The INSIDER Summary:
- A couple got engaged during a game of flip cup at Florida State University.
- The video is going viral.
- They met at a tailgate when they were students during a game of flip cup.
- The reaction from the internet has been mixed.
If you went to college, chances are you played more than a few games of the drinking game flip cup. And, more than likely, those games were less about romance and more about trying not to spill beer all over your shirt while everyone screams at you to get that red solo cup turned over.
But for one couple, flip cup apparently holds some cherished memories; so much so that last fall, they got engaged with a little help from those little red cups.
Bryan Cross and Chelsea Maloney met when they were both students at Florida State University during a fated game of flip cup during a football tailgate. They were opponents during the drinking game, but then got each other’s numbers despite not remembering each other’s names, according to the blog How He Asked.
“He saved my number as ‘tailgate girl’ and I saved his as ‘flip cup kid,'” Maloney said in the profile. “The next time a tailgate rolled around I got a text from ‘flip cup kid’ saying ‘Hey tailgate girl, come tailgate today.’ That began our tailgate love story, the importance of FSU football, friendship, and then turned into a relationship.”
The two began dating and last November, returned to a rivalry game between University of Florida versus Florida State where they kept the spirit alive by tailgating and, you guessed it: playing drinking games. Their group set up a game of flip cup between the two and when Maloney reached the final cup, she flipped it over to find a proposal and Cross down on one knee.
“I couldn’t control my tears of joy knowing that the man I loved most in the world wanted me to spend the rest of my life with him and that our dearest family and friends were there to be a part of this special moment,” she told How He Asked.
The story of their proposal went viral and though the pair seem over-the-moon with how the engagement happened, that little red solo cup has left people divided.
The flip cup marriage proposal is the most FSU thing I’ve ever heard
— Lindsay Mann (@lindsmannn) May 27, 2017
Just saw a video of a guy proposing to his girlfriend during a game of flip cup, this is my dream proposal
— Nicole Neustifter (@NioleRenee) May 29, 2017
Just saw video of a flip cup proposal white people need to be stopped.
— Kevin Hall (@TheHallWay1) May 26, 2017
Idc how relevant the back story is, that flip cup proposal is the worst thing I have ever seen in my whole entire life
— Amby (@ambmcknight) May 26, 2017
INSIDER has reached out to the couple to get their take on how people reacted to the proposal but did not immediately hear back.
As someone who went to a top party school, I have to hand it to them: this is really creative. Better still, they assured How He Asked that their wedding reception will feature a game of bridesmaids vs. groomsmen flip cup. Um, can a girl get an invite?
Watch their proposal below:
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