Have you ever wondered how the rich and famous get engaged? Do they create elaborate, up-scale proposals or take the more traditional route? Or perhaps like Margaret in the upcoming comedy ‘The Proposal’ which hits cinemas on July 22nd, they simply announce an impromptu engagement to a work colleague in order to spare themselves from deportation. To celebrate the release of this summer’s hottest new comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, we’ve decided to take a look back and compare the best of real life celebrity proposals. From Tom asking Katie on top of the Eiffel Tower through to Seal and Heidi Klum’s story set in an igloo at the top of a mountain, follow our countdown as we enlighten you on some of the amazing, weird and wonderful marriage propositions.
1. Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Ben Stiller had arranged a perfect proposal but forgot one important thing – the ring! While his girlfriend was away the actor went to her house and decorated it with rose petals and candles. When she returned Christine found Ben on a bended knee. He proposed and as he went to give her the ring to his horror he realised he had left it in his rucksack in her bedroom. Luckily she still said yes!
2. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
Love it or hate it, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown had the kind of relationship that got a lot of attention. When Brown proposed to Houston, he made sure he got her attention with not one but two rings. After arriving home from dinner one evening, he popped the question and gave her a small engagement ring, and as she later told one magazine, “Immediately I started crying, and I said ‘Yes, I’ll marry you!'” But then Brown took out an even bigger ring, and as Houston said, “I was so surprised that I cried harder.”
3. Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
The couple met when Katherine was cast as the love interest in his video for the song “Only You.” When Josh proposed several years later, he took Katherine back to the house where the video was shot in Venice, California and asked her to be his wife.
4. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott:
Dean hung up Christmas tree lights along a path for half a mile and took Tori on a horse-drawn carriage along the lighted path. The illuminations led to a table surrounded by decorated Christmas trees where he got down on one knee.
5. Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell
In lieu of a grand public proposal, actor Jerry O’Connell and actress Rebecca Romijn got engaged in a personal place. While visiting New York, O’Connell took Romijn on a tour of the apartment where he spent his childhood and then asked for her hand in marriage.
6. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
After a mere two months of dating, Tom Cruise didn’t waste much time before he proposed to Katie Holmes. He popped the question at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The smitten actor also treated his bride-to-be to a candle-lit meal inside the Tower at the top-notch eatery, Le Jules Verne. Tom was so excited about their betrothal that he spilled all the beans at a press conference the next morning, where we were forced to witness the pairs PDA – again!
7. Heidi Klum and Seal
Seal pulled out all the stops for his extraordinary proposal to Heidi Klum.The singer whisked his supermodel girlfriend off in a helicopter and, while most of us would probably be chuffed with just that, he didn’t stop there. He flew Heidi to the top of a 14,000 ft glacier where he had arranged for a specially-made igloo to be built. Inside was a bed covered in rose petals, dozens of candles and plenty of food and Champagne for them to celebrate with. Heidi later described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’!
8. Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Funny man David Arquette tapped into his softer side when he popped the question to Courteney Cox. He proposed on a beach in Florida and arranged for fireworks to go off at the precise moment he asked her to marry him. Ahh bless!
9. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Christina Aguilera’s diva heart was well and truly melted when her music executive boyfriend Jordan Bratman proposed in one of the most touching ways imaginable. Whilst the pair were on holiday in Carmel, California, he stuffed their hotel room full with rose petals and gift boxes. Each box contained a present and a self-penned poem describing his feelings for the songstress. To her delight, when she finally opened the last box, she found a stunning five-carat ring and Jordan proceeded to get down on one knee and ask her to marry him.
10. Michael Douglas to Catherine Zeta-Jones
The eve of the millennium was the date, and the Aspen home of Hollywood producer and actor Michael Douglas was the setting for a New Year’s proposal.
Following an evening of celebration to bring in the new year/century/millennium, etc., Douglas quietly presented actress Catherine Zeta-Jones with an antique, 10-carat marquise-cut diamond ring. Zeta-Jones — then two months pregnant with the couple’s son — said yes, and the couple announced their engagement to the expectant press.
Don’t forget that you can catch The Proposal in cinemas from July 22nd For more information, visit: www.theproposalmovie.co.uk
When high-powered book editor Margaret (SANDRA BULLOCK) faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she’s actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew (RYAN REYNOLDS), who she’s tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family (MARY STEENBURGEN, CRAIG T. NELSON, BETTY WHITE) and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.
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