Proposing can be quite daunting, even if you’re 100% sure your partner will say yes! We’ve come up with 33 proposal ideas to help make sure your proposal is personal to you and will make your other half’s day…and if you want any more inspiration, be sure to read our 100 proposal stories feature.
A Post Box Proposal
If you’re a busy person, why not consider a post box proposal kit? Organised by proposal planning experts The Proposers, their handy kits will ensure you have everything you need to craft the perfect proposal – just don’t forget the ring!
The Romantic Dinner for Two Set includes a recipe for pizza and a heart shaped mould, personalised aprons, a candle, a checked table cloth and a personalised pizza box for you to present the finished product it. It also comes with ‘He asked’ and ‘She said yes’ props so you’re equipped for a post-proposal selfie!
Image credit: The Proposers at Not on the High Street
Hiring Proposal Planners
The team behind the post box proposal above, The Proposers, can also work with you to tailor make your dream proposal: “In this day in age couples want more of a romantic story to go with popping the question. So many guys know what they want to do but don’t know how to make it special and unique. That’s where we come in.
“We find out all about the couple so that we can make sure the day is tailor-made.
There’s a lot of pressure that comes with proposing and we take that pressure off them so that they can enjoy the day,” explains Daisy Amodio, founder of The Proposers.
See a little more of what they do by reading up on when hitched met The Proposers and helped them set up a dreamy picnic proposal.
On the Commute
If your partner spends lots of time commuting, why not brighten their journey by proposing? Thoughtful groom Adam organised for a crowd of singers to surprise his bride to be Lucy on her way home. You can’t watch the video without getting goose bumps and/or crying!
A Scavenger Hunt
Prolong the excitement in your proposal by turning it into a scavenger hunt. Leave clues around your chosen location and let your partner find their way to you and the ring! It can be as small scale or as ambitious as you like – from notes around the house to friends placed in strategic places around a city, each one bearing a different clue.
Say it With Flowers
Present your loved one with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and place the ring in the centre!
Image credit: Blue Sky Flowers, Photography credit: Christina Rossi Photography
Maybe you and your partner bonded over a love of films? Create your own film trailer about your relationship and finish it on ‘The Wedding: Coming Soon?’ We love the example below!
Use Your Surroundings
On a snowy day, why not head outside early to write out ‘Will You Marry Me?’ in the snow? Or if you’re at the beach, write it out in the sand. You could even present the ring in a shell, like one of the couples in our 100 proposal stories did!
In a Book
If your other half loves to read, why not put a note in their current book for them to find? Talk about a page turner!
Image credit: suziscribbles at Etsy
Alternatively, you could use some amazing book art like this Etsy creation to get the message across.
Image credit: FoldedBookGifts at Etsy
Show off your creative side by creating a photo album of your life together so far – it can include special occasions and holidays – and hand it to your partner. Leave a section blank at the end titled ‘The Wedding’. Make sure to be down on one knee.
Image credit: Oh So Cherished at Not on the High Street
Make a night out at the theatre or at a concert truly unforgettable by arranging a proposal. One of our real wedding brides was proposed to on stage at a Train concert – her husband hung around the stage door the night before to wait to ask the band if they’d help with his proposal the next night!
Just make sure you clear it with the performers beforehand – stage crashing and being thrown out is NOT romantic.
If you’re feeling a bit flash, why not arrange for a skywriter to write out your proposal in the sky? It’s a great choice if you and your other half love cloud watching.
At a Sports Game
Maybe you bonded over your love of football, or you met at a local rugby match? Take a leaf out of Kanye West’s book – he proposed to Kim Kardashian by using the big screen at a baseball game.
Image credit: instagram.com/kimkardashian
On a Plane
Inspired by another romantic groom from our 100 proposal stories feature, why not ask if you can take over the tannoy and propose on the plane? It’s the ideal way to start your trip in style.
A survey by You & Your Wedding discovered that over two thirds of couples get engaged on holiday, and it makes sense. You’re away from home, just the two of you, in a beautiful setting. All you need to do