If you’re planning to get engaged over the holidays, you might want to think twice about where you put the ring. Hint: A bad place is in a hot-air balloon.
If you’re planning to get engaged over the holidays, you might want to think twice about where you put the ring.
Hint: A bad place is in a hot-air balloon.
That’s the opinion of David Mamane, head of the online jewelry boutique MyJewelryBox.com. Mamane has heard a host of stories — “some pretty funny” — about good betrothal intentions gone bad when the groom-to-be lost the hoped-for bride’s ring.
Take the balloon ride as an example. It topped Mamane’s list of the “Top 5 places NOT to put the engagement ring before you propose.” Actually, all five of the places were marked “1.” None of them are good.
1. Inside a hot-air balloon.
“Pastor James Ng learned the hard way when he dropped his ... engagement ring hundreds of feet from a hot-air balloon during his proposal,” said the MyJewelryBox list. “She said yes.”
And, incredibly, it’s reported that Ng actually found the ring a week later.
1. In a cup.
“It really stunk when a New Jersey man had to go through over 10 tons of garbage,” explained the list entry, “to retrieve the wedding ring his wife placed in a paper cup, which he accidentally threw away.”
OK, that one shouldn’t count. This guy wasn’t proposing; he already was a husband. At that stage of a relationship, he’s expected to make stupid mistakes.
1. On a boat deck or pier.
“Crashing waves while proposing is romantic,” concedes this entry explanation, “but if you drop the ring into the water — a dive team search and rescue is not.”
The people at MyJewelryBox.com claimed that the incidents on their list were based on reported events. If that’s the case, the next incident must have required some fast talking, but calm conversation with law enforcement authorities.
1. On a bridge.
“How depressing, a guy approached by the police suicide prevention squad on the Brooklyn Bridge had to explain that he wasn’t trying to (jump), rather he was looking for the engagement ring that he had just dropped.”
Finally, the mistake that likely is made most frequently is at the dinner table during romantic meals gone awry.
1. Hidden in food.
“It might be hard to stomach, but women have swallowed the ring their fiance had hidden in champagne, dessert, and even a Wendy’s Frosty.”
Let’s hazard a guess. It’s not terribly romantic for a woman to receive a wedding proposal and have her stomach pumped on the same night.?
Contact Gary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.