A viral clip of a marriage proposal is giving many the warm fuzzies this week. In what could have been two lives gone terribly wrong (unless the bride and groom-to-be were in on it, at the very least), a marriage proposal captured smack-dab in the midst of a wedding is giving hopeless romantics new hope.
Shared on social community website Reddit, the clip starts during the traditional tossing of the wedding bouquet. The bride turns and appears to deliberately toss the flowers to a young woman, who turns around in shock as a member of the bridal party approaches her, kneels in front of her, and apparently proposes.
One Reddit user claims to have been at the wedding and explains that the woman receiving the proposal is the sister of the bride.
“That’s my coworker! I was there! That’s her sister [whose] boyfriend proposed. It was the sweetest thing,” she wrote.
Judging by the bride’s clapping and targeted tossing, we can believe that she and the rest of the bridal party were in on the stunt. That seems to say a lot about the bride, in that she would willingly give over some of the attention during her special occasion for another person.
And this could have gone terribly, terribly wrong. As social media and the media — aka, us — make it easier to turn love and romance into a spectator sport, there are inevitably going to be winners and losers in this type of stunt. For an example of the latter, we all might remember in horror events like this that grace our timelines:
No one wants to be either of the poor souls featured in videos like the one above.
Most of the credible marriage proposal advice in existence recommends against doing things like proposing in a public place, proposing too early, making things complicated, or even expecting your beloved to say “yes” on the spot. Unfortunately all these missteps can live in infamy via endless loops when you capture them on video and share them on social media.
As the marriage website The Knot explains:
“In our survey most women deemed ‘proposing in public’ and ‘proposing in front of friends or family’ as the biggest blunders an aspiring fiancé could make (don’t even think about a sports stadium unless that’s where you met/first kissed/fell in love). She won’t be able to savor the moment if she feels like she’s onstage.”
Thankfully, this one turned out to be a winning gambit (at least in the clip we witnessed). We hope the couple lives happily ever after.