Over the past few years the trend of men imposing elaborate proposals on their unexpecting girlfriends has exploded. No longer is the old “get-down-on-one-knee” acceptable. Now willing and waiting boyfriends are going all out. From Joe Budden’s romantic proposal to Tahiry Jose via Jumbotron in Times Square, to the even more recent, and elaborate, proposal of Dr. James Pinckney to Supermodel Quiana Grant, (he set up a fake photo shoot for a Neiman Marcus campaign, complete with hair, makeup, caterers, photographers, etc. and crashed the set to propose) the question has become, has the act of proposing gone too far?
We live in a world where whatever the “it” celebrity of the moment wears, becomes designer gospel. We run out and purchase the newest bag we saw in the magazine, or the shoe our favorite singer donned at the Oscars. So it would only be right to try to live up to the expectation that our engagements be mountain-moving, earth-shattering events, right?
Still, trying to emulate what we saw our favorite box office entertainer do, just does not translate equally in the real world. After all, these people have millions of dollars in disposable income. Yet the average annual American salary still hovers around $50,000. So I ask, should grooms go super exuberant to pop the question? And if your honey does not, do you feel slighted? Has pop culture made the old fashioned, “get-down-on-one-knee” extinct, or are girls still simply honored just to be asked?