Weddings are expensive. Obviously. Even the most frugal of savers finds it difficult to stick to budget for their big day.
But budgeting was the last thing on Sydney man Robbie Hayek’s mind when he planned to propose to his girlfriend of five years, Clarice Maatouk.
The trainee construction site manager and part-time Lebanese wedding drummer cooly splashed $50,000 on the proposal. No, that wasn’t the bill for the engagement party. No that wasn’t the price tag of the ring. That was the cost of the PROPOSAL.
How can a wedding proposal cost so much?
Well, when you rent a luxury car, chart a helicopter and order in 250 white roses (one for every week the couple had spent together) the costs start to add up.
See the extravagant proposal below. (Post continues after gallery.)
The Daily Telegraph reports the devoted groom-to-be had his schoolteacher girlfriend plucked from her Harris Park classroom and taken to a Lamborghini. Apparently, at this point Clarice “knew something was up”.
The 23-year-old was driven to Bankstown Airport, eescorted by a cavalcade of cars and custom motorcycles.
But first they took a detour down a service road where the 23-year-old was greeted with a mini street parade, complete with drummers, fire breathers and Latin dancers.
Once at the airport, a helicopter flew her to Glenworth Valley on the Central Coast where a waiting horse and a guide took her on a trail ride.
Finally they arrived at a clearing, where patiently waiting Robbie got down on one knee and popped the question with a $15,000 2.5 carat pear shaped diamond ring.
Unsurprisingly, she said yes.
With a proposal like this, we don’t expect the wedding to be a simple affair. But as far as Robbie is concerned, his part of the planning is over.
“No less than 50 drummers,” he said.
“(But) I’m done, that’s up to her.”