Welcome to Pop The Question, a weekly space to dissect every aspect of wedding madness. Each Tuesday, we'll ask a question (sometimes there might even be a poll!), you'll share answers and stories, and then we'll bring you the best of the bunch on Thursdays. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fly into a total rage over something that doesn't actually matter … it will be just like your wedding day.

By request, this week's Pop The Question topic is a dark one: Who here has said "No, thank you," to a proposal of marriage?

We want to hear every last detail:

  • How did the proposal go down?
  • Did you say no immediately or shortly thereafter? (Let's put some boundaries on the question to separate a no response from a broken engagement, yeah? This is totally arbitrary, but we'll go with a no-within-a month-of-the-proposal for this week's purposes.)
  • How did you break the news?
  • Was there a ring?
  • How did he or she react? How did everyone else react? Was it so totally awful?
  • Did you stay together afterwards?
  • Tell us why you said no!!

Hilariously related, wikiHow has an article devoted to the subject of How to Reject a Marriage Proposal.

A small sample of the advice:

If you are proposed to in private, try not to smile.

Can anyone explain to me why I find that so incredibly funny? Because I'm laughing like a loon over here. Also: What would you add to that article? Maybe we can come up with our own version of what to do and what not to do.

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We'll gather 'round the old campfire on Thursday to exclaim over your best stories and review the guidelines for saying no that we cook up.

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