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10 Unforgettable Marriage Proposals

Here are some of our favorite ways that couples who wed in 2022 said, “Will you marry me?”

An illustration featuring couples embracing each other with award ribbons. Two of the couples are holding ring boxes above their heads.

By Sadiba Hasan

Couples who married in 2022 have had some of their most formative years together during the pandemic, and many have said they developed a strong bond during the time they spent together at home during lockdowns.

This past year saw the return of larger gatherings, including concerts, parties and weddings . But many of these couples’ proposals happened in 2020 and 2021 — the two most socially distanced years. This didn’t stop people from getting creative, and extra thoughtful, when popping the big question to their significant others.

A college events manager hid a ring in a piñata, and a psychology professor embedded his proposal into an escape room clue. A strategy director presented a symbolic painting to his partner, while a history lecturer proposed with a rock in lieu of a ring.

Here are 10 of the best proposals from couples who were featured in The New York Times Weddings pages this year.

She Cracked the Code With Six Minutes to Spare

Shawn Jones and Zainep Mahmoud have been breaking out of escape rooms together ever since their second date at Insomnia Escape Room DC in September 2018.

“We literally have an undefeated streak going,” Dr. Jones, 36, said. “When it was time to propose, I just knew that it would make so much sense for it to be connected to an escape room.”

He coordinated with Breakout Games, an escape room in Richmond, Va., and there, the couple participated in a heist-themed game in September 2021. Inside the escape room, with ultraviolet light in hand, Ms. Mahmoud, 36, uncovered a message : “Ah Few Tour Why Eff Uh.”

The message revisited a game show clue from the bonus round of a March 2016 episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” during which Dr. Jones, a contestant, solved the puzzle, despite there being few letters on the board, in less than one second into his allotted time: “FUTURE WIFE!”

When Ms. Mahmoud deciphered the message, Dr. Jones proposed. “In particular I remember him saying that he knows we can navigate any and everything together, and I deeply believed the same,” she said.

Ms. Mahmoud said “yes,” and the two escaped, engaged, with six minutes to spare.

They wed on Sept. 17, 2022.

Strike a Pose, They Vogued Their Way to Engagement

Yuming Chiu started his career as a professional violist, so he mentioned to Dr. Shilpen Patel one day that he would love to have a “simple engagement” that incorporated his love for music.

But Dr. Patel, a pop culture lover, said he wanted the engagement to be “fun” and something they “remember for the rest of our lives.”

On Dec. 17, 2021, the couple attended the San Francisco Symphony for the Holiday Gaiety performance, which included classical renditions on pop songs.

In the middle of the show, they were selected to vogue onstage while the symphony played Madonna’s “Vogue.” Peaches Christ, the drag queen hosting the show, then pulled the couple to the center of the stage and handed Mr. Chiu, who now goes by the name Patel, the mic.

“You know, we’ve had a lot of adventures these past few years,” Dr. Patel started saying, and Mr. Chiu, 37, covered his face with his hands in shock, knowing what would follow. Dr. Patel, 46, got down on one knee in front of an audience of more than 2,500 people.

On May 7, 2022 , the two were married.

She Whacked the Ring Out

Suzanne Joskow and Henderson Blumer were celebrating New Year’s Eve together in their Los Angeles home in 2020, when just before midnight, he asked her to break open a star-shaped piñata that he had hung onto the stone pine tree in their backyard.

“It was sparkling perfectly, it was very romantic-looking,” she said.

Ms. Joskow, 39, whacked the piñata, and out flew a black pouch with a ring in it. Mr. Blumer, 33, picked it up and got down on one knee. After she said “yes,” fireworks went off around the city.

“We have a hill right behind our house. We walked up the hill and looked out over Los Angeles as all the celebrations were happening across L.A., and we were able to celebrate each other, too,” Mr. Blumer said.

“We were saying goodbye to what had been a really complex, tumultuous year, but it was a double-edged sword for us because it was also a year where we’d fallen more and more in love,” she said.

The couple married on Jan. 22, 2022 , under the 100-year-old stone pine tree where he had proposed.

Two Art Lovers and a Symbolic Painting

Everett Long Jr. and Fred Smith Jr. first met in October 2015 while they were each getting a haircut at Brown’s Barber Shop in Athens, Ga.

Five years later, in November 2020, Mr. Long commissioned a painting of the barbershop, which was originally meant to be a birthday gift for Mr. Smith. But by the time it was completed in April 2021, Mr. Long said he “just had this feeling that this is no longer a birthday present,” adding, “It’s much deeper than that.”

That May, the couple shared dinner together on Mr. Long’s balcony, before heading to the airport to celebrate Mr. Smith’s birthday in Puerto Rico.

“Before we left, I said, ‘Hey, I want to give you your present before we leave because it’s too big to go on the airplane,’” Mr. Long, 40, recalled.

Mr. Smith, also 40, opened the package, and as he was admiring the painting, Mr. Long got down on one knee.

“We had talked about getting engaged, and we talked about a specific way of maybe going about it,” Mr. Smith said. “But he was describing how he just couldn’t hold it in anymore, and that he’d never been more certain about almost anything in his life.”

The piece is meaningful to the couple for many reasons, Mr. Long said, which include a shared love of collecting art. Mr. Smith grew up in Athens, the location of the barbershop, and Mr. Long, who grew up in Philadelphia, called Athens “a formative place” in his life. The barbershop’s address on “Hot Corner,” a section in Athens bustling with Black businesses, is also historically significant.

“But most of all, the fact that we met each other at, of all places, a barbershop felt ironic,” said Mr. Long, who called the space “one of the Blackest, most masculine and most beloved institutions of the Black community.”

On Sept. 10, the couple wed at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, where they showcased 25 pieces from their art collection, including the barbershop painting.

‘I’m Not Going to Make You Ask This Question Again’

Brian Guyer and Tisza Bell were living a three-hour drive away from each other in the fall of 2019 — she was in Missoula, Mont., and he was in Bozeman. They would see each other most weekends.

One of those weekends, in September 2020, went spectacularly badly. They’d met halfway, outside Butte, Mont., to go camping and biking. There, they encountered an unexpected snowstorm, their truck suffered a flat that they didn’t have the tools to manage and they didn’t have cell service to call for reinforcements. They laughed through it all, and by Sunday, when the sun finally broke through, Mr. Guyer, 43, proposed while they were covered in cow manure and mud.

“He said, ‘If I had a ring, I’d ask you to marry me right now,’ and I said, ‘I’m not going to make you ask this question again,’” said Dr. Bell, 39, who has a doctoral degree in microbiology.

A few days later, the couple ordered matching white silicone rings. Since Dr. Bell was processing wastewater samples for Covid-19 at the time, a silicone ring was the only kind of ring that felt comfortable under her gloves.

Eventually, her parents sent the couple her grandmother’s ring. “But we still wear the white ones everyday, and they were what we exchanged at our wedding,” she said.

They wed on Sept. 17, 2022 .

He Proposed at His Father’s Graveyard

On Father's Day in 2021, William Browns Jr. made Kimberly Harris breakfast in bed before giving her a note that sent her on a scavenger hunt around the house. Each clue related to a different memory in their relationship, and in the end, she was rewarded with an Edible Arrangements bouquet delivery.

They then headed to a family event, but on the way, the couple stopped by Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery in Hillside, Ill., to visit the grave of his father, who died in 2016. On Father’s Day in 2020, he had brought her to his father’s grave, and he said that was the moment he knew she was “the one.”

Before they left, Mr. Browns, 28, got down on one knee and proposed. Right at that moment, there was a torrential downpour, but that didn’t stop Ms. Harris, 35, from saying “yes” and hugging Mr. Browns in the midst of a rainstorm.

“It was so surreal and divine, as all of our most beautiful relationship moments have been in the pouring rain,” including their first date, Mr. Browns said. “Then, we held hands on the way back to the car, barely able to see where we were going, and laughed at what we knew would be a moment we would never forget,” he added.

The couple married on July 29, 2022 .

He Stalled, and He Stalled Some More

Robert Flaherty’s plan was to propose to Carla Frank on Sept. 18, 2021, when her best friend, Ellie Cohen, would be in town with her husband. He figured it would be a good time for their close friends and family members to fly into Washington, unbeknown to Ms. Frank, and be present for the proposal at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards in Leesburg, Va.

After he made the plan, Kate Berner, a friend, invited them to her wedding, which would also to take place on Sept. 18, 2021. Mr. Flaherty, 31, decided to use that wedding as a cover-up: Ms. Frank, also 31, thought they would be attending.

But on the day of the proposal, his mother’s flight got delayed, and Mr. Flaherty had to devise numerous stalling tactics. He texted Ms. Berner to ask if she could send a BCC’d email to them that her wedding would be delayed by an hour. Ten minutes later, while getting her hair done on her wedding day, Ms. Berner sent the email.

Although this bought Mr. Flaherty some time, he needed to come up with several more excuses that night.

“Ellie and I were making up reason after reason after reason to stall,” he said. “Carla was getting increasingly frustrated.”

Finally, after his mother arrived to the vineyard, Mr. Flaherty orchestrated a surprise wine tour and proposed in the vineyard.

“The very first thing she says is, my parents are here, right?” Mr. Flaherty said. They had a celebration at the winery with their family and friends, who had been hiding in a loft upstairs, followed by a dinner at their house with a private chef.

The two wed on Nov. 19, 2022 .

Sealing Their Relationship With a Pasta Stamp

Just a few days after the pandemic set in, Laura McDonald moved into Harsh Shah’s apartment. They spent that first year cooking together. So, it was only fitting for him to incorporate food into his proposal.

After flipping through a cookbook, he was inspired by a recipe for fresh corzetti, a coin-like pasta that is typically stamped with a design. He decided to take a few woodworking classes and began secretly carving his own pasta stamp.

In February 2021, the couple took a trip to Sea Ranch, Calif., and on the second night of their trip, Mr. Shah, 36, told Ms. McDonald, also 36, that he would be making dinner that night.

“I was definitely suspicious when he told me he would take care of dinner and I should relax on the couch, we almost always cook together,” she said. “I remember getting very excited and nervous while trying to read my book.”

When he handed her a plate of fresh corzetti with pesto, it took her some time before she realized that each piece of pasta was stamped with the words “Laura, will you marry me?”

“I remember grinning the entire time,” Ms. McDonald said.

“We kept our engagement a secret and didn’t tell anyone for 36 hours,” Mr. Shah said. “It felt like we were sitting on the world’s biggest secret.”

They were married on March 12, 2022 .

She Proposed With a Rock In Lieu of a Ring

Katherine Turner, 46, had made it clear to Robert Sparks, 40, that if they were to get married, she would be the one to propose. She wanted to be sure that her two sons, then ages 11 and 8, were comfortable with the idea.

Two years after their first date in December 2018, she was ready to propose, but she waited until January 2021 once the Philadelphia Museum of Art reopened.

“We had one of our first, most magical dates there, so it seemed like the perfect place,” said Dr. Turner, who has a Ph.D. in history. The couple agree that they fell in love on that date.

She brought Mr. Sparks to the Fairmount Water Works behind the museum, but she had something other than a ring in her pocket. The previous year, Dr. Turner had found a small heart-shaped rock on a beach in San Diego, her hometown, and she kept it.

She presented the rock to Mr. Sparks and said, “You tumbled unexpectedly into my life, I picked you up intending to throw you back, like this stone. I was lost, I reached out and I found you.”

The couple wed on Oct. 8.

‘It Was the Best Way to Defuse a Heated Situation’

Janeine LeCorday knew she wanted to propose to Janine Lee during a trip they took with friends to San Diego in April 2021 to celebrate Ms. Lee’s birthday.

The plan was to sing “I Choose You,” by Kiana Ledé, to Ms. Lee during a karaoke night, and then get down on one knee and propose. But leading up to karaoke, their friends had gotten into a fight, and there was still some tension in the group.

Ms. Lee worked on smoothing out the tension in the room, while Ms. LeCorday volunteered to sing first. However, Ms. LeCorday, 41, did not start singing. Instead, she started crying.

“I immediately knew what was about to take place, and the only thing I could say was, ‘Really babe, you’re going to do this now?’” Ms. Lee, 40, said. “Little did I realize it was the best way to defuse a heated situation.”

Ms. LeCorday got down on one knee, and although she did not say anything, Ms. Lee said “absolutely.”

“I got down there with her, and we hugged each other and cried a little more,” she added.

The two married on Oct. 22, 2022 .

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From Simple to Extravagant: 38 Proposal Ideas for Every Style of Engagement

Say "yes" to these perfect plans.

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Planning the perfect proposal can be daunting. There are tens of thousands of proposal ideas floating around the Internet, and settling on a plan that your partner will love can be a lot of work. Deciding whether to plan a proposal that’s simple, extravagant, or somewhere in between is a lot of pressure, but there are a few ways to ensure you’re planning the best possible proposal for your loved one. The best way to begin? Consider consulting with a professional, if you can. 

As Brett Galley, director of special events and owner of Hollywood POP Gallery explains, the key to a perfect proposal is really understanding what the person you’re proposing to loves in life. “If you are proposing to a quiet, low-key partner who doesn't like the spotlight, you would plan a proposal that is special and private, perhaps at home or on top of an isolated mountaintop, as opposed to in front of a group of people or any large public displays,” Galley says. “If your partner is extroverted and is a ‘more is more’ type of person, you might hire a flash mob, have a fireworks display, or propose on an action-adventure-based outing .” 

If you’ve talked about the future and considered your partner’s personality type , the next step is getting into the details of the proposal. Below, Galley, wedding photographer Iris Mannings, and event planning experts JoAnn Gregoli, Jen Avey, Faith Folayan, Juls Sharpley, and Kristen Gosselin share 38 ideas that would be great for nearly every person.

Meet the Expert

Brett Galley is the director of special events and owner of Hollywood POP Gallery .

Iris Mannings is a professional wedding photographer.

JoAnn Gregoli is a wedding planner and the owner of Elegant Occasions By JoAnn Gregoli .

Jen Avey is the vice president of marketing for destinationweddings.com .

Faith Folayan is the owner of This Love , a wedding planning and design company.

Juls Sharpley is the founder and creative director of Juls Sharpley Events .

Kristen Gosselin is the founder and creative director of KG Events and Design .

Set Up a Picnic

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A picnic can be one of the most romantic activities if you plan it the right way. Add some candles , a nice bottle of wine, and some chocolate-covered strawberries (or whatever your significant other’s favorite food is) to a basket, and you’re off to the races. Plus, a picnic makes it easy to incorporate other people, like your partner’s family and friends, or keep it intimate. 

Take a Hike Together

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Proposing at the end of a hike is a classic for a reason. It’s intimate, memorable, and picturesque, and it gives you a fun, physical activity to distract yourself from nerves before you pop the question. 

Embrace the Season

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If you’re hoping to propose during a certain season, why not embrace it? Plan a proposal for the biggest, most impressive snow day of the year. Add some twinkle lights to the mix, and it’ll be an absolutely gorgeous scene that requires almost no prep work on your part. 

Include Your Children

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Finding ways to incorporate you and/or your partner’s children is sure to make for a proposal that will be just about as memorable as it gets. Plus, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make them cry, which is always a bonus. 

Do It on a Rooftop

If you’re lucky enough to have a rooftop (or have a friend with a rooftop) with a killer view, consider dressing up the space with floral bouquets or other details. Go up to watch the sunset and then get down on one knee . Beautiful, intimate, and budget-friendly.

Go to a Local Park

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Spruce up your most beautiful, beloved local park with some flower petals (or whatever else you might want) and ask the question there. It’ll be a familiar, comfortable location that is made to feel that much more magical. Plus, you can relive the moment every time you walk by the location in the future.

Climb Into a Treehouse

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Find a treehouse (perhaps via an outdoorsy lodge or hotel) and pop the question amidst a romantic video montage, string lights, and any other special touches you can think of. The setting will feel totally magical.

Put It in Writing

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Having friends or family hold up a sign that spells out the proposal is a WOW moment that can seamlessly incorporate your partner’s favorite people. If you have them display the sign from a distance, it also means you get to ask the question outside of the earshot of other people for a private romantic moment.

Recreate Your First Date

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This idea is a classic for good reason. There's something unassuming yet totally romantic about popping the question at the restaurant where you first met. Bonus points for adding additional touches like hitting the bar where you had a nightcap after.

Create an Insta-Worthy Moment

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Want to go all out? Hire a florist , set a generous budget, and let them work their magic. Add some candles to the mix and it will be the most romantic, Instagram-worthy proposal you’ve ever seen.

When planning an epic proposal, such as the above, photographer Iris Mannings says it's important to "plan, communicate, and execute." As for the photos, specifically? "Communicate the best possible locations with optimal lighting that would be the backdrop for the Insta-worthy image," she adds.

Go on a Boat Ride

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Love sailing? Pack a picnic and some bubbly and hit the open waters. We love the idea of proposing while doing an activity you love. Plus, what's more poetic than popping the question on an actual journey?

Take a Pre-Proposal Photo

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There’s something so exciting about a simple pre-proposal DIY photo. The notion that your partner has no idea what’s coming or that you’ve been planning such a special event is thrilling, so why not create an image to remember that feeling forever? 

Incorporate Music

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If you’re musical, there’s nothing more romantic (or vulnerable) than playing a special song for your partner pre- or post-proposal. You could even work the proposal into the song if you really want to surprise them with something unforgettable.

Embrace the Rain

No matter what type of proposal you plan, it’s worth remembering that even proposals that don’t go exactly as planned can be as romantic. If it’s raining, embrace it. Turns out, the whole kissing-in-the-rain thing can be quite beautiful, so just go with it. 

Incorporate Baked Goods

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‘Will You Marry Me?’ donuts are perhaps the cutest, most delicious proposal accessory ever. Whether you’re doing a long-distance proposal or are together in real life, spelling out a message via your partner’s favorite sweet treat could be fun.

Plan a Selfie-Taking Session

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After your special someone says "yes," consider taking some memorable selfies together. Including furry friends is encouraged.

Let Your Pet Join the Fun

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For couples with pets, choosing to involve a furry friend in the proposal will be the “aww” moment you’re hoping for. Get a customized dog tag that has the big question engraved on it or opt for a bandana as this couple did. 

Take a Secret Video

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A great way to capture the surprise of a cozy, at-home proposal but still keep the intimate, just-you-two feel is to capture it yourself. Grab a mini tripod and your cell phone and you’re good to go.

Ask While Christmas Tree Shopping

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Going Christmas tree shopping sometime soon? Why not include a proposal? “Preselect the tree and have the tree farm owner place a ‘will you marry me?’ ornament on the selected tree,” says JoAnn Gregoli, event designer at Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli . “I suggest having warm blankets and hot cocoa once the proposal has been made. If allowed, have a sleigh on standby to whisk you both away to a wonderful dinner.”

Bring a Bottle of Champagne

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No matter what your proposal plan is, bring a bottle of Champagne . It will make the entire experience that much more special. Save the cork after to write the special date on it.

Use a Waterfall as a Backdrop

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Waterfall. Backdrop. Need we really say more?

Wrap the Proposal Into a Family Tradition

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Cara McClenny tells Brides that her fiancé proposed on the same annual family friends’ trip that originally brought them together. The trip in itself was a tradition, but the proposal was a total surprise. The combination meant that the setting was familiar, but the proposal was still as exciting as can be—plus, it was sentimental, too. 

“It was truly the best weekend with our favorite people in our favorite place—I still cannot understand how he pulled it off! The best part was hearing all of the different stories from my family and friends about how they kept it a secret from me for so long. My sister even had to turn off her 'Find my iPhone' setting so that I wouldn't see that she was on her way to South Carolina,” McClenny shared.

Plan It Around Your Partner’s Favorite Holiday

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Have a significant other who’s really into Halloween? Christmas? Easter? The Fourth of July, perhaps? Plan the proposal around that day so it’ll make their favorite date better than they ever thought it could be.

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A dock sounds a little simple in theory, but it’s actually a very romantic proposal spot. You’re out in the middle of the water without actually being in the water. Plus, they’re relatively easy to find if you do a little research—and you can make sure that it’s just you two.

Style a Loft or Other Unique Space

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As this proposal proves, sometimes all it takes is creating a romantic space somewhere unexpected to build a proposal that’s truly unique.

Take a Spontaneous Trip

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“What better way to up the ante on your outdoor proposal than jetting off to paradise? Many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean offer amazing proposal packages that make popping the question extra special,” says Jen Avey, VP of marketing for Destination Weddings Travel Group . There are also cooler destinations to consider, like, say, Iceland or a place you've always dreamed of visiting together.

Make an Ordinary Spot Romantic

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“Choose a location that is either already meaningful to both of you or choose an exotic or cool location that will then hold significance after the proposal!  Maybe you have a favorite hike, favorite beach spot, or favorite city park,” suggests Kristen Gosselin, owner and creative director of KG Events & Design . “Choosing something that already holds significance to the two of you will only make the proposal more meaningful! Alternatively, choosing a spot that you've never been to but know your fiancé would love will then always be remembered as the proposal spot and will hold significance from that day forward.”

Choose the Spot Where You First Said "I Love You"

“Choose an outdoor location that’s important to both of you. Where you first met, had your first kiss, or the first place you said ‘I love you,’” Faith Folayan of This Love Weddings suggests. “Set up a picnic for two at one of these significant spots. Be sure to provide family and friends with blankets to use as they hideaway.”

Incorporate a Family Dinner

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Following a proposal with a family dinner is never a bad idea, especially if you and your partner are especially close to your families and/or they live nearby. 

“Two of my friends were hiding in the bushes (one of whom is a professional photographer) to capture the moment,” Juls Sharpley of Bubbles & Bowties explains about her own proposal. “We popped the Champagne, took some photos, and went to our dinner reservation with my parents!”

Take a Sunrise Hike

Ending a morning hike with not only a gorgeous sunrise but the proposal itself is what dreams are made of. Plus, it’s a good way to switch up your usual hiking routine if you tend to go in the late morning or afternoon. 

Throw an After-Party

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“This past summer, I was contacted by a man who wanted to propose to his girlfriend in the iconic living room at the Hotel Jerome [in Aspen, Colorado], followed by a party for 50 of their closest friends and family on one of the hotel's private patio spaces,” says Sharpley. “He requested balloons covering the ceiling, rose petals to 'mark the spot' of where he should propose, and then for the party: a U2 cover band, sushi from Matsuhisa (Nobu), sliders from Hotel Jerome , and lots of candles!” 

Rent a Float Plane

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Want to get really creative? Involve a plane. Sure, it might be a little complicated, but as this picture proves...very worth it for the memory.

Incorporate Your Partner’s Favorite Things

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If your partner is a fan of something very particular (say, Friends ), then get creative and find a way to incorporate that into the proposal whether through reciting quotes or reenacting a scene.

Create a Romantic Beach Scene

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“If you're lucky enough to be near a beach, do a romantic beach setup to surprise your significant other upon your arrival,” Gosselin suggests. “This will elevate any beach proposal by adding some beauty, context, and additional thought into the proposal.”

Find a Winter Wonderland

If you can manage to find a great stretch of space covered in snow , it’ll make for a beautiful proposal spot. Chilly, yes—but absolutely beautiful. And if your partner happens to love winter, this will be their dream. 

Incorporate the Proposal Into Your Favorite Activity

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If you and your partner love a certain activity or sport, weave your proposal into the time you spend doing that activity together. Bonus points if that activity happens to take you to some spectacular views.

Make a Flower Delivery

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If your partner is a total romantic who appreciates the gesture of just-because flower delivery, make it part of your proposal. Organize for four arrangements to be delivered, each with a note that says one of the following words: "Will you marry me?" Of course, you'll want to deliver the last one!

Plan a Fake Wedding Shoot

If you can manage it, tell your partner that you’ve both been selected to be models for a faux wedding shoot. Get all dressed up, and then during the “photo shoot,” ask the big question.

