It doesn’t matter if you’ve watched a season or all 20 years of The Bachelor — you know the show is responsible for some of reality’s most romantic (and downright awkward) moments. The franchise, which includes spin-offs like The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor Pad, has taken fans on an exciting rollercoaster ride of dramatic rose ceremonies, thrilling battles, and tears that have to be seen to be believed. (After all, who can forget Jason Mesick’s change of heart on live TV?) Even though the show is about love, there are very few fairy-tale endings. In fact, recent data from a study conducted by ExpressVPN shows that in the 25 seasons of The Bachelor’s history, 40% of winners don’t even get a marriage proposal.
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But every now and then there comes a rare season when true love blossoms, resulting in a romantic bachelorette proposal with a dazzling Neil Lane engagement ring. And if the stars (or roses) really line up, this proposal could lead to a swoon-worthy wedding and a lifetime of bliss. (However, the same study reveals that the average length of a single relationship after the end of the season is just three months and 16 days.)
Despite the odds, the process has worked for a lucky few as there are still a few lucky singles out there today. Regardless of a couple’s current relationship status, some Bachelor proposals are simply unforgettable. Let us steal you back to look back at some of the best kneeling moments in franchise history. From Jared and Ashley to Chris and Whitney, remember the 13 best Bachelorette proposals of all time.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers
JoJo Fletcher’s bachelorette hunch was strong on her first night of the season when she made her first impression on Jordan Rodgers — and ended up getting her newest team, too. The fan favorites instantly fell in love and Rodgers popped the question at the spectacular season finale in Phuket, Thailand. Almost three years after his first engagement, Rodgers proposed again without a TV production crew. Rodgers wrote on Instagram. “This proposal was just for us, and let me tell you, just about everything that could go wrong, DID! But I wouldn’t have done it any other way… IT WAS ABSOLUTELY UNREAL.”
Even today, they are happily together. Although the wedding was postponed several times due to the pandemic, they tied the knot in the spring of 2022 and even partnered with The Knot to create their registry and design a personalized collection of invitations. Speaking about their journey down the aisle, Fletcher revealed that their particularly long engagement was worth it. “I don’t know if anything could happen that we can’t get over,” Fletcher told Us before their nuptials. “We’ve learned a lot in six years and are so calm and prepared – and so excited to get married.”
Ashley Giacometti and Jared Haimon
For Bachelor fans who have watched Ashley Giacometti and Jared Haimon’s romance unfold, their engagement is sure to be unforgettable. Giacometti, who first appeared on Chris Soules’ season, took part in the second season of Bachelor in Paradise with the intention of meeting Jared Haribo, from Kaitlyn Bristow’s season. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. And it didn’t work out for their second Paradise performance the following year, despite many emotional conversations. Interestingly, off-screen, Haimon sent a love letter confessing his feelings, which ultimately came as the shock their romance needed. The iconic duo returned for the fifth season of Blip to offer advice to the contestants, but little did Giacometti know Haimon had planned to pose for the camera the whole time. She enthusiastically accepted and is now married with a son, Dawson, who they welcomed in early 2022.
Tashia Adams and Zac Clark
There’s no denying that Tashia Adams and Zac Clark had one of the best bachelorette party proposals of all time. The engagement was apparently preceded by a one-on-one date with a wedding-themed photo shoot earlier in the season that fueled their fast-paced romance. After giving Clark the latest roster of the season, Adams proposed a rendezvous complete with New York-inspired cardboard cabs as a nod to his “hometown.” (Notably, Adams’ entire bachelorette season was limited to a Palm Springs resort due to the pandemic.) After Adams said yes, the groomsmen “ride” back in Clark’s yellow cab. Although Adams later moved to her native New York with Clark, they shocked fans by announcing their split in November 2021.
Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty
Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty’s Bachelor in Paradise proposal was a historic milestone for the franchise, as it was the first between a same-sex couple. Burnett, who first appeared on Colton Underwood’s season, was in a real-life relationship with Haggerty before signing to take on the sixth season of Blip. Although she hadn’t been on The Bachelor before, the producers let Haggerty join the cast so she could continue with him. relationship with Burnet. They ended the boyfriend season twice; First when Burnett posed on the season finale, and again when Haggerty posed on the reunion show. Unfortunately, their engagement didn’t last when the couple announced their divorce in October 2019.
Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter
You can’t talk about iconic bachelorette party proposals without Trista Rehn. The original bachelorette has the longest relationship in the entire franchise, as she is still happily married to her newest pick, Ryan Sutter. The pair quickly clicked and Sutter landed his first one-on-one date of the season. In the final, Rehn gave Sutter the last rose and in return gave her a diamond ring. Their wedding was featured in a three-part television special, Trista & Ryan’s Wedding, which followed the couple as they plan their big day. (The special drew more than 26 million viewers.) Today, they live in Colorado with their children, Maxwell and Blakeley.