Lazy Dallas Rich People Are Paying $10K to Propose to Their Girlfriends at the Arboretum

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Go here, give ring, ask nicely, send us check for $3,000.
The Dallas Morning News recently ran a story about local marriage proposal services available in Dallas. Here's how it works, according to the story:

The Yes Girls' full Dallas Marriage Proposal Package -- which includes the planning and execution of a proposal -- goes for just under $3,500. More elaborate productions, which can cost up to $10,000, have involved wine tastings, renting out restaurants and nightclubs, and staging the proposals at the Dallas Arboretum and the ballpark.

As someone who was proposed to in an apartment complex parking lot, I'm confused about what exactly one needs to pay for in order to take a knee.

I understand the cost that can be involved in the purchase of an engagement ring (if you choose not to go the "Here's a gummy Lifesaver, I love you" route), but the services that Yes Girls and other marriage proposal services offer do not include the cost of the ring. They're just charging you for whatever ridiculous fanfare you want to be happening while you're asking someone to spend the rest of his or her life with you.

And the Arboretum? It's a garden, people, not the space station.

If you don't puke when you read this next quote from their piece from Sharon Naylor, wedding expert and author of The Groom's Guide, we're different: "Grooms are busy, so when they find out they can make a call to an event coordinator to help them arrange for that proposal on the Jumbotron, or reserve the ballpark, or hire musicians, or arrange for a fireworks display, they're very much interested in getting a pro to handle all the details."

In other word, this:

"Are you a dude who doesn't know how he wants to propose to his significant other, who has $10,000 burning a hole in his pocket, and who -- most importantly -- thinks that his significant other's happiness is directly related to the approval of others? If so, you should pay a third-party planning service to help you spend that money on camera crews and flowers and to drain all the personal intimacy right out of this life moment."

And it appears to be working. Yes Girls claims that so far this year, they have planned 10 proposals in Dallas. This only proves to me that my list of Top 10 Things I'd Spend $10,000 On is worlds different than these people. I'm betting their list doesn't even include the words "giant barbecue-sauce bathtub."

The News headline for the story is maybe the worst part of this whole thing: "Is your bride worth it?" they ask. Is she worth it? I would have preferred something more like, "Are you a desperate, rich dumbass who can't even be bothered to figure out how to take a knee for your future forever-person on your own?" But maybe that exceeds the optimal headline word count.

The asking isn't the hardest part of a marriage. If you can't handle that on your own, maybe stick with not being married for a little while longer. There. I just saved you 10 grand. You owe me a barbecue sauce bathtub.

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cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

I've never read an article by this author that is even remotely funny. She always comes off as somewhat mad. Going after those who can afford to do things most of us cannot. That's original and edgy writing.

heatherch
heatherch

I read the article you are quoting from and you took it quite out of context. Typical... not telling the full story. From the original article the men are far from lazy and create thoughtful memories for someone they love. Always has to be haters out there. Too bad.

James080
James080 topcommenter

"A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him." - Alexis de Tocqueville

gibson11
gibson11

Julia, I know you're reading this. Will you marry me? (Ha! FREE!)

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Alice, I'm disappointed.

Not one mention of bacon anywhere in this story.

For that, I hope you get 500 pounds of candy corn on your birthday.

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

Good ole fashioned wealth shaming at the Dallas Observer.  That play is on page one of the good liberal smarter-than-you playbook.  It is rooted in the we-know-better-than-you-how-you-should-spend-your-money philosophy.  

Threeboys
Threeboys

Trickle down economics doesn't work.

However:

Here's a company that developed a business plan that seems to be successful, arranging proposals for as much as $10G.

So we have a guy, who is willing to pay up to $10G's to set up his proposal. Ridiculous, yes to those who don't have the $10G's, but not to him.

Yes Girls has a business that satiates his desire to set up his proposal for an agreed upon fee

Now, Yes Girls owners can support a business, employing employees to set up the proposal, and with those salaries perhaps pay a salary that enjoys its employees the opportunity to pay their bills, thus allowing Tom Thumb/Kroger/Albertsons/Wal Mart to keep a store open in some neighborhood.........

