Asking someone to marry you is probably the most important question you will ever ask – and the most nerve-wracking. You want it to be the perfect proposal that matches your loved one’s expectations, while also giving them a wonderful and unexpected surprise.
We’re here to help. Read on for our top 10 romantic proposal ideas to assist in your quest for the very best way to pop the question.
1. Holiday proposal
Holiday proposals are popular, unsurprisingly. You’ve usually got a backdrop of gorgeous scenery, a relaxed atmosphere, maybe some exotic cocktails – so getting down on one knee on holiday is a truly romantic way to propose. Plus, it then offers a great excuse for a return visit. We suggest that you book a trip to somewhere on both of your bucket lists. Perhaps a secluded beach holiday, so you can propose at sunset against the lapping waves – or, if you’re more outdoorsy, a hiking holiday so that you can propose on a mountain top. Alicia J favourite locations include Capri, the Greek islands, and Krakow in winter – a beautiful fairytale-like city in the snow. Wherever you choose, make sure you’re clued up on your partner’s favourite location (not just yours) so you can make the proposal as perfect as possible.
Alicia J top tip: Try to outsource as much as you can to your hotel before you get there. Hotel concierges can help figure out all the details including location, activities and even capturing the moment by hiring professional photographers. That way, when you arrive, there are elements already planned and arranged, leaving you more time to relax with your partner.
2. At home proposal
Maybe you’re thinking about getting down on one knee, but aren’t someone who likes public attention. A home proposal is a great option for an intimate environment that will still give your partner the amazing story they deserve. You can be as creative as you like at home, whether that’s spelling the question out with a sign, or by calling on the help of your children or loveable pets with clever tokens to assist in asking the question. We say, make an effort in some way – with a special meal, or Champagne, and some sort of memorable gesture. A home proposal also allows you and your partner to enjoy your special moment for a while before letting the world know your exciting news.
3. Recreate your first date
If your first date was memorably romantic and exciting, why not recreate the setting to pop the big question? We say harness that lovely nostalgia by rekindling beautiful memories of when you first got to know each other. That way, you’ll create a significant new memory around the setting, too. This proposal idea will be truly unique to you both. It’s a good romantic starting point as you’ll be able to reminisce over your happy relationship and how much you have grown together as a couple.
4. Fake photo proposal
Ever wondered how some couples take amazing proposal photos just at the right time? A fake photo proposal can get you just that. Head to a scenic spot or simply somewhere special to you and your partner. Ask someone to take a photo of you both, but instead of posing for the camera, pull out a ring and get down on one knee; your partner’s reaction will then be captured forever. Sneaky, but in a romantic way!
5. New Year's Eve proposal
New Year’s Eve is a celebration of love, hope and fresh starts, and we can’t think of a better evening to ask the person you love to spend the rest of their life with you. You could wait until the bells ring out at midnight to propose to your loved one, or create a photo album and fill it with the memories you’ve created together over the years. You could even incorporate your Christmas tree with your very own personalised bauble – or give a gift that’s actually an engagement ring. There are hundreds of romantic proposal possibilities at this time of year.
6. Get friends and family involved
Proposing with all your friends and family around you can be a great way to include everyone you love in your engagement celebration. It’s also a perfect preview of the excitement you’ll experience on your wedding day. We love the idea that you can surprise your loved one more than once in just a matter of seconds. For example, you could propose in a private, intimate atmosphere, then, after they’ve said ‘yes!’, have family and friends ready with Champagne and flowers nearby to continue the celebrations. If you both have a close relationship with family and friends, this can take your proposal to the next level.
7. Scrapbook proposal
If you and your partner have had years of amazing memories and life events together, a personalised scrapbook is the perfect way to encapsulate all those special moments, which got you to where you are now. Fill the book with photos, tickets from events, and any keepsakes from dates and daytrips. The last page can read ‘Will you marry me?’ A lovely bonus idea is to have a blank page or two to the story book, ready to add photos after the proposal.
8. Foodie proposal
They say that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. If you and your partner’s shared love is all about food, then go for a foodie proposal. A private cooking course is a unique proposal idea, also giving you both a chance to do something interesting and new. Or get creative and spell it out on a custom-made cake. Our advice, though, is to not actually put the ring in the food as this could be a literal recipe for disaster if your partner doesn’t see and takes a big bite!
9. Scavenger hunt proposal
If you want to be creative, and your partner relishes a challenge, a scavenger hunt might just be for you. Use your relationship in-jokes to build a treasure hunt by scattering clues that lead to a new location until it finally leads your partner to the ring. To make things extra special, ask for the help of family friends in delivering clues.
Alicia J Top Tip: For a scavenger hunt proposal, make sure you plan first. The aim is to lead your partner on a guided tour of your relationship towards a very special goal. Try to ensure the clues are clever, but simple enough so it doesn’t leave your partner scratching their head in frustration, as this can dampen the experience.
10. Beach at sunset proposal
A trip to the beach, with the sand between your toes and the waves gently rolling on the shore, can be very romantic. A beach proposal is one your partner will picture for ever. Popping the question on the beach can be a little challenging. It’s just you and your partner, and you want to make it memorable. Be sure to do some planning beforehand. Maybe visit a few beaches first so you have a good spot in mind before the actual proposal. You could prepare a wonderful picnic, or perhaps take a short boat trip. If you’re looking for something different, plan to leave a message in a bottle, then invite your partner to pick up the bottle and pretend you’ve never seen it before. It’s a wonderful surprise that they’ll never see coming.