“Will you marry me?”

Those four words are the culmination of most boy-meets-girl romances playing out on screen. They’ve been said in countless ways and myriad settings, in so many words, crafted by writers determined to outdo each other, performed by actors who’ve embraced the moment like no other. And every sucker for a rom-com is endlessly grateful for them, and the silly, wistful smile that these proposals have brought to our faces.

Even though every sentiment declared is by a fictional character, the proposals mentioned here will make your heart beat faster. And make you hope, that someday, you’ll be the recipient of words like these. (*fingers crossed*)


The One With The Proposal: Definitely one of the all-time best, the Chandler and Monica proposal scene was television gold. The anticipation, the complication, the despair and then: “You wanted it to be a surprise.”

*Goosebumps*. Every. Single. Time.

Monica: “In all my life… I never thought I would be so lucky…as to… fall in love with my best… my best…(friend)”
Chandler: “I thought that it mattered–what I said or where I said it… Then I realized, the only thing that matters is that you… you make me happier than I ever thought I could be… and if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way…”

Saying “Yes” mentally? Understandable. Which one would you use though?

How I Met Your Mother – The Final Page:

While it used the same crescendo of anticipation to deliverance, Barney’s proposal to Robin was way more extravagant and action-packed. As Robin stands on the terrace reading the final page from the Playbook, the audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster. And you’re sure that the final words can’t possibly match up to the drama that has come before, but then she turns the page, and they do: “Hope she says yes.” (Cue “Awwww”).

Brooklyn 99 – HalloVeen:

It’s always nice when someone compliments your derriere, but if they can work it into a proposal- that is magic. Jake did it with his and still managed to keep it romantic.
Jake Peralta: “Ames, I love you. I love how smart you are, I love how beautiful you are, I love your face and I love your butt…(pause for regret) I should have written this down first… I love how much you pretend to like Die Hard…(she pretends she actually likes it) you don’t have to. You’re kind and you’re funny and you’re the best person I know. And the best detective. And also for reals, I love your butt. Amy Santiago, will you marry me?”
This out-of-the-blue proposal is funny, true-to-character and makes you want to shout “Yes!” from the rooftops. Or more era-appropriately, on Insta.

Runaway Bride


This proposal is The Dream for multiple reasons. One, Richard Gere is making it. Two, it’s the most honest (and realistic) definition of a marriage. Three, despite point number two, it is oh-my-God so romantic.
Ike Graham: “I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me.”

Tissues are in your left pocket. Just kidding. You used them all up on the last one.


Nottinghill is a fairytale for the gender ‘equalists’. An ordinary young man (as ordinary as Hugh Grant can get) falls in love with a bigshot movie star (Anna Scott, played by Julia Roberts), and true to the genre, she comes to rescue him and pop the question. And when he first refuses (yes, he does) because she’s somebody and he’s nobody, she even tries to convince him.
Anna Scott: “Don’t forget, I’m also just a girl…standing in front of a boy… asking him to love her.”
It doesn’t get simpler or more powerful than that.

If you’re already married and your proposal wouldn’t have made it to this list, worry not, it’s not too late. Just leave this article lying around- a few not-so-subtle hints may just do the trick. Renewing their vows never hurt anyone. On the other hand, if you are planning to propose soon, you can’t do better than these for inspiration. Whatever your relationship style is, one of these is bound to feel right. Tip for The Day: Just remember to breathe, make eye contact, and carry the ring (or a priceless painting a la Anna Scott).

– By Sweta Vinod

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