By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST
If you weren’t already convinced that marriage proposals had become a competitive sport, then wrap your brain around this: a guy in New York recently spent $45,000 on a marriage proposal.
(I bolded that in case you thought I was talking about the cost of the wedding. Nope. I mean THE PROPOSAL.)
After just a few months of dating his lady-love, ad agency honcho Josh Ogle forked out the equivalent of a house deposit on extravagances including a “proposal honeymoon” around Europe, a celebrity chef appearance, a Pulitzer-winning photographer and a $21,000 ring the size of Tasmania.
Oh, and $3,500 for the services of Brilliant Event Planning, a professional proposal planning service that pulled the whole cray cray thing together.
Proposal planning businesses are an actual thing now and they’re coming to your frightened boyfriend’s hip pocket soon. Why? Because while a number of the bigger proposal businesses are based in the US and the UK (The Yes Girls, The Heart Bandits, The Proposers), businesses like Pop the Question have recently set up shop, right here in Australia.
The most popular ‘proposal trends’ peddled by these agencies? According to Michele Velazquez of the Heart Bandits:
Flash mobs are still really big, a lot of musicians are part of the proposal like a cappella groups or choirs, and of course photographers capturing the proposal paparazzi style!
If that all sounds a bit Glee for your taste then fear not: proposal services individually tailor the ‘big moment’ to your relationship, following an in-depth grilling of your guy on his talents, your hobbies and where you two met.
Prices for the most basic services start at $99, and some charge up to $12,000 in fees alone for orchestrating a more extravagant affair. Like, you know, a fake art exhibition featuring a live musician playing ‘your song’.