Are Public Proposals Tacky Or Romantic? An Expert Weighs In

Do people actually like seeing other people pop the question?

After wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella defeated another team in a tag-team match at WrestleMania 33, the “Trainwreck” star got on bended knee and proposed marriage to his longtime love while holding a 4.5 carat ring.

Luckily for Cena, his honey had an idea that something was up, having spotted Cena’s mom sitting in the front row. It was the first time his mom had been to a live wrestling event in 16 years, so something was up.

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It’s not the first time a pair of celebs have decided to kick it up a notch when it comes to the proposal.

In 1988 Angie Harmon was a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and while chatting about her love life, boyfriend Jason Sehorn strolled out on set, got on bended knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Romance is a marriage proposal in front of a bunch of tourists on a Burbank studio set. After the “Rizzoli & Isles” actress said yes, the couple was serenaded by that night’s musical guest, Elton John. Sadly the romance fizzled out in 2016 when they announced their split after 13 years of marriage and three kids.

Celebrity florist Jeff Leatham recently proposed to boyfriend Colton Haynes in Los Cabos, Mexico. Helping the “Arrow” star say yes was a Jumbotron screen on the beach playing a personalized video message from Cher crooning the couple’s favorite song, “I Got You Babe.” That was followed by messages from family members and other celeb pals – including Melanie Griffith and Serena Williams. After Colton said yes, the sky lit up with an elaborate fireworks display set to the Bruno Mars’ tune “Marry You” as the couple danced. They later Instagrammed the whole proposal.

Who can forget Kanye West’s elaborate proposal to Kim Kardashian in 2013? The “Jesus Walks” rapper flew Kim’s close friends and family to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, where he had a 50-piece orchestra playing Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” while the scoreboard read “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” West then presented his gal with a stunning 15-carat diamond engagement ring by Lorraine Schwartz while everyone ran onto the field. The entire production was set to cost millions and of course was shown on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

And that wasn’t the reality star’s first public proposal. Basketball player Kris Humphries popped the question on another episode of “KUWTK” by spelling out “Will You Marry Me?” to Kim in rose petals. When she walked in on the “surprise” proposal she was initially speechless, until she opened a ring box that revealed an enormous $2 million diamond and immediately blurted out, “Oh my God, yes.” Sadly the marriage—which was made into a TV special— lasted a mere 72 days before imploding.

Donald Trump Jr. proposed privately to his now wife Vanessa in 2004 but a month and a half later hunkered down on bended knee in a New Jersey shopping mall in front of paparazzi and TV camera crews who had been invited to record a re-do of the romantic event. Don Jr. proposed outside a jewelry store and in exchange for making himself available for promos and was gifted a $100,000 ring for free.

“Dancing with the Stars” star Maksim Chmerkovskiy proposed to another “DWTS” pro Peta Murgatroyd after a performance of the pair’s show “Sway” in Miami as the audience and other performers looked on.

“I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you for the rest of my life,” he told Peta, who said yes. The couple recently became parents to son Shai but still haven’t tied the knot.

Relationship expert April Masini concedes that public proposals can be tricky.

“There’s risk involved,” she says. "If the person you're proposing to does not say yes, you've put yourself on display, rejection and all.

“Worse, if the person you want to ask says yes, only because they don't want you to feel embarrassed by their true answer, which is a delayed and private ‘no.’ So suss out your odds before you get down on one knee in a crowd.”

She also warns that a public proposal only works for someone who loves the “spotlight, the party atmosphere of life, and the applause.”

She continued: “In other words, professional wrestlers who are used to television cameras, and audiences — both live and on the internet — will love this kind of proposal. But know yourself and your future fiancee before you pick a public proposal.”

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