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Keep your extreme proposals, thanks guys!

Here at Flame Introductions, we’re pretty old fashioned when it comes to love and romance. Our idea of a perfectly lovely marriage proposal is a guy (or a gal, of course – we’re not that old fashioned) popping the question over a lovely dinner, perhaps with a nice view, and preferably with a glass of bubbly.

So when we heard about the latest trend coming out of Russia for extreme proposals, all we can say is that we’re hoping this particular fashion stays east!

You might have seen the viral video of a girl called Anastasia being proposed to by her boyfriend Sergei. He’s meant to be picking her up from the airport, but when she lands she gets a text from him saying he’s stuck at work, and he’s sent a friend to collect her instead. C’est la vie, she thinks (or whatever the Russian equivalent is).

Except as they’re driving along, a minibus with blacked out windows swerves into their path. Armed men pull the terrified driver from the car, and Anastasia is led to the back of the car, where she’s confronted with a detective asking her about a small bag of white powder found in the boot. She insists it isn’t hers. Then another man appears with a small pink box and asks her to explain what it is. Again, she has no idea. So the man rips off his mask, opens the box...and yep, you’ve guessed it. It’s Sergei with a sparkling diamond and he wants to know if Anastasia fancies walking down the aisle. Presumably once she’s recovered from the trauma of what’s just happened to her. Astonishingly, she said yes. 

So apparently this is a thing. There are dozens of organisations in Russia who will take as much money as you’re willing to throw at your ambush proposal. It costs anywhere from £8.80 to £745.

We’ll stick with a three-course dinner and a bottle or Prosecco, thanks.


Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.