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Proposing can be a big, outlandish, emotional experience played out in front of a crowd of thousands at a Red Sox game. Proposing can also be a small, intimate, emotional experience played out in your living room in front of your pets. The point is for two people to make a promise to one another. So whether you got engaged on a gondola in Venice or the produce aisle of a grocery store, a proposal is always just about two people. The mechanics of a proposal are deceptively simple. One partner asks another partner a question. The second partner answers. Ta-da! You have proposed! And if feminism is your jam, neither partner is surprised by, “Hey I want to marry you.” So the where and when and how are just window dressing.

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But oh the window dressing! If you’re currently in the market for proposal ideas, what do you choose? There are simple proposal ideas, elaborate proposal ideas, viral proposal ideas, and surprise proposal ideas. But which one to do? Like any part of wedding planning (which is coming for you soon…) the best option is always you do you! But if you don’t know who “proposal you” is? Well, we asked wedding designer Jess Rutherford of Sentimental Fools for her top proposal ideas, both the intimate and the outlandish. Here, she’s given us ideas for every type of proposal possible. If you are big and elaborate people, we got you. If you are pajamas and brunch people, just keep reading. There’s something here for everyone.

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  • Galactic Lovers: Plan a stargazing picnic and ask under the constellations.
  • Sunshine of My Life: Sunrise and sunset make for stunning colors in the sky and the perfect backdrop for a proposal. Find a magical spot to enjoy the view!
  • Disney Magic: Make your love story into a real-life fairy tale and propose in a Disney Park. (Pro-tip: You don’t have to go for Cinderella’s castle. There are plenty of picturesque spots around the park.)
  • Written in the Snow:  Write your proposal in the snow and ask from a ski lift, or the warm interior of the ski lodge.
  • Handwriting in the Sand: Write your proposal in the sand on a sunny beach. Pop the question before the waves wash it away.
  • Room with a View: Stop to catch your breath at the top of a peak. Get down on one knee and ask them to turn around.
  • Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Words:   Decorate a room with TONS of photos of the two of  you over the years. Make another moment worth capturing.
  • #TBT: Revisit your relationship’s greatest hits—or just the site of your first date. Propose in the place where it all began.
  • Rollercoaster of Love: Propose at the top or during the photo on the ride. (We recommend keeping that ring locked up or in a secure location during the actual ride.)
  • Ferris Wheel: Take in the views below as you propose from the very top of the Ferris Wheel. Have your family and friends waiting at the bottom!

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SEASONS OF LOVE Proposal Ideas

  • New Year, New Beginning: 3… 2… 1… Will you marry me?
  • Be Mine: Why not fill a room with heart shaped balloons, roses, and boxes of chocolates, and embrace the sentimentality of Valentine’s Day.
  • Let Sparks Fly: Attend a summer fireworks display. Propose under the canopy of lights or with a simple handle-held sparkler.
  • Jack-o-Lantern Love: Carve “Marry me?” into a pumpkin.
  • Fall for Me: Go apple picking, pumpkin picking, or searching for fall foliage. Propose in the center of a corn maze.
  • Deck the Halls: Have your sweetheart wake up to ornaments spelling “Will you marry me?” on a Christmas tree on Christmas morning OR while looking for the perfect tree. Bring a furry friend in on it with a present tied to their collar. (Also can be modified for Hanukkah, or your seasonal holiday of choice.)

Fun and GAMES Proposal Ideas

  • Play to Win (Their Heart): Catan, CandyLand, or Charades. Find a way to make sure a proposal is in the cards.
  • Carnival Night: Make the ring the prize for winning the carnival game of your choice.
  • Lucky in Love: Take them to a casino (wear a mask as needed). Play the slots. No matter what, you are both about to win the jackpot.
  • Love Hunt: Hide clues around town that lead them from one clue to the next (bonus points if you combine this with #7). The final clue leads to you and a big question!
  • Coordinated Love: Make your proposal spot your next geocaching destination.
  • Love and Basketball: Play a game of one-on-one on a court near your home. Make a new spin on H-O-R-S-E and play M-A-R-R-Y-M-E, putting your opponent’s spelling skills to the test.
  • Take Me out to the Ballgame: Go classic Jumbotron or take the Kiss Cam to the next level. For a nostalgic approach, hide the ring in a Cracker Jack box.

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Sweet and Simple Proposal Ideas

  • The OG: The classics never fail. Get down on one knee and ask away.
  • I Woke Up Like This: Slip the ring on their finger before they wake up and see how long it takes them to notice. Or how many cups of coffee.
  • Light up My Life: Fill the room with candles—the perfect lighting for love. Add some houseplants for an even more elevated look.
  • Sentimental Spots: Head to “your” spot to make yet another memory somewhere close to your heart.
  • Fortune Cookie: Have your own custom-made with a special question inside. Have them open yours the next time you order takeout.
  • Creative Writing: Write your partner a poem or story titled The Story of Us . Make your proposal the final line.
  • Time Machine: Recreate your first date, but this time with a new ending.
  • A Toast: Slip the surprise into a flute of bubbles. Make sure they see the ring before bottoms up.

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  • Puppy Love: Tie the ring or (perhaps more wisely) a “Will you marry me?” sign around your puppy’s—or really just any puppy’s—collar. Proposals + puppies = YES.
  • Make the Kid Do It: Have a kid or niece or nephew? Put them in a proposal shirt and have them ask for a hug from your sweetie.
  • Surrounded by Family and Friends: Turn a casual family gathering into a moment to remember and an impromptu engagement party. (Pro-tip: Make sure to clue in the host ahead of time!)
  • Lettergram: Throughout the day have special people in your life deliver love letters you’ve written. The last letter is a special delivery from you, and it comes with a small ring-size package.
  • Next Item on the Agenda: Conspire with their boss and show up to their meeting in the conference room.
  • Model for a Day: Have a photog friend ask for a favor to pose for some photos for their portfolio. Ask while the camera is clicking away.
  • Surprise!: Throw yourselves an engagement party. Just make sure your new fiance(e) is the last to know.
  • Make a Montage: Ask your friends and family to make a video of why they love you two together. Play the video and let your partner soak up all the love before asking the ultimate question.

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  • Up!: Take your love to incredible heights and propose in a hot air balloon. (We know you all cried watching the Up! opening montage.)
  • Movie Night: Take them to an outdoor screening of their favorite movie, or stage a proposal inspired by the silver screen. For your budget’s sake we hope their favorite flick isn’t Sweet Home Alabama .
  • Rock of Love: Get tickets the next time their favorite band is in town. Get the lead singer to ask for you from the stage!
  • Work of Art: Ask a local gallery to hang one of your own masterpieces in their gallery. Propose in front of the piece as you walk through the gallery.
  • City of Love: Pop the question in Paris. Skip the top of the Eiffel Tower and go for something more off the beaten path. Why not give them a kiss and a ring in front of The Kiss in the Rodin Museum .
  • Flash Mob: Get your friends and family involved. Pick your favorite song and dance it out.
  • Northern Lights: Travel to the arctic circle to tell them they light up your life under the Aurora Borealis.
  • Heli-yes: Take a golden hour helicopter tour of your favorite town and pop the question against the skyline.
  • Gondola Goals: Start forever in the canals of Venice in your own private gondola.
  • Skywriting: Is there anything more over the top?
  • Have a Proposal Off: Both want to get hitched? See who can top who with an all-out battle of the proposals. Everyone wins!

If you can’t choose just one proposal idea, there’s always the more-is-more option—just do all of them! Or as many as you’d like.  My partner and I had thirty proposals —not one of them involved a hot air balloon. But that’s a story for another day.

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22 Creative Marriage Proposal Ideas We Love

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There are a million ways to propose to the love of your life, from the classic rose petals spelling out “will you marry me?” to popping the question in a hot air balloon. But finding one that works best for you and your partner may take a bit of searching. That’s where this list of creative marriage proposal ideas comes in.

In this post, we sort some of our favorite ideas into three categories: Private, public, and destination. We also answer some frequently asked questions about proposals, provide links and videos to real-life examples, and give you a few tips on what to do after you pop the question.

But, before getting started, keep in mind that every couple — and every relationship — is different, so what works for one couple may not work for the next. For example, one person may love the idea of getting proposed to during halftime of an NFL game while another may cringe at the thought. However, as long as you take your partner’s personality into account and go above and beyond to plan a special and personalized proposal, we’re confident that you’ll do great! But remember: These ideas are just a starting point. It’s up to you to customize them.

Explore 22 of our favorite creative marriage proposal ideas:

Private creative marriage proposal ideas.

1. Hire a personal chef.

Plan a date night at home complete with a personal chef who cooks your partner’s favorite meal. There are tons of different ways to utilize this creative marriage proposal idea, but one of our favorites is to have the chef put the ring on the plate for one of the courses. Believe it or not, there are even companies that specialize in this kind of thing. Proposal007 lets you book “your personal chef proposal,” including candles, roses, and a three-course meal.

2. Fill a room full of photos of you and your partner.

Get prints of photos of the two of you throughout your relationship. Pick a room in your home (or even a hotel room) and hang the photos up all around. You’ll be surrounded by some of the greatest memories of your time together while asking one of the most important questions of your life.

3. Propose using ribbon.

Tie a velvet ribbon from one end of your home to the other with little love notes and memories of your relationship every few feet. At the end of the ribbon, be there with your ring and your proposal. Bonus points if you have music — including some of your most special songs together — playing during it.

4. Create a custom puzzle.

Create a custom puzzle for your proposal. Once the two of you complete it, your partner will be able to read, “will you marry me?” Then, get down on one knee with your ring and pop the question!

5. Utilize a book.

Whether you use a blank journal and write a love poem or you cut the inside of a book out and place the ring inside, we love the idea of having a book be the vessel of your proposal. If you want to get really creative, you can even create a custom book to completely catch your partner by surprise.

Public creative marriage proposal ideas

6. Incorporate live music.

Attend any type of concert, live music, orchestra, etc. Bonus points if it’s an artist that means something special to the two of you. You can even take things up a notch by coordinating with the venue to see if you can propose on stage or reaching out to the artist’s team to see if you can get them to stop the concert and make an announcement, setting you up for your proposal.

7. Make the most of your first date location.

Take your partner to the place you had your first date. Whether it’s a restaurant, a coffee shop, a park, it doesn’t matter! Order the same thing you ordered on your first date (if you remember) and go above and beyond to make the experience as special as can be. Share what you remember most from your first date, and then pop the question.

8. Go to trivia night.

This one can be done at an actual trivia night out or even if you host one yourself at home! Have the quizmaster ask the question, “(Name), will you marry (name)?” to your partner’s team. It will be one of the most memorable moments for everyone involved.

9. Capture the moment in a photo booth.

Take your partner on a date to somewhere that has a photo booth. During your session in the booth, pop the question so you have a strip of photos during the exact moment you proposed. Make sure to test out the timing of the photo booth beforehand. The last thing you want is photos taken at the wrong time!

10. Go to a planetarium.

This is one of our favorite creative marriage proposal ideas on the list. Contact the planetarium ahead of time to see if they can project, “(Name), will you marry me?” during the stargazing show.

Creative marriage proposal ideas for destinations

11. Surprise your partner during a walk on the beach.

Take a trip to the beach together. Ahead of time, write on a small piece of paper “will you marry me?” and roll it up and put it into a seashell or an old bottle. Plant it in a place that the two of you will walk past and make sure you or your partner sees it and picks it up. This one is so fun if you want your proposal to be a super surprise.

12. Take a Vespa tour.

Take a Vespa tour of whatever vacation destination you’re in. Once you have that part down, the proposal options are endless. One of our favorites: Place the ring box inside your partner’s helmet and get down on one knee as you hand it to them.

13. Plan an outdoor picnic.

Plan an outdoor picnic in a beautiful location for your proposal. Hide the ring in the picnic basket or even in a glass of champagne. And, as with every proposal idea, consider hiring a photographer or videographer to hide and capture your proposal so you can relive the special day forever.

14. Propose on an airplane.

Plan a destination vacation and, either at the airport or on the plane , ask to use the speaker system to propose!

Additional creative marriage proposal ideas

15. Organize a flash mob.

Whether it’s a dancing flash mob, a singing flash mob, or something completely new, having a group perform out of the blue is a super unique and fun way to ask someone to spend the rest of your life together. No idea where to start? There’s a website dedicated solely to booking a flash mob .

16. Incorporate your proposal into a curtain call.

Call around to different theaters (both plays and movies) and see if it’s possible for you to plan a proposal at the beginning or end of the show !

17. Pop the question at an aquarium.

Proposing in an aquarium is unique as it is, but try contacting management and seeing if you can have a diver hold up a “(Name), will you marry (name)?” sign inside of one of the tanks.

18. Create your own scavenger hunt.

Create your own scavenger hunt complete with a treasure map! Have your partner decipher clues taking them to different places until they get to the final location — you with an engagement ring! This can be on a small scale, like around your home, or big, like around your entire city.

19. Create a website.

For the tech-savvy couple, create a custom website specifically for the proposal. Add photos, stories, videos, and so on. Send the link to your partner disguised as something else. Maybe you say it’s a new restaurant you want them to check out. It will be the biggest surprise of their life!

20. Hire a street performer.

Hire a street performer ahead of time and have them plan something special just for your proposal. When you and your partner walk by, they will be in for such a magical treat with a performance and a proposal.

21. Make a custom crossword puzzle.

For the lover of games, create a custom crossword puzzle for your proposal . Make all the clues related to your relationship or make it seem like a normal crossword — except one of the answers is the proposal.

22. Create an audio proposal.

Record a song or a podcast episode where you talk about your love for your partner and end it with a proposal. Put it on their Spotify, iTunes, Apple Podcasts, etc., and tell them you’ve discovered SUCH a great song/podcast and that they have to listen to.

Frequently asked questions about marriage proposals:

What’s the most romantic way to propose.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to proposing because every person, and every couple, is different. What’s considered romantic for one person may not be considered romantic for another. To ensure that a proposal is romantic, the best thing you can do is put a lot of thought into it and go above and beyond to show your partner how much you care about them.

What do I say while proposing?

There’s no set script for proposals. The most important thing is that what you say comes from the heart. Chances are, your partner wants you to be yourself during the proposal, not recite a handful of lines you found online.

How do you record a proposal?

There are tons of ways to make sure that a proposal is captured. If you’re by yourself in a private space, consider setting up a hidden camera ahead of time. If you’re in a public space, consider hiring a professional photographer or videographer to capture the moment. If you’re with friends and family, have one or two of them on photo duty.

Put these creative marriage proposal ideas to use!

Now that you have some creative marriage proposal ideas in your back pocket, use them as inspiration for your unique version of asking your love to spend the rest of your lives together. Try not to get caught up in what you think a proposal SHOULD look like and instead think of what is important to your partner and what is significant to your relationship together. There is no right or wrong way, but we think the more personalized to your specific partnership, the better.

After they say yes to the proposal, celebrate. Then, figure out how you’re going to announce your engagement . Then, kick off the beginning of the wedding planning journey by checking out our 25-step guide on how to plan a wedding and starting your wedding venue search .

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How to Propose: Featuring 20+ Marriage Proposal Ideas For Adventurers

So you decided to pop the question, huh? Planning an epic marriage proposal for your partner is both exciting and nerve-racking. How do you plan a marriage proposal? How can you propose in a unique way? Our how-to propose guide and list of marriage proposal ideas are the perfect resources to start planning.

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There are so many different ways to propose, which means there’s no clear right way to propose. We’ve put together some of our top tips when planning what you’re going to say and some of our favorite engagement proposal ideas from amazing elopement photographers around the world.

Let’s break down some main things you should consider when planning your proposal adventure together.

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When you’re deciding on planning a marriage proposal it’s important to sit down and literally plan everything out. If you’re like most people who are planning to propose, then you probably want this to be a surprise for your partner.

Here are some things to consider doing before you pop the question:

Consider What Engagement Ring to Buy

Whether your partner wants something traditional like a princess cut diamond ring, or a unique engagement ring, it’s important to think about it. This is something your partner will be wearing all day, every day, so you have to make sure it’s something your partner will like.

Things you’ll want to consider is what style of jewelry your partner usually wears, and what their ring size is. If you aren’t sure where to start, then check your partner’s Pinterest boards to see if they have any engagement ring inspiration tucked away there. If that doesn’t work, then you can always confide in one of their friends to start the conversation about rings, to see if your partner gives them any clues.

Some places we love to shop for engagement rings include James Allen, Etsy, Brilliant Earth, Etsy, and Kay Jewelers.

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Talk to Your Partners Parents

Asking for permission for someone’s hand in marriage is old school, but it may be important to your partner or their parents. Talking to your partner’s parents doesn’t necessarily mean you’re asking for permission either. Think of this conversation as a way to tell the people who raised the person you love, just how much you love him or her. This is also a great way of making your partner’s family feel included in such an exciting moment.

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Where Are You Going to Propose?

Planning a marriage proposal all stems from where you’re going to propose. Are you going to propose somewhere meaningful to both of you? How about somewhere you both have never been to before?

Just like elopements, there are so many epic places to plan your marriage proposal. Consider what type of environment, season, and activity you want to be doing. For some inspiration, jump to our marriage proposal ideas perfect for adventurers.

Whatever you decide on, make sure you make your proposal plan personal to your relationship. Consider your partner’s personality and what they would really appreciate.

Check out our top places to elope for some ideas.

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Ask For Help From Vendors and Friends

Planning a marriage proposal and just thinking about how to propose can be overwhelming. This is the time to confide in close friends and professionals like our Wandering Weddings vendors.

We recommend only telling a handful of people to ensure your plans stay a secret, but telling someone is definitely recommended to get a second opinion or brainstorm together.

If you’re 100% sure about your proposal plans, then keep it a secret and just reach out to a professional photographer or videographer to help you capture the moment.

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Write Out Your Marriage Proposal Plan

When you’re planning how to pop the question to your partner, you can start getting nervous about what you’re going to say or how you’re going to ask during your planned activity. We recommend taking some time to yourself one day and writing out all your ideas.

By writing down everything, you can be more prepared when the day finally comes, and you’ll also be able to see any plot holes in your plan. At the end of the day, don’t overthink things. Plan something fun for you both to do, think about some romantic things personal to you two, and ask the damn question! You got this!

Side note, this is a good habit to get into to prepare you to write your wedding vows (wink wink).

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Include Family and Friends

Inviting family and friends is a great way to celebrate your engagement proposal together. You can include them when you actually ask your partner to marry you, or you can always have them meet you somewhere after to double surprise your fiance.

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Hide the Ring

Make sure you’ve kept the engagement ring in a safe hiding place up until the day you decide to pop the question. When that day arrives, make sure you keep the ring hidden until you get down on one knee!

If you want to keep the ring in its original box, then ask a close friend or your photographer to hold onto it right until the moment you ask. If you’re going to hold onto it, then remember to not let your partner notice until you’re ready to propose!

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Find the Right Moment

Don’t rush your special day together. Enjoy every moment together on your adventure up to the point you’re ready to propose. Talk to your photographer to get some suggestions on what time is usually best for your marriage proposal plans.

This moment in your life doesn’t happen often at all, so bask in the moment together and take in every detail of your soon to be fiance!

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Have Your Photographer Ready to Go

Your photographer is the greatest resource you can have, during elopements AND during surprise marriage proposals. They are wonderful people to bounce ideas off of, and they are pros at being super secretive about proposals.

Search our vendors by location to get help planning your surprise proposal adventure.

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Pop the Question

You did the research, teamed up with an amazing vendor, and now it’s time to pop the question. It’s ok to be a little nervous, and it’s ok to not say all the things you planned on your hidden notes somewhere in your house. Just remember to enjoy the moment, be you, and ask that person to forever be yours! We’re rooting for you!

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Marriage Proposal Ideas for Adventurous Couples

It’s only fitting that all of these proposal ideas are outdoor, which means this is the perfect place to get inspiration if you’re a couple who’s always going on adventures together or making spontaneous trips.

Here are some of our favorite marriage proposal ideas for couples like you:

If you both love mountains and trails, then planning a proposal around a hike is a great way to surprise your partner. This is especially true if you both go on these types of adventures together often. There are so many areas to explore including the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, or whimsical forests in Oregon.

Think about if you want to visit somewhere meaningful to both of you, or if you want to explore somewhere completely new!

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Plan a Couple Session

The hardest part of planning a marriage proposal is keeping it a secret while still managing to get awesome photos of your partner’s reaction. We recommend planning a photo session in order to keep your proposal as an epic surprise.

By talking to your photographer, you can also agree on a prompt to signal when you’re planning to pop the question. If you want to guarantee your partner will be surprised, then try planning around their plans. For example, if your partner plans to take photos together, then that would be your best opportunity, versus you offering to take photos together.

“Mandy just thought we were heading to Yosemite for a fun couple session, and she was going to have a totally normal day! Little did she know that Kody and I had a huge surprise for her! We spent the day frolicking around Yosemite and having a blast, and then at the end of the day, he got down on one knee and asked her the biggest question you can ask! Once the shock wore off she of course said ‘yes’, and then started crying happy tears!” [McKenna Kleiner Photography]

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Plan During a Vacation

Any of these locations we mention in these marriage proposal ideas would make for an awesome vacation together. If you’re feeling too overwhelmed planning one event, then suggest you two need a vacation.

Planning your proposal during a vacation together is an amazing idea because your partner, like most people, would be distracted by the amazing activities you all have planned together. If you’re thinking about traveling somewhere far from home, check out our elopement vendors who specialize in the area you want to visit for your proposal.

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Have a Friend or Family Member Document It

Maybe you’re close to someone who is naturally always with a camera by their side. If you do, then this is your opportunity to not only plan your marriage proposal, but you can also include some of your loved ones during the experience together.

“This is my brother-in-law so couples sessions on family trips are not out of the ordinary for Christine. After a whirlwind of planning, last-minute changes, two flights, thousands of miles of driving, and low-key location scouting across Montana and Idaho, I came home with a new sister and tons of memories of the wild west.” [Chaise, The Tinsley Co.]

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Get Your Photographer In On The Surprise

If you’re both planning a trip you mutually want to go on together, you can easily surprise your partner by including your proposal somewhere and sometime during your trip together. If you’re not sure how to get your photographer there without your partner getting suspicious, then check out this proposal story.

“Austin and Delaney planned a trip up to Colorado to visit their friend, Kevin, and to explore Colorado. I hiked up behind them for most of the way, and then passed them to make things look a little more natural. Halfway up, Delaney asked me to join them on the hike.,She was concerned I was out hiking by myself in the snow. Little did she know what was about to happen. When we got to the spot Austin and I had chosen, I asked Delaney if she could take a picture of me and then I would return the favor. That is when Austin got down on one knee and proposed. She was completely surprised – and of course, she said yes.” [Mariana Ziegler Photography]

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Have a Romantic Picnic With a View

If you’re thinking about what you can do for a romantic and unique marriage proposal, then consider planning a picnic with a view! There are so many epic places to explore together. Have your photographer in a good hiding place until you’re ready to pop the question!

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Plan a Winter Proposal

Seasons are huge for marriage proposals. Engagement season is usually around the holiday, from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. If you want to plan during this time, then a winter engagement is your way to go.

“Hannah reached out on Instagram. She and Christian were going to be up from the deserts of Southern California to visit Seattle for the weekend and she thought it would be fun to explore different scenes and get some couples photos done near Snoqualmie National Forest. Little did she know a couple of weeks after she messaged me, Christian found me on Instagram – DM’ed me the sweetest message, asking to help surprise and capture him proposing to his life long best friend!” [Rylee & Co]

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Take a Stroll in a Beautiful Park

Think about what type of setting you want to pop the question. Even if it rains or snows, it will be a memorable experience together.

“Josh and I had been meeting in secret to plan the proposal together for a while before he decided to give Zory the biggest, most romantic, grand gesture ever. She didn’t even know they were flying to NYC until they got to the airport! Somehow New York looks even more beautiful in the rain, and it was perfect for this PNW couple. When Josh told me they were close to our location, I wrapped a scarf over my head, pretended to be a tourist as they walked past me, and Josh popped the question right there in the rain. They were in their own little world, and it was beautiful to document.” [Tori Osteraa Photography]

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Photo by Tori Osteraa Photography

Plan a Sunset or Sunrise Proposal

Just like elopements, marriage proposals are gorgeous during sunrise and sunset. Planning your proposal during these times can also allow you to visit more popular areas without the big crowds. Talk to your photographer or videographer about the best time to propose at the location you’re loving.

