We’ve all heard about the super-splashy proposals: when Kanye rented a stadium and asked Kim on the Jumbotron, when Seal built an igloo for his proposal to Heidi.
But fewer column inches are devoted to smaller and arguably more romantic tales of “Yes, I do.”
Read on for stories of candy rings, snow storms and romantic dinners cooked by George Clooney.
When Taylor Kinney gave Lady Gaga A Ring Pop
It was Valentine’s Day. It was snowing. The handsome Chicago Fire actor bent down and pulled out…a blue-raspberry-flavoured Ring Pop. Gaga had already said yes by the time the husband-to-be revealed his real ring–a huge heart-shaped diamond that we can only assume looks lovely with meat dresses and pyrotechnic bras.
When Jerry Took Rebecca to his Childhood Home
Jerry O’Connell used a trip to New York–and a tour of the apartment he grew up in–to pop the question to Rebecca Romijn. Cue line: “I’ve been dreaming about you since I was a little boy…”
When Armie Hammer used Logic and Reason
The Lone Ranger star had to persuade his bakery-owner wife. As she explained to Town and Country magazine: “He sat me down and said, ‘Look, we don’t have to do this. We could just go our own ways, and then one day you’ll be 40 and divorced and we’ll run into each other, and we’ll laugh and go out to dinner and have this same connection, and we’ll wonder why we wasted all of that time. Or we could just do it now and enjoy the ride.” How… sensible.
When George made Amal Dinner
Ladies: He cooks . Clooney famously got down on one knee at his L.A. home after, swoon, making her dinner. (We’re picturing something involving braised chicken and heirloom tomatoes.)
When Kristen Bell Proposed to Dax Shepard… on Twitter
The couple had stated publicly that they wouldn’t tie the knot until there was marriage equality for gays and lesbians. After the Supreme Court DOMA ruling made that a reality, Bell tweeted “Will you marry me?” to her husband, along with the hashtags #marriageequality and #loveislove. Ah, political, technological celebrity love.
When David took Neil Back to Where it all Began
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris were on their way home from a night out at a casino when David asked their driver to pull over. He hopped out, got down on one knee and asked Neil to marry him on the street corner where they first met.
When Nick Cannon also used a Ring Pop
Cannon and Mariah Carey were enjoying the view on a New York rooftop when Nick presented Mimi with a real ring hidden inside a–you guessed it–Ring Pop. Apparently that’s just a thing among the celebrity set.
When Mathew McConaughey Kinda got Shot Down
On Christmas Day, the actor wrapped his ring in eight successively smaller boxes–so that as the family went around in a circle and opened gifts, now-wife Camila Alves would have to wait to find out what she was getting. When she finally got to the good stuff, he bent down on one knee and asked her. She said no. He told her he’d stay on that knee and outwait her. Alright, alright, alright, she finally relented.