It’s totally normal to ask your friends and loved ones for help with a proposal, from getting assistance picking out the engagement ring, to having a buddy on standby taking photos of the magic moment, to making sure everyone keeps it all a secret from the future fiancée. But William Oliver, a lucky-in-love guy from Atlanta, has found a new way to employ his friends’ help as he prepares to propose to his girlfriend Alexandra: By setting up a GoFundMe to raise $15,000 for the perfect engagement ring.
Oliver was inspired to start the project after his girlfriend surprised him with 30 gifts for his 30th birthday. “In 2017 I have started to realize that teamwork makes our dreams work. After my 30th birthday, I’ve received a lot of excitement about it being time to marry her! I couldn’t agree more,” he explains on the campaign. “She had a really innovative way to show her appreciation by purchasing 30 gifts for my 30th birthday. So I need a more innovative way to show my appreciation while incorporating friends and family.” We love that he wants to find a way to reciprocate his appreciation, but we don’t quite see how Alexandra buying him 30 gifts (presumably with her own money) equates to him giving her a free engagement ring.
“I’ve decided to utilize GoFundMe to let everybody who loves us show us,” Oliver writes. Wow, how kind of him to give his friends and family an opportunity like this to show their love! “Sometimes we can’t quite afford expensive things by ourselves. A lot of people lean on credit card companies and banks (that overcharge them) so that they appear to do nice things for people they love by themselves,” he continues. Taking a loan from a bank is nothing to shame others with, especially if they are upfront with the person they are proposing to about it. Additionally, there are plenty of gorgeous, high-quality engagement rings for much less than $15,000—he’d have a better chance of reaching his goal if it was lower. Plus, the option of upgrading the ring in the future can always be on the table.
The hopeful groom-to-be also seems pretty determined to get the campaign trending—which he sort of has. It’s been shared on Facebook over 10,000 times. However, as of Monday afternoon, Oliver has only raised $589 of his $15,000 goal. Here’s hoping his girlfriend is cool with this.