing and I asked him "are you serious?!" And nodded YES! and funny enough just the night before we were having a braai at friends and I said to one friend we’ve been together 4years already and still no ring. After 3 years engagement we had the perfect wedding and our baby boy is due 11 June!

Chelsee Bean We had won a free weekend stay in the outer banks that included an areal tour in a small airplane the whole time my fiancé was texting and messing around on his phone and I started to get really annoyed so after the flight was over were were getting in the car and he says what do you wanna do? I said well let’s go back to the hotel for a little bit and then go from there. When we pulled up in front of the hotel there was a banner hung across the front that said "Chelsea will you marry me?" I was so shocked and surprised when I turned around he was just sitting there with the box smiling (:
It was so great, we actually made history at the hotel (that has been open for a very long time) because no one else had ever done something like that there before
And in the plane he was texting one of our friends trying to tell him where we were flying over so they could go out on to the beach with the banner lol