You have fallen deeply in love with someone and have decided you want to spend the rest of your life with them. You know this person will be the perfect partner to grow old with, and you buy a ring. You are so excited to propose and cannot wait, except for one small thing…. you don’t know how you are going to ask the question! I am here to help with some creative proposal ideas and, in case my ideas aren’t for you, I’ll also guide you to some expert advice. Let’s start with the ideas…
First Date Memories
Take your love to the place where you had your first date, where you can sit and reminisce. You can present the ring once you are both feeling nostalgic, bringing your relationship full circle.
Go to a nice beach together and when you arrive have “Will you marry me?” written in the sand or with pebbles. The location and message will be the perfect backdrop for all your proposal photos.
Furry Best Friend
Are you a doggy parent? Writing “Will you marry me?” on your dog’s collar or on a sign around it’s neck is a sure-fire way to get a yes!
In the Clouds
Propose in the sky! Hire a small airplane to fly an aerial sky banner or sky-write your proposal in the clouds.
Create a personalized scavenger hunt around your home, with each clue bringing your partner closer to the ring.
Propose on the scoreboard during a sporting event. Note that this is only a good idea if the person you are proposing to is a huge fan of the team, and crowds!
Surprise Street Art
Have a street artist or caricaturist draw you and your partner on the street, having previously arranged for them to incorporate your partner’s name and “Will you marry me?”. When the artist presents the finished drawing, it will be a huge surprise.
December holiday proposals are extremely popular, and no proposal list would be complete without them. Luckily, I previously wrote a blog covering the topic of fantastic holiday proposal ideas.
The Highest of Heights
Propose at a great height, whether it be on a mountaintop or a rooftop patio. If you want to take it even further, go on a helicopter tour or up in a hot air balloon. Something about being high up with the one you love is so romantic.
Say it with food. Take your love to a romantic restaurant and have the chef write the proposal on the dessert plate. Perhaps cook up a gourmet meal at home to pop the question. Are you proposing to a coffee lover? Have a custom mug made with the question inside at the bottom, so your message is revealed as they finish drinking.
Play a trivia game with your partner and have one of the trivia cards ask “Will you marry me?”. Alternatively, put together a puzzle that has the same question, so they don’t see the message until it is complete.
Take a ride on the Ferris wheel at a fair or amusement park, and have the operator stop when you reach the top. Then pull out the ring and ask your question.
Create a photo book of memories the two of you have had together. When they reach the last page, have a photo of you on it holding a sign that says “Will you marry me?”.
Proposing during a fireworks display is always a great time, as it is usually a public holiday and everyone is enjoying themselves. It also guarantees your partner will be looking up at the sky and won’t notice when you kneel down and pull out the ring.
In front of the Eiffel Tower! Okay, I know that not everyone can afford to fly to Paris just to propose, but there is no more romantic place to be than in the city of lights. It’s a classic for a reason. If taking a trip isn’t in the cards, then perhaps re-create the setting in your home town. You can set up your living room like a French bistro, complete with a live violinist and fairy lights.
So those are my ideas and while I think it’s a great list, I know that some people are looking for something different. Maybe you want something a bit more personal and customized. Perhaps you want a professional photographer waiting to catch the moment. Or perhaps you don’t know what you want at all and you need someone to help guide you. Well did you know there are professional proposal planners who offer that very service?
Luxe Proposals is a luxury proposal planning company which serves Toronto and Vancouver. They offer customized ideas, full service design and coordination to bring your proposal vision to life. You just email them with your proposal date and a brief description and they will help create your perfect proposal. You can choose from one of their signature packages or have it completely customized. They will create a step-by-step itinerary and will make sure your proposal is kept a surprise. Those who are looking for a truly unique and luxurious proposal need look no further than Luxe Proposals.
There will also be people who don’t want a huge elaborate proposal, but prefer something very simple and sweet. To them I’d say, do what suits you and your relationship best. In the end, the proposal is just the very beginning, and there will be much more to come in your adventures together.
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.