Get out your hot glue gun, because it’s National Promposal Day on March 11! The promposal, the act of asking your boo to prom in a super elaborate way, was first invented in 2001 (as far as we can tell. Promposal history can get a little fuzzy). And, while the promposal has been around forever, National Promposal Day was officially established by Men’s Wearhouse in 2016. As Certified Promposal Enthusiasts™, we’re personally ecstatic to have a day where the tiny little romantics of the world are celebrated! Rock on, high schoolers, rock on.
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Why We Love Promposals (and National Promposal Day)
A. Love actually is all around
Promposals are Love Actually in real life. No matter how disillusioned you are with the state of modern romance, promposals are proof that there are high schoolers out there who aren’t afraid to show their love (and to embarrass themselves while doing so). Could it get any cuter? That’s a rhetorical question.
B. It’s an excuse to be crafty
Promposals can get crazy elaborate. There are decorated signs, flash dances galore, and glitter. Oh, the glitter. Promposals give high schoolers an excuse to exercise their creative side and have fun! In a world full of endless homework, a reason to make some good ol’ arts and crafts is priceless. Plus, on how many occasions do you get to use a hot glue gun?
C. They spawn viral videos
So you’re scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook. Your friends’ posts aren’t amusing you. What’s going to break the monotony? A viral promposal video, obviously! We love seeing these public declarations of love on our newsfeed; they make us so happy. We’re not crying — you are.
How to Celebrate National Promposal Day
1. Watch a promposal compilation
I’m sure you saw this one coming. Promposal compilations showcase the creativity, heart, and tenacity of high schoolers. It’s only right to honor their efforts by giving them views! Find these compilations on YouTube, or on your Facebook feed.
2. Find your old prom dress or tux
We know you have your old prom dress or tux in the back of your closet. You should bring it out and let it see the light! If it still fits, why not host a prom outfit party? You and your friends can all give your prom clothes their second wind. It’s a great excuse to get fancy and cook some delicious food.
3. Engineer a different elaborate proposal
If you haven’t been to prom yet, you should clearly plan a promposal of your own. However, if you’re past prom age, elaborately propose something else! Even if it’s a small occasion, it’s still fun to get grandiose. Show your significant other how much you care for them, or even elaborately propose getting a sandwich with a friend! It’s all fair game.
Favorite Promposal Resources
A Short History of the Promposal — Washington Post
Learn how this fun tradition was created!
Meet the Couple Behind the First Promposal — Washington Post
Thank this couple for the start of the promposal.
How to Plan the Perfect Promposal — Huffington Post
The verdict’s in; use this guide to plan the promposal of your dreams.