Proposing is always an exciting, nerve-wracking experience—for both the proposer and the proposee!
If you and your significant other have decided to tie the knot, you can make the memory so much sweeter with a unique marriage proposal idea.
Here are some romantic ways to propose to THE one.
1. Relationship Scrapbook
Take that special someone on a trip down memory lane! Put together a scrapbook of your relationship over the years.
Throw in some photos, movie stubs, plane tickets, or even screenshots of your online chat messages and texts! At the end of the scrapbook, add a little note popping the question.
Not only are they going to appreciate how much time and effort it took, but it will make for a great keepsake that you can look back on after 5, 10, or 20 years and beyond! And since you’re DIY-ing your proposal, why not design your own engagement ring as well?
2. Love Poem Or Song
Get your inner Shakespeare out for the ultimate declaration of love.
If your soon-to-be fiance is a secret romantic, they’ll absolutely love a poem or some lyrics you’ve written just for them. You don’t have to make it complicated; it’s for a marriage proposal, not publication!
The most important thing is that you write from the heart, and the rest will follow.
Not everyone will be ready to bare their souls in an intimate original poem or song, so you can still recreate a similar feeling by carefully choosing one that you feel represents your emotions the best.
3. Interactive Website
This one takes a little coding and programming, but it’s well worth the effort.
Create a website that compiles your best photos and some cute stories about your relationship.
You can even get your friends and family to write “testimonials” and “rave reviews” about their favorite couple—you guys!
Bonus feature: once they’ve enthusiastically said yes, you can use the website to announce and invite people to your upcoming wedding.
4. Fortune Cookie
If you both like Chinese food, this is the proposal for you. It’s incredibly simple to set up, but it makes a huge impact.
Make a delicious butter fortune cookie at home; don’t worry, you can find a bunch of easy recipes online.
Pop the proposal inside and find a way to slip it to the waiter or in the takeout bag.
The best part is that you get to watch their eyes light up in delight when they realize what’s in the cookie!
There are few things more romantic than being proposed to on the top of a building, surrounded by beautiful city lights.
The trick is to get a rooftop with a breathtaking view, and deck it out with flowers, fairy lights, maybe even a roll-out carpet!
Finish off with a delicious dinner, some wine, and a gorgeous princess cut engagement ring to really wow your partner.
Do you have the kind of love that makes you want to shout it from the mountaintops? Well, then, do it! Take your love out on a scenic hike.
Unless you’re a particularly active couple, stick to an easy trail. Popping the question at the peak will take their breath away in more ways than one!
Make sure you’ve set up something small, like a blanket you two can sit on, so that you can enjoy the view and your newfound engagement.
7. Movie Trailer
A personalized, romantic movie trailer is the best marriage proposal idea for the film buff couple.
Take some notes from William from Season 2 of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and throw together a magical cinematic proposal.
Film a trailer or short film that talks about your love. While the rom-com vibe obviously works great, don’t be scared to think out of the box, especially if your partner is into sci-fi, action, or horror films. For an even grander gesture, talk to your local movie theater and see if you can have them play your proposal film.
8. Cute Animals
No one can say no to those adorable puppy eyes! If you or a close friend have an adorable pet, get their help in creating a beautiful moment you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.
Tie the ring around the cutie-pie’s neck, and send them off to find your significant other.
They’ll be squealing in delight; first from the cuteness, and later from the ring.
9. Scavenger Hunt
Who says a proposal can’t be an adventure? Set up a scavenger hunt that leads your lover from one spot to the next, looking for clues.
Bonus points if the clues are things from your relationship, like their favorite flower or where you had your first date.
They’ll have a great time figuring out your puzzles, and will be so excited to get the prize at the end. Little do they know that the prize is a proposal!
If your proposal lands smack in the middle of spring or summer, set the scene with a gorgeous garden picnic.
Fill a basket with light snacks (cheese, crackers, sandwiches, grapes) and some wine.
You can choose to leave the ring in the basket for them to find, or bring it out when you’ve settled down for your picnic.
The great thing about this proposal idea is that you can do it pretty much anywhere! Trek down to a local park for fun, relaxing afternoon or make it more intimate in your backyard.
11. Scuba Diving
As Sebastian in The Little Mermaid said, everything is better under the sea! For the perfect scuba diving proposal, you have to be ready to put in the legwork. First, you have to set up a trip to a nearby dive resort. Next, you have to prepare the ring box.
Try to decorate it like an old sunken treasure chest. Then, you have to place the ring box (with the ring, of course) in a secured yet still visible place. Make sure you get the necessary approvals first. And don’t forget the underwater camera!
