And you know, if you’re the one doing the proposing…what if they say no? He proposed in a semi public location and I was embarrassed and had the gut reaction to say no, but said yes. But if you compare the number of public proposals to private proposals, you will find that this actually is a popular opinion. They know that they want to get married, the proposal is just a way for the partner to cement it. I have to agree with OP, personally, but if you’re sure your partner loves to do it up big, then go for making a splash.