“Ryan reached out to me this fall when his original proposal plans had changed due to their unpredictable schedules as they are both in the army. We decided Sedona would make the perfect backdrop for their engagement, and the couple flew out to Arizona for the weekend. We hiked out to Devils Bridge at sunrise where Ryan got down on one knee and asked Maria to marry him. She said yes, and we watched as the sun began to rise and light up the canyon walls in the distance.” [Amy Bluestar Photography]

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Photo by Amy Bluestar Photography

Plan a Suprise Double Marriage Proposal

If you both have talked about eloping together, then maybe you’ll end up planning a double proposal like Shelby and Maddy did. Remember, there’s no rule on who should propose to who, so if you have suspicions about your partner planning an epic proposal for you, why not surprise them too?

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Plan a Winter Ice Skating Proposal

If you both love the snow and all things winter, then go ice skating together! By planning an activity together, you’ll be able to keep your partner’s suspicions at bay.

“Frank’s plan was to take Alexa to the Mountain top ice skating trail in Collingwood, Ontario and propose right there on the ice. Amidst a snowstorm and freezing fingers, the plan started to unfold. After a couple of laps around the trail, he got down to tighten his skate and pulled out the ring.” [Jaclyn Roth]

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Photo by Jaclyn Roth

Make a Fake BackStory

When you’re planning your wedding proposal, it’s ok to say a little white lie to distract your partner from getting suspicious about your plans.

“Keith had reached out to me several weeks prior to the proposal. He wasn’t sure exactly how or where he wanted to do it. He had a friend who was in the process of building a marriage retreat. Keith and Lori came into town to work on some things for the retreat. I told Keith to tell Lori we needed footage for the retreat and asked if it was okay getting some photos that they would be able to share to promote it.” [Ross Kyker]

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Photo by Ross Kyker Photography

Plan a Proposal Around Your Dating Anniversary

This couple planned a romantic forest anniversary photo session, but it quickly turned into a surprise proposal. If you’ve been dating for a long time and enjoy taking pictures together, then planning an anniversary photoshoot is a great proposal idea to consider. After a few kisses and hugs, get down on one knee, and ask the question!

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Photo by Toques in the Wild

Propose During an Important Life Milestone

A great marriage proposal idea is to propose an important milestone in your relationship. This can include graduation, buying a house together, starting a family, or even getting a new job. By waiting for this milestone, you’re also making your proposal more memorable.

“Jacob surprised Kenzie with a proposal on the day of his graduation from the Coast Guard Academy here in New London, CT. She was SO surprised, twice – once when he proposed and again when his fellow cadets formed a saber arch of honor for them right afterward!” [Allie Dearie Photography]

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Photo by Allie Dearie Photography

Plan a Unique Proposal Experience

One of our favorite marriage proposal ideas has to be planning to pop the question somewhere completely different. When you’re thinking about where to propose, think about all the options and then ask your photographer how you can make that location even more special.

Photographers, especially adventure elopement photographers, are pros at knowing the best remote spots at popular outdoor proposal locations.

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Let Your Proposal Location Do The Talking

If you’re not sure how to start your proposal, or if you’re afraid to stumble on your words, then consider letting your location do the talking. Some ideas you can do is have your friends spell out the words, hire a guitarist to start playing music, or even dray 10-foot tall letters on a ranch!

“I was hired by the groom’s best friend (who owns the ranch the proposal took place on). The day before the proposal, the groom’s best friends went to the ranch and spent the whole day shoveling sand at the river to carve out the words ‘Will You Marry Me’ large enough they could be visible way up on a bluff. The letters were at least 10ft tall, so it was a seriously impressive feat. ” [Anna Claire Beasley]

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Photo by Anna Claire Beasley

Plan a Brewery or Wine Tour

If you’re stuck on what to do before your proposal, then do something that will keep your nerves at ease and your partner from getting suspicious. Getting some drinks and exploring outside after is a great proposal idea to consider.

“We worked together to plan a micro-brewery tour for Luke and Brittany in Prince Edward County (in our TESLA). Being a photographer’s sister, Brittany was completely on board to have her photo taken throughout the tour, and participate in a mini couple’s session at the end. We told her that we are planning to offer this as a photography package to couples visiting Prince Edward County, and we needed sample photos. During the couple’s session, Luke took Brittany out to the middle of the wildflower field and got down on one knee to propose. Brittany was so surprised she didn’t even put the ring on her finger right away. She just cried and hugged him and then us!” [Patrick Asselin, Two Cheeks Studio]

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Photo by Two Cheeks Studio

Plan a Fake Friend Trip

Again, it’s always ok to ask for help. In fact, getting other people in on your plan can help keep your proposal a secret. Just make sure no one drops any hints about the big question you’re planning to ask!

“Meredith’s friends found a photographer in Colorado because they were scheming, with Meredith’s boyfriend, Zach, for their best friend’s proposal! The three ladies planned on going to Colorado for a girls’ trip! They convinced Meredith to get dressed up for a fancy dinner and on the way to the restaurant, they wanted to pull over to ‘take a couple of cute pics’. WELL! Zach was there, ring in hand, waiting by the shore for his lady. Mere was totally surprised that he flew from Texas to Colorado!” [Mikayla]

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Photo by Mikayla Renee Photo

Go Glamping Together

If you two love adventures, then plan a weekend getaway trip somewhere like Moab, Utah, or a forest near Big Sur, California. There are awesome glamping options to consider. The couple below stayed at Under Canvas Moab where he popped the question at sunset.

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Plan a Beach Date Together

Couples need more date nights! Plan a date night for your proposal and get your photographer to randomly show up and take some photos of you two. We recommend planning multiple date nights before this, so your partner won’t get suspicious (wink wink).

“I approached them, all incognito.. asking if I could take photos of them for a project I was working on. Ya’ll, I had my game face on and put my acting skills to the test.” [Oshen Davidson]

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Photo by Oshen Davidson

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50 Best Proposal Ideas - This is the only guide you'll need.

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by Kyle Boureston | June 2nd, 2023

Kyle is the founder of Mantelligence, a relationship & dating coach, and a conversation & communication expert. His work has been featured on Marriage.com, Reader's Digest, Vice, Ask Men, and Refinery29. He ... Read Full Bio

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So you're planning to propose to your girlfriend... Have you already figured out  how stressful it is to plan the perfect proposal without the best list of proposal ideas?

You want that incredibly special moment to be romantic, thoughtful, personal, unique, and maybe even funny/entertaining…

...and planning that kind of moment can be a hugely intimidating challenge.

But... I have some good news for you!

The perfect proposal doesn't have to be intimidatingly complicated,  expensive, or even stressful.  It only needs the right details that custom-make it for her .

That's why I’ve laid out these romantic, unique, and (most importantly)   customization  proposal ideas . I even included guides for how to adapt any proposal (by adding thoughtful, personal details) , and/or how to craft your own proposal.

With all those resources, you can custom-create the perfect proposal for your girlfriend (immediately lowering your stress) , and make every detail perfect .

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These ideas are perfect for the girl who can’t imagine celebrating this hugely special moment without her close friends/family nearby.

If you know that your girlfriend would want to be congratulated/celebrated in person when she gets engaged, consider implementing any of these ideas into your proposal.

50. Have her friends and family propose ‘for you’ using handmade signs

Gather the people she loves in one place: your house, her parents’ house, a public location, etc. When she arrives, have the family hold up lettered signs that spell out a message for her.

You can even have the letters spell something else, like ‘Happy 26 th Birthday’, and then flip over to reveal ‘Will You Marry Me?’.

49. Plan a party for another occasion… and surprise her with an engagement party

Tell her you’re going to a party for work/Christmas/a housewarming, and propose before you leave at home...

…and then take her to the party, which is really a surprise engagement party for the two of you.

48. Propose on the plane/in the car on the way to a family vacation

Ask her to marry you while you’re on the way to see family. This way, you get to share the news in person soon after, but you still get a little personal time before you’re surrounded by congratulators.

I personally like how  adaptable  this proposal is … you can propose before a family vacation, before Christmas, or before a surprise vacation... and there are tons of creative ways to propose on a plane or in the car.

47. Play Pictionary, or charades, and make her draw a Marry Me card

Suggest a family game of Pictionary/Charades (with a secret ‘Marry Me’ card in the deck) . Before your girlfriend’s turn, make sure everyone knows to let you guess the phrase, and make sure she draws ‘Marry Me’.

When she acts it out, shout ‘Marry Me!’ (and then give her the ring, so she knows this is for real) .

46. Make a 'movie' of greetings from her family

Have her friends/family film themselves telling your girlfriend why they love her , and send the clips to you. Compile them on your computer, and show the ‘movie’ to her (you can even pretend the movie is her 'birthday gift').

… And the last clip of the movie ? Your proposal. Slip the ring in her hand while she’s watching.

This proposal allows you involve her family, but still get the special moment to yourselves.

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45. Have a Hidden Photographer

Hidden photographers are a huge trend right now. They can capture the moment of the engagement without your girlfriend even knowing they’re there , and the photos make an awesome surprise/memory to hold on to.

A lot of girls want photos of their proposal, but some will want total privacy, even from photographers. Know if your girlfriend would want a photographer (or hidden camera) taping her before you set it up.

44. Hire a close friend as the hidden photographer

Instead of hiring a professional photographer (who will be a stranger), ask a close friend who’s good with a camera to photograph your proposal.

Now... this idea has two benefits: you won’t have to pay a ‘real’ photographer, and your girlfriend will get to share the moment with her friend.

43. Tell her a photographer friend needs a model, and he asked if she could pose

Now, of course… this photographer isn’t really a ‘friend’ (he’s a professional photographer), and your unsuspecting girlfriend is actually walking into her proposal.

You get to choose the exact location, time, and clothing you propose in (you can even tell her to wear a costume, a formal dress, or all white, and then you immediately have your engagement photos made.

42. GoPro your proposal when picking her up from the airport

A GoPro is a great way to secretly video your proposal... the tiny cameras are incredibly easy to hide .

Propose when you pick her up from the airport, and videotape the whole thing with a GoPro (or even better, use several GoPros for multiple angles).

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41. Propose in a photo booth

Instead of hiring a photographer, propose in a photo booth. This is a classic proposal that you can make extremely personal: take a normal first picture, but in the second, hold up the ring, a sign, or reveal a t-shirt that says will you marry me .

You can even hide a GoPro inside the photo booth so the moment is videotaped as well as photographed.

40. Take her on a scavenger hunt to important relationship milestones

Lead her on a scavenger hunt to where you met, had your first date, rented your first apartment together, etc. You can either go with her (handing her clues to the next place), or leave clues at each stop.

For the last stop, tell/leave her the address of a new place that you’ve never been to together. When she says she doesn’t remember why this place is significant, tell her you’re pretty sure she’ll remember it forever… then pull out the ring.

39. Take her to a wedding venue for a ‘party’

Tell your girlfriend there’s a party (for a friend, or for work) at a nearby wedding venue (these places are beautiful and extremely romantic).

When she gets there, she’ll see there’s no party… just you with a ring. You can even take this one a step further, and tell her that you want to get married right where you proposed.

38. Re-create your first date (or best date)

Take her where you had your first date, or most memorable date. Even wear what you wore on your first date, and order the same food.

At the end of the date, tell her that as memorable as your first date was, this date is even better ( then give her the ring).

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37. Take her to a place she’s always wanted to go

Let her help plan a trip wherever she most wants to go… and propose there.

If you’re not 100% sure what proposal setting your girlfriend wants   you can get her help planning the trip ...  so it’ll be exactly  the way she wants it.

36. Propose at work

If she loves her job (or you met at work), you can make her workplace part of your proposal.

Here’s some ideas: if she’s a barista, put the ring in a tip jar… if she works with kids, have them help you surprise her… if she works in an office, decorate her work area with lights and flowers.

Pro tip: this proposal works best of you get help from her boss or a coworker, and make sure your girlfriend is available when you’re there to propose.

5 Proposal Ideas on Valentine’s Day, or Her Birthday

Proposal Ideas on Valentine’s Day, or Her Birthday

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She’s already expecting a gift…

…but she’s probably not expecting a ring and a marriage proposal! Proposing on a holiday is a perfect chance to really surprise her.

35. Give her yourself in a box

Find a refrigerator-sized box, cut the bottom out so you can stand inside, and ‘deliver’ yourself to her house.

Hang onto the ring, and when she opens the box, tell her the gift isn’t just the ring, but all of you (she’ll completely understand why  you’re the best present).

34. Put wooden/paper letters in a box spelling out 'WILL YOU MARRY ME'

This gift will look very basic… especially if you wrap it in a box from a clothing store (most places will give you an empty box). Simply stack wooden or paper letters inside that spell out WILL YOU MARRY ME.

When she opens the box, all she’ll see is ‘W’… but as she digs through the letters, it won’t take long for her to figure it out.

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33. Give her a necklace with her initials… and your last initial

It actually might take her a minute to realize the initials aren’t her current initials…

…but when she does, be ready with the second gift (the ring) and ask her to marry you.

Pro tip: Etsy has many beautiful, simple initial necklaces like this one .

32. Organize a scavenger hunt for her gifts

Give each of her birthday gifts to a different family member/friend, and have her ‘hunt’ for the gifts (have each family member give her a clue to next gift).

Have the last friend give a clue about where you are, and then wait for her, with the ring as her last gift.

31. Hide a proposal in a picture frame

Get her a cool/pretty picture frame (digital or regular). If it’s digital, tell her to look through the pictures you loaded on there… make the last photo yourself holding the ring.

If it’s a classic frame , place a photo of you holding the ring, you holding a 'Marry Me' sign, or even  just the ring in the frame.

5 Proposal Ideas on Christmas

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There’s something special, and well, magical about Christmas for most girls.

That’s why Christmas proposals have been popular for many years… and why there are so many unique ideas to use her excitement for the season as fuel for your proposal.

30. Propose while picking out a tree

Take her to a Christmas tree farm to choose a tree (she definitely won’t expect anything big is going to happen, since this is such a normal activity).

Under one tree, hide a wrapped box (and a tag with her name on it). Act surprised when you see it… but get down on one knee when she finds a note inside that says marry me .

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29. Use Christmas lights to spell out a message for her

Take advantage of the Christmas lights everywhere , and use lights to set up a proposal message (or scene) for her.

You can decorate a friend’s yard, your own house, or even some public buildings/parks.

28. Decorate a personal tree for her

If your girlfriend is really a Christmas lover, go crazy with decorations and lights in your house or yard.

Put a small tree up too, and fill it with ornaments that represent memories from your relationship. Wrap the ring box underneath as the only gift.

27. ‘Fake her out’ with a stocking full of ring boxes

Fill her stocking with as many ring-sized boxes as it will hold. Put a different small gift in each box (some ideas: lipstick, earrings, candy).

She’ll freak out when she sees the first ring box… and then by the last one, she’ll be insanely confused… and excited. Make sure the box in the very bottom of the stocking contains the ring.

26. Propose with snowmen

Guys, you can really get creative with this one , and build any scene you think she’d like.

Take her to build snowmen , and build yours down on one knee… or put the ring box in his hand… or build a giant ring out of snow instead of a snowman.

You can even build two snowmen getting engaged while she’s sleeping, so she wakes up to a snowy proposal outside.

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5 Proposal Ideas on Vacation

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Vacation proposals have been around forever , and for a good reason:

Vacations are instantly romantic and relaxing… the perfect combination for a marriage proposal.

These ideas cover a range of destination proposals, but no matter what you choose, you’ll make this the best vacation she’s had. Ever.

25. Propose with airplane tickets

Plan a surprise trip for her (anywhere you both want to go), and give her the airplane tickets in a box as a gift.

Under the tickets, hide the ring. She won’t believe it when she sees it, and then she’ll know why you planned this special trip for her.

24. Sunrise on the beach

Start the day with coffee, and then ask her for a morning walk on the beach (you can have a surprise proposal area set up on the beach, or not). When you’re ready, tell her you wanted to start the day by asking her to be your wife.

There are fewer people out to watch the sunrise (opposed to sunset, when it’ll be crowded)… plus you’ll start the day off on the highest possible note.

23. Propose in the snow on a ski vacation

Take her on a long-weekend ski trip (you can even take friends and family too).

Before you both head for the slopes, hide a banner that says ‘ her name, will you marry me? ’ on a downward slope, or write a proposal in the snow that she’ll see from the ski lift.

22. Have professionals set up your hotel room

Most hotel coordinators will be happy to put flowers, massage oils, champagne, or even gifts you ship in your room ahead of time. When you arrive, she’ll see the most romantic environment imaginable .

Tell her you want to spend the whole vacation celebrating your engagement, and get down on your knee.

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21. Give her the perfect day

Let her choose every activity for one day of vacation: shopping, visiting a spa, relaxing at the bar, playing on the beach, etc.

At the end of the day, ask her if it was the perfect day , and if there’s anything you can do to make it more perfect.

No matter what she says, tell her you thought of one more way it could be perfect… and give her the ring.

5 Proposal Ideas Based on What She Likes

Proposal Ideas Based on What She Likes

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Many girls think that they’re ‘nerdy’ about something: a TV show, a celebrity, a book, or movie.

But here’s the thing:

Designing a proposal around the thing that makes your girlfriend feel like a nerd shows her that you know her true personality , and that you completely embrace her ‘nerdy’ qualities.

20. Put a funny picture/quote inside the ring box

Choose a famous line from the nerdy thing your girlfriend loves, and put it in the ring box when you propose.

Some ideas: ‘Engage’ (Star Trek) , ‘I choose you’ (Pokémon) , ‘The Unbreakable Vow’ (Harry Potter) , ‘I love you… I know’ (Star Wars) , ‘Be my Player 2’ (Mario) .

19. Draw her a comic

If your girlfriend likes comics (and/or you have some artistic ability), draw her a personal comic, in which you ask her to marry you ( any story plot can lead up to this moment!)

I can’t express how romantic and thoughtful this idea is. Taking time to create a book for her (that she can hold onto forever ) really shows her how much she means to you.

18. Film a movie for her

Make a custom movie (starring you), and sneak it onto the TV when she’s not looking.

Now: the movie can be anything you want, as long as it’s about the two of you. One idea is to make a ‘parody’ of her favorite movie, making sure your proposal is the center of the plot.

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17. Make a playlist for her

Put a custom-made playlist on her iPod/phone, and hide a recording of you, asking her to marry you, in the middle of the playlist.

Then turn it on for her while you two go on a walk/run, or wait for her to just start playing it at home. Her reaction will be priceless either way!

16. Set up a scene like her favorite movie

Design the proposal spot to look like a scene from her favorite movie.

And get really creative when you plan this one... have the scene look as much as possible like the carnival scene from the Notebook, or the ballroom scene from Phantom of the Opera, or (my ideal) the Endor scene from Return of the Jedi (I know... that's as nerdy as it gets).

5 Big Gesture Proposal Ideas

Big Gesture Proposal Ideas

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These proposals are not simple… or subtle. They require a lot of a planning, and a girlfriend who doesn’t mind public attention.

They are incredibly fun (and romantic!), so if you think your girlfriend would appreciate a big gesture like these, then go for it.

15. Propose at the zoo, aquarium, or ball park

When you take her on this date, she’ll be expecting a fun day with you… not a huge surprise.

Sometimes, the venue will even help you plan, set up a romantic spot, or close off areas for you to have a little privacy. Find out what the zoo, aquarium, ballpark, etc. can do to help you.

14. Get her adrenaline when you ask

Take her to do something thrilling: ride a rollercoaster, fly in a biplane, or go skydiving.

After it’s over, or even during the ride  (when her adrenaline is really pumping) propose on the spot.

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13. Hire a unique transport to get her from work

After a long day at work, she won’t be expecting a horse-drawn carriage or a limo to be waiting for her (but she definitely will be excited when she sees it).

Have the driver take her to where you’re waiting to propose… and make sure it’s a special/romantic place   (and she’ll be expecting even more romance after the ride, so make sure there are candles, music, flowers... etc.).

12. Propose in the movie theater

Did you know that most local theaters will sell you ad space on their screen before the movie starts?

Use the ad space to play a filmed message (bonus points if it looks like a trailer for a new movie), and get down on one knee when she figures out that you’re asking the question.

Pro tip: have her family and friends sitting in the back row, waiting to celebrate when she says yes!

11. Propose at trivia night

This is an insanely fun way to propose, especially if you and your girlfriend love trivia.

Get the leader of trivia night to slip in some questions about you and her , and have the last question be Will you marry your name?

5 At-Home Proposal Ideas

At-Home Proposal Ideas

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For girls who’d rather have a private moment when they get engaged, instead of a big public gesture , plan an intimate proposal at home.

Bonus: these proposals are often the most inexpensive, and easy to plan.

10. Have your dog do it

If you have a pet together, get him/her to give the ring box to your girlfriend.

She’ll think it’s sweet, and love that you included her favorite pet.

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9. Play Scrabble

Use your romantic, at-home game night as the perfect proposal setting.

Pour some wine, put on some music, and use Scrabble tiles to spell out will you marry me on the board.

8. Hide a secret message at home

Spell out will you marry me in glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling, or write it in fog on the bathroom mirror while she’s in the shower.

She’ll be expecting a normal bedtime, or a normal morning routine… not the big question!

7. Propose in a fortune cookie

Make your own cookie, or order a custom one, and slip it in the bag when you pick up Chinese food. It can say ‘will you marry me’, ‘ her name, you’re my fortune’, ‘I see a marriage proposal in your very near future’, or even just hide the ring in the cookie!

Bonus : serve fortune cookies as wedding favors, to commemorate your romantic proposal.

6. Candlelit proposal

Instead of making dinner, or surprising her when she gets home from work, propose in the middle of the night.

Sneak out of bed and light a trail of candles from outside the bedroom door to where you’re waiting with a roomful of candles.

Play some soft music to wake her up, and when she sleepily follows the trail to where you’re waiting, tell her you couldn’t even wait until morning before giving her the ring.

5 Outdoor Proposal Ideas

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For any girl who loves the outdoors, proposing outside is incredibly cool and romantic .

You can choose any location: the woods, the beach, a meadow, or a river (to name a few). Just pick a place you know she’ll love.

5. On a hike

Choose a private trail, and go when there’s few people around.

Pick a spot to ask the question ahead of time, and surprise her with the ring when you reach it!

4. Take her to the planetarium

Ok so this isn’t truly  outdoors , but it’s still  incredibly  romantic.

Rent a private star dome at your local planetarium, and plan ahead to have the staff spell out the question in the stars.

3. Carve it in a tree

Take her for a walk (preferably in a quiet, meaningful place), and intentionally walk by a tree where you’ve carved the proposal.

This is a classic proposal… and she’ll be able to visit the tree over and over again.

2. Propose during a fireworks show

You can give her the ‘fireworks’ moment without having to plan your own show.

Propose under the stars and sparks of a public fireworks show.

1. In a quarry, or other places that you search for rocks

Have a contest for who can find the best-looking rock while you explore a local quarry.

You’ll win, obviously, when you hand her the ring.

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How to Choose the Best Proposal Idea For Your Girlfriend

How to Choose the Best Proposal Idea For Your Girlfriend

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While all these ideas were handpicked because they are extremely romantic, you may not find the  exact, perfect, ideal  proposal on the list (in fact... you probably won't .)

That's because each girl is incredibly unique, and no list of ideas could possibly contain the perfect proposal for every unique girl.

You can design a proposal to fit  your unique girlfriend  by using any of these ideas... just change a few aspects, and that moment can be immediately more custom/personal .

1. Change the proposal location

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If you like the idea/details of a certain proposal, but think the setting won’t impress your girlfriend… just change it.

Take the memorable idea she’ll love, and move it somewhere that means something to her:

  • Your home together
  • Her childhood home
  • The place you met
  • Her favorite coffee shop
  • A botanical garden

Plan the proposal anywhere that will make the moment more special for her.

2. Make the proposal more private, or more public

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If there’s an idea that you think is fun/romantic, but maybe it’s a little too public for your girlfriend (she doesn’t like a lot of public attention) , just plan the romance somewhere more private.

