Friday, February 15, 2008

Ad Exec's RM54k Wedding Proposal

By now, everyone in Malaysia who’s picked up The Star today would know about an advertising executive’s marriage proposal to his girlfriend using a billboard on the LDP. And for those who didn’t read it, someone or other around you would have talked about it. If you’ve not read it, full story here.

The first thing many guys are feeling right now is anger. “Spoilt the market! How do I top that now with my girlfriend?!” Hahaha!

I don’t know how the girls are feeling but personally, if a guy were to propose to me that way, I’ll KICK his ASS! How can u spend RM40,000 on the billboard and only RM14,000 on the ring?!!

I’d much rather a RM54,000 diamond ring and just a sweet and simple proposal. Or a RM14,000 ring and spend RM50,000 on something less foo-foo, like a down payment on a house?

Well, in this guy’s case, his dad owns the billboard company and it’s likely he didn’t have to pay for the rental of the billboard. And possibly the diamond too? An AE doesn’t exactly earn tones of money. So guys out there, you don’t need to wonder how an advertising exec from Grey Worldwide is able to afford a RM54,000 proposal. He’s got help from daddy to kick start his marriage.

Even if the boy’s family is rich, does the couple really need the publicity especially since they’re both quite young? He’s 26 and she’s 24. I’m sure the press would now also like to cover their wedding planning, their wedding and worst of all, their marriage too, to see if the couple makes it. And isn’t publicity and paparazzi the one thing that Hollywood couples cite as being the reason for the breakdown of their marriage?

I guess I’m just practical. I feel proposals should be sweet and romantic and have a personal touch. It’s not something to be shared with the whole world. And there’s a lot a few tens of thousands can do besides communicating a few words across to your future bride and the rest of the world.

I wish the 2 of them all the best. It will be interesting to see their marriage life unfold especially since they’ll be quite famous after this and there would be enough news coverage to update us all.


aruri said...

I saw that article too. My first thought was, "WOW, lucky girl!" Then one second later, "Boy, this guy spoil the market man". Another second later, "Hmm, is this a good idea making it so public, front page summore".
Well, I guess some men are exhibitionists.

Bubbles said...

Hahaha. I think a lot of people had exactly your same chain of thought!