12 of Our Favorite Celebrity Proposal Stories

george clooney talks marriage secrets to amal

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Pop the champagne! It's National Proposal Day! We never get sick of hearing stories of popped questions, sparkly engagement rings, squeals of surprise, and tears of joy — especially the star-studded kind! What better way to celebrate our favorite holiday than by reminiscing on the proposals of a few of our favorite celebs? These nearly perfect popped questions aren't just special because of the epic engagement bling they usually come with. With strewn rose petals, champagne, and over-the-top surprises, these celeb proposals are memorable for way more than just dazzling diamonds!

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin (Above)
Clooney's proposal to Amal turned into a romantic comedy of sorts when he couldn't get his sweetheart to sit still long enough for him to pop the question! When Clooney finally caught Amal's attention, he instructed his about-to-be-fiancée to light a candle with the box of matches sitting behind her. "She reaches around, pulls out the box, and I've got just the ring sitting in there," Clooney explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "She pulls it out and she looks at it and she's like, 'It's a ring' — like as if somebody had left it there some other time!" Too funny!

Eva Longoria Engagement Ring

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Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston
Baston swept Longoria off her feet with a dazzling desert proposal while traveling in Dubai. The television executive crafted a romantic lounge of patterned pillows and Persian rugs right in the middle of the desert sand dunes, where he proposed to Longoria with a jaw-dropping ruby ring fit for a desert queen!

Tom Brady Gisele Bundchen Wedding Day

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Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
The NFL quarterback pulled out all the stops when he proposed to the supermodel back in 2008. On Christmas Eve, Brady took Bündchen for a ride on a private jet with dozens of white roses and champagne onboard, according to TMZ. Another surprise? Gisele's parents were also on the plane to witness their daughter's memorable moment.

Oscars 2016 Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

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Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga
When better to pop the question than on one of the most romantic days of the year? Actor Taylor Kinney proposed to Lady Gaga on Valentine's Day — with a heart-shaped ring, no less! "It was in Manhattan. It was snowing, it was beautiful," Kinney later shared with the Chicago Tribune.

Giuliana and Bill

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic
Giuliana spends her days interviewing celebs on the red carpet, so it makes total sense that her proposal story is just as picture perfect! To pop the question, her now-husband surprised Giuliana with a helicopter ride over Chicago, complete with champagne and her favorite deep-dish pizza. (You had us at 'pizza,' Bill!) When they were high up above, looking down at the romantic Chicago skyline all lit up, Bill popped the question.

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
Saying that these two are big on family is an understatement. Even Wade's proposal to the Being Mary Jane actress was a family affair, as he had his three sons hold up a sign reading, "Will you marry us?" Union certainly couldn't say no to those faces!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
The much-talked-about pair may have had an extravagant wedding and now are the parents to two tiny tots, but that all started when Kanye West proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday, whisking her away to a ballpark where he surprised her with a 15-carat engagement ring, all of her family and friends, and the words, "Please Marry Me!" lighting up the scoreboard.

Sofia Vergara Joe Manganiello SAG Awards

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Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
The Magic Mike star incorporated his bride-to-be's Colombian roots when he proposed to the Modern Family beauty. "I had a big speech in Spanish, and that's what I was nervous about," he revealed during a talk show appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael. "The last thing you want to do is like mess up the Spanish on the proposal to the Colombian woman." Manganiello explained that he told Vergara Eres mi todo, which translates to "You are my everything," in English. He may have been nervous, but with their newlywed status as proof, the proposal must have been a hit!

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Back in 2007, David Burtka asked Neil Patrick Harris to marry him with a sweet and simple proposal that proved that thoughtful, intimate moments can be among the most special. On the way home from an event, Burtka asked their limo drive to pull over — on the exact street where they pair had first met! He got down on one knee and proposed right then and there, Harris told Out magazine.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are Engaged

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd
What better place for the Dancing with the Stars pro to propose to his pirouetting princess than on stage? Chmerkovskiy got down on one knee and proposed to Murgatroyd during a dance performance, surprising both his bride-to-be and the audience!

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Pink and Carey Hart
The unconventional pop star decided to forgo tradition when she proposed to the motocross racer, Carey Hart, herself. (You go, girl!) During one of Hart's competitions, she stood on the sidelines with a whiteboard reading, "Will you marry me?" as Hart raced past. On his second lap around the track, he sped right up to Pink and dropped out of the race to kiss his now-wife!

Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton and Prince William
The royals always go big — especially with their proposals! Prince William asked the future Duchess of Cambridge to marry him during a 10-day African safari in Kenya. "It was very romantic," Middleton told reporters of the moment that included the late Princess Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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