There are so many romantic and beautiful places on earth that would make the perfect backdrop to a marriage proposal. So many places for an amazing story and a gorgeous photo to show off on social media! While to list all romantic places would be too numerous for one little article, I did put together a collection of what I think would be the perfect place to propose to different personalities.
The Foodie – Rome, Italy
For the food lover there is no greater spot to propose than in the eternal city of Rome. Italian food is one of the most popular and beloved cuisines on earth (pizza alone gets my vote for number 1) which makes it the perfect spot for a foodie. While sightseeing around the city make sure to get yourself a treat of their world famous gelato. There are also numerous food tours to take you to the best markets and restaurants the city has to offer.
For the big question you can sign up for a pasta making class with an Italian chef who will teach you how to make pasta by hand while you sip on delicious wines. When the lesson is finished you and your partner get to relax while you eat the meal that you have made together, and you can ask them to be yours forever. Afterwards head up to one of Rome’s hotel rooftop bars to watch the city while you sip on a glass of sparkling prosecco.
The Dreamer – Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Is the one you love a deep thinker, who is always dreaming of a better tomorrow? Then why not whisk them away to the stars! Take a trip to Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, just off the coast of North Africa. Once there take your loved one to visit Spain’s Mount Teide, a 10-mile-wide volcanic crater that is the highest peak in Spain, and is one of the best star gazing sites in the entire world. The universe has 88 constellations, and 83 of those can be seen from Mount Teide on a clear night. You can travel there part way by car and then a cable car will take you to the top for the view. There are numerous companies that will organize star gazing tours and prepare chef cooked meals and beverages while you are up there. Toast your loved one with a glass of Cava while you watch the amazing sunset, and then pop the question while you gaze at the wonders of the universe.
The Book Worm – Dublin, Ireland
Is your special someone the type who loves to get lost in a good book? Is a library the most romantic spot for them? If so head over to Dublin and visit Trinity College, where you can both walk the cobblestone streets of Dublin’s most famous institute. The college produced many famous literary talents, like Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. You must visit The Long Room, a library that contains over 200,000 books including the Book of Kells which was a manuscript created by Irish monks over 1200 years ago. The beautiful room of old books, dark oak bookcases and marble busts of great philosophers and writers is the perfect spot to get down on one knee. To celebrate your new engagement, walk over to The Brazen Head, the oldest Pub in Dublin, and enjoy a pint like the writers James Joyce and Jonathan Swift did many years ago.
The Beach Bum – Fiji
There are lots of people who love being at the beach, and for whom a beach proposal would be amazing. But how about taking it to the next level with your own private beach in the middle of the ocean! In Fiji there are three small islands – Nukubati, Treasure Island and Royal Davui Island. When you stay at one of these islands, the hotel will provide you with a private picnic on a sandbar! You and your partner will be whisked away by boat and taken to your own private sandbar in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, and given chairs, a table and a champagne lunch. You are then left to yourselves for the rest of the day where, on your own little beach, you can ask for your partner’s hand in marriage.
The Prince or Princess – Prague, Czech Republic
Does your partner think that they are real life royalty? Do they wish they could be in every Disney fairy tale? If so, then consider proposing at a real life castle in Prague, Czech Republic! Prague Castle is one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. Construction first began in the year 870 and features architecture in both Gothic and Roman styles. After touring the castle, you can head outside to stroll around the many gardens with views of the city and river and then get down on one knee to ask the big question. To celebrate the happy moment head over to Saint Wenceslas Vineyard, an ancient vineyard on the castle grounds, that was restored in 2008. Sip from a glass of wine on one of the terraces and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The Christmas Obsessed – Quebec City, Canada
We all know that one person who can’t wait until December 25th and who has their tree and house all decorated at the beginning of November. If you are in love with someone like that, then there is only one place to propose… Quebec City! With an average snowfall of 400cm, each winter the city is transformed into a winter wonderland. Starting in early December Old Quebec is turned into an old fashioned Christmas village, straight out of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Twinkling lights, evergreen trees and a sparkling snowfall make for the absolute perfect holiday proposal. Afterwards head over to the landmark hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac to warm up with some hot chocolate while you admire all the decorations.
