Old Hollywood stars did it right! These celebrity marriages and the proposals
that preceded them are straight out of the golden age of romance.
We can all learn a lot from these classy gents and the way they handled their
courtships. Why aren't the same standards applied to romance today? And ladies,
we're addressing you too. What's your part in all of this? Nobody ever said that
you couldn't propose and romance your man and then sweep him off his feet.
And fellas, come on fellas chivalry isn't dead! Or maybe it is. All that
anybody talks about these days are
celebrity engagement rings and the amount of bling it does or doesn't have,
what happened to romance old-Hollywood-style?
Maybe not directly out of the old Hollywood stars yearbook but this loveable
President and First lady sure deserve to be on this page. Jacqueline Bouvier
first met John F. Kennedy in May 1951 at a Georgetown dinner party. Over the
next two years they saw each other often in various social settings.
JFK proposed in the spring of 1953 just before Jackie was to leave for Europe
to cover a story for the Washington Times Herald. She did not provide him with
an answer right away.
When she returned home she gracefully accepted his proposal of marriage as
well as a stunning Van Cleef & Arpels engagement ring. The ring was made up of a
2.88 carat diamond mounted next to a 2.84 carat emerald cut emerald with tapered
baguettes. About ten years later, while Jackie was redesigning the White House,
she also redesigned her engagement ring. She had the ring reset to include round
and marquise diamonds replacing the baguettes. This is one of those classic
celebrity marriages that can endure an engagement ring redesign.
In 1968, 18 years after they first met at the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash
proposed to June Carter onstage during a concert in London Ontario. The
auditorium was packed with fans and Cash and Carter are in the middle of singing
"We got married in a fever..", when Johnny stops singing his part of the duet.
June is as confused as is the audience. Johnny then turns to June and says "Will
you marry me?"
The audience grows silent awaiting her answer. Tears are sliding down her
cheeks. And all of a sudden she begins nodding yes. The whole audience is abuzz
as Johnny announces "She said yes!". Johnny sweeps June into his arms and smiles
from ear to ear and says into the mic "What do you say folks? Let's finish this
concert." Cash would later call the proposal one of his greatest performances
ever. We agree. This is a classic for celebrity marriages and proposals.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco flew to the US in 1955 to propose to the
stunning silver screen queen Grace Kelly . He proposed with a Cartier eternity
band full of rubies and diamonds—the colors of Monaco. But when the Prince came
to LA, he was taken aback by all the massive diamond engagement rings all the
movie stars were sporting. He wouldn't be undermined.
Grace was to become Princess Grace and deserved a ring befitting of a
Princess. So, he asked Cartier in Paris to design a second engagement ring—this
one a 12 carat emerald cut diamond flanked by two baguettes.
The prince invited all of Monaco's 3,000 residents to the wedding festivities
and they in turn bought the happy couple a black Rolls Royce convertible as a
wedding present. Not too shabby. As far as celebrity marriages and wedding gifts
go, this one probably takes the cake.
In 1962 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met while they were filming
Cleopatra. The romantic city of Rome was their backdrop and Hollywood had itself
the quintessential power couple.
Burton had an eye for jewelry (and the wallet!). On a shopping trip to
Bulgari, he bought Liz an 18.61 carat emerald, diamond and platinum necklace. It
wasn't a ring but he used it to propose to his femme fatale. The emerald was
detachable and could be worn as a brooch - which Liz did as often as she could.
Not bad for husband number 5 and 6! They divorced and remarried just over a
year later. We chose these four celebrity marriages because they're good
examples of how there are no set rules when it comes to proposing or giving our
bride-to-be an engagement ring. Yes, all these guys had more money than God but
anyone of us could do the same sorts of things on our budgets.