On the other hand:

If your girlfriend actually likes more attention (and would want strangers’ applause when she says yes), you can take any private proposal and move it to a public place: a park, shopping plaza, restaurant, or vineyard.

3. Add personal touches

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All these proposals are romantic and thoughtful, but remember that they are basic proposals, meant to help you come up with ideas.

...So when you find the idea that inspires you the most, add personal touches to make the basic romantic/thoughtful proposal unique .

Here's what I mean by personal touches :

  • Have her close friends there
  • Accompany your proposal with a written letter
  • Wear a suit, or dress in her favorite outfit of yours
  • Play her favorite song while you propose

Any one of the three customizations above will make your proposal hugely more personal, and will make your girlfriend feel hugely happier with the way you asked!

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In Conclusion

These 50 creative, unique ideas can give you the inspiration for the perfect proposal.

Use the list (and/or) the 2 included guides to design the perfect way to ask your girlfriend the big question. And good luck!

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You know you have found the love of your life, and you are ready to ask him or her to marry you. You are now looking for the best proposal ideas. Everyone wants to have a proposal that is special, romantic, and beautiful. It sets the tone for the future.

If you plan to pop the question to your partner but just do not know the right way to do it, here are some proposal ideas that you can choose from. These range from being over-the-top, all-out romantic to simple yet beautiful. 

100 marriage proposal ideas

Marriage proposals are very personal and should reflect your personality, your partner’s personality, and your love for each other. Though the fact that you both want to marry each other and spend your life together is enough to make it magical, a few extra touches can make it more special.

Here are 100 marriage proposal ideas for you to pick and choose from. You will most likely find that one idea here, to propose to ‘the one’ in your life.

Romantic proposal ideas

If a marriage proposal has to be one thing, it has to be romantic. Marriage proposals are a once-in-a-lifetime event. You would love it if you can sweep your partner off their feet with these romantic ideas .

1. The literary proposal

Are you good with words? If yes, then write a letter to your fiancé, which is one of the best ways to propose. Go to the crafts store to select a beautiful piece of paper—they will have handmade, high-quality paper made of linen or other stock. 

Or, at the card store, pick a lovely card with plenty of blank space where you can write your message. You can include love poetry from Shakespeare or another favorite poet, as well as your own words describing your feelings about your beloved and what you hope for your future. 

Leave the letter and the ring at her place at the breakfast table. What a romantic way to start the day and a simple marriage proposal to design!

2. Capping off a perfect day

This is one of the most simple proposal ideas one can think of. Spend the day together, really focusing on each other.  Maybe a drive out in nature, where you can walk and just talk.  Don’t talk about your future or even hint that you might be thinking of proposing.  

Just connect emotionally . At the end of the day, when you’ve stopped for a bite to eat on the way home, pop the question. It will be the highlight of a day that you’ve spent feeling close to each other.

3. Return to the place where it all started

This is one of the unique proposal ideas in the entire list. Take your partner back to where you first connected. If it was an internet date, go back to the bar, coffee shop, or restaurant where you first met up. 

If it was at a friend’s party, ask that friend to set up a dinner where you can pop the question, making sure you explain your plans to them. If you had a random meeting, such as in the produce section of a supermarket, arrange to go there. 

Wherever it is, you’ll want to prepare a small speech explaining why you’ve brought them to “this place.” But they will probably know why – because first meetings are always remembered! Romantic proposal ideas such as this will surely fetch a big ‘YES’ from your person.

4. For book lovers

This is one of the easiest proposal ideas for those who are in desperate need of simple ideas for a proposal yet wish to make it simple but romantic at the same time.

Check her book wishlist, and buy one of the books you know she wants to read.  Insert a handmade bookmark in the middle of the book, upon which you have written: “Will you marry me?”  Hopefully, she will see it before she gets to the middle of the book!

5. On the beach

Write your proposal in the sand (far away enough from the water so a wave won’t erase it).  Line up shells to form an arrow leading to the message. This is one of the age-old ideas on how to propose.

6. Say it with kisses

Buy a big bag of Hershey’s Kisses and spell out “ Will you marry me? ” with them.  Make sure you give them a big kiss (a real one!) when they say yes. This is one of the cutest yet romantic proposal ideas of all. 

7. Light it up

Use strings of lights to spell out your proposal. Make up an excuse for your partner to be in viewing range and have a friend flip the switch for you. This may not be as elaborate as other ideas, but it makes for a really simple yet cute proposal.

8. An extraordinary gift

If you two have always wanted a puppy or kitten, a ring on its collar can bring twice as much joy. (The plush version also works and requires a lot less maintenance.)

9. Go old-school

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day , give your partner the little cards we exchange with classmates in grammar school. On the big day, offer a box of chocolates with the ring in the center.

10. Dazzling display

Proposing under fireworks is super-romantic. Or go the extra mile and hire a professional to spell out the words ‘Marry Me?’ If you are looking for a romantic idea for proposal, then this sounds perfect! 

11. Monumental question

Pick a favorite spot that has meaning for you as a couple, such as a monument or a fountain. Be sure to ask a passerby to snap a pic. If you are looking for simple yet cute marriage proposal ideas, this may make a great fit. 

12. Flashmob

Flash Mobs offer a major wow-factor for best marriage proposal ideas. Plan what to say when you propose beforehand. This is one of the good ways to propose to your partner, especially if they love a little PDA!

13. Movie magic

If you both loved a certain romantic scene in a movie, go for a reboot! Rehearse romantic things to say when proposing, in advance. If you are looking for simple yet romantic ideas for proposing marriage to your partner, this may be one of the best ideas you can implement. 

14. Ask them to marry you on a holiday

Plan an elaborate holiday with them, and while you are there, in the midst of one of the most beautiful places in the world, ask them to marry you. It will make the holiday extra special and can be a great location to pop the question.

15. Stage a fake photoshoot

Tell your partner that a photographer friend wants to take your pictures for an assignment, and you have offered to help. When the friend is taking photographs, pop the question. It will not only make for a great photo but also a great proposal.

16. Put the ring in their drink!

Put the ring in their drink at the restaurant, and when it arrives, they are going to be so surprised. If you are looking for some simple ways to propose but also want to make it a surprise, the ring in the drink trick should do the trick for you!

17. Put the ring in the cake!

If the drink is too much, you can put the ring in their dessert or a cake. When they are eating it and cutting into it, and spotting the ring, they are going to be so surprised. This may be one of the most awesome proposal ideas on the list.  

18. Visit your religious place to understand marriage

Marriage is sacred for many, and all religions have similar but distinguished ways to define marriage. Take a trip to a religious place with your partner, and understand the meaning of marriage with them. When you both know it and are sure of each other, pop the question right there.

19. Favorite watering hole

Gather friends and family at your usual bar or cafe, so everyone is already gathered for the post-proposal celebratory beverage. This may be a great proposal idea if your partner is close with your family and friends. 

20. Public park

Pick a time and location for family and friends to meet and have a predetermined signal, so they know when to pop over with the picnic baskets after you’ve popped the question. 

Think of simple ‘will you marry me’ ideas; you have this one added to your list. This can be one of the unique marriage proposal ideas you can come up with if nothing else hits your brain. 

Unique proposal ideas

Marriage proposals are a thing. People all around the world are doing them. If you like to walk the road not taken and are looking for some unique ways to ask your partner the golden question, here are some fantastic marriage proposal ideas you must consider.

21. Birthday

Tip-off your beloved about a surprise birthday party , then ‘ruin’ it by showing up early. Execute your proposal ideas, then celebrate with friends and family who arrive at a pre-arranged time.

22. Write it in the snow

If your partner loves the snowfall, you could arrange for a grand proposal in the snow. Write out the question,  take them to a beautiful spot, and offer them the ring. If you are looking for cute marriage proposal ideas, this may be inexpensive, but an aww-inducing proposal for sure!

23. In a bloomed garden

You could pick a garden that is only open seasonally, during the spring season. Take them to this beautiful place and propose to them there. The scene is already set, and your partner will only say yes!

24. Pop the question while stargazing

On a clear summer night, while the both of you stargaze, you could take a moment just to ask your partner to marry you. It can be spontaneous and can mean the world to them.

25. On New Year’s Eve!

As you welcome the New Year with your friends and family, pop the question to your partner and make the new year extra special. It will be a great time to ask them to marry you and set the tone for the year ahead.

26. On a friend’s wedding day

While it may feel like you are stealing their thunder, it can be a great time to propose to your partner. Ask the bride to hand the bouquet to your girl and propose to her right there. 

Your friends will be more than happy to help, and it will only make the day extra special for everyone. A wedding and an engagement – calls for double celebration!

27. Instant romance

Locations like Tahiti or Paris instantly provide the perfect backdrop for a proposal. Or, you could surprise your partner by asking the flight attendant if you can use the loudspeaker to propose like Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer. Then there’s nothing left to do but relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation!

28. Build suspense

If you’re the type who likes to keep people guessing, hold off until a couple of days into your trip. After a long day of sightseeing, arrange with the concierge to have flowers and champagne waiting in the room upon your return.

29. Beachy fun

Build a sandcastle and when your SO is distracted, position the ring on top of the tallest tower. You can also write up your marriage proposal ideas and stow them in an antique bottle. Bury it and mark the location well, then ‘find’ it the next day. Don’t forget to bring the ring.

30. Family fun

If you’re the type of couple who prefers not to get too serious, have family and friends over wearing t-shirts with letters that spell out MARRY ME? Reveal the big question by suggesting a group photo. Alternatively, you could use balloons to spell it out.

31. A picnic lunch

Buу a рісnіс hаmреr аnd расk a rоmаntіс lunсh . fruіt, сhееѕе, brеаd аnd wіnе аll hеlр to еnhаnсе thе rоmаntіс fееl оf thіѕ marriage proposal. fіnіѕh уоur lunсh wіth сhосоlаtе соvеrеd ѕtrаwbеrrіеѕ, wіth thе еngаgеmеnt rіng аnd proposal bеіng thе fіnаl соurѕе., 32. rеѕtаurаnt prороѕаlѕ, tаkе уоur ѕwееtheart to the rеѕtаurаnt where уоu hаd уоur fіrѕt dаtе . if уоu саll аhеаd, mоѕt rеѕtаurаntѕ аrе mоrе thаn hарру to hеlр уоu рlаn уоur proposal аnd mіght еvеn bе wіllіng to wrіtе уоur quеѕtіоn оn a рlаtе, оr іnсludе іt іn thе dеѕѕеrt mеnu., 33. plan a road trip.

Choose a spot for summer stargazing and then propose to them under the night sky; a magical experience altogether. Spend the night together; peaceful walks, deep conversation , and a bonfire (if possible). Recite a poem to your partner describing your fondness. 

34. Let the children do the work

If you or your partner have kids from a previous marriage or relationship, incorporating them in your proposal is the perfect way to kickstart the new family. 

Arrange for the kids to make the both of you a brunch and serve it to you in bed, with a note that says– “Please marry daddy.” or “Please marry Mommy.”  The kids will be so excited about this idea, and your partner will feel even more special and loved. 

35. Ask them on a hot-air balloon

You have seen it in the movies, so why not do it in real life? A hot-air balloon ride is romantic for sure, and you can make it even better by popping the question. Just make sure your partner enjoys them and is not scared of heights, or this could backfire. 

36. Propose at a famous location

You could go to a famous place like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building to pop the question to your beloved. The beautiful location just adds extra charm to your question. Are you thinking of surprise marriage proposal ideas? Maybe this is one of the ideas you can come up with if you had limited time to plan and prepare.

37. Take a hike to the top of a mountain

Take a hike to the top of the mountain and pop the question to your love if hiking is one of the things they love doing outdoors. With all the adrenaline rushing through their veins, they are only likely to say yes!

38. Deep massage

Give your sweetheart an exotic back rub and spare the left hand for last. As you massage that hand, slip the ring on and be prepared to throw the question. This may be one of the best marriage proposals, especially when you want to do this at home. 

39. Be super-cheesy with love notes

Place sweet notes in various spots around the house. In each spot, compose something that you adore about your sweetheart and where to locate the following note. In the last note, say:

“For every one of these reasons and then some, I need to spend whatever is left of my existence with you. Will you marry me?” 

40. The classic knee-drop

You can never go wrong with the iconic act of proposing:  You get down on one knee, present a small jeweler’s box with the ring inside, and say, “will you marry me?” This is one of the simplest marriage proposal ideas, is authentic and, at the same time, always lovely.

It’s up to you to choose the place: in your home or while out on a stroll. Since you are going for something private, you will want to do this where there are no crowds or an audience because that might spoil the effect.

You would have loads of people whipping out their cell phones to capture your special moment. That negates the simple, unadorned quality of classic marriage proposal ideas like the one mentioned here.

Proposal ideas at home

Since proposals are so personal, some people may not want to do it in a public space. If you want to propose to your beloved privately, where it is just the two of you, what better place to do it than your own home?

 If you do not live together yet, you could do this at your place, or hers, depending on the idea you choose. 

41. The steamy marriage proposal words

This is one of the marriage proposal ideas that will not cost you a dime!  Before she wakes up, you go into the bathroom. Put a bit of soap on your finger, then write your “ Will you marry me ?” message on the mirror above the sink. 

When she takes a shower, the room will steam up, and your message will appear. Make sure you are outside the bathroom door so you can hear her screams of delight and, most importantly, her big “YES!”

If you are looking for at-home proposal ideas, you can add this one to your list.

42.  The jewelry box surprise

Here’s another simple, cost-free way to deliver your important question. Place the engagement ring amongst her other rings in her jewelry box. She’ll be perplexed at first, so when she comes out of the room and says, “what’s this?” drop to your knee.

She’ll know what’s coming up before you even have time to say, “Will you marry me?”

43. Beautiful fonts

You’ll want to spend some time looking at all the various fonts that your computer and printer can create. Once you have selected four of them, print out the words “Will You Marry Me?” on four sheets of paper—one word per sheet. 

Then mix up the sheets of paper and put them on the floor. When she walks into the room, she may be puzzled for a moment, but she will quickly figure it out, especially if she is a fan of anagrams.

44. Text the question

If you both are just chilling and looking at stuff on your phones, send her a “Will you marry me?” text.  The surprise and informality of this method will make for a great story for years to come.

Quite a simple way to propose!

45. Decorate your home

The plan is to spend the rest of your life together. So, why not start right where you are? Fill your living room or any favorite spot with photos, flowers, and candles as one of the super romantic proposal ideas.

If you choose a more secluded space, use a trail of flower petals to guide your love to the destination.

46. Garden of delights

Lead your love down the garden path (or through your home) with a string of velvet ribbons. Attach love notes along the way highlighting the best moments you’ve shared so far and your hopes for the future. 

Have the ring ready for when your partner arrives at the end of the trail. It will be one of the most romantic ways to propose to someone.

47. Best morning ever

Got a significant other who isn’t an early bird? Give them a life-changing wake-up by slipping the ring on their finger while they’re still dozing as one of your memorable proposal ideas. Have the mimosas ready to go.

48. Use the music

If you and your partner have your song or just love a particular band or artist, you could use music to propose them. Go to a concert by the band or artist and pop the question there. 

If you can, you could also hire them privately to help you propose to your partner in one of the most romantic ways.

49. Caricature

You could ask a street caricature artist to help you in your endeavor. When you ask them to make a caricature for you, you could request him/her to add the words “Will you marry me?” in it. 

When your partner sees the finished caricature, get down on your knee and pop the question with the ring!

50. On a night out

If clubs are your thing, you could pop the question to your partner at one of the clubs you both love. Ask the DJ to pass you the mic at the end of the night, and ask your partner to marry you! 

This is one of the classic simple marriage proposal ideas, but it will surely make your partner very happy. 

51. A newspaper ad

If you are feeling extra, you could take out an ad in the newspaper. Ask your partner to pick it up and go through it, and when they finally find it, they will be so surprised!

However, make sure your partner does not mind the public display of affection and is not a very private person. In that case, they may not appreciate this idea as much. 

52. Glow in the dark

Spell out your proposal on the ceiling of your bedroom with glow-in-the-dark stickers. When you turn the lights off and are about to go to sleep, your partner will spot the question on the ceiling.

53. On the rooftop

The rooftops are a super romantic place. Hire a decorator, or decorate the rooftop yourself, and after a nice dinner, pop the question to your partner. If you are looking for some simple, easy proposal ideas, this may be the best way to ask your partner to marry you. 

54. A treehouse

There is something about treehouses that is just so carefree and romantic. Rent a treehouse, or if you are lucky to have one yourself, decorate it and pop the question there. This is a country-like way to ask your partner to marry them, and they are likely to love it!

55. Recreate your first date

Recreate your first date, exactly how it was, and where it was. At the end of your date, ask your partner to marry you. It is so romantic to go back to how you start before deciding to take the next step in your relationship.

56. Incorporate your partner’s favorite movie

If your partner has a movie they love, incorporate that movie into your proposal. It just speaks of how much you know and love them. This may be how they have always imagined being proposed, so why not make it a reality for them?

57. Say it with flowers

Get flowers delivered to your partner, whether they are at work or home, and have the card say, “Will you marry me?”. Make sure you show up with the ring at the same time for the extra effect.

58. Use the refrigerator magnets

You could also use the fridge magnets in your house to spell out the proposal. Do this when they are already asleep to spot the question when she wakes up the following day.

59. Let your partner choose the ring

If you’ve spoken about marriage, and your partner has said that they’d like to choose the ring, use the first option. This will not spoil the surprise element of the proposal. 

Make them choose the ring at the store, and pop the question right there after picking their favorite ring they would like to wear for the rest of their lives.

60. Do it on a bad day

When your partner has had a bad day at work or is just worried about something, you could make their day by popping the question. This will help them distract their minds from what is worrying them and give them something to be happy about on a bad day.

Creative ways to propose

Fіndіng a creative way to аѕk thе оnе уоu lоvе to ѕреnd hеr lіfе wіth уоu wіll mаkе іt bе a mоmеnt to rеmеmbеr аnd tеll уоur grаnd сhіldrеn аbоut. Here is a list of creative proposal ideas you can try. Yоu wаnt to mаkе уоur fіrѕt proposal ѕресіаl. 

61. Plan a surprise when they go home

If your partner is planning to visit their hometown soon, plan a surprise there. Gather your friends and family at their parent’s home, and pop the question in the presence of people who matter.

62. Nature to the rescue

Sometimes nature can play a pivotal role in providing an ideal environment where memories can be created. You can consider proposing under the foliage of vibrant trees in a park away from a crowd. 

You might be even luckier if there’s a tranquil beach in your city, you can convey your feelings over sandcastles and the sound of peaceful waves. A botanical garden with various colorful flowers and lush greenery could be a perfect location for a marriage proposal. 

You could try activities such as vegetable picking with your partner and ultimately gifting them with an engagement ring!

63. Live stream

Social distancing doesn’t mean your friends and family have to miss out on the fun. Invite them to watch the proposal ideas you are planning to execute in real-time via a live-stream channel. This will not only be safe but may also make your partner happy. 

64. Profile change

This one’s fun for those who are always on their phone. For one of the most direct marriage proposal ideas, change your status to ‘Engaged’ on the social media site you use the most and ask your SO what they think.

65. Drone delivery

How to ask someone to marry you? Nothing says modern love like having a drone drop off the ring. Now that is putting technology to the right use!

66. YouTube

If your loved one loves watching videos on youtube and it is one of their favorite pastimes, surprise your YouTuber by cueing up interesting video proposal ideas in their feed.

67. Curtain call

If plays are your thing, ask the theatre manager if you can add a little surprise to the show’s end. This will be such a surprise to your partner, especially if they enjoy watching plays. They will appreciate how you incorporated things they like into the proposal. 

68. Propose to her at the photo booth

When they are least expecting it, and giving their effortless smile for the photos, make them smile wider with your proposal. Maybe get a picture with the ring on at the photo booth as well!

69. Use their favorite book

Buy a copy of their favorite book, cut out a heart in the middle of it, and place the ring there. As they start to read the book, they will soon find the heart and the ring in there.

70. Write a love poem

If you are good with words, write a love poem telling them how they have changed your life, and also incorporate the question in that poem. This will mean a lot since it will be personal and beautiful. 

71. Wall climbing

If both of you are into such adventures, you could place the question at the top of a wall. You could go wall climbing, and when you reach the top, they can spot your question there.

72. Ask for the “specials” menu

When you go to a restaurant for dinner, ask the waiter to bring the specials menu. When he does, it will be a card that asks the question. If you are looking for some simple yet good proposal ideas, the specials menu is a great idea. 

73. Pinterest board

If your love loves Pinterest, make up a board including pics, favorite quotes, fond memories, and in the center, your proposal. This is a really simple but creative way to ask your partner to marry you. 

74. Scavenger hunt

Snap pics of yourself holding signs with the words ‘Will’ ‘you’ ‘marry’ ‘me?’ and text them to your partner (along with clues to your location). It will be such a cute moment when they reach their final clue and find you on one knee with a ring in your hand!

75. Easter egg hunt

Hide love notes in regular eggs and the ring in a big gold one and let your SO hunt for it (or hang onto the ring and present it at the end of the search lest some random kid snatches it up).

76. Halloween theme

 Carve pumpkins with your proposal ideas on them. You can even hold a fake contest with friends and family present, unveiling yours last.

77. Give thanks

Thanksgiving is an excellent time for proposal ideas because the fam is altogether. Tell your partner how grateful you are to have them in your life and hide the ring in a cornucopia centerpiece. If you want to step things up a notch, create a special parade float.

78. Custom cake

Ask a local baker to prepare a cake with “Marry Me?” written on top and arrange a time to stop by just as it’s being put in the front window. Then buy the cake to celebrate.

79. Spell it out

Fun and funny proposals can come in so many forms: refrigerator magnets, sidewalk chalk, Pictionary, wooden letter blocks, jigsaw puzzles, even duct tape!

80. Surprise packages

Rings can be hidden pretty much anywhere: in Kinder eggs, cereal boxes, Cracker Jacks, Play-doh containers…Just don’t be like the guy in England who put the rings in a helium balloon only to lose it to a gust of wind!

Genius proposal ideas

If you want an extra edge in your proposal, you can channelize the smartness and find some genius ways to propose to your partner. These not only convey how smart you are but will also be unexpected.

81. A puzzlіng tіmе

If уоur ѕwееtіе іѕ a јіgѕаw puzzle lоvеr, buу a blank јіgѕаw puzzle аnd wrіtе wіll уоu mаrrу mе оn іt. Cооk hеr dіnnеr, or order a meal from уоur fаvоurіtе rеѕtаurаnt.

Aftеr thе dеѕѕеrt, gіvе hеr thе рuzzlе іn a bеаutіful wrарреd bоx аnd bе рrераrеd knееl аnd рор thе quеѕtіоn whеn ѕhе fіnіѕhеѕ іt.

82. Crossword puzzle

If your partner loves doing the crossword, get a custom crossword made for them, where you can incorporate their name and the question “Will you marry me?” This is one of the most unique ways to propose to your partner.

83. A Chrіѕtmаѕ proposal

At Chrіѕtmаѕ tіmе wrар thе еngаgеmеnt rіng іn a ѕmаll bоx. Thеn рlасе іt іn a lаrgеr bоx аnd wrар thаt аѕ wеll. Kеер dоіng thіѕ untіl thе рrеѕеnt іѕ lаrgе еnоugh to fool уоur bae. Dо nоt рut thіѕ gіft undеr thе trее, but іnѕtеаd hіdе ѕоmеwhеrе іn thе hоuѕе. 

Aftеr уоu twо fіnіѕh unwrарріng уоur рrеѕеntѕ gо аnd gеt thіѕ оnе. Aѕ ѕhе unwrарѕ thе gіft уоu ѕhоuld bе рrераrеd to knееl dоwn аnd аѕk them to marry уоu.

84. Cut yоur trаіlеr

Thіѕ іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt rоmаntіс іdеаѕ you might have heard of in the rесеnt уеаrѕ.

