In with the lavish promposals

Out with the “Will you go to prom with me?”


Matthew Lewis (sixth) promposing to his girlfriend Tina Glausi (fourth) on Splash Mountain in Disneyland with the rest of the Glausi family. “When he did the promposal,” Glausi said, “I put the pieces together. My little sister was in on it too, which I thought was funny. Before we went on the ride, she was like, ‘Tina you should sit by me!’ so Matthew could be far enough back that he could put up the poster.”

Promposals, the act of asking someone to prom so extravagantly that it’s considered a proposal, have been taking the internet by storm the past few prom seasons. With prom just around the corner (save the date for May 13, juniors, seniors and those invited), students have begun to join in on the fun.

“I think it makes the people that are asked feel really special,” Tina Glausi, senior, who was promposed to, said. “They can see how much work and effort went into the asking and the planning. When it’s memorable it’s fun to look back. It’s another element of prom that’s fun, right? You can remember the dance and how you were asked.”

Matthew Lewis, junior, who promposed to Glausi, agreed.

“It makes the dance more exciting to go because you know they really care about going with you,” he said.

Lewis’ promposal to Glausi was one for the history books.

“So over spring break we went to Disneyland together with Tina’s family,” Lewis said. “I wanted to make my promposal different because usually they’re just posters. I made a little poster that just said, ‘Prom?’ and when we were on Splash Mountain I held it up during the picture, so she didn’t know until we got off the ride and saw the picture.”

The promposal took Glausi by surprise.

“I think he wanted people to remember it,” Glausi said.  “I was totally thrown off-guard. When I got off the ride I couldn’t tell what it said. I was like, ‘What are you holding?’ so he pulled out the sign. It’s cool now because we’ll always have the picture to remember the promposal by.”

If Lewis’ goal was to make his promposal memorable, he succeeded.

“Everyone has been coming up to me and asking me about it,” Glausi said. “My math teacher, Mr. Shevlin, was commenting on it and thought it was really cute.”

Of course, not all promposals are as flashy as Lewis and Glausi’s. Some are more personal and intimate, like Justin Gould’s, junior, promposal to Kira Saito, junior.

“I got her hooked on the show [The Office] about a month ago and she finished it,” Gould said. “So I did something related to the office. I took tin foil cut outs of P, R, O, M and a question mark and put them in jello.”

Like Glausi, Saito didn’t foresee this promposal.

“I was very surprised,” Saito said. “It was really cool. I was not expecting jello.”

Gould’s promposal got even more personal than just the inside joke.

“It’s funny,” Gould said, “her dad and I talk a lot and I actually ran it by him and I was like, ‘Hey does this sound good?’ And he was like, ‘Sure, she’ll love that.’”

If you haven’t promposed to your prospective prom date yet, you might want to start thinking about it, as prom is less than a month away, and, as Gould said, promposals are “the cultural norm now.”