Sometimes the best marriage proposals require going to great heights
Our recent post on modern marriage proposals was so popular that we decided to share an expanded list of ideas. Part two of our story includes scenarios in venues as diverse as photo shoots underwater to epic treks to the top of a mountain—and many locations in between.
Outdoor Proposal Ideas
Some of the best marriage proposals happen in places that are significant to your unique love story. For the adventurists among us, these places are usually in the great outdoors—or for city dwellers, somewhere in a park or suitably scenic location. Let the natural beauty of local or destination landscapes take your proposal plan to the next level.
Ask While at the Height of a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Love will quite literally be in the air when you're swept up in the beauty of the sky. Request a private hot air balloon ride (otherwise you could get grouped with people you don't know) and enjoy nature without breaking a sweat. (No hiking boots required!)
Propose at a Famous Location
While more than a few romantic comedies have featured proposals at the top of the Empire State Building, you don't need to go to New York to make a grand gesture. Almost every city has an iconic landmark or tall building with an observation deck, and there's nothing like a sweeping view as a backdrop for a dramatic proposal.
Take a Hike to the Top
If you both love the feeling of conquering the top of a mountain, make that moment even more memorable by planning a proposal for your next hiking adventure. It may not be glamorous and this is more of a simple proposal idea, but the combination of striking scenery and endorphins will make for a breathtaking experience.
Stroll Down the Beach at Sunset
A classic move, a beach proposal doesn't have to feel overdone. If you make a point to see the ocean every year, plan to go digging for clams and have one hidden in your pocket that holds the engagement ring inside.
Artsy & Creative Proposal Ideas
Anyone with a love for the arts will appreciate a more creative proposal approach. Don't worry if you're not artistically-inclined—there are ways to get around that without sacrificing imagination.
Play it out in a Photo Album
For a more private, home proposal idea, put together a photo album of everything from your relationship milestones to your sillier moments caught on camera. Leave a blank space for a new photo with a label that says, "Our Engagement," and have a camera set up or someone ready to capture the moment.
Take an Art Class Together
Attend a local Paint Nite with your proposal plan in tow. While you're both having fun painting, your partner will never expect to read the words "Will You Marry Me" on your canvas when you turn it around. A true masterpiece of a moment.
Self-Publish Your Love Story
There are endless online options that will help you bind together and print a DIY book. Write out the story of how you met, complete with a happy ending that teases the next chapter of your lives together. What a page-turner.
Say it with Flowers
Nothing sets the stage for your proposal like a sea of scattered flower petals or blooms arranged artfully to express your love. Whether arranged in the shape of a heart or threaded together and suspended from the trees, when you say it with flowers it's hard to go wrong.
Cute Marriage Proposal Ideas with Friends, Family, and Pets
If your partner is extra close with family members, loves being with friends more than not, or is a proud fur or non-fur baby parent, involving loved ones in the proposal is a surefire way to make it unforgettable and extra meaningful.
We know this idea was included in our first list of ideas, but training your dog to help pop the question is just too adorable, so here it is again in round two. Seriously. Who could resist a proposal like this?
Stage a Scavenger Hunt
A proposal that requires a bit more planning, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get loved ones involved. Plant each clue with a friend or family member stationed at all your favorite spots, leading them to the final clue: you.
Hire a Friend as Your Undercover Photographer
Staging a photoshoot can be difficult with strangers, but if you’re just hanging out as friends, no one will think anything of it if they have their phone out, ready to capture a special moment, like a surprise proposal. This one is easy to adapt to other proposal ideas, too, like a holiday proposal, a proposal over dinner, or a vacation proposal at Disneyland or on top of the Eiffel Tower.
Make a Simple Proposal Idea Magical with Loved Ones
Sometimes, all it takes to elevate the romance of a proposal plan is to involve trustworthy family and friends. Find the perfect place, even if that’s your own backyard, and have them hold up a sign with your special message. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple; having loved ones there to share in the joy is more than enough.
Unique Marriage Proposal Ideas for the Book, Movie, Food, or Game Lover
It’s likely that one of the things you love most about your partner are their passions. Here are some fun proposal ideas geared toward book lovers, movie buffs, foodies, and game night fiends.
Spell it out with Scrabble
This one is for the board game lover. If you’re looking for a modern upgrade to the classic scrabble surprise, try playing something like Bananagrams instead.
Is your partner the biggest bookworm you know? Whether they do the dog-ear trick or use a bookmark, slip your ring tied to a ribbon in between the pages they left off from along with a little note.
Cut Your Own Trailer
This is one of the most romantic ideas we’ve seen in recent years. Cut your own trailer of your love story using home videos, then take your beloved cinephile out to a local theater who has agreed to show it before the film you’re going to see. We can already hear the applause.
Put on Your Chef’s Hat
For the foodie, prepare a multi-course private dinner, starring their favorite foods and an engagement ring for dessert. Is there a more romantic way to propose than by cooking a meal? No, no there is not.
Make it the Million Dollar Trivia Question
If your relationship has been studded by Tuesday Trivia nights at your local bar, devise a plan to have one of the last questions be your marriage proposal. The only right answer will be an unequivocal yes.
We hope this list of unique proposal ideas helps get your gears turning. We’d love to hear your own proposal story or about the best proposals you’ve witnessed!
And don’t forget: the perfect proposal requires the perfect ring, something we at Blue Nile know all about. As your first step in your proposal planning process, shop our exquisite collection of engagement rings and we know you’ll get a resounding yes.