by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
The moment of a marriage proposal is one a couple will remember all their lives, no matter where their life’s journey together takes them. Some couples prefer a flashy, flamboyant proposal, while others may dream of popping the question as a public surprise or even sharing the moment with family members. A classic, romantic proposal is still the most popular option, however, and can be an endearing way for a couple to first pledge their desire to unite and begin their life together.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
Explore Elements of a Romantic Proposal
A proposal is much more than just a simple question, and a romantic proposal needs care and thoughtfulness to really show love and commitment. To make a proposal romantic, there must be…
• Proper Planning
A last-minute, no-thought proposal may seem romantic, but there is too
much that could go wrong to leave this important moment to chance.
No proposal can be romantic in a crowd of indifferent strangers, or worse, among people who might interfere with the question with photobombs, jeers, or other actions.
There are many ways to make a marriage proposal significant, from a good
location to the best words to an important date. A significant proposal will be more romantic.
• Good Timing
Don’t rush the most important question you’ll ever ask or answer. Good timing and making sure the moment is right is the essence of romance.
• The Right Words
From the classic “will you marry me” to more elaborate speeches, poems,
songs, or discussions, having the right words is critical for this most romantic question.
• The Ring
The engagement ring is the focal point for the marriage proposal. Choose the ring with great care and thoughtfulness, and it will shine long past the critical question.
The idea of romance varies for everyone, but ensuring that a marriage proposal includes these critical elements will ensure romance no matter what a couple’s individual preferences may be.
10 Best Romantic Marriage Proposal Ideas
There are many ways to create a romantic marriage proposal, and with a bit of creativity and thoughtfulness, any proposal can become the ultimate romantic moment. Consider…
1. An Intimate Meal
The classic romantic dinner is a popular proposal option, whether it is at a favorite restaurant or with a home-cooked dinner for two. A picnic can be another romantic option, or a proposal could accompany a sweet breakfast in bed.
2. Under the Stars
A bit of sparkle in the sky will match the sparkle of the ring and the sparkle in lovers’ eyes for a romantic moment. If the proposal can’t be made at night, consider a customized proposal at a planetarium, or even proposing under glow-in-the-dark stars.
3. An Amazing View
Give the proposal a stunning backdrop by asking this important question where the view is spectacular. This could be with a beautiful sunrise or sunset, amidst a botanical garden, on rooftop, at the end of a scenic hike, or anywhere the view is phenomenal.
The words of a proposal can make all the difference for a romantic moment. Use a favorite poem, write your own, commission a personalized poem from a local writer, or even use a love song to get those words right.
5. A Photo Booth
A photo booth may seem more cheesy than romantic, but proposing as the camera clicks is a sweet way to capture the moment. Another option is to hire a photographer to wait at the proposal site for impromptu snaps to catch both the question and answer.
6. A Dream Destination
Consider a weekend getaway to make the proposal more special, choosing a romantic resort, bed-and-breakfast, spa hotel, all-inclusive resort, or any place you and that special someone have dreamed to go to make the proposal part of that dream come true.
7. Walking Down Memory Lane
Connecting the marriage proposal to a location that is already a part of your relationship is a great way to add romantic continuity to the milestones you share. Consider proposing at the site of your first kiss, first date, or where you first met.
8. Creating a Treasure Hunt
A whimsical yet romantic proposal could be a scavenger hunt, with each clue invoking romantic moments, questions, and locations that lead to the ultimate treasure, the ring and the question at the end.
9. Sweet Treats
For that special someone with a sweet tooth, a proposal featuring decadent delights can be very romantic. Put the ring box inside a box of chocolates, write the question in icing on a cake or around a dessert plate, or get a diamond-shaped cookie for a delicious option.
10. At the Wedding Location
If you have already discussed wedding locations with that special someone, popping the question at that same location can bring extra significance to the proposal and connect two very romantic moments even more closely.
No matter where or how you plan the most romantic proposal, the key is to know your partner well and make the moment romantic and memorable for their preferences. A thoughtful, sincere proposal will always be a romantic one.
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