The Fashionista – Paris, France
If you are in love with someone who loves everything about fashion, then the place for their perfect proposal is surely Paris! Paris is the place where both the first fashion designer made his name and haute couture was born. Coco Channel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent were just a few of the many designers who called Paris home.
Take your partner to Paris’ Golden Triangle, located between three famous boulevards, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. Here you will find luxury shopping, legendary hotels and restaurants. Take a break right in the middle of the action at L’Avenue, a café where you will get the best view of Paris’ fashionable people. Both the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower are a short walk away from this area, and excellent places for a proposal. While there will be lots of tourists around, a true fashion lover will want all eyes on them for this big moment.
The Outdoor Adventurer – Big Island, Hawaii, USA
For those people who hate being stuck indoors and love to keep active, head over to Hawaii’s Big Island for an amazing adventure. On the north shore of the Island you will find the Waipi’o Valley, where ancient Hawaiian royalty are buried. This lush valley features 3000 ft. cliffs covered in taro fields, lotus ponds, streams and waterfalls. You can travel through the valley by 4-wheel drive, hiking or horseback riding with guides. Whichever way you traverse the terrain will not be an easy path, however the life affirming beauty of the views will be well worth it. Where the valley meets the ocean is a black sand beach, where you can propose to your love while wild horses run along the sand.
The Film Buff – New York City, USA
If your partner would like nothing more than a proposal straight out of a movie, look no further than New York City! Some people might be surprised I didn’t say Hollywood but, while Tinseltown is where the movies are made, there is just something so magical about the city that makes you feel like you are in a movie. Whether it’s a kids movie like Big and Home Alone, gangster classics like The Godfather and Goodfellas, or romantic favorites like When Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Big Apple is where it’s at! And it isn’t just the movies, NYC is the home of classic tv shows like Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Seinfeld and Friends. Wherever you decide to pop the question, strolling through Central Park, in the hustle of Grand Central Station, on the observation deck of the Empire State Building or right smack dab in the middle of Times Square, you will feel the cinematic romance of the city that never sleeps.
The Animal Lover – Kenya, East Africa
If no proposal sounds complete without animals nearby, head to Kenya and visit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This conservancy is home to a diverse group of wildlife such as lions, elephant, giraffes, gazelles, impalas, and warthogs, and is famous for its conservation efforts of the Black Rhino and Grevy’s Zebra. At the Lewa Safari Camp you can stay in one of twelve tents that are finished like luxury bungalows, with thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms and verandas with views of the plains and animals. The central portion has a dining and lounge space with a fire pit and swimming pool. After a long day exploring the area you can head back to the camp and propose during a sundowner – a safari tradition where you watch the spectacular sunset across the plains while enjoying a cocktail. It is said that this is the place where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton and, if it’s the perfect place for a royal proposal, it’s definitely good enough for me!
Your Perfect Spot
Now that I have compiled my list of perfect proposal spots, I really could use a romantic vacation of my own! These places are romantic, meaningful and beautiful and you really couldn’t go wrong with any one of them. However, there are lots of other places that may be romantic because they have special meaning to you as a couple, such as the place you first met or the place you realized you were in love. Or maybe the place you choose to propose doesn’t have to be significant, maybe it matters more that the moment feels right. There is no right or wrong way to propose, and each couple should do what works for them. I would be just as happy getting engaged to the one I love sitting on the couch at home as I would be on my own private beach. That being said, I would still like to go to that beach!
Where did you, or are you hoping to, get engaged? Where is your perfect place? Let us know in the comments below!
Sara is the Jewelry Production and Social Media Coordinator at Kimberfire – a brilliant way to buy engagement rings, fine jewelry and loose diamonds in Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from York University and a Diploma in Jewellery Arts from George Brown College. She is skilled in jewellery design using CAD software, as well as traditional goldsmith techniques. When she is not immersing herself in all things jewellery, Sara is a dog mom to Barley, her beagle mix rescue dog who loves a good tummy rub.