You’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that you love and want to spend forever with. Naturally, you want your proposal to be unforgettable and you need inspiration for engagement ideas. You've come to the right place. We've gathered some of the best proposal ideas, whether you're looking for cute proposal ideas or dreamy and romantic ways to propose.
Your significant other (and all of your future in-laws) is going to remember the way you propose for the rest of your lives and will share the story for years to come, so be sure to make your proposal special.
Romantic Ways to Propose
How to pop one the most important questions you’ll ever ask? The most traditional way is to go with romance, dreamy proposal ideas that show your love through a grand gesture. A classic way to propose is by sweeping your loved one off on a romantic getaway to a secluded place or a luxurious resort. You could propose by placing the engagement ring on a breakfast tray of champagne and strawberries if you're in a romantic suite. If you take a walk in nature or on the beach at sunset, surprise your partner mid-stroll by presenting the ring. An outdoor sunset dinner is also the perfect setting for a romantic proposal. One of our favorite heartfelt and sentimental settings for a wedding proposal that’s sure to make their heart melt is re-creating your very first date.
Unique & Cute Proposal Ideas
If your partner is more into things that are super unique and unforgettable, you'll want to get more creative with your proposal ideas. Creative ways to propose may take a bit more effort on your part, but in the end it will be worth it because your special proposal will make for an amazing story.
A fun way to propose that’s also cute and creative is creating a scavenger hunt. Put little clues and messages in places that have special significance for you as a couple, and each clue becomes a sentimental keepsake for scrapbooking or memory albums. The treasure hunt builds suspense and ends with your stunning engagement ring and the big moment you’ve been waiting for.
If your future spouse has always wanted a pet, one of the cutest ways to propose is to tie the engagement ring around the neck of your new furbaby. Nothing can make a proposal cuter than a fluffy puppy or tiny kitten — they’ll be sure to say "Yes"!
The Most Creative Ways to Propose
The most creative marriage proposal ideas pop the question in unexpected ways. However, it’s important to make sure that your proposal matches your future spouse's style and personality. Nothing can spoil a proposal quicker than a public display for someone who is shy and private, or an understated proposal for someone who loves big, splashy events. So the first rule to remember is to consider your partner's preferences when it comes to wedding proposal ideas.
Here are a few of our top favorite creative ways to propose.
You could set up an arrangement with a caricature artist in the park to sketch out a phrase such as "Marry Me?" before you get down on one knee. Or how about hiding the engagement ring in a book that you give as a gift, with the ring hidden on a page that has a special message for your loved one? Or if your significant other is a morning person who really loves coffee, one of our favorite unique proposal ideas involves bringing them breakfast in bed with the question printed at the bottom of the mug.
To make sure your big proposal goes off without a hitch, here are a couple of tips to help everything run smoothly.
Get the Perfect Ring
One of the most (if not the most) important things on the list of how to propose is the engagement ring, so make sure you find the perfect one in advance of the big day. While diamonds are traditionally the gemstone for an engagement ring, have a look at popular alternatives such as moissanite. Moissanite is a lab-created gemstone that rivals a diamond in terms of fire, sparkle and hardness, but it offers benefits that diamonds don't have, such as being conflict-free and environmentally responsible. Moissanites can be cut in all sorts of traditional and unique shapes for a gorgeous engagement ring that will make your proposal really stand out.
Every Detail Counts
If your partner is going to want to post the big news on social media, make sure their hands are Insta-worthy by treating them to a manicure before you pop the question. You could ask a friend to plan a spa day so that it doesn't look like a set up for the proposal. Another way to make sure your partner gets their social media content is to make sure you have friends, family or even a professional photographer present to snap some photos for the ‘Gram!