Now, we begrudge a guy who is willing to pay for this service, has the means to pay, and a company who is willing to fill his service request?

What am I missing?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

The rich are different.

Mervis
Mervis

Directly or indirectly. You pay for IT one way or another.

markzero
markzero

I'm really confused why wine tasting would be a part of this.

And I swear it's not just sour grapes on my part.

glovertactical
glovertactical

pretty sure most of these rich people aren't lazy; usually people are rich because they work hard (exceptions aside).





MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

What's the problem with spending your own money to make it special?  People spend a lot more on all kinds of activities.  How is it different than going to Tahiti or Paris and proposing there, something seen in many movies.  You chose your life and live it the way you want.  Let other people live theirs.  A real collection of envious jerks here.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

This is just practice.

He'll be shelling out a lot more to hire somebody to end the marriage.


pnd2131
pnd2131

This is gross and absolutely fucking ridiculous.

MattL11
MattL11

Let's just hope that there's a 1:1 ratio of women who demand such things to men who are willing to go along. They deserve each other.  

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

The first couple of times I saw the "stadium proposal", it was kinda' cute and novel. Now that it's a commodity, the special nature of that sort of surprise is a bit tarnished.


If your girl is the type of girl that needs that sort of validation, you probably need a better girl. Then again, if you've got that sort of girl, you're probably the type to outsource your marriage proposal, anyhow.

Bobtex
Bobtex

And just how is this different from the gazillions that are spent each year on elaborate weddings that look like they came straight from Disney?  And just why do you care how stupid people choose to spend their money?  I personally think that tequila shots and drinking games are stupid, but I don't waste everybody's time bitching about it.  And I don't worry about it, at least until someone dies when a drunk driver crashes.  But that's a different story. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Fitgerald nailed it:

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Not one fuck or cuss word either.

What the hell is going on.

Daniel
Daniel

@ROFLCopter Do you actually believe the bullshit you spew? I wouldn't care if it cost $49.99 + tax, any dude who needs a third party to help him propose to his girl is a dork. And any dude who pays $10,000 is a fool, as well -- a rich fool, yes.

Daniel
Daniel

@Threeboys The fact that it's ridiculous. Not unethical. Not immoral. Ridiculous.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Threeboys

Class envy?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

I grew up poor the last of 5 but I didn't know it. Hell, life was good.  Having said that, I was 21 years old before I knew there was more to a chicken than wings and necks.

I married a woman with my hand on a telephone book hence,

I'd rather be governed by the first three thousand out of it than what passes for what we got.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Brother. We're all paying for it.

losingmyreligion
losingmyreligion

@glovertactical Find a list of the richest people in the world. Notice how many are Wal-Mart heirs, sheikhs, sultans, barons, children or spouses of Murdoch, Koch, Mars candy, Hancock mining or German and Swiss pharmaceutical or banking fortunes. There are quite a few exceptions to your rule.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Montemalone $10k + engagement ring to get in, 1/2 of everything 10 years later and the house to get out

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Bobtex Its much more fun spending $10k on booze than it is on 3 seconds of happiness from the girlfriend who will immediately remind you that no you wont be spending 1 penny at the bar with the boys anymore

Threeboys
Threeboys

Actually, the fact is that your comment is opinion , not fact. If the guy has the 10g, who are you to judge how he spends it?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

I grew up not wealthy, but my parents and family were basically well-paid apparatchiks. Lived overseas, private school, smoked and snorted my share. My daughters attend Sidwell, and that drone you see? It's mine. It's armed.

So don't lecture me on sacrifice. Once, we had a flat tire in the microbus, stoned as hell. We had to change the tire and it took forever. It wasn't my fault.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@ScottsMerkin @glovertactical  Since the average guy probably puts an 30 minutes into the outline of a proposal, I doubt lazy is the right word.  The time spent is in the implementation.  Since guys are guys, most women would appreciate just his bouncing ideas off a planner instead of the man-children with whom he shares a TV room during a Cowboys game. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Love that quote. Is it Dickens?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The rich are different.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Thx. About time to re-read it. One of my all time favorites.

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