By: Abigail DesVergnes
The term “promposal” has taken the Internet by storm, circulating in the halls of high-schools and across the country as teenagers find elaborate and public ways to ask their dates to prom.
It’s no longer a simple “Will you go to prom with me?” but a complex, witty, and sometimes eyebrow-raising way of asking.
The phrase was first used in 2001 by the Dallas Morning News, as the paper commented on ways students were asking their dates to prom, and with the introduction of social media websites like Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram the term went viral as high schoolers shared their promposals to the cyber world.
And now, the idea of “promposing” has spread like wild-fire.
Attleboro High School senior Marissa Dias was asked to prom in a way she said she would’ve never expected.
When she walked into her date’s house she was greeted with a sign that read, “You betta go to prom with me,” and sitting next to him was a fish tank with a Betta fish in it.
“I was surprised and laughed a lot,” Dias said about the witty slogan. “Although we already had plans to go to prom together, the promposal was an extra bonus.”
The real question is: “Does she still have that fish?”
Indeed she does, a pet that will be a constant reminder of the day she was promposed to, Dias said.
AHS senior Owen Scannell decided to use two Corgi puppies to seal the deal with his date.
Scannell got the idea to use Corgi puppies in his promposal because his date had an obsession with the breed. Luckily, he was able to find a friend to lend the dogs so he could finalize his plan.
He arrived at his date’s home with two corgis on leashes with a note attached to one of the dogs’ collars. His date opened the note and read “you are corgilly invited to prom,” and she couldn’t help but say “YES!”
And if you just can’t get enough of these promposal stories …
AHS alum and University of Massachusetts freshman, Dante Arcese, went viral last year when he designed his promposal based off of rap sensation, Drake’s, album cover.
On Drake’s album, the cover says, “If you’re reading this it’s too late,” and Arcese created his own album cover writing, “If you’re reading this, be my date.”
Arcese and his prom date posted the photo to twitter, where it received attention from many of their friends. Arcese then decided to share the photo with a promposal twitter account, and then it “blew up everywhere.”
Even Drake’s online blog shared the photo of Arcese’s promposal.
“It was crazy to see the thousands of retweets and favorites it was getting,” said Arcese, whose promposal was shared over 25,000 times.
Ryan Ringler, a senior at AHS, asked Kathryn LeBlanc, also a senior at AHS, to prom while they were on a school trip to Portugal and Spain over April vacation.
Throughout the week, Ringler had a friend take photos on a Polaroid camera of Leblanc and himself at varying destinations they visited. Once the vacation was nearly over, Ringler aligned the photos and spelled out “PROM?” on the pictures.
“Promposing emphasizes the fact that you care and took the time to actually put thought into asking your special someone to prom. It is more exciting and simply means more to the person you’re asking,” Ringler said.