Cut уоur оwn trаіlеr оf уоur lоvе ѕtоrу uѕіng hоmе vіdеоѕ, thеn tаkе yоur bеlоvеd сіnерhіlе out to a lосаl theater. Speak to them before and have them ѕhоw the trailer bеfоrе thе fіlm уоu’rе gоіng to ѕее. Wе саn аlrеаdу hеаr thе аррlаuѕе.

85. Put on your chеf’ѕ hаt

For thе fооdіе, рrераrе a multі-соurѕе рrіvаtе dіnnеr, ѕtаrrіng thеіr fаvоrіtе fооdѕ аnd аn еngаgеmеnt rіng fоr dеѕѕеrt. Iѕ there a more rоmаntіс way to propose thаn bу сооkіng a mеаl? Nо, nо thеrе іѕ nоt.

86. Play it out in a photo album

To make your proposal even more personal, you could play it out in a photo album. Chronologically arrange pictures of you and your partner from the time you have been dating until now, and end the album with an image that says, “Will you marry me?”

87. Publish a blog

Publish a blog online where you can write your love story. End the story with a happy wedding, and when your partner is confused about the end, pop the question to them.

88. Create a song

Make a song for your partner and add it to their playlist. When they play their music, the song will play, and you can pop the question to them then. 

89. Create a web page

If you are one of those people who have this skill, create a web page for your partner, and propose to them on it. Send them the URL while doing something and not expect you to pop the question this way. It is going to leave them so surprised.

90. Ring sizer trick

Fool your partner by asking for their ring size in the most obvious way, such as a cardboard ring size chart. When they ask why you weren’t more subtle and complain about ruining the surprise, pull out the real ring and say, “Tell me how this fits.”

91. Rесruіt your dog

Trаіnіng уоur dоg to hеlр рор thе quеѕtіоn іѕ јuѕt tоо аdоrаblе. If both of you have a pet dog or just your partner does, take their help to pop the question. No one can say no to such an adorable proposal.

92. Hire a frіеnd аѕ yоur undеrcоvеr phоtоgrарhеr

Stаgіng a рhоtоѕhооt саn bе dіffісult wіth ѕtrаngеrѕ, but if you’re јuѕt hanging оut аѕ frіеndѕ, nо оnе will think anything of іt іf thеу hаvе thеіr рhоnе out, rеаdу to сарturе a ѕресіаl mоmеnt, lіkе a ѕurрrіѕе proposal. 

Thіѕ оnе іѕ еаѕу to аdарt to оthеr proposal ideas, tоо, lіkе a hоlіdау proposal, a proposal оvеr dіnnеr, or a vасаtіоn proposal at Dіѕnеуlаnd or оn tор оf thе Eiffel Tоwеr.

93. Sреll іt оut with Scrabble

Thіѕ оnе іѕ for thе bоаrd gаmе lоvеr. If уоu’rе lооkіng for a mоdеrn uрgrаdе to thе сlаѕѕіс ѕсrаbblе ѕurрrіѕе, trу рlауіng ѕоmеthіng lіkе Bаnаnаgrаmѕ іnѕtеаd. Bооkmаrk it.

94. Mаkе іt thе mіllіоn dоllаr trіvіа quеѕtіоn

If уоur rеlаtіоnѕhір hаѕ bееn ѕtuddеd bу Tuеѕdау Trіvіа nіghtѕ аt уоur lосаl bаr, dеvіѕе a рlаn to hаvе оnе оf thе lаѕt quеѕtіоnѕ bе уоur marriage proposal. Thе оnlу right аnѕwеr will be an unequivocal уеѕ.

95. Do it when they least expect it

In case you’re not one to go over the top and need to accomplish something remarkably downplayed, why not propose when your other half least anticipate it? You could propose when they’re unwinding in bed or the shower, even over breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning. Who needs props in any case! 

96. Spell it on their coffee

If coffee is a part of their everyday routine, take her to a cafe on a day off, and ask the waiter to spell “Marry me?” on her coffee. When it shows up on the table, give her a ring.

97. Put together a box of her favorite dessert

Put together a box of her favorite dessert, and place the ring in the box. That makes it two things for her to be super excited about, and you will already have dessert you can eat after your partner says yes!

98. Choose the spot where you first said ‘I love you’

Saying ‘I love you’ to each other in a relationship is a big step, but asking them to marry you is an even bigger one. You could choose to ask this big question at the same place where you first told them that you love them.

99. Rent a plane

If you and your partner love heights and adventures, you could ask the question while you take an experience together. Rent a plane, and when you are up in mid-air, ask the question. It will be a story to tell to your friends and family!

100. Just say it with love

It doesn’t matter where you do it, what you plan, but what you say and how you make your partner feel. Just say it with love, and make sure it comes from the heart, and your partner will appreciate it more than you expect. 

Tips to propose to your girlfriend

Anybody will want their marriage proposal to gо оn ѕmооthlу. If you are planning to propose to your girlfriend, here are some things you should consider before you pop the question to her. 

While you can always find proposal ideas for her, you must also be sure of some factors like if she wants to get married right away or not. Watch this video before you decide to pop the question to your partner. 

  • Fіrѕt, mаkе ѕurе уоu hаvе еnоugh ѕаvіngѕ nоt only for уоurѕеlf, but a wеddіng аѕ wеll. Оnе оf thе bіggеѕt аrgumеntѕ bеtwееn соuрlеѕ іѕ fіnаnсіаl іѕѕuеѕ, ѕо уоu wіll want to have a ѕоlіd fоundаtіоn bеfоrе рорріng thе quеѕtіоn.
  • Women tend to ѕееk ѕtаbіlіtу more than anything еlѕе. Dо ѕеt a budget аѕіdе ѕо thаt уоu саn mаkе рlаnѕ аѕ ѕооn аѕ уоur girl аgrееѕ. Women also dig the fact that their partner put in so much effort to figure this out.
  • Nеxt, mаkе уоur рlаnѕ on how you would lіkе to propose. You can pick any of the ideas listed above. 
  • In thе mеаntіmе, уоu ѕhоuld bеgіn to drор hіntѕ оf іntеrеѕt in getting mаrrіеd. Whіlе аddіng еlеmеntѕ оf ѕurрrіѕе саn bе rоmаntіс whеn іt соmеѕ to рrороѕаlѕ, уоu dо nоt wаnt thе ѕurрrіѕе to bасkfіrе аt уоu. Уоu ѕhоuld еnѕurе thаt уоur partner іѕ іntеrеѕtеd in getting married аѕ wеll.
  • Even if thеу dеѕіrе to get married, thеу mау оnlу fееl rеаdу to gеt married аt a сеrtаіn реrіоd оf tіmе. It іѕ gооd to tаkе nоtе оf thеѕе to еnѕurе уоur proposal іѕ a ѕuссеѕѕ.
  • Lаѕtlу, іf уоur girl ѕееmѕ rеаdу, уоu саn рор thе quеѕtіоn.

Tips to propose to your boyfriend

Building your proposal.

Sounds lovely, but how do you go about designing the most awesome wedding proposal ever?  

Since this is the sort of endeavor that you only will do once (with any luck), what’s the best way to do it? Are there any sure-fire ways to go about proposing? What works well and what does not? Are there any rules or do’s and don’ts? 

As you can see, there are many questions to consider before taking this monumental step into your future life together, and you must try to find these answers before you pop the question.

Forget what you have seen in the movies

Do not think about what you have seen in the movies, but go your own way. Do what makes you feel is perfect for you and your partner. It does not have to be super grand; it just has to be done with love and correctly. 

Think about your shared interests

While planning the proposal, you could think about the shared interests you and your boyfriend have and make something out of it. If you both love to travel, you could pop the question at your favorite travel destination. 

Similarly, if you are both into painting, maybe paint the words “Will you marry me?” for him.

Do your brainstorming

This should not be underestimated as an excellent strategy for coming up with new ideas, different viewpoints, and opinions. Take out your journal and start writing down the many ideas that come to your mind. Pick and choose which ones are practical, romantic, and are likely to be perfect for both of you. 

Say it with love!

Marriage proposal ideas don’t need to be big and require no complicated events.  You can do a lot using these low-cost, modest ways to pop the question.  Just know that however you do it, the important thing is that you hear a happy “yes” from your life partner-to-be.  

That’s the memory you’ll cherish for years to come. Take help from our list of proposal ideas and script your most cherished memory.

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Thinking of popping the question? Arrange the perfect proposal for your partner with these creative ideas. From romantic to adventurous, there's one for you!

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  • Below, we've compiled a list of 50 proposal ideas for every type of couple .
  • Include your proposal in your favorite place or activity with our indoor, outdoor, and hobby proposals .
  • Those who want to share this moment with their loved ones will enjoy our pet-inclusive, and socially distanced marriage proposal ideas—plus, some bridesmaid proposals.
  • For some added excitement, consider our playful and holiday-involving wedding proposal ideas, as well as some additional ideas.

While men were once the ones to propose in traditional settings, we surveyed 1200+ recently engaged couples and found that 85% of couples believe gender roles shouldn't limit who gets to propose. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 44 unique proposal ideas for all genders and types of couples. From romantic proposal ideas to trending, adventurous or imaginative ones, there’s plenty of inspiration to craft an experience that is sure to give the love of your life a proposal story they’ll never forget.

Let’s take a look at X of the best proposal ideas to help you create a special moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life:

Indoor Proposal Ideas

Does your partner prefer low-key quality time together? They’ll love these intimate proposal ideas:

1. Hire a Chef at Home

One of the most romantic ways to propose is over an amazing meal. But instead of dining out at a favorite restaurant, make your proposal more memorable with a date night dinner at your place—complete with a hired chef. Set the stage by sending your partner a photo of the menu before their arrival. Have the chef prepare all the favorite foods your partner loves—including appetizer, entrée, and dessert. After finishing your entrées, have the chef bring out the dessert: the engagement ring.

2. Create a Video

If you’re savvy with video editing, consider creating one. Compile different moments that you have spent together, such as snippets from your phone and social media. This can be random or a timeline from the time you both met to your most recent moments. Play it in your living room, followed by you proposing.

3. Candlelight Home Surprise

Create a pathway in your house using rose petals, candlelights ,and romantic quotes. Once your partner enters, they will follow the dimly lit path of love quotes to the engagement ring—and you get to watch them light up more brightly than the candles!

4. Breakfast-in-Bed Proposal

Treat your partner to a delicious breakfast-in-bed. You can get creative by serving heart-shaped pancakes or strawberries as a symbol of your love. Bring in the dish on a meal tray with a love message hinting to your partner where you’ve placed the ring.

5. Photo Booth Proposal

Pull your partner into a photo booth for some impromptu couple’s photos. Then, when they least expect it, put out the ring. This surprise moment in the photos can become a cherished keepsake (talk about a perfect selfie!) and fun way to share the news.

Outdoor Proposal Ideas

If your partner prefers being out and about, they’ll love these creative outdoor proposal ideas.

6. Plan a Surprise Photoshoot

Suggest that you and your partner hire a professional photographer to take fancy couples’ photos of you two in a beautiful location, like on the beach or at your favorite local park. Inform the photographer in advance that you plan to propose during the shoot. At a moment when the photographer distracts your partner’s attention, pull out the ring. Once they turn back to you, the photographer will capture the moment.

7. Pop the Question on a Hike

Does your significant other love a good hike? Then this simple proposal idea is sure to be a great fit. Take them out on a hiking adventure in the mountains and propose to them with the beautiful backdrop of nature.

8. Propose on a Boat Ride

Do you live near the water? Enjoy a romantic boat ride for the day and propose while sailing.

9. Spontaneous Weekend Getaway

What better way to surprise your significant other than a spontaneous trip? Instruct your partner to pack their bags without revealing the destination. Slip the ring or a proposal note in their luggage for them to see once you all arrive and unpack.

10. Take a Guided Tour

Tour a luxurious or historical site that your partner would enjoy, such as a famous winery. When the moment feels right, propose!

Proposal Ideas for Favorite Hobby

Incorporating your proposal into your partner’s favorite pastime is a great way to catch them by surprise. Check out a few of our favorite hobby proposal ideas below.

11. Take a Couple’s Paint Class

Plan a fun couple’s paint class. You can check for art studios and restaurants that host paint nights for special occasions. During the session, paint your proposal question, making sure your canvas isn’t visible to your partner. Then, once the paint session ends, turn your canvas around to reveal your message.

12. Fishing Surprise

If you or your partner enjoy fishing, spend a romantic afternoon by the lake. When your partner isn’t looking, place the engagement ring on your fishing hook. Call your partner over and say you’ve caught something big. It’ll be the “perfect catch.”

13. Trip Down Memory Lane

Put together a collection of treasured memories that you both share in a box. This can include items such as you and your partner’s favorite games, songs, photos, books, and snacks. Hide the ring box beneath the other items for your partner to discover.

14. DIY Scrapbook

Recreate the above idea as a scrapbook! Put together a decorative book full of you and your partner’s favorite things using photos, images, stickers, and written messages. Dedicate each page to a particular hobby or activity, such as your favorite vacation trip or music. Reserve the last page for the written proposal or the engagement ring taped to the page.

15. Felt Letter Board Message

Proposal idea felt letter board message

16. Bookmark Proposal

Is your partner a bookworm? Sneak in this creative bookmark proposal in the book they’re currently reading. Your partner will never suspect it!

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Proposal Ideas with Pets

Pets are family, too! Try these cute proposal ideas that involve your furry friends.

17. “Marry Me?” Collar Sign

Hang an adorable proposal sign around your dog’s collar before your partner takes them out for a walk.

18. Paw-print Proposal Cards

Create a thoughtful card with a hand-written message of your proposal. You can decorate the card with your cat or dog’s paw prints. You can use water-based, non-toxic paint that is pet-friendly, as well as non-toxic ink pads.

19. “Fetch the Ring”

If your dog loves playing fetch, have him or her fetch the ring! Secure the ring onto an item that’s easy for the dog to bring, such as a frisbee or stuffed animal.

Playful Proposal Ideas

Share some laughs and great memories with these playful proposal ideas.

20. Bathroom Mirror Message

Use lipstick or a dry erase marker to write your proposal on the bathroom mirror. This will be one trip to the bathroom your partner won’t forget!

21. Ring-Pop Proposal

Does your partner have a sweet tooth? Pop the question using the tasty Ring-Pop candy. This could be a fun photo to share with your family and loved ones to announce the engagement.

22. Game Night Proposal

Insist that you and your partner host a game night with friends and family (who can also be in on the surprise). You can use a word game like Scrabble to spell out “will you marry me?” with the letters. For artsy games like Pictionary, you can draw a ring or a figure down on one knee.

23. Make a Playlist

Create a playlist of all the favorite songs you and your partner share. Towards the end of the list, add in some romantic songs about love and marriage, such as Marry You by Bruno Mars. Choose an evening where both of you can enjoy listening, like while cooking dinner. The end of the playlist can be the moment you pull out the ring.

24. Scavenger Hunt Surprise

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Holiday Proposal Ideas

Holidays spent with loved ones are the perfect opportunity to pop the question. Here are a few creative holiday proposal ideas to try.

25. Jack-O'-Lantern Carved Proposal

Throw a Halloween party and initiate a jack-o'-lantern carving contest. Surprise your significant other with a carved out “marry me” message.

26. Proposal in Christmas Lights

Use lit Christmas trees or holiday lights as decoration around your proposal message—or assemble the lights as the message!

27. Easter Egg with the Ring Inside

Insist that adults join in on the Easter egg hunt game. This way, you can hide the ring in one of the eggs that your partner collects.

28. Fourth of July Fireworks

Set up a romantic evening to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. That way, you can propose beneath a beautifully lit sky of sparks and colored flames.

29. Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise

When your partner is distracted, sneak the ring box in front of them onto the dinner table. You can also write the proposal message on their napkin and pull out the ring once read.

Additional Fun Proposal Ideas

When it comes to expressing your love, the possibilities are endless. Here are several more fun and creative proposal ideas to try.

30. “The Big Question” Birthday Balloons

If it’s your partner’s birthday, slip a proposal note inside one of the birthday balloons. Have your partner pop the balloons to reveal their surprise proposal.

31. Propose at Disney World

This amusement park is full of entertainment and attractions, such as a fireworks cruise and Disney characters, available to create the perfect moment.

32. Hire a Singer

Go out for a romantic dinner or stroll in the park. Then, have a serenader arrive at your location to perform a special song for you both. Finally, end the performance with the big moment.

33. Hot Air Balloon Proposal

Propose to your partner up in the air! Plan a hot air balloon ride together for a breathtaking view of the city when you propose.

34. Include the Kids

Include your child or children in the surprise! Consider planning a family outing, such as a secret beach proposal trip. While your partner is distracted, the kids can help set the scene, such as drawing “will you marry me?” in the sand.

35. Personalized Lantern Message

Simple yet thoughtful, order a personalized lantern with your marriage proposal carved inside. Once your partner lights the lantern, your message will display on the wall.

36. Fortune Cookie Surprise

Fortune cookies are hard once opened, but completely malleable when warmed. Quickly heat up a fortune cookie in the microwave and, once soft, gently open the sides to slip in your “fortune” proposal note. The cookie will cool and re-harden within minutes. Your partner won’t notice the difference!

37. Message in a Bottle

Write a love letter or poem with your proposal message on a sheet of paper and roll it up in a bottle. You can place the bottle somewhere fun and mysterious, like in the sand at the beach, where you both can walk past and “discover” it.

38. Pizza Box Proposal

Cheesy and adorable! Order delivery from your partner’s favorite pizza spot and ask the staff to write “will you marry me?” inside the box.

39. Re-create Your First Date

If your first date was a memorable moment, re-create it! Whether it's a café, restaurant, park, or otherwise, it'll be instantly romantic. Enjoy yourselves for a while, then steer the conversation towards your proposal . Pull out the engagement ring for a surprise that will feel like a fairytale!

40. Dance Proposal

Get dressed up and go out together for an evening of dancing. You can make a special request to the DJ to play your favorite love song. It will be the perfect moment to pop the question. Bonus points if you turn the dance party into a flash mob—and choreograph a dance just for the engagement!

41. Proposal Movie Trailer

If you have videography skills, create a faux movie trailer. This will require planning in advance, so give yourself ample time to put everything together. Once complete, host a ‘movie night’ with your partner where you will reveal the trailer.

42. Lip-Dub Proposal

For theatre lovers, a lip-dub proposal would make a wonderful performance. A video of this idea has ranked on YouTube as the best proposal ever for eight years straight!

43. Aquarium Proposal

Plan a nice afternoon trip to your local aquarium. You can ask the staff in advance if they can assist in the surprise. Once your partner is surrounded by exotic sea animals and tranquil blue scenery, you’ll have the perfect backdrop for your proposal!

44. Coffee Mug Surprise

Offer to prepare your morning coffees. Secretly write “will you marry me” inside the coffee cup before pouring in the batch. Once your partner begins to drink, the proposal message will gradually appear!

We hope this gives you plenty of ideas to choose from for your surprise proposal. Once engaged, Zola has everything you and your fiancé-to-be will need to plan your dream wedding. From vendors to invites , we’re your one-stop shop for all things wedding.

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63 Memorable Marriage Proposal Ideas for Every Kind of Couple

Planning on popping the question? Get that engagement ring ready, we’ve got the perfect proposal idea for you!

Photography by Shivani The Eglinton Grand

On the hunt for the best proposal ideas? Asking your partner to spend the rest of their life with you can be daunting, no matter how many times you’ve talked about tying the knot. It’s one of the biggest moments of your life and the right romantic proposal idea can make it truly unforgettable. We believe that your marriage proposal should be as personal and unique as you are, and so we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best proposal ideas that are easy to put your own stamp on. Whether you’re planning a sweet and simple surprise or a grand gesture, you’ll find just the thing below. Chill the champagne and prepare your engagement announcement , you’re about to get a ‘yes’!

Here are the best proposal ideas for every kind of couple.

Local landmark proposal ideas.

Museum or gallery – culture-loving couples with a taste for art and history will find plenty of quiet corners for a romantic proposal in their favourite museum or gallery.

Castle – dreaming of a fairy tale wedding? Begin your story at a real castle and propose in royally romantic style.

Mountain top – get yourselves ready for a bracing walk at a local beauty spot or impressive mountain range, once you’ve reached the peak, get down on one knee – remember to pack some bubbles to sip at the top!

Wine tour – for the wine lovers out there, go on a tasting tour and take a stroll through the vineyards to find the perfect spot to propose.

Rooftop bar – head to the bar with the best views in town and have the waiter deliver your favourite drinks to the table before popping the question. 

Garden  –take a stroll in a botanical garden or greenhouse to pop the question for a natural setting filled with flora and fauna.

Sailboat – hire a boat for the day and have the captain whisk you away to a secluded location where you can ask the big question on the waves.

Beachside – take a picnic blanket and a few of your partner’s favourite snacks and let them discover the ring amongst the goodies or take them on a sunset stroll along the shore before writing ”Will you marry me?” in the sand and dropping to one knee.

Love lock location – head to a ‘love lock’ location and tie your own lock to the installation before getting down on one knee to present the ring.

Bonus: We've rounded up the most romantic places to propose in Canada .

Simple proposal ideas

Restaurant – have a favourite place to eat? Where better to get down on one knee? You can celebrate with your favourite dishes afterwards!

Chocolate sauce – If your partner has a sweet tooth, why not ask restaurant staff to spell out the question in chocolate sauce with their dessert?

Pizza – whether you’re making them at home or plan on having a word with the chef, a message spelled out in our favourite pizza toppings would certainly result in a ‘yes’ from us!

Party surprise – tell your partner to meet you and a group of your friends at a local bar or pub and arrange for your partner to be shown to a private area when they arrive. You can be waiting alone with a ring and some champagne when they get there.

Berry picking – suggest a day out berry picking and pretend to spot a particularly big, juicy berry. Instead of fruit, pass your partner the engagement ring.

Stargazing – if you know a great stargazing spot, head up there for a private proposal under the night sky.

Woodland walk – we especially love the idea of getting down on one knee in the heart of a woodland where you've organized for "Marry Me?" marquee letters to be on display. Perfect for snapping pictures for your engagement announcement.. 

Private proposal ideas at home

Night in – get off work early and fill the house with candles and petals that lead the way to you waiting with the ring – we’re all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it!

Fridge magnet – a simple classic and a must-do for anyone who can’t resist heading to the fridge for a snack. Ask your partner to grab you a drink and listen for their reaction when they see your message.

Jigsaw – there are plenty of personalised jigsaw options online that can be created with your own message.

Shower steam – sweet and simple, wait for your partner to take a shower and draw out your question in the steam on the mirror- they’ll never expect it!

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Lipstick – if your partner is a real beauty fanatic then try out the same as above using lipstick – it will make for an awesome Insta announcement pic too.

Book mark – slot a note in at the point your partner has got to in their book asking them to marry you, when they pick it up to read it, they’ll find a whole new element to the plot!

Movie night – pop the ring on top of the popcorn and then offer it up to your partner. Popcorn + engagement ring = winning – it’s basic wedding maths!

Spotify playlist – for a laidback proposal, put together a playlist featuring songs about marriage (Marry You by Bruno Mars, we’re looking at you) and watch as your partner figures it out, before presenting the ring.

Public proposal ideas

Centre stage – get in touch with the stage manager of a production you both love and arrange for the cast to invite you both on-stage for curtain call so that you can ask your big question under the spotlight.

Concert – similar to the theatre show, arrange for the artist to invite you on stage or, alternatively, wait for your favourite song to play and get down on one knee in the crowd.

Rollercoaster picture – hold up a sign or the ring (if you dare!) just in time for the rollercoaster camera and then watch your partner’s face as you scan the photobooth at the end and spot your picture!

Big game – if you’re huge sports fans, why not have someone announce your proposal at the game? If this is a little too much for you, just pop the question in the stands instead.

Ferris wheel – wait until you reach the top and then take your moment!

Flash mob – bring in the professionals for the ultimate large-scale proposal that will give your partner the biggest surprise of their life!

Theatre marquee – work with a local theatre to takeover their marquee to pop the question, like this adorable proposal at The Eglinton Grand  (a former Toronto theatre turned into an event venue). P.S. if you really love the location you can choose it for your wedding venue too!

