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'Will you marry me?' -- it used to be enough

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Just as lavish weddings were fading out because of the yucky economy a couple of years ago, over-the-top marriage proposals became a trendlet. Proposal by flash mob, proposal by video game, proposal at zero gravity -- hiring a skywriting plane just doesn't cut it anymore.

Can the marriage proposal planner be far behind?

This week, The Times' newsroom received an email from just such a planner, asking if reporters would cover an upcoming proposal she's put together for this weekend. It sounded extremely elaborate and entailed creating a hostile environment with annoyed people that would suddenly turn into a hopeful question -- well, the whole thing seemed a little dicey, not to mention that it didn't necessarily pull together logically. But then, I haven't given you any details.

And I won't. That much romance I have.

In fact, I have enough romantic feeling to doubt that the introduction of paid, publicity-seeking planners into the marriage proposal is a change for the better. True, not everyone has the imagination to pull off a really memorable proposal. But then, the traditional four words are usually memorable enough for the two people involved.


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Photo: A new engagement ring design from Tiffany & Co., called Lucida, features a square-cut diamond and a smooth four-prong setting in either platinum or gold. Credit: Tiffany & Co. / AP Photo


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