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How Bachelor Pairs Have Fared Without a Ring




Neil Lane-sponsored proposals are as essential to the Bachelor franchise as disasters are to Grey’s Anatomy

Rachel Lindsay suitor Peter Kraus was basically voted off the island for admitting that, yeah, it’s hard to wrap your mind around committing to forever after just weeks of sporadic dating. And previous stars such as Juan Pablo Galavis and Brad Womack were crucified for refusing to get down on one knee as if it were a character flaw to not be 100 percent confident in what is, essentially, a brand new relationship. 

But, dare we argue, it’s far, far worse to ask someone to make a lifelong commitment when you’re only kinda sure you’d like to be celebrating your next birthday with them? 

That was more or less Hannah Ann Sluss‘ point when she railed now former fiancé Peter Weber for proposing in last week’s Bachelor finale only to change his mind a scant two months later. “You took the most precious moment I could ever imagine away from me, because you selfishly just did not want me to walk away,” she rightfully reprimanded him. 

And while sealing their happily ever with a ring is the done thing in Bachelor land, with no couple that chose to forgo an engagement yet to make it down the aisle, the odds are frankly pretty dismal anyway with just two Bachelor and six Bachelorettes still with the person they picked on final decision day. 

So why not give dating without the pressures of purportedly planning a wedding a try? 

Colton Underwood is out here trying to be the exception to the rule. When his frontrunner Cassie Randolph balked at the idea of accepting a proposal from someone she’d known just a few weeks, he agreed to throw out the standard playbook, telling his final rose recipient she need not agree to anything more than seeing where things could go. By the time their finale aired a year ago, he was referring to the grad student as his future wife and had already uprooted from Denver to be closer to her in L.A.

“We still have a lot of conversations to have and we have a lot of room to grow in our relationship, too,” he explained to host Chris Harrison of their decision to move at a sensible pace atypical to Bachelor couples. “So we’re enjoying dating right now.”

And while history is against them, here’s hoping they just might start a trend. 

Colton Underwood, Cassie Randolph, 2019 E! People's Choice Awards, Candids

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The Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, Nikki Ferrell

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Brad Womack, the Bachelor

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Lorenzo Borghese, Jennifer, The Bachelor


Travis Stork, Sarah Stone, Bachelor


Charlie O'Connell, Sarah Brice, The Bachelor

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Jen Schefft, Jerry Ferris, Bachelorette


Jesse Palmer, Jessica Bowlin, Bachelor


Bob Guiney, Estella Gardinier, Bachelor


Alex Michel, Amanda Marsh, Bachelor


(Originally published March 13, 2019 at 8 a.m. PT)


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