We spoke to 23 year old plumber, Curtis, who’s just popped the question to his girlfriend, Alice. We wanted to know a bit more about what prompts people to pop the question. Be warned… he’s pretty loved up! So let’s have a ganders, shall we?
Obviously you’re in love with your fiancé, but what triggered in your mind to make you pop the question?
I guess I just wanted to act on what I feel. I wanted to show my devotion. I wanted to show to her how much she means to me and how serious I was about spending the rest of my life with her. I guess it’s just a serious way to commit yourself self to your other half.
Had you spoke about marriage together before?
Yeah we had spoken about it before. I've told her that I want to be with her forever and wanted to do it officially. I often got her to look in jewellery shops windows at rings and stuff to get ideas as well… couldn’t be getting that wrong could I?
No, do you think she’d say no if you got the wrong ring?
Ha-ha, No! But I didn’t want to waste my money on something I’d just have to exchange!
How did you get together and how long has it been?
We met in weather spoons and there was a definite instant attraction. It was physical and like mental… she was beautiful and really easy to talk to. Then we went out for a bit, had some dates, you know, and it just seemed natural. Like the whole time I found it easy to talk to her and comfortable which is really unlike me. It's been nearly a year and 3 months.
I suppose if that’s unlike you, you must have felt something different? But how did you know it was the right thing to do… pop the question, I mean?
Yeah. I knew it was the right thing to do because I love her. She’s just really cool. I’d would do anything for her and feel pretty strongly about that. We can work any problem out together.
How did you propose?
I planned to ask her when we went on holiday. I just thought it would be nice and romantic but had bought the ring already and just couldn't wait! So I asked her on a Sunday morning, a couple of weeks ago, I told her I loved her and wanted to be with her for the rest of my life… went on one knee and asked her to marry me!
Aha, nice and simple. Were you nervous about asking?
I didn't feel nervous about asking beforehand. But when it came to actually doing it, I was stupidly nervous, not sure why, because I was sure she'd say yes but yeah I was like shaking it was that bad! I guess it was because I was pretty sure she’d say yes… but when you actually go to ask it makes you think there’s two possibilities!
So she said yeah? What was her reaction?
Yeah, her reaction was happy and excited! Can't say to much more because I'll sound like I'm bigging myself up, you'd have to ask her for a more detailed answer!
Oh, you’re going to have to get used to talking for each other now! How long do you think you'll wait to actually get married?
Ha-ha! I don’t know about that. We want to get married next summer.
Can you afford the wedding yet, or is that rude to ask?
We can afford it. So I’ll let it slide. Not sure what else to say about that!
What appeals to you about married life?
Being married appeals to me because I love Alice, I know I want to spend the rest of my life with her and she's the most important thing to me. I know you don't need marriage to do all those things but I want to say those vows to her to dedicate myself to her officially.
What do think makes good marriage material in a guy and a girl?
Dedication, commitment, trust. Believing in each other no matter what. The common line people use in their vows; for better or for worse means a lot to me. You should support each other through thick and thin no matter how shit things get you should be there for each other. Kates already shown me she has all those qualities and I hope I've shown her too. Because of that I know I'm going to be with her for the rest of my life!
How would your stag and hen dos differ?
I don’t know, I think she may go more out there than me. I want a weekend away with the lads doing something fun, like active, outdoorsy stuff. You do those sort as well don’t you? I saw your stag package that’s got quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and paintballing I think? She might want something a bit more out there!
Yeah the Thrills and Spills one! I’m sure we’ll have something up her street too! Check it out. Thanks very much for sharing that with us. All the best for the Wedding!