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May 01 2015

These Attendees Actually Proposed To Their Partners At Conventions

By David McMillin

Some attendees come to conventions to learn. Some register for the networking opportunities. Some travel to the host venue to meet with all their clients in one convenient place. However, a very select few might arrive on-site with one different thought weighing on their minds: popping the big question to that special someone.

While a convention center or hotel ballroom doesn’t sound like the prime place for a proposal to me, this picture from the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place proved that not everyone agrees with my perspective on starting the journey to love and marriage.



This image fueled my curiosity. Is this real? Are people using conventions, trade shows and annual meetings as the place to get down on one knee? After a bit of searching, the answer is clear. Yes. Attendees may arrive single and leave with rings on their fingers. Here’s a look at a few of the highlights from my search.

Anime Expo
When The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation brought together attendees for Masquerade 2013, Jack wasn’t just thinking about celebrating Japanese Pop Culture; he was thinking about how to ask Jackie to marry him. Based on the production, it seems like show organizers were in on the surprise.

FlanventionWhile Flanvention does not appear to be happening now, the convention — which united fans of the Joss Whedon TV show Firefly was alive and well in December 2005. That’s when a man named Thor had the cast of the show help him propose to his girlfriend, Erin. While you may be surprised by the proposal, you’ll be even more surprised that Firefly managed to support an annual gathering. The sci-fi show only lasted half of a season.

Republican National Convention
Well, this one was awkward. Before GOP supporters from around the country arrived for the convention in 2012, this staffer used the AV experts to help him propose to his girlfriend. However, the slides in his proposal presentation were running a bit slowly. “Wait for it,” he says as he hopes that “Dirk” can speed along the process. He gets down on one knee — but not until after she says yes.

Looking for more meetings industry coverage that will make you smile? Check out “5 Super Strange Conventions.”


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