Public proposals dominate this Valentine's Day
AS I'm sure you're all well aware of by now, today is Valentine's Day - a day of love and romance, excessive flowers and although highly clichéd, a day of extravagant proposals.
As the day wanes and Valentine's Day moves across to the other continents around the world, countless proposal stories are filtering onto the internet.
One New South Welshman surprised his girlfriend using a slideshow to propose to her during a lecture in front of students at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.
Both the man and his now fiancée teach at the school where he used her food and beverage operations class to show an "educational" slideshow about Valentine's Day and organising weddings.
What his girlfriend wasn't expecting though, was for him to begin the lesson by proposing.
Brisbane radio station B105 also had a hand in the romance of the day, helping Brisbane man BJ plan and carry out the ultimate in proposals.
The large scale production was carried out in King George square, with BJ Posed under heavy costume as a busker.
He surprised his now fiancée as she was on her way to work with an instant flash mob, pipe band, cheerleaders and even a broadcast by Channel 7 news on the square's big screen, before revealing himself and popping the big question.
While these proposals are very romantic and went as planned, public proposals multiply the feelings of rejection should they not result in the answer you're hoping for.
One US man learnt this the hard way yesterday when he popped the question to his girlfriend at a Rangers Valentine's Day NHL match on the score board - and was left standing alone on the big screen when she walked away.
While they make for great stories, is the extravagant public proposal really worth the risk?
I'm all for proudly declaring your love, and I have nothing against public displays of affection, but can love really conquer the embarrassment of a public rejection?
Congratulations to all those lovebirds out there who have become engaged today, and happy Valentine's day to all from the team at Style HQ.