Public Proposals Are Terrible, but Men Are Paying Tons of Money to Plan Them Anyway

“Everyone wants an amazing proposal that they can then put on Facebook and YouTube,” says Tiffany Wright, co-founder of a U.K.-based proposal planning service. Wright is currently planning a proposal expected to cost 250,000 British pounds. “It includes shutting down an entire town, 700 singers, a private jet and a celebrity appearance!”

In wake of the recent and very public proposals made at the Olympics, MEL Staff Writer John McDermott investigates a burgeoning new industry where getting down on one knee can cost more than saying ‘I do.’

Read the full story about the wedding proposal industrial complex here.

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