I’ve written about my feelings on engagement rings.
Pretty, and pretty worthless.
But a money bouquet? That might get my attention.
Ma Caojun, a 32-year-old Chinese man, recently proposed to his girlfriend with a bouquet comprised entirely of 100 yuan notes, worth about $1,500.
Here’s what she said…
Would You Say Yes to a Money Bouquet?
After winning an award at a work event, Ma invited his girlfriend on stage with him.
He dropped to one knee and presented her with two bouquets: one filled with red roses, and the other with money.
“From now on, all you need to worry about is staying beautiful and I will be the breadwinner and provide everything else,” he said. “Will you marry me?”
His wording (which may have been lost in translation) made me cringe a little bit, but it must’ve worked for her…
Because she said yes!
And if you think about it, there’s really no difference between proposing with an expensive diamond ring or a money bouquet.
One’s more direct than the other, but the implication is the same: I have money — money I’m willing to spend on you.
Diamond engagement rings aren’t traditional in China. But their popularity has surged in recent years: More than 50% of urban brides received one.
By bucking the trend, Ma shows you don’t have to get engaged the way other people do.
Choose an avenue that works for your relationship.
Need some ideas? Here’s my list of alternatives to engagement rings.
Your Turn: Would you say “yes” if your boyfriend proposed with a money bouquet?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.