Photography By Shivani The Eglinton Grand

Radio station – if you both tune into the local station, why not share your love across the airwaves and arrange to propose on air? Just make sure your partner will be listening!

Spa day – for a proposal that’s both laidback and luxurious, pop the question poolside before enjoying some bubbly in your robe and slippers (everything tastes better when you’re wearing a robe, right?)

Musician serenade – hire some musicians to serenade your partner while you’re out to dinner before asking the question.

Newspaper – spell it out by taking out an ad in your favourite newspaper - just make sure your partner gets a copy!

Celeb tweet – if you have a favourite author, TV presenter or celebrity you could always ask them to tweet the question to your partner. It’s totally worth a shot.

Club night – party animals will be in heaven with a proposal directly from the DJ decks at their favourite nighttime hotspot.

Movie theatre – work with a videographer to make a movie trailer about your love story ending with your proposal and ask the theatre to air it ahead of the feature film.

Proposal ideas with family and friends

Baby suit - have a personalised message printed on your baby’s suit for seriously cute proposal vibes.

Pet collar – continuing with the cute theme, pop the engagement ring on your pet’s collar!

Family – arrange for your family to be at your local without your partner knowing and then ask them to meet you there. Everyone can jump out and shout ‘surprise’ before you pop the question and celebrate together.

Make a music video — ask your friends and family to join you in the making of a music video that culminates in a proposal and surprise party.

Unique proposal ideas

Sleep message – prop your proposal message next to your partner whenever they’re sleeping for a week and then show them the photos at the end of the week.

Caricature – if you get the chance, ask your partner to pose for a caricature artist and have them draw you instead with a speech bubble asking the big question. The reveal will be unforgettable!

Treasure hunt – surprise your partner by setting up a treasure hunt for them to discover when they get home – you and the ring should be the final clue!

Text messages - take pictures of yourself posing with the words ‘will you marry me?’ in advance and text them in order. When you’re partner reads them, get down on one knee.

Skywriter – a classic idea that’s sure to wow, find a skywriter and have them take to the skies with your proposal.

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Favourite place – your partner will love making their favourite place extra special by staging your proposal there, whether it’s a park bench, a pretty view or their favourite brunch spot.

Childhood place – is there somewhere special your partner used to go as a child? This is a super romantic proposal choice.

Movie moment – if there’s a movie your partner adores, you can base your proposal around that. Think of the limo scene at the end of Pretty Woman or the romantic flashcards in Love Actually .

First date – whisk your partner off to the location of your first date, for a truly romantic and nostalgic surprise.

Skydiving – thrill-seeking couples will love a skydiving proposal. Let the skydiving instructors know your plans so that they can help to position you perfectly for your big moment. Warning: you probably want to propose with a sign and hand over that all-important ring when you’re both safely on the ground!

Hot air balloon – take in the sights and, once you’ve reached the highest point, take out the ring.

Seasonal proposal ideas

Christmas tree lighting – head to your local Christmas tree lighting on and get down on one knee as the lights go up.  P.S. Here are  5 Tips for Nailing Your Christmas Marriage Proposal .

Christmas tree decorating – pour some mulled wine, pop on the Christmas tunes and suggest you decorate the tree together. Instead of a bauble, hand your partner the ring!

Snow message – use a stick to write the words ‘will you marry me’ in the snow.

New Year’s Eve – warn everyone at the party to go quiet instead of cheer as the clock strikes midnight and then get down on one knee.  P.S. We've got  5 Tips for Planning an Epic New Year’s Eve Proposal .

Valentines – present your partner with a box of chocolates and replace the centre treat with the ring.  P.S. Check out these  9 Super Romantic Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas .

Halloween – carve your proposal message into your pumpkin!

Easter egg hunt – send your partner off on a fun Easter egg hunt and include a golden egg with a proposal message and ring hidden inside.

Present surprise – put the ring box inside a small gift box, put that inside a slightly larger one and keep adding boxes until your partner has several to get through – this idea is perfect for birthday or holiday gift.

Ice skating rink – during the festive period there are plenty of pop-up ice rinks, giving you the chance to pop the question in fun and festive style.

Fireworks display – what could be more romantic than popping the question under the lit-up night sky?

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18 Amazing Quarantine Marriage Proposals That Will Totally Warm Your Heart

Staying at home doesn't mean proposal plans have to be put on hold. These couples prove that quarantine marriage proposals can be even more romantic than their pre-pandemic plans.

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A pandemic can’t stop great love stories. In fact, a curveball can bring happy couples closer—and create some mighty interesting plot twists and unique quarantine marriage proposals. These newly engaged duos are proof since they all decided to take their relationship to the next step during this unprecedented time. 

From epic ‘Amazing Race’ style scavenger hunts throughout a city to sweet at-home surprises, let these 18 tales of quarantine marriage proposals lift your spirits.

Love in the Mountains

Blair and Seth Engaged April 3, 2020

For months, Seth Owen planned a carriage ride proposal with his girlfriend of one-and-a-half years, Blair Palmer. He was going to fly in friends and family for the big event, and it all fell apart in an instant due to COVID-19. That’s when he turned to Plan B. Here’s how it went:

“Seth said he wanted to take a walk with Finley, our Boston Terrier, who was also in on the plan. We live in Aspen, Colorado, so getting outdoors is part of our daily routine. Off we went on the trail, which ended up in a surprise proposal at Marolt Open Space. Seth even had our dear friend and photographer, Brenda, hiding in the bushes to capture the moment. Back at home, in true quarantine style, socially-distanced chilled champagne was waiting. The evening was capped off with a door-delivered special gourmet dinner for two, and a surprise congratulatory video from our friends and family. It was perfect, so simple, and I loved that our doggo was a part of it. In the snowy sunshine, surrounded by the mountains but completely out there by ourselves, was magic. Everything I love about Aspen was encompassed at that moment. In a time of such uncertainty, we knew we were certain about our future together.” 

Ashley Nicole Photography

A Modern Loft, Games, and Cake

Koereyelle and Kendrick Engaged April 4, 2020

While Kendrick Mallard planned a big Vegas surprise proposal to his girlfriend of two years, Koereyelle DuBose, he still managed to trick her and pop the question during the quarantine. Here is how the once-in-a-lifetime moment happened: 

“He told me we were going to the drive-in movie, and instead took me to the cutest loft in the city! He had flowers on the stairs, candles everywhere, K+K in a heart, ‘I love you’ written in rose petals, and he set up a private picnic on the roof. He had taken out from my favorite restaurant and flew in a chocolate cake from Portillo's in my hometown of Chicago. Then, we played my favorite game, Uno, and sealed the night with a proposal right after midnight. The next day he had a vegan chef prepare lunch—the same chef whose cooking class we attended on their first Valentine's Day. The next day, He arranged for a makeup artist to come, followed by a photo booth, and invited two of my best friends to celebrate. He managed to create the most perfect quarantine marriage proposal.”

Picture-Perfect Proposal  

Ammar and Nimra Engaged April 4, 2020

Though they had only been dating for eight months at the time, Ammar was sure Nimra was the person he wanted to share his life with. Since Jersey City has always been her favorite spot, with the captivating silhouette of the New York City skyline, he made reservations for dinner with a view. Friends and family were going to join—and then COVID-19 cases sky-rocketed, and everything had to be canceled. Until he got another idea:

“With the uncertainty of the situation, I was very certain of one thing--that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Nimra and ask her to marry me. With that, I was back at the drawing board trying to come up with an idea to propose to her. After much thought, I decided that I will ask her to go by the Jersey City waterfront, walk around and ‘take a picture’ with the NYC skyline in the back. Little did she know, I planned to propose to her. We drove out to Jersey City, and I brought my tripod with me so we could take our picture together with the skyline in the back. 

I set up the tripod and actually started recording a video while she thought it was a picture, and after a little bit, I told Nimra I had brought her there for another reason. I told her how much I loved her and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. With the Brilliant Earth ring in one hand and being down on one knee, I asked Nimra to marry me, and she said ‘yes’!”

Her Healthcare Hero

Brittoni and Anika Engaged March 21, 2020

This happy duo met on Bumble two years ago, and by the fifth date, Brittoni knew she was the one. But, as life always does, it threw them a curveball. In mid-March, they planned to pack up their apartment to move into a temporary Airbnb while waiting for construction to be completed on their first home. During this time, they had planned a vacation to Mexico with friends, moving into a new house, and celebrating the end of Anika’s second year of internal medicine residency. Then, Philadelphia closed all non-essential businesses, forcing them to postpone their trip. Then, they contacted their building to extend their lease and were surprised to find it had already been rented. A few frantic hours later, they offered them or of the remaining two apartments left… and then some magic happened:

“We were extremely grateful to stay in our comfort zone with a more permanent timeline, even though it now meant retrieving furniture back from the storage unit. We were preparing for what COVID-19 would look like in Philadelphia while watching it consume NYC. About two days after being granted access to the apartment, we sneaked down to check it out (sorry management!) since they leave the empty units unlocked. I told her we should come back in the light so I can measure next time. The next day was Saturday, March 21, she was working all weekend, but got home, surprisingly, at a reasonable hour. 

She came in and immediately wanted to visit the new apartment. I told her we were just there last night, and I hadn’t had time to measure the furniture. She was pretty intent ongoing, so I begrudgingly caved, mainly so she would stop asking. We went down the hall, and she pushed the door open. There were rose petals on the floor, a candle, and some champagne corks I had saved and written notes on in permanent marker. All I could think to myself was, ‘Damn, she is like, really, really excited about this new apartment.’ It didn’t click until she grabbed a box off the kitchen counter, and her eyes started to tear up. 

She took me to the middle of the room and got on one knee. She confessed that her original plan was to ask in Mexico, but when everything was shutting down, only one thing mattered. In scrubs, between shifts in ICU, with a Philadelphia skyline, she proposed with a ring from Brilliant Earth. It was the best ‘yes’ in my life. 

She is my healthcare hero, and one of the many who has seen this pandemic firsthand. I am so happy that we were able to capture exactly how we will remember this time: in scrubs, old slippers, sweatpants, messy hair, t-shirts, between shifts, and packing to move. We’ve been through a hospital closure, uncertainty on so many levels resulting from that closure, switching residency programs, two moves, and a pandemic. It was only fitting to get engaged in the middle of it.” 

Opposites Attract

Christina and Issac Engaged May 21, 2020

If you ask Christina, their proposal began five years ago because from the moment she saw him, she somehow knew they’d end up together forever. Even though they are the complete opposite—he’s logical and grounded, she’s a dreamer that’s overcome a traumatic brain injury—somehow, it works. Five years in and inching close to Christina’s ‘deadline’ for Issac to propose (she gave him five years), 2020, might have brought a pandemic and happy news. In addition to getting a new job, Issac also asked the most important question:

“May 2020 comes around, and Issac suggested that we take a vacation as we both need it. We decided Washington since it’s remote, filled with nature, and we had friends out there that we could visit. I was super excited, and Isaac was just as ecstatic to relax with me and be in nature. The drive was supposed to be 26 hours, but fortunately for me, Isaac demanded driving the whole way, and we got there in 20 hours, with our two large fur babies in tow. 

We stayed at the most beautiful Airbnb cabin secluded up in the mountains with a hot tub and a porch overlooking the trees. About four days into our trip, we decided to go on a hike to Alpine Falls, where he suggested we take photos. Unfortunately for me, when I saw these waterfalls, my foot slipped out from underneath me, and I slid down into the rapids. Thankfully, Isaac was super-fast and grabbed me quickly, and got me away from the edge. He literally saved my life!

We continued our hike and went on taking more modeling pictures, then Isaac kept pushing me to change my pants as they were filthy from the fall. I refused because I thought the messiness looked authentic in the photos. Unbeknownst to me, he was able to get my friend Lauren to convince me to change. After doing so, I joined Isaac back in front of the rapids, being cute, hugging, laughing, kissing each other. When all of a sudden, he bent down. I immediately became concerned and thought he was hurt and asked, ‘Oh babe, are you okay? Is it your sciatica?!” He grinned at me and pulled out the ring box. 

I think I was in shock, because the first thing I said was, ‘No f****ing way.’

Love is different for everyone. There are all types of love. As I mentioned above, we're total opposites; we even look totally opposite. However, our values and morals are pretty much the same. Isaac doesn’t just make me want to do better for myself, I believe he makes me the person I want to be, and I know I make him the person he wants to be.” 

"True Love Reigns"

Taylor and Brennan  Engaged June 7, 2020

After seven years of dating, Taylor Morgan knew her boyfriend, Brennan Clarke was designing a rink with her friend Chelsea from Starling Jewelry, but he had no idea when he was going to ask her. Luckily, he wasn’t going to let a pandemic stop him:

“He couldn’t stop smiling the day he got the ring and was wearing somewhat form-fitting Outdoor Voices shorts that revealed a square box in his pocket. I felt nervous like I did when he picked me up for our first date at 16. We walked into the garden, and he got down on one knee. He talked about our past, present, and future lives together. It was authentic to our relationship, spontaneous, and everything I could have hoped for. It feels more fitting than not that we got engaged during a global health crisis. These are the times when our truest versions of self can’t be disguised, when priories become most apparent, and when true love reigns.” 

Beach Romance

Alexa and Patrick Engaged March 28, 2020

For the past three years, Alexa Forshay and Patrick Salcido have built their life together. Like many other people, the pandemic turned everything upside down. Not only did she lose her job, but their cat, Maggie, was also sick. However, they had a planned trip to Santa Barbara coming up, and after much thought (and good news from the vet!), they decided to continue. 

“We packed up our overnight bags—one was dedicated to PPE and cleaning supplies!—and headed just up the road from LA to Santa Barbara for the weekend. Patrick had booked a room at the Harbor View Inn, and upon arrival, we were instantly upgraded. Knowing we wouldn’t be able to do much, we decided to cruise around town then up the coast to check out the area. 

We stopped at a cute little beach and took a few photos with this super cool tripod/selfie stick thing Patrick found. He attributed the purchase to COVID-19 social distancing and the fact that we couldn’t ask anyone to take our photo, which went right over my head. We headed back to the hotel and decided to go on the hunt for some to-go cocktails that we could enjoy before taking a walk to the beach across the street. 

When we got down there, we played around with a few photo angles, set up the tripod, and took some photos. When we finished, Patrick turned to me and said, ‘Babe, you love me forever, right?’ I told him that ‘Of course! Why would you even ask me that? He continued with, ‘Well, there’s just one thing left to do then…’ He got down one knee and asked me to marry him. Before even saying yes, I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ but once I took it all in, I accepted. At that moment, the purpose of the tripod had become perfectly clear.” 

A Dress-Up Day Surprise

Charlotte and Sam Engaged April 11, 2020

Back in November, Charlotte Felter and Sam Oppenheim looked at rings together. After dating for five years, she was confident it would happen shortly after. Then, the pandemic hit—and she was convinced he would wait until everything returned to normal to pop the question. She was wrong:

“I am a physical education teacher, so my attire before the pandemic is workout clothes, but it became pandemic routine Monday through Sunday to be in cozy clothes. With nowhere to go, I was dying to have one day to get out and be dressed usually. We decided to make a day out of it. We got dressed up, I put on a full face of makeup and did my hair. 

We decided to go down to the water in Hoboken, New Jersey, and walk around Frank Sinatra park. It was beautiful out. Not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was perfect. We walked until it was a dead end and turned around to head back. Heading back, I told Sam we needed a photo because being dressed normally was rare during a pandemic. He gladly said sure and handed our phones to some people on the bench. Little did I know they were friends of Sam’s, and my best friend was around the corner, ready with her phone. I signaled Sam to come closer, but he was looking elsewhere. 

I look to see what he sees, and there are my best friend and her husband. Shocked, I turned to Sam, and there he was on one knee! I never saw it coming! Sam had been planning this since September, and both of our families were highly involved, especially his grandma, who lied to me saying she needed a needle and thread back in November and had me drive her all over town. She did this so Sam would have the chance to ask my mom and brother for permission. Sam took the time to design the ring himself and made sure to have a tribute to my dad and incorporated green emeralds in the ring. My dad passed when I was younger, so I knew I would not have him walk me down the aisle, but the green in my ring is like he is always there.”

Breakfast in Bed

Jessica and Todd Engaged April 12, 2020

After three years together, Todd Klavens was planning on proposing to Jessica Pollack in March, but then, of course, COVID-19 took centerstage. He returned to the drawing board and decided he would propose before her 40th birthday on April 18:

“He woke up before me, which usually does not happen. When I asked what he was doing, he said he would make breakfast for them and told me to get more sleep. He made a yummy meal and brought it to me on a platter with a rose, and he placed it down on the nightstand and then dropped to one knee. It was perfect.”

Short-Notice Trip

Ariele and Mike Engaged June 10, 2020

Ariele Gonzalez and Mike Jones met at work in 2011, but it wasn’t until this March that he decided to pop the question. He had laid out a masterful plan, but when COVID-19 started to shut down businesses, it was a mad dash to secure the ring he ordered. Once it was in hand, he planned a short-notice trip upstate, and the rest is history:

“Mike surprised me with a very last minute, very impromptu quarantine trip to Woodstock, New York. Convincing me he got a fantastic deal at a newly re-opened hotel in Woodstock's heart (a favorite upstate-NY town of ours), Mike quickly got me on board to leave busy NYC and escape real life for a few nights. Upon arriving at our private cabin at Woodstock Way Hotel, we were greeted with a beautiful set up of Veuve Clicquot and dark chocolate."

Thinking this was simply a nice touch from the hotel, I jumped in on the champagne. With dinner ordered, Al Green played in the background and the sun setting, and we were on their private patio enjoying the stream's sounds. he took my hand and said, ‘I had an ulterior motive for bringing you here.’ He then pulled out the most gorgeous LJ West custom-made diamond ring, got down on a knee and asked me to marry him. Overwhelmed with shock and joy, I hugged Mike, cried and said ‘Yes!’” 

A Golf Course Proposal

Julie and Bryan Engaged June 14, 2020

Though they’ve known one another for five years, Julie Crawford and Bryan Smith officially started dating in October of 2018. The pandemic changed many aspects of their day-to-day routine, most notably, less travel. Typically, Julie is away from home most weeks for work, and then their weekends are spent shuttling their kids to sporting events. Between the two of them, they have five children, four of whom are active in athletics. March came, and there were hours for quality time—and a proposal!

“We started spending several days together versus just a few hours here and there. In the first week of April, my house flooded, and I had to leave for six weeks to renovate. I then moved in with Bryan temporarily, and we had Sunday family dinners with all of our kids for the first time since they’ve been dating. The time together brought us closer together than we ever imagined.

Then, I got the news one day that her house was nearing completion, and we both decided we didn't want things to go back the way they used to be. So, we looked for a house to accommodate our family of seven—and within just a few weeks, we bought a new home and sold each of ours. After a long stressful weekend of moving into our new home in a golf course community, he said we needed a break from the move and wanted to show me around the course. He took me around all 18 holes on a golf cart, perfectly timed to end on a long bridge across the lake right at sunset. He stopped on the bridge and surprised me with the most beautiful proposal I could have ever imagined.” 

A Next-Level At-Home Proposal

Stefani and Daniel Engaged June 13, 2020

For the past two months, Daniel Lannon has been planning the perfect—yet socially responsible—proposal to his girlfriend of one-in-a-half years, Stefani Rose. He hired an event planning company to help him pull off the surprise and secretly bought an engagement ring he kept hidden in their modest one-bedroom apartment. After setting up a sitter for their three-month-old puppy, Ollie, he put his plan into action:

“I took Stefani out on a drive to all her favorite places in Pittsburgh. We went to the West End Overlook with a beautiful view of the city and the point where the three rivers meet, walked down by the water, picked up a to-go order of mini doughnuts, picked up Thai food to go and slowly made our way back to our apartment. 

Meanwhile, the event planning company, Luxe Creative, had been working all day for four hours, sending me updates on the setup's status. They placed candles leading up our back deck, hidden cameras, and had an elaborate backdrop with candles all over the apartment. On the stereo was the Toy Story song ‘You've Got A Friend In Me.’ It’s meaningful because I used to hack her Google Home when I would arrive at her place back in Bushwick, NY, so she would know I was out front and play that song. I walked her up the stairs, and as she saw the candles, she asked: ‘What is this?’ I opened the door, got on one knee, and popped the question. She happily said, ‘yes!’ The next couple of hours were filled with FaceTime, Zoom, and Houseparty hangouts with friends and family. We couldn't be happier.”

No Mani, No Problem

Nirmala and Ganesh Engaged on May 24, 2020

Ganesh knows his girlfriend of six years, Nirmala loves manicures, pedicure, and a blowout. With the pandemic, those pampering experiences were out of the question, but he didn’t want to delay asking her the most important question of their lives. Even though she missed out on the sparkly engagement ring hand photo, she was still over the moon:

“Ganesh is my best friend and understands me in ways I never could. We met through my brother-in-law, and we have been inseparable since. On our first date years ago, we had a picnic on Nickerson Beach, Long Island. To kick off the summer every year, we go back to the same beach for a picnic. This Memorial Day weekend, we went to the beach as tradition, and he asked to take a walk by the water. We were with another couple, so I didn't suspect anything. The next thing I know, he says, ‘I have to tell you something,’ and goes down on one knee.

I was in mental and physical shock. I was thinking, ‘Holy moly, this is happening right now? In the middle of a pandemic? Did you ask my parents for permission? My sister? Is the man with the camera the hired photographer? Is this why you got a shape-up on your beard yesterday? My nails aren't done...the answer is still ‘yes’!’

Of course, this was never the plan, and I always had my mind set on looking my absolute best, but at the end of the day, it's not only about you, but it's also a step for the both of you. And now, this pandemic will always be a part of our story.”

Backgammon Family

Samantha and Will May 8, 2020

Though Samantha Galvin and Will Holdsworth talked about marriage for a while in their 3.5-year relationship, she didn’t think it would happen soon. And definitely not during the pandemic. However, he surprised her in the best way:

“I didn't do my hair or my makeup! It was like 294389573948th day in quarantine; it was a battle for him just to convince me to put real pants on! We love games, and because he grew up playing Backgammon, he taught me how to play early in our relationship. At almost every family function, it is the highlight of the event to have a Backgammon competition. 

On a rainy Friday, we got back from grocery shopping, set up the game, popped a bottle of bubbles, and started playing. His first roll came up, and the ring came out. I was shocked! He got down on one knee as I cried like a baby as he proposed. It was amazing and so unique, and what touched me most about it was him telling me after that he wanted to do it this way because it is a family game. And because he taught me, proposing during Backgammon made it seem like he was officially asking me to be a part of his family.” 

A Spontaneous Hike

Kendal and Garrett Engaged March 21, 2020

Two and a half years into their relationship, and at the start of the pandemic, Kendal and Garrett decided to drive to Arizona to visit family. One day, Garrett said he was going to the driving range with his younger brother, but in reality, he was picking up the ring from a jeweler. Since May of last year in Sedona, he had been planning a proposal, but COVID-19 caused him to rethink his plans. 

“When he picked up the ring, he said he felt like he wanted to give it to me right away and didn’t risk having to wait several months. So, when he came back, he asked if I wanted to go on a hike, and we hiked to the top of Lone Mountain in Scottsdale. There were a few other people at the top, and a lady tried striking up a conversation with us, and I couldn’t understand why he was so short with her. 

His younger brother, Parker, asked if we wanted to take a picture together at the top of the mountain, and he got down on one knee and proposed! I was so surprised, and he likes to joke that even he didn’t know he would be proposing that day when he woke up in the morning.”

Safety First

Brigitte and Zack Engaged May 29, 2020

Zack’s original plan was to propose in April during a camping trip. But after 5.5 years together, he knew he didn’t want to wait any longer to move to the next step in their journey. Also, since Brigitte admitted she was suspicious of an upcoming proposal, he changed tactics on a whim:

“He called the restaurant where we first met and had our first kiss and asked if he could stage something on their outdoor patio the day of. They agreed, and after I got to the restaurant to ‘pick up our dinner,’ he was waiting with a bouquet of roses and champagne. And yes, we wore masks when he got down on one knee. I like to think the absence of people made it feel like he rented out the entire restaurant just for me instead of because of CDC guidelines. It’s just more romantic that way.” 

