You’ve seen and or heard about it a million times. A young man in a public place in front of a crowd of people gets down on one knee and asks the question of his teen queen, Will you go to the prom with me?” 

It’s called “promposal” and it’s the newest way for teens to not only get dates to the biggest dance of their lives, but end up on YouTube as well. Here's a great example of one below.


Promposals are all the rage. At $100 a pop, the centerfield video board at Yankee Stadium has seen seven promposals so far this season. Did you know that it costs $100 to prompose on the Yankee Stadium video board? Some students are even renting plane banners to pop the prom question, which can cost upward of $1,000 in the New York area. For this kind of gamble, you would figure that the guy is going to get a yes, but it doesn’t always work out that way.


Lauren Weissberg, a counselor at Union Senior HS in Union, NJ, recalls a recent incident at her school.

A student had enlisted the help of his English teacher to stage his promposal, lining up five cupcakes on the intended’s desk that spelled out “P-R-O-M-?” with a slice of cake that read “yes” and another slice bearing the dreaded “no.” The girl waited 20 agonizing minutes before she helped herself to the “no” slice before a stunned English lit class.

“The counselor in me thinks that it’s not always smart to do these in public, especially if you’re not sure if the person will say yes. The cupcake kid was pretty crushed, from what I understand,” says Weissberg.

When Russell Goetz, a senior at Long Beach HS, asked his new girlfriend, Jen Hurst, to be called into the principal’s office for a surprise promposal, her acceptance led to priceless peer validation.

“I think it was a great way to ask somebody — because the whole school knows. Word got around a bit,” he recalls.

How do you feel about Prom-posing? Would you be willing to take that kind of chance?