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7 Marriage Proposal Ideas You Should Know About

December 2020 | Mariam Norman

You've finally found your soulmate and you're ready to take that final step. Unfortunately, your nerves are getting the better of you, making it difficult for you to figure out how to propose to your beloved. Your perfect proposal is out there, you're just stumped at the moment. Well, we've got your back on this one. We have 7 marriage proposal ideas that you can tweak into making your own, ranging from the simple to the extravagant. One thing's for sure, whichever idea for proposal you choose, it's going to be one that both of you will remember forever.

Skywriting surprise

skywriting proposal

Declare your love for your partner with one of the most unique proposal ideas ever - declaring your love in the heavens. This wedding proposal isn't cheap, but it will definitely be memorable. Take your beloved to a place where she can easily see the open sky and have a skywriter spell out your proposal right above you. Once she sees the writing, get down on one knee and propose. If this sounds too cliche for you, you can tweak the idea a bit to make it more adventurous. You can arrange a hot air balloon ride, a helicopter ride, or even one in a small plane. While up in the air, show your partner the writing in the sky as if you were surprised to see it. As the words start to take shape, get the engagement ring ready and once everything has been spelled out, ask your question. For that extra oomph factor, have the pilot fly through the heart once he or she says yes.

A heart on the beach

proposal with a heart on the beach

If you're not a fan of writing your proposal in the sky, you can opt to write it in the sand. Write your proposal on your favorite beach, ask him/her to take a walk with you, and get down on one knee when he/she reads the message. If you want to up your game some more, arrange to fly over the beach on a helicopter and propose to your future life partner once he/she sees the writing in the sand.

City of her dreams

marriage proposal in the city of her dreams

One of the best ways to propose is to arrange a destination proposal - where you pick a faraway location to ask your question. And if you truly want to make this a memorable moment, you'll need to plan a romantic getaway for you two to the city of his/her dreams. Make sure to arrange an intimate setting where you can pop the question. For example, going to Paris and proposing on top of the Eiffel Tower. Or a visit to Venice where you can propose while riding a gondola.

Adorable picnic

picnic proposal

The best proposals don't have to be the most extravagant. Sometimes, a simple picnic will do. Pack all of your partner's favorite foods and a bottle of his/her favorite wine or champagne. And pick out a memorable place to have that picnic. That memorable place could be your favorite park or at the rooftop of your favorite building. Inside a city, there are numerous green spaces to choose from including indoor and outdoor gardens. Some of the sweetest proposals happen in those places. For those who love rustic charm, you might want to go out of the city to set up your picnic. Somewhere in the country maybe? Another option is to set up your picnic at the beach. Maybe build a sandcastle together or just enjoy a romantic sunset while enjoying delicious wine and cheese before you ask him/her to spend the rest of eternity with you.

A hike to the top

hiking proposal

If your guy or gal loves the great outdoors, why not invite him or her on a hiking trip up a mountain top? You can both get invigorated by the fresh air and, depending on where you go, take in some waterfalls, maybe some cute forest animals. Once you get to the summit, let him or she enjoy the beautiful view while you set up a romantic picnic. It'll be up to you to choose when to pop the question. Maybe you could camp overnight and propose with the sunset in the background or while the sun rises.

Of all the proposal ideas on this list, a dinner and a movie might sound too simple to be memorable. But with a few tweaks, it can easily become the perfect proposal. You can arrange for your waiter give your partner a menu with your written proposal. Or, ask the chef to write your proposal on a dessert plate using chocolate syrup. You can even choose to propose during the movie. You'll need to get in touch with the staff of the movie theater and ask if they can play your "proposal" before the actual movie. To make things even more special, you can invite family and friends to be there when you propose.

Rose petals

marriage proposal with rose petals

Rose petals are a classic way to set up the mood as well as declare your undying love. If you want a private proposal, you can create a trail of rose petals leading your beloved to an intimate dinner for two or to a romantic bath. You can also choose to set up your proposal at the beach with rose petals laid down in the sand in the shape of a heart. Then invite your love to a walk on the beach at sunset, stopping at the middle of the heart, getting down on one knee, grabbing that 14k diamond ring you prepared and popping that oh-so-important question.

Our wedding proposal ideas run from simple to extravagant. And they should help inspire you to set up one of your own. But our ideas are not the only choices for you out there. There are numerous other ways to propose that will delight your partner. All you really need to do is consider what would truly make your partner happy and you're gold. We're pretty sure that what makes him or her happy is you.

Mariam Norman
Mariam Norman is a former wedding planner, an experienced storyteller and a gemologist at Noray Designs. She is passionate about helping people explore all aspects of gemology and fashion industry.

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