The Amazing Proposal

Vanessa and Brandon Engaged June 6, 2020

When Vanessa Jennette and Brandon Miller began their quarantine, they quickly grew addicted to ‘The Amazing Race.’ They started back in 2001 and have been binging to pass the time. It’s gotten them through some disappointments, like not being able to take their fifth-anniversary trip, as they had planned to do since it landed on a Saturday this year. Luckily though, Brandon made the day more incredible than anticipated:

“On the morning of June 6, Brandon surprised me by playing a video he put together that introduced me to my very own Amazing Race challenge to celebrate our anniversary social distancing-style. Meanwhile, he was wearing the shirt he wore on that date, along with a fish hook necklace inspired by Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. 

Brandon had set up ten tasks hidden in envelopes—consisting of Detours, Road Blocks, and even a Pit Stop—throughout the city of Indianapolis. Tasks ranged from frisbee-throwing to picking what to eat for lunch. After a full day traversing across town by foot, car, and bike, and completing challenges, I made it to the tenth clue envelope. It was the final clue before the Finish Line.

The final envelope read, ‘Will you marry me?’ Brandon got down on his knee, and a couple of friends emerged from their hiding places—in disguise and all!—to take photos and pop the champagne. It was an exhilarating and unforgettable day!”

A Memorable Mother's Day

Jenny and Mallory Engaged May 10, 2020

Shortly after Jenny moved back home to Maryland after ten years in Jacksonville, she met Mallory. And to their surprise, they realized they both moved to Jacksonville in 2009 and had six years for their paths to cross, but they never did. It wasn’t until fate intervened and brought them together, and a year later, took their relationship to the next stage:

“A traumatic experience brought Mal to Maryland, and I moved back to help take care of my family after my mom had a stroke. We genuinely believe that our story is way longer than the year we’ve been together, but we had to go through all we did to meet as the people who were are today—shaped by our own experiences. 

Since meeting, we have been through so much together in one short year. There is no doubt that we are soul mates, which is the person I’m meant to share my life with. Mal proposed on Mother’s Day when our families got to meet for the first time at a small get-together/cookout. She had initially planned to pop the question on a vacation we are taking in May. But on that day, our families were together, and she did it at our lovely home. It couldn’t have been more perfect, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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Romantic movies are the best. My favorite part is when the guy realizes he's madly in love with the girl and does some huge romantic gesture to sweep her off her feet. But you know what's even better? When a guy makes a truly thoughtful, creative, and loving romantic gesture in real life . That's what these men did when they proposed to the women they loved. Each of these over the top proposals took a lot of time, energy, and care. And watching them is like getting to see the end of a romantic movie that actually happened.

Over 60 people lip synched to her

Isaac Lamb proposed to his girlfriend, Amy Frankel, while she sat in the back of a moving Honda CRV. As she sat there, over 60 people, including her parents, friends, and other family members, came by to "serenade" her. In the beginning of the video, Lamb explained that he asked Frankel to meet him at his parents' house, wherehis brother told her he wanted her to listen to a song in the back of the car. As he sat her down, he told her, "This song really exemplifies you and Isaac's relationship to me." As the car rolled slowly down the street, different people appeared in front of Frankel to "lip dub" the song "Marry You" by Bruno Mars.

As more people joined in, Frankel held her hands to her heart and stared wide-eyed at their goofy dance. At the end of the show, the crowd parted and Lamb walked through. He got down on one knee and said, "You have already given me a lifetime of happiness. Will you let me spend the rest of my life trying to give you the same?"

Of course Frankel said yes. She told Oregon Live , "One of reasons I love him, he's such a fun-loving guy. He has such a big heart. He loves celebrating life and the friendships that we have. Our lives are going to be like this."

A helicopter and a fake photo shoot

Kornelius Bascombe, a television producer in Los Angeles, planned his proposal for months. His girlfriend, model Rachel Jordan, thought they were going up to the rooftop of a bank for a photo shoot. Little did she know it was actually a marriage proposal. In the beginning of the video, he told the audience all about the setup—how he contacted a photographer who then reached out to Jordan to set up the fake photoshoot for the proposal. "Today's the day, we about to get real, we about to pop that question!" he told the audience.

When he brought Jordan up to the rooftop, there was a helicopter setup for the "photo shoot." The two sat in it together, and then Jordan stood in front of Bascombe, holding red rose petals in both hands. As she spun and opened her hands, for what she thought was the photo shoot, the rose petals whirled into the sky, and she found Bascombe kneeling with an engagement ring. She gasped with emotion. After a heartfelt proposal, she said yes.

"I didn't sleep at all," Bascombe  told ABC News . "She had no idea why I was stressing out the night before. I was just telling her it's because of work." Jordan was super impressed and told  ABC News , "What he pulled off for the proposal amazes me and I think I'm still in shock. But the great thing about him is [that] he shows me that level of love everyday. He makes me a very lucky woman."

He had his helicopter pilot girlfriend pick a landing spot for "yes" or "no"

Robin, an airport firefighter, proposed to his girlfriend Klara Rizell, a helicopter pilot, in the place they first met—a landing strip. As Klara approached the landing strip, thinking she was there to pick up a customer, Robin got on the radio to talk to her. "I have a question," he told her. "You're not allowed to answer on the radio. But where you choose to land will be your final answer." Then he kneeled and asked, "Klara Rizell, will you marry me?"

The two firetrucks that had been covering the spots for "yes" and "no" rolled away, revealing a large red heart for yes and a smaller black rectangle for no. Rizell landed right on top of the "yes" heart. Then she walked out of the helicopter and embraced Robin. "I'm trembling all over!" she told him.

When the videographer asked her what she had to say about the proposal, she responded, "Well, what can I say? I'm still a little shocked. I said yes, that's all I needed to say."

He proposed with a flash mob in Times Square

Dave's flash mob proposal required a film team, dancers, and actors. In the description to the video on YouTube, Crisanto, the proposal "producer," shared that over 100 phone calls and emails were sent to make the proposal a reality. They even stationed "undercover members made from Dave's supportive networks" throughout the area to participate in the lead up to the proposal, including a couple who mentioned that they lived in Dave and his girlfriend's favorite vacation spot and a club promoter who encouraged the couple to go to Times Square to dance.

The flash mob kicked off with Dave breakdancing in the middle of the circle. He was then joined by a large group of dancers. His girlfriend looked on, smiling, but looking a bit confused. After a few minutes, someone handed her an earpiece. Dave said, "Don't freak out. It's me. Give a thumbs up if you can hear me." After she gave him the go ahead, he went on to tell her how much he loved the three years they had been together.

He finished by saying, "Three years, and we haven't gotten sick of each other. I hope you're ready to grow that number, because I have a big question for you." Right then, the dancers held up letters reading "Will you marry me?" Then Dave got down on one knee and asked, "Do you want to be with me forever?" She answered,"Yes I do!" 

He proposed to her in the news room

Jacey Birch thought that she was going to be filming a segment about holiday gifts for pets when her boyfriend, meteorologist Trent Aric, showed up on her screen, instead. "I thought you had an interview right now," he said. "I do," she told him. "Do you want to ask me a few questions?" he asked her.

They bantered for a bit, then he said, "Do you have any questions for me?" To which she replied, "Uh, why are you here?" He prompted her to look behind her, where the screens read "Will you marry me?" Then he played her a "news segment" he had made about their relationship. The video included an interview with Tory, the woman who had set them up, and this great voice over: "It didn't take a meteorologist to figure out love was in the air." It ended with the couple's parents' and nephews telling Birch to say yes to the proposal.

When the video ended, Aric came into the newsroom and kneeled in front of Birch. "I love you. Will you marry me?" he asked. "Yes," she said. "I can't even get over it. That was so beautiful. Thank you so much." When asked if she knew that he was going to propose, Birch told ABC News , "I had no clue. Not even an idea. I'm still in shock."

After a traumatizing event, she got an unforgettable proposal

When Melissa Dohme told her high school boyfriend that she was leaving him to attend college, he pulled out a knife and stabbed her 32 times. One of the first responders, firefighter EMT Cameron Hill, told Inside Edition , "Nobody lives that gets stabbed that many times." Dohme thought she would never date again. She  told People ,  "I didn't even want to open my heart up to anything. I was afraid, but then I met Cameron."

The two reconnected ten months later at a luncheon in Dohme's honor. They began dating and fell in love. Four years after that, Hill planned an unforgettable proposal for Dohme. He told her she had been chosen to throw the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game because of her story, but it was really a setup for a marriage proposal.

Hill wrote "Will you marry me" on the baseball and jogged out to give it to her so she could throw the first pitch. When Dohme looked down at the baseball, she gasped. He knelt in front of her, and to the roar of the crowd, asked, "Melissa, will you marry me?" Her answer was,"Oh my god, yes!" As they hugged, the announcer said, "Ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for Melissa and Cameron!"

The best movie preview ever

Ginny Joiner thought she was going to the movies to watch Fast 5 with her brother Charlie. She told Ellen on  The Ellen Show that it was just like her brother to take her to a guy movie, and she wasn't too thrilled about it. Her mood completely changed when the previews came on.

The preview began with a shot of two men's hands as they talked. "I know how much she means to you. I know how much you love her," the voiceover said. "I know she is your heart." Her boyfriend Matt Still had rigged the theater with a video camera so you could see Joiner's reaction, and it was clear that she recognized his voice as her eyes grew wide. Still continued, "I want to spend the rest of my life with her. She is my heart, my friend, my everything." Then the camera panned out, and Joiner covered her face as a shot of Still and her father hugging appeared on the screen.

The preview continued with a video of Still rushing to the movie theater and then casually waiting in line for popcorn. Joiner wiped her eyes as she laughed. Still then ran down the aisle, pulled Joiner out of her seat, and proposed. "I had no idea that I was getting engaged that day, but it's not out of the box for him to do a crazy surprise for me," Joiner told Ellen.

The 365 day proposal

It took Dean Smith an entire year to make his video proposal for his girlfriend, Jennifer Kessel. Every single day of that year, he recorded himself with various signs bearing the date and messages like "I love you so much!" "Marry me, Jennifer?" and "Make me the happiest man on earth!"

"I knew that Jennifer was a fan of proposal videos on YouTube and would tear up at the sincerity and thoughtfulness of each proposal," Smith told The Huffington Post. "She showed several of them to me, and I decided that I wanted to make her tear up to her own proposal." When the couple was in Aruba with Kessel's family for her birthday, Smith arranged for her family members to lead her down to the beach, where she watched the video on a phone, facing away from the ocean. The video ended with the words  "Turn around." When Kessel faced the water, she saw Smith there, waiting to propose in person.

"The thoughtfulness that went into making this video is truly beyond any words that I have," Kessel told The Huffington Post . "When I turned around and saw Dean standing in front of me, we both broke down in tears."

His son and a flash mob helped him propose

Mike took the flash mob idea a step further by making his son the highlight of his proposal. He and his girlfriend Elizabeth were walking in Bryant Park in Manhattan, when a flash mob began dancing to the Grease song, "We Go Together." Elizabeth questioned why they were watching the dance, but Mike convinced her to stay and watch.

At the end of the dance, the Jason Mraz song "A World With You" played, the dancers parted, and Mike's adorable son came through carrying a big whiteboard, bearing the question, "Will you marry my daddy?" Elizabeth cried as Mike got down on one knee to propose. Jason Mraz later congratulated the couple. He said, "Mike and Elizabeth, it's Jason here, sending love and congratulations on your engagement." 

Mike told Inside Edition , "Planning the proposal wasn't difficult at all. I believe when you're doing something out of love it really comes easy. That doesn't mean that it wasn't hard work, it just means I really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish. Having a vision and seeing it unfold right before your eyes is definitely rewarding."

She unwittingly planned her own proposal

Tyson Henderson, a videographer who has made hundreds of proposal videos, wanted to do something special for his proposal to his girlfriend, Hayley. He decided to sing " Hey Pretty Girl " by Kip Moore and taught himself how to play it by watching YouTube videos. But he didn't know when he would sing it to her. Then he got a brilliant idea. He asked mom to suggest that Hayley set up a surprise birthday party for him. Unbeknownst to her, she was actually planning her own surprise engagement!

At the party, Tyson and his mom told Hayley that they were going to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey and then they blindfolded her. With her blindfold still on, Tyson began singing. She pulled it off, sank down into a chair, and watched him sing, her eyes tearing up.

Tyson then got down on one knee and proposed. Afterward, he revealed that all the people she had invited to his "surprise" party knew what the real surprise was. Luckily, she was so happy she didn't mind being tricked.

He serenaded her onstage

According to How He Asked , Anna and Alex met at USC and were good friends for seven years after college before they started dating. Alex knew Anna loved it when he sang to her, so he reached out to an a cappella group at USC and met with a member of one of the groups. The singer was so excited about his proposal idea that he ended up with over 100 singers of different groups who wanted to be in on it. At the end of a campus wide a cappella concert, Alex pulled Anna onstage with him.

Anna sat in a chair as one of the college students sang to her, then handed the microphone off to Alex, who lovingly serenaded her. It all ended with him getting down on one knee as the crowd offstage and the a cappella singers onstage cheered and threw confetti.

Alex wrote on How He Asked , "When I got down on that knee, and that crowd erupted, it all made sense to me... love is the answer. Love is what we are all looking for, in one form or another. It is what carries us through this life, and a chance to celebrate it in such an overt way was what I believe drew everyone into this."

He asked the singer of their favorite song to play it for her

Jeremy wanted to propose to his girlfriend Kelli in a way that she would love. Because he knew that she loved Christmas, he chose to propose at an outdoor mall in Provo, Utah, which was beautifully lit up for Christmas. He reached out to Hema Jr., the singer of Kelli's favorite song, "Hey, Brown Eyes" and asked if he would serenade Kelli. Hema said, "It was so gutsy of him to just ask that I was like, 'Yeah, for sure, let's do it.'"

Jeremy told Kelli they were meeting at a restaurant to have dinner with a few other couples. When Kelli got to the mall, she told her friends she wanted to get in out of the cold, but they convinced her to stay and listen to the music. When Hema Jr. said, "This song goes out to all of the brown eyed people out there," she realized who he was. "My heart just dropped, and it was pounding," she said. "I've been listening to that song since I was 15 and I found it from some guy on YouTube, so nobody plays that song."

Jeremy came out with roses, then brought Kelli up to the stage, where he proposed. Kelli wrote in How He Asked , "I pretty much just fell into his arms being completely overwhelmed with how happy, surprised, and excited I was to be in that moment."

True romance does exist

For us hopeless romantics, it's good to know that there are romantic men out there who will go to great lengths to show how much they love their partners. Whether they proposed with helicopters or flash mobs, one thing is clear—these men wanted to sweep their girlfriends off their feet when they proposed. And in every case, they succeeded at making their future fiancée feel truly loved.

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100+ Romantic Proposal Lines for a Special Start to Your 'Forever'

Are you planning a special proposal for the love of your life? Words have the power to weave magic so choose your proposal lines wisely. Here's a list of heartfelt and top proposal lines to prepare you for your big day!

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It's always about love, and there is no denying the fact that expressing all the emotions you feel for your partner is not always an easy task. It could get overwhelming, and you might find yourself at a loss for words—speechless, and how! That is exactly why we are here to help you communicate it right! If you are planning to pop the much-awaited question, then right now is the time to get down on your knees with a ring in your hand and say what you always wanted to say to the love of your life.

A lot of times, words don't match up to what we feel on the inside. In such a scenario, wouldn't it be easier if one quote, a dialogue, or a song lyric could do the trick and sum up our feelings better than our own words could?  Proposal quotes are often the key to your beloved's heart. Whether you are looking for lines to propose to a girl or cute and romantic proposal lines for him, check out these unique love quotes that can be used for a beautiful moment and make your partner love the proposal. The below-mentioned list of fun, filmy, and romantic proposal quotes and lines will surely help you pop the big question in the right way!

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1. Best Proposal Lines and Quotes

2. Love Proposal Lines for Gf

3. Best Proposal Lines for Bf

4. Best Proposal Lines in Hindi

5. Funny Proposal Lines

6. Unique Proposal Quotes and Lines

7. Heart-touching Love Proposal Quotes

8. Romantic Proposal Shayari in English

Here are some of the best proposal lines for him and her that you must use for the big day and mark the beginning of your ever-after together.

Best Proposal Lines and Quotes

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Read these romantic proposal lines and see the smile it brings to your partner's face! These lovely proposal pick-up lines and quotes for the love of your life will make proposing on the big day a cakewalk. Don't believe us? Try one of these for yourself, and let the magic of love unfold!

1. "I found the reason for my smile the day I found you. Will you let me be the reason for your smile? Will you be my forever?"

2. "With you, my life becomes whole, and with you, my days become bright. In your hands, I would love to lay this night and for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?"

3. "You deserve the world and all the good things it has to offer. If I fail to find that world for you, I promise to give you mine! Will you marry me?"

4. "You are my North, my South, my East and West, the sun of my morning and the night of my day! You are my everything. Can I be yours?"

5. "I would love for you to grow old with me! The best is yet to be, and it begins from the moment you say yes."

6. "I love the feeling and the butterflies I get when I see you smiling. I would love to smile for the rest of my life with you."

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7. "I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow." —Leo Christopher

8. "I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." —J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Fellowship of the Ring

9. "Only you; you’re the only thing I’ll see forever. In my eyes, in my words, and in everything I do, your sight is the only sight that will ever bring me peace."

10. "Because every long lost road led me to where you are; others who broke my heart were like northern stars, guiding me on my way into your loving arms, this much I know is true. God bless the broken road that led me straight to you." - Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

11. "I love you just the way you are." - Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel

12. "Having you by my side is what completes me, makes me, and fulfills me. You complete me. So marry me and complete the circle with me!"

13. "In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine." —Maya Angelou

14. "I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on. Be mine through the thick and thin of life."

15. "Hold my hand tight, as I want to grow old with you from this day forth."

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Love Proposal Lines for Gf

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Looking for the best proposal lines for a girl? Of the many proposal lines and quotes for your crush available on the internet, which love proposal line for your gf will stand out and tug at her heartstrings? My tip is to personalise it. Does she have a favorite movie or soap opera and she is pining on some lovely and romantic proposal lines by the protagonist, or does your girlfriend love poetry or a specific novel and never get enough of those words? Choose something that she can relate to, or write a heartfelt proposal quote that connects with your story.

16. "I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world without you." - Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien 

17. "You taught me the real meaning of love. One look at your face sets my world straight!"

18. "You’re the only thing that exists in my world. Everything I do is just to see a smile on your face."

19. "I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

20. "You bring out the best in me. Give me a chance to be the luckiest man alive."

21. "Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be." - Robert Browning

22. "'Cause when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. Cause girl, you're amazing, just the way you are!" - Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

23. "Well, I found a woman stronger than anyone I know. She shares my dreams, and I hope that someday I'll share her home. I found love—to carry more than just my secrets; to carry love; to carry children of our own. We are still kids, but we're so in love. Fighting against all odds, I know we'll be alright this time. Darling, just hold my hand. Be my girl. I'll be your man. I see my future in your eyes." - Perfect by Ed Sheeran

24. "I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day." - Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

25. "'Cause all of me loves all of you. I love your curves and all your edges—all your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me, and I’ll give my all to you. You’re my end and my beginning. Even when I lose, I’m  winning." - All Of Me by Charlie Puth

26. "It's always better when we're together. Yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together. Well, it's always better when we're together." - Better Together by Jack Johnson

27. "I'll be your dream; I'll be your wish; I'll be your fantasy. I'll be your hope, I'll be your love, and I'll be everything that you need. I love you more with every breath. Truly, deeply, I will be strong. I will be faithful because I'm counting on a new beginning. A reason for living. A deeper meaning." - Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Green

28. "I'm so in love with you. Whatever you want to do is all right with me, 'cause you make me feel so brand new, and all I want in life is to spend my life with you." - Let's Stay Together by Al Green

29. "I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky, and I swear like the shadow that's by your side. I see the questions in your eyes; I know what's weighing on your mind, and you can be sure I know my heart." - I Swear by Boyz II Men

30. "'Cause I'll stand beside you through the years. You'll only cry those happy tears, and though I make mistakes, I'll never break your heart." - I Swear by All-4-One

31. "My arms are reaching out, out across this canyon. I'm asking you to be my true companion." - True Companion by Marc Cohn

32. "When I get older and lose my hair, many years from now, will you still be sending me a Valentine's, birthday greetings, and a bottle of wine? You'll be older too, and if you say the word, I could stay with you." - The Beatles

33. "Before I met you, I never knew what it was like to smile for no reason. Now that you're here, I think my entire life will fall into place."

34. "For it is plain as anyone can see, we're simply meant to be." - Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

35. "You are my today and all of my tomorrows." - Leo Christopher

36. "From the day I met you, I knew I would love you for years to come and beyond! No wonder they call us a match made in heaven. I love you, and I can't wait to marry you. Will you accept my proposal?"

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Best Proposal Lines for Bf

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Most of you probably already have a list of cute proposal lines for him. Girls are quite romantic and good at putting the most heartfelt proposal pick-up lines for him together. If you are looking for more inspiration to curate the best proposal lines for your bf, find our favorite romantic lines below and make his day.

36. "I love you always and forever, near and far, closer together. Everywhere I will be with you, everything I will do for you." - I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis

37. "So, don't you dare and try to walk away. I've got my heart set on our wedding day. I made my decision that it's you, alright." - I Choose You by Sara Bareilles

38. "Tell the world that we finally got it all right; I choose you, I will become yours, and you will become mine; I choose you."

39. "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

40. "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

41. "I am proposing you because I love you so, so much. I need to make you happy for me to even have a shot at being happy. Will you marry me?"

42. "I wrote your name in the sand but it washed away... I wrote your name in the clouds, but it blew away. I wrote your name in my heart, and there it will always stay."

43. "You are my best friend, my shoulder to lean on, the one person I know I can count on; you’re the love of my life; you’re my one and only; you’re my everything."

44. "I promise to hold your hand no matter what happens... Till death do us part. Will you marry me?"

45. "My love for you is like a circle—it has no beginning and will know of no end."

Best Proposal Lines in Hindi

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There is something so romantic and personal about proposal lines in Hindi; it's absolutely impossible for a romantic at heart to refuse a proposal in Hindi that sounds so pure. If you are a Bollywood fan and. romantic at heart, check out these Hindi proposal lines for your crush.

46. Tumhare ishq se bani hoon main. Pehle zinda thi. Ab jee rahi hoon main . - Aashiqui 2

47. Yaad rakhna ki duniya ke kisi kone mein koi khush hai, kyun ki tum khush ho . - Chalte Chalte

48. Itni shidaat se maine tumhe paane ki koshish ki hai, ki har zarre ne mujhe tumse milane ki saazish ki hai. - Om Shanti Om

49. Tum oxygen ho aur main double hydrogen...hamari chemistry ek dum pani ki tarah hai - Parineeti Chopra in Hasee toh Phasee

50. Mere dil, jigar, liver mein ho tum … waqt bewaqt aaye woh fever ho tum … ab toh meri life mein forever ho tum . - Saqib Saleem in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge

51. Mein paise ke liye kuch bhi karsakta hu, toh soch mei apne pyar ke liye kya kya karunga . - Shahid Kapoor in R Rajkumar

52. Main tujhe bahut bahut bahut love karoonga aur tujhse dher sara love loonga … bol degi love? - Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat

53. Mujhe chahiye ek aisi ladki , jisse dekhte hi dil ki har aarzoo, saare khwaab , saare rang zinda ho jaaye, abhi aisa hua nahi, lekin ab lagta hai jaise koi andekha anjaana chehra baadalon mein se pukaar raha hain. Pata nahi ye baadal kab hattenge, aur kab woh pukaarne waali saamne aayegi. Par ab lagta hai wo aagayi hai! Tum! - Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

54. Mujhe yakeen hai ki mein sirf isliye janma hoon….ki tumse pyar kar sakun….tum sirf isliye, ki ek din meri ban jao. - Dil Chahta Hai

55. Agar tum mujhe yun hi dekhte rahoge … to mujhe tumse pyar ho jayega firse. - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

56. Aap hume bhool jao hume koi gham nahi…Jis dhin humne aapko bhula diya samajh lijiyega is duniya main hum nahi . - Teri Meri Kahani (2012)

Funny Proposal Lines

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If humor is your style of brewing romance between you and your partner, then we have some witty and funny proposal lines and quotes for you right here to keep it relatable to your personality.