12. Flash Mob
Make your SO feel like the star of their own musical with a whole entire flash mob dedicated just to them!
Getting a huge production number together is going to take a lot of work, especially since you’ll have to learn a few dance moves in the process.
Even if you have dozens of dancers, all eyes will be on you and that beautiful solitaire engagement ring.
If your partner is on the shy side, don’t have the flash mob with strangers in a public place. Instead, get your family and friends to help out in a familiar space, like at home.
Photobooths are a great addition to any party, especially a wedding, but did you know that you can use one to propose?
When you get in the booth to take some couple photos, they’ll think you’re just being cheesy.
When the pictures go off, surprise ‘em with a ring! It’s an incredibly intimate and unexpected way to pop the question.
Plus, you’ll even get to go home with a souvenir of the proposal…no photographer necessary.
14. Home-Cooked Meal
You don’t need to have a complicated, show-stopping public proposal to pop the question. In fact, some people might even prefer doing it in a simple yet thoughtful way!
A great marriage proposal idea for her or for him is to cook a special meal for your significant other.
Even if you’re not the best cook, they’ll definitely appreciate the effort. Once dessert’s been served, you can get down on one knee and ask them the golden question.
15. Proposal Planners
Coming up with a proposal is HARD. So, if you’re super stumped about how to do the perfect proposal, don’t be shy to ask the experts!
There are professional companies that can actually set up a proposal for you. You can throw them some of your ideas, and they will suggest their own.
They’ll also take care of the nitty-gritty, like reserving a spot, hiring a chef, and decorating the place for your picture-perfect engagement. You’ll still have to find the best engagement ring, though.
There’s a reason why many engagements and weddings take place on the beach: it’s an incredibly romantic setting for the most special moments in your life!
Just imagine the sound of waves crashing against the shore, the feel of the sand on your feet, the beautiful sun setting over the horizon, and the golden question, “will you marry me?”
Take a stroll along the beach, build a sand castle, and have some afternoon cocktails. When you’re both relaxed and enjoying yourselves, get down on one knee and ask!
17. Hot Air Balloon
Your relationship feels like heaven, so why don’t you propose up in the clouds? You can find tons of hot air balloon tours all over the country.
You’ll get a birds-eye view of the city, which makes for a picture-perfect backdrop to your proposal.
Talk to the hot air balloon operator beforehand to make sure they’re in on the plan. Then, bring up a picnic basket with some wine or champagne.
When the balloon reaches a good height, away from the hustle and bustle of the world below you, you’ll get the perfect intimate moment to propose.
18. Caricature Art
Caricatures are a great silly surprise for your significant other. Plan this one ahead of time with a caricature artist at your local park or fair.
For a small price, they can draw you getting down on one knee and popping the question.
Take home the souvenir and have it framed as a wonderful memory of your unique proposal.
19. Breakfast In Bed
Show your sweet, caring side by bringing your sweetheart breakfast in bed. Slip the ring onto the tray and wait for them to notice…and say yes.
20. Road Trip
You’ve heard about destination weddings, but save some money with a destination proposal instead! Bring your loved one out to a special vacation.
You don’t have to splurge on an all-expenses-paid backpacking trip around Europe. It can be as simple as a weekend away a few cities over.
You can either start the trip right with a proposal (then have a mini-honeymoon while you’re there), or cap off a wonderful vacation with the engagement.
Propose in the flashiest way possible…literally! Fireworks aren’t cheap, but they will definitely impress your partner.
DIY-ing fireworks is dangerous (and possibly illegal), so make sure to contact a professional fireworks company to help you out.
You should also research if your city requires any permits or has any rules regarding personal fireworks shows.
The ultimate public proposal! If you have plans to see a performer that you both like, see if you can get into contact with the organizers or production team.
You’ll need to plan this way in advance, but there is no gesture grander than this one.
23. Family And Friends
You don’t have to propose all on your own! Enlist the help of your family and friends to put something together.
Make them hold up signs or hand flowers to her as she walks towards you. Or simply just propose in front of them at dinner!
What better way to start a new chapter of your life than surrounded by the people you love the most?
Some people love billboard proposals, others hate it. One thing is for sure: it will definitely grab your partner’s attention!
25. A Memorable Place
Throughout your relationship, you’ve most likely created life-long memories in many places.
Consider making your proposal in a place that means something to both of you, whether it’s where you first met, where you had your first date, or where you first exchanged “I love you’s.”
The most important thing during a proposal is, of course, the question itself. But a unique, creative proposal is a great way to show your partner how committed you are to taking your relationship to the next level.