If you’re having a girls’ night in, there’s nothing better than watching a romcom with your friends and sighing over the will-they-won’t-they antics of the couple involved.
As it’s Proposals Week here at Wedding Ideas, we’ve gathered together a few clips showing our favourite on-screen proposals from film and TV – enjoy!
1. Pride and Prejudice
We’ll kick off with an absolute classic – whether you prefer the 1995 BBC adaptation or this 2005 remake with Keira Knightley, there’s no doubting that Mr Darcy’s proposal is one of the best. He actually proposes to Lizzie Bennett twice – she turns him down the first time – but then he summons the courage to propose again and this time she accepts him. One of our all-time favourites.
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife
In this film adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel, the time traveller in question is Henry, who has a genetic impairment that means he travels in time – even when he doesn’t want to. As you can imagine, this causes all sorts of havoc. However, the clip when he proposes to his wife is oh-so-romantic, especially when he slips the ring onto her finger. If you’ve never seen it before, you’re in for a treat.
3. Downton Abbey
We were all transfixed by Mary and Matthew’s on-again off-again relationship in Downton, and when they each got engaged to other people after Matthew’s first disastrous proposal attempt, we were seriously worried that these two would never get together properly. But, once it happened for real, we all teared up at the older, wiser Matthew’s proposal in the snow.
4. The Wedding Singer
A very unexpected wedding proposal to Drew Barrymore from Adam Sandler – and certainly the most romantic plane proposal we’ve ever seen! We love the way recognition dawns on her face as she hears the opening notes of his wedding proposal song. Just listen to the sweet lyrics and be prepared to smile…
5. Sex and The City
You’ll have heard the saying “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and poor Carrie certainly had a bit of a rocky road with Mr Big – including one less-than-romantic proposal and a called-off wedding. But, after all that, we knew they’d be alright the minute Mr Big finally got down on one knee and proposed properly – plus, proposing with Manolo Blahnik shoes was always going to be perfect for Carrie!
6. Love Actually
This one is definitely a romcom classic. After realising that he has fallen in love with his beautiful housekeeper Aurelia – who, incidentally, speaks only a few words of English – Jamie learns Portugese so that he can fly out to meet her and propose to her in her own language. Aurelia’s response is nothing short of adorable – even with the interruptions from her sister!
Another wonderfully romantic period proposal. We think that the sentiment in this one is particularly lovely – even though the film is set in the 1800s, we can all relate to when Mr Knightley says, “Maybe it is our imperfections which make us so perfect for one another.” Now if only we looked as beautiful as Gwyneth Paltrow in this clip…
8. Runaway Bride
We love that Julia Roberts is the one proposing in this clip – it just goes to show that sometimes it takes a woman to get it right! This is a bittersweet moment in the movie, as she’s already left Richard Gere at the altar once, but here she gives him her running shoes as a symbol that she’s ready to stop running away and embrace her love for him (although if you’re thinking of proposing to your man, we’d recommend a nice watch!).
This romantic proposal has the full works – rose petals, candles, mysterious notes, and a massive giftbox! We think the only thing that would make this better would be if each layer of boxes had a little present or photo personal to the couple inside. Although, to be honest, if John Corbett was proposing to us we’d have a hard time saying no, however he did it!
10. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
And we couldn’t have our top 10 favourites without including this clip from the second Bridget Jones film. We know so many brides who have accidentally guessed that their groom was about to propose and ruined the moment! But, when all’s said and done, it doesn’t matter if the proposal doesn’t go entirely to plan – as long as the answer is yes!
What’s your favourite movie proposal? Did your husband-to-be propose like a scene from the movies? Were you taken by surprise? We’d love to hear your story! Why not start a new discussion on the Wedding Ideas Forum about it all and see what your fellow brides have to add.