57. "You're the only one I want to annoy for the rest of my life." - Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

58. "I promise to look at you more than I look at my phone. Will you marry me?"

59. "I might not be the perfect husband, but I will do the dishes. I can also help with cleaning the house if you promise to make me delicious food forever." 

60. "Baby, I know you are high maintenance, but it's ok because I like maintaining you. If you allow, I would like to maintain you all my life. Will you marry me?"

61. "You are my lobster." 

62. "I promise not to keep score in our arguments, even though I'm totally winning. Marry me?" 

Unique Proposal Quotes and Lines

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If your love story is unique and had survived the test of time, your proposal should be as unique and beautiful. Make this a one-of-a-kind experience for your partner to remember and cherish by adding these beautiful and unique proposal lines and quotes to your special day. 

63. "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - When Harry Met Sally

64. "I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it." - Seth in City of Angels 

65. "It's only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. I am only here tonight because of you. You are all I am. You are all of my reasons." - Russel Crowe in A Beautiful Mind

66. "It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is make my way here to you." - Graeme Simison

67. "We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden. let's get together forever."

68. “I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I was ever going to have to do, but when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it is. I love you. Any surprise that comes along the way is OK because I will always love you.”

69. "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it. And, I feel it every time I am with you." - Nicholas Sparks in A Walk to Remember

70. "It's gonna be love, it's gonna be great. It's gonna be more than I can take. It's gonna be free, it's gonna be real. It's gonna change everything. I feel It's gonna be sad, it's gonna be true. It's gonna be me, baby, it's gonna be you, baby. It's gonna be...It's gonna be love." - Mandy Moore song

71. "When I look into your eyes, I know I won't let go unless you do. When I look into your eyes you made me want to hope for better days to come. When I look into your eyes I realize I want to belong to you all my life."

72. "I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed." - A.S Byatt in Possession

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If the love of your life is a die-hard romantic or loves literature, these heart touching love proposal quotes will be the perfect list to choose from. We are drawing inspiration from classic movies to bring you proposal lines that are some of the most famous love quotes of all times. Choose the perfect lines for him or her from our curated list of romantic proposal quotes and make it a memorable evening. 

73. "We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright." - Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast

74. "Is love this misguided need to have you beside me most of the time? Is love this safety I feel in our silences? Is it this belonging, this completeness?" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Half of a Yellow Sun

75. "You are sunlight through a window, which I stand in, warmed. My darling." - Jessie Burton in The Miniaturist

76. "It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

77. "...but I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know in my heart that you are the only one for me." - Richard Gere in Runaway Bride

78. "You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love...I love...I love you. And I never wish to be parted from you, from this day on." - Mr Darcy in  Pride & Prejudice

79. "I love you so...so much. I need to make you happy, for me to even have a shot at being happy. Will. You. Marry. Me?" - Ben Affleck in  He's Just Not That Into You

80. "It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you." - Graeme Simison 

81. "Can I keep you and never let you go? Can I hold your hand and hug you tight? Can I tell the world how lucky I am to have you in my life? Or simply, can you be mine for the rest of my life?"

82. "My heart doesn't work right without you."

83. "We’ll hang out like best friends, make love like soul mates, fight like enemies, stay together like a family. Will you marry me?"

84. "I knew you were my forever when your happiness became more important than mine. Marry me, will you?"

85. "I’m asking you to marry me, not only because I know that we’re made for each other, but more importantly because I know that I cannot live a single day of my life without you being by my side. Will you marry me?"

86. "The biggest problem in my life is that I have only one lifetime to be with you… will you be mine forever?"

87. "I knew you were the one for me the moment I realized that my happiness lay in your smiles, not mine. Will you marry me?"

88. "I can’t promise everything will be perfect. But I promise we’ll make it work, no matter how hard it gets. Be mine forever, will you?"

89. "I knew we were made for each other when I realized that even doing NOTHING with you meant EVERYTHING to me. Will you marry me?"

90. "Ever since the day we met, I’ve felt a sense of happiness in my life like never before. Will you marry me and make me the happiest man ever?"

91. "I want to be there for you when you’re down. I want to share life’s happiest moments with you. I want to pamper you whenever I can. I want to help you achieve your dreams. I want you to support me. I want to hold you close now and forever. Will you marry me?"

92. "Everything I’ve done has led me to you… and everything I haven’t done in life yet, I want to do with you. Will you marry me?"

93. "There are many ways to be happy in life. But I only know one person in the whole universe whom I’d want to share my happiness with…. That’s you! Will you marry me?"

94. "In life, a lot of people will hold your hand. But no one will hold your heart the way I do. Will you marry me?"

95. "I don't really know what I'm supposed to do if you say "no," so could you save us both the trouble and say yes?"

96. "I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once-in-a-lifetime love. Marry me?" 

Romantic Proposal Shayari in English

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The word 'shayari'  in Urdu, which translates to 'poetry in English, has the power to melt the hearts of your loved ones because of the depth and emotional connection it creates. If you are looking for romantic proposal shayari or poetry of not more than 2-4 lines, find some of our favorite excerpts and best proposal lines in Hindi to impress a girl, from famous Hindi and Urdu poets or from movies, here:

97. Gar baazi ishq ki baazi hai, jo chahe laga do darr kaise. Gar jeet gaye to kya kehna, haare bhi to baazi maat nahi . - Faiz Ahmad Faiz. 

98. Mushkil bhi tum ho, hal bhi tum hi. Hoti hai jo dil me, wo hulchul bhi tum ho . - Gulzar

99. Kuch to socha hoga kismat ne tere mere baare me, warna itni badi duniya mein, tumse hi mohabbat kyu hoti? - Gulzar

100. Chahein jo tumhe pure dil se, milta hai wo mushkil se. Aise jo koi kahi hai, bas wahi sabse haseen hai. - Javed Akhtar 

101. Pure duniya ke jazbaat ek taraf, tujhse wo pehli mulaqaat ek taraf. - Gulzar

102. Ye zulf agar khul ke bikhar jaaye to acha. Is raat ki taqdeer sawar jaaye to acha? Jis tarah se thodi si tere sath kaati hai, baaki bhi isi tarah guzar jaaye to acha. - Sahil Ludhianvi 

103. Aisi uljhi nazar unse hat ni hai. Daant se reshmi dor kat ti nahi. Umra kabki baras ke safaid hogayi. Kaali badri jawaani ki chattti nahi. - Gulzar 

104. Tum husn ki khud ek duniya ho. Shayad ye tumhe maloom nahi, mehfil me tumhaare aane se, har cheez pe noor aajata hai . - Sahil Ludhianvi 

These proposal lines are some of our favorites from the lot. A few were curated from the heart, some from our favorite playlist of songs, and some romantic dialogues we all grew up hearing from epic movies. These are the best proposal lines to propose to a girl or boy who deserves nothing less than a grand revelation of your love for them. Include these in your wedding proposal videos , as you surprise him/her with a ring and some champagne to put a head start on your forever after. In a quaint location that is apt for a proposal, with your wedding photographer in the background and some creative ways of popping the question  you're good to go! 

Which of these proposal lines did you love best? Tell us through the comments 

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Season 2 of Amy Schumer's 'Life & Beth' kicks off with marriage proposal

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NEW YORK -- "Life & Beth" was created by Amy Schumer who drew on her own life experiences to give a portrait of a woman looking for more out of life.

The comedy series on Hulu was inspired by Schumer's real journey toward love and marriage, and season two kicks off with a marriage proposal.

Is 9 a.m. in the morning a good time for a marriage proposal? It was OK for Schumer in real life, and her character takes it in stride in the new season.

The very low-key proposal and an over-the-top wedding makeover get season two off to a fast start.

"We love subverting expectations on our show and showing things a little more realistic, a little bit less how we've seen them in movies," says Schumer. "Like anytime, my first instinct would be to write something sort of as I've seen it before, and then you try to get away from that."

Schumer mines her own life for laughs and tears. The inspiration for this season lies in her own marriage to Chris Fischer, with Michael Cera playing a character based on him.

"I feel a strong emotional connection to kind of what's driving him. I think that's kind of down to how beautifully personal the writing is and how close it feels," Cera said.

Close is a good word to describe the rapport between the two.

"Some of my favorite moments in this season, season two, were moments that just happened very spontaneously with me and Amy and they're really some of my favorite moments in the show and they're totally unexpected," Cera said.

There's a special treat in store in the middle of episode one of the new season for fans of the late Jimmy Buffett. The legendary performer got his start as a street musician in New Orleans, and that's how he appears in a cameo shot before his death.

Schumer said she called Buffett, he said yes, and the result is a brief, but very sweet tribute to him.

All 10 new episodes of "Life and Beth" are streaming now on Hulu, which is owned by the same parent company as this station.

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What to Say When Proposing to Your Partner Before Popping the Big Question

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Sure, getting down on one knee while holding an engagement ring box sort of says it all. But the moment you get engaged should be an unforgettable one, and planning what to say when proposing can make all the difference. It's worth your time to have some eloquent words prepared for your proposal speech, especially if you're anticipating butterflies when the moment finally arrives. But how do you wrap up all of your feelings and vocalize them to the love of your life? We've outlined exactly what to say when you propose, along with ways that you can personalize your proposal script so that it's a sweet reflection of your relationship so far. Follow these tips to figure out how to express yourself leading up to the all-important question.

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Here's your marriage proposal script.

It's obvious that you need to ask the question, "Will you marry me?" at some point, but your proposal speech should also include plenty of personalization and memories from your relationship so far. Here are a few examples of what to say in a proposal to make your partner swoon.

Speak from the heart.

First and foremost, let yourself be emotional and authentic when you deliver your proposal speech. Sure, you may be a bit nervous, but exposing that vulnerable side will make this a very special (and real) moment for both of you. It's important to run through a few sentences in your head, but you don't want to sound like you're delivering a rehearsed speech when you're asking the love of your life to marry you. Write down a rough draft—stick to bullet points or brief sentences—so you can easily remember what you want to say when proposing. You could open with something heartfelt and direct, such as "[insert name], I love you," or "[insert name], you are my soulmate. I love so many things about you."

Don't worry about memorizing your proposal speech word for word. If you speak from the heart and let your emotions guide you, it's sure to be perfect no matter what.

Reflect on the past.

When you're thinking about what to say when proposing, you can also reflect on the start of your relationship and all of the milestones that led you to this special moment. Answer these two questions and you're sure to find a few meaningful nuggets to really personalize your prose.

What did you think when you first met?

Reminisce about the first time you laid eyes on them or the first conversation you had. Talk about how you were awestruck by their eyes, or amazed to find someone who shared your passion for the same sports team, or how you just knew that someone seriously special had entered your life. Say something like, "When I first talked to you at [blank], I thought [blank]."

Of course, if your first meeting was less than romantic (you were hitting on their best friend while they spilled pinot noir on you, for example), you won't want to bring it up—unless the two of you already joke about it. But if you're still deciding what to say when you propose, reflecting on something about the early stages of your relationship is a sentimental way to bring things full circle.

When did you realize that you might want to spend the rest of your life with them?

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Try to identify one specific moment when it hit you that you'd found the one . Was it when the four-star restaurant lost your reservation and they cheerfully suggested you head across the street for pizza and beer instead? The time they came over when you were sick in bed with the flu and watched a kung fu movie marathon with you? In your proposal speech, say something like: "The time you [blank], I knew we were meant to be." Touching on some of the little moments you've shared is a cute reminder of all the ways your relationship has evolved.

Describe how they make you feel.

Focus on how much better your life is now that they're in it. What do you have now that you didn't before you met? Have they helped you laugh off little things that used to stress you out? Taught you the value of having more in the fridge than take-out cartons? Show how much you appreciate and want your partner in your life by including those details in your proposal speech. Start by saying: "Before I met you, I was [blank]. Now I am [blank]" to show them just how wonderfully they've impacted your life.

Explain why you love them.

What is it about your significant other that inspires you and makes you want to be more like them? Their patience and kindness to others? Their sense of adventure? The value they place on making the world a better place? The reasons you love and admire your partner are thoughtful things to say when proposing, so be sure to highlight those details in your speech to make it known that you can't wait to get married. Say something like, "I love and respect your [blank], and it makes me want to try harder to be that way myself."

Talk about your shared values and future together.

Talk about the things that are important to both of you. Sharing the same values and goals will emphasize why you're a perfect match and why you should spend your futures side by side. It's these shared values that will help get you through the ups, downs and middle grounds of married life (not to mention planning a wedding , which takes a lot of teamwork).

Touch on some of the plans you've discussed about your future to drive home the point that you make a great pair. Say something like, "We both love [blank] and dream of [blank], so together we can [blank]." It's the perfect lead-in to the words they've been waiting to hear (drumroll, please): "And those are just a few of the reasons I'm hoping you'll spend the rest of your life with me. Will you marry me?"

Remember to actually ask the question, "Will you marry me?"

Don't put too much pressure on yourself trying to figure out what to say when proposing. If at any point you feel overwhelmed or forget a few of the things you'd planned to say, fear not. Pause to enjoy the moment, take a deep breath and say the four most important words of all: "Will you marry me?" After all, you don't want to try to say so much that you get lost in the moment and forget to officially ask your partner to marry you. If you're proposing with an engagement ring, be ready to place it on their left ring finger (cue the happy tears).

Now that we've outlined what to say when you propose, let's string everything together to give you an idea of how it all flows. Here's a proposal speech example to follow.

(P.S.: If you're thinking about capturing the moment on camera, hire a professional proposal photographer to make sure you don't miss a beat.)

"[insert name], I love you.

When I first met you, I thought [blank].

The time you [blank], I knew we were meant to be.

You make me feel [blank] and I'm so grateful for [blank].

I love and respect [blank] about you, and [blank] makes me so excited for our future.

Together we [blank] and I'm ready for [blank].

And those are just a few of the reasons I'm hoping you'll spend the rest of your life with me. Will you marry me?"

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Usher Reveals That He Proposed to TLC's Chilli and Their Split 'Broke My Heart': 'Really Did Love That Girl' (Exclusive) 

The Super Bowl halftime headliner gets candid about his past love life in this week's PEOPLE cover story

Janine Rubenstein is Editor-at-Large at PEOPLE and host of PEOPLE Every Day podcast, a daily dose of breaking news, pop culture and heartwarming human interest stories. Formerly Senior Editor of music content, she's also covered crime, human interest and television news throughout her many years with the brand. Prior to PEOPLE she's written for Essence, The Cape Times newspaper and Los Angeles Magazine among others. On-screen Rubenstein can be found featured on shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight and she routinely hosts PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's star-studded Red Carpet Live specials. Follow the San Francisco native, Black Barbie collector and proud mom of two on Instagram and Twitter @janinerube

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Once a match made in R&B and hip-hop heaven, Usher and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas just weren't meant to be.

Usher, 45, digs deep into his ex-files in this week's PEOPLE cover story, opening up about his past and the deep love he once shared with fellow music star Chilli, whom he dated from 2001 to 2004.

To kick off his dream of becoming a star, Usher moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, where he released his debut LP at 15 and his first hit album, My Way , at 18. The seductive persona he portrayed on that album wasn’t just a marketing creation: “I was always charming the older ladies,” he says.

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So it was when he met Chilli, who was seven years his senior, in 2001. “If I am to be honest, I was her No. 1 fan, and she was my superstar,” he says, nodding to the lyrics of “Superstar” on Confessions , his blockbuster 2004 album that was on heavy rotation amid the aftermath of their highly publicized relationship.

“At the age of 8, I put her poster on my wall and said, ‘Man that girl is so beautiful. One day I’m going to meet her.’ ” But their fan-beloved relationship didn’t work out, and he and Chilli, now 52, split in late 2004.

“I was a young man, and she had very specific rules that didn’t work for me,” he says. "We were missing each other. I really did want to have a different type of relationship where she was there with me, and she couldn't be. She didn't believe that I was actually in love with her as much as I was."

Even so, he says, “I wanted to marry her. I proposed and she told me no. I went through a great deal of pain after that, not trusting women or wanting to open up.” He admits, “I hurt her too,” but the situation “broke my heart.” 

Chilli previously told PEOPLE of their relationship, "It looked great, but in real life ... he knew he had to be a certain way with me and he couldn't." Still she said their relationship remained off-and-on for years following their split and would pick up when they weren't in other relationships.

Usher, however, says that for him, things ended at the time of their breakup. "We were cool with each other, but I was very careful with that," he says. "I really did love that girl, and I was like, I don't want to play with you. Like, 'I can't give you what I gave you. I did everything that I thought you would've wanted me to do, but I guess my good wasn't great enough.'"

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Both are now happily coupled up: Chilli is dating actor Matthew Lawrence , while Usher just tied the knot this past weekend in a surprise wedding to longtime girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea just after his show-stopping Super Bowl halftime performance in Las Vegas.

These days, "I'm not hurt over that at all," he says of him and Chilli not working out. "We've since become cool with each other, celebrate each other and it's always light when we see each other."

For more on Usher's ups and downs in the spotlight and happy life now, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.

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Engagements are set to rise in 2024, experts say. Here's what's driving people to tie the knot.

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February 14, 2024 / 12:46 PM EST / CBS News

With love and romance taking center stage on Valentine's Day, many couples find themselves pondering the ultimate commitment. Experts forecast a surge in engagements, declaring 2024 the year of the proposal.

Jewelry titan Signet anticipates a record-breaking 2.5 million couples are set to get engaged this year, marking a notable increase from previous years. This uptick in engagements is being attributed to the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic , which temporarily put social interactions on hold.

"So in 2020, the world shut down, right?" said Sarah Schreiber, who helps lead Brides, an online publication. "Singles could not get together. The singles were not mingling. When those pandemic restrictions lifted, everybody came out, the dating seemed blossomed again. Relationships boomed. Consider the fact, the average American couple takes about three years to get engaged. Everybody is getting ready to take that next step."

Schreiber also said social media helped transform proposals into grand, public spectacles, making engagements "blown out and big."

Sara Due, a fourth-grade teacher, was proposed to at a Milwaukee Bucks basketball game two months ago. She said her wedding is already planned, with the exception of minor details — like shopping for a veil.

Meanwhile, Keisha Wilson has seven months to go before her big day. Wilson and her friends are shopping for bridesmaid dresses in Manhattan.

"It's exciting," Wilson said. "It's my first and only wedding."

Businesses like Bella Bridesmaids are feeling the impact too, with a significant increase in demand for wedding attire. Owner Erin Wolf reports a 30% business uptick in January alone, compared to last year, as they scramble to accommodate the flood of bookings. Wolf said they are booked at least two to three weeks in advance on weekends.

"We are just really shaping up to have one of our best seasons yet," Wolf said.

As the year rolls along, Schreiber said couples should be swift and flexible in their wedding planning, since wedding venues will be filled quicker in the upcoming months.

"Couples getting engaged in 2024 need to act faster, and they really need to be flexible with their planning," she said.


Meg Oliver is a correspondent for CBS News based in New York City.

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When qualified pilot Jonathan Wilhite made a New Year's resolution to take his girlfriend Lexi flying, she had no idea what he had in store.

Jonathan had made the pledge a year earlier but hadn't got around to making good on his promise. Or so Lexi thought. In fact, it was all part of a cunning plan to surprise her.

Eventually, on short notice, Lexi climbed aboard her boyfriend's small plane in Lakeland, Florida, for a joyride. Jonathan flew them over several local sites, including Disney World. However, when he suddenly began a descent, Lexi was a little concerned until he pointed out a group of people holding cards standing near the Winter Haven Regional Airport runway.

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Fresh off a Las Vegas wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea, over Super Bowl Weekend, Usher is opening up about one of his first true loves in a new People magazine cover story. The singer, 45, spoke to the magazine about his intense romance with TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, whom the “Yeah!” singer met when he moved to Atlanta from his home in Chattanooga, TN as a teenager.

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“[I] said, ‘Man that girl is so beautiful. One day I’m going to meet her,'” he recalled saying at the time. And though meeting the woman of his dreams and beginning a relationship with her was magical, Usher said the affair ultimately fizzled because of differing priorities. “I was a young man, and she had very specific rules that didn’t work for me,” he told People of the singer who starred in the videos for Usher’s hits “U Remind Me,” “U Got it Bad” and “U Don’t Have to Call.”

“We were missing each other. I really did want to have a different type of relationship where she was there with me, and she couldn’t be,” said Usher, who wowed the crowd at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas during Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII halftime show . “She didn’t believe that I was actually in love with her as much as I was.”

Despite the difficulties, Usher said his plan to marry Chilli went sideways. “I proposed and she told me no. I went through a great deal of pain after that, not trusting women or wanting to open up,” Usher said. “I hurt her too,” he added, noting that the split also “broke my heart.” 

Usher, now married for a third time, and Chilli — who began dating actor Matthew Lawrence in 2022 — reportedly remained friendly after their split; Chilli previously told People that they were on-and-off for years after the break-up, reconnecting when they weren’t dating other people. But Usher told the mag that when it ended, he was done for good.

Usher dropped his new album, Coming Home , last week.  The 20-track collection boasts guest spots from BTS’ Jung Kook, Burna Boy, H.E.R. and more, and is expected to compete  with Kanye West’s  Vultures  for the top spot on the  Billboard 200  next week.

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    Propose During an Important Life Milestone. A great marriage proposal idea is to propose an important milestone in your relationship. This can include graduation, buying a house together, starting a family, or even getting a new job. By waiting for this milestone, you're also making your proposal more memorable.

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    50. Have her friends and family propose 'for you' using handmade signs Gather the people she loves in one place: your house, her parents' house, a public location, etc.

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    1. The literary proposal Are you good with words? If yes, then write a letter to your fiancé, which is one of the best ways to propose. Go to the crafts store to select a beautiful piece of paper—they will have handmade, high-quality paper made of linen or other stock.

  11. Best Marriage Proposal Speech Ideas to Help Pop the Question

    1. The "How I Knew" Marriage Proposal Speech Giving your proposal a personal touch can make it even more meaningful—it's pretty much a must. The easiest way to make your marriage proposal speech personal is to recall the moment you knew that your beloved was not just another fling, but "the one." Tell the story of that experience.

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    1. Hire a Chef at Home One of the most romantic ways to propose is over an amazing meal. But instead of dining out at a favorite restaurant, make your proposal more memorable with a date night dinner at your place—complete with a hired chef. Set the stage by sending your partner a photo of the menu before their arrival.

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    Blair and SethEngaged April 3, 2020. For months, Seth Owen planned a carriage ride proposal with his girlfriend of one-and-a-half years, Blair Palmer. He was going to fly in friends and family for the big event, and it all fell apart in an instant due to COVID-19. That's when he turned to Plan B.

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    A helicopter and a fake photo shoot. Kornelius Bascombe, a television producer in Los Angeles, planned his proposal for months. His girlfriend, model Rachel Jordan, thought they were going up to the rooftop of a bank for a photo shoot. Little did she know it was actually a marriage proposal.

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    Updated Jul 13, 2023 Sure, getting down on one knee while holding an engagement ring box sort of says it all. But the moment you get engaged should be an unforgettable one, and planning what to say when proposing can make all the difference.

  23. Usher Reveals He Once Proposed to TLC's Chilli (Exclusive)

    Usher, 45, digs deep into his ex-files in this week's PEOPLE cover story, opening up about his past and the deep love he once shared with fellow music star Chilli, whom he dated from 2001 to 2004.

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    Hospitals don't exactly scream romance. But for some healthcare couples, hospital settings and medical themes are the perfect way to ask, "Will you marry me?"

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    Usher Said He Went Through a 'Great Deal of Pain' After TLC's Chilli Turned Down His Marriage Proposal. The couple dated from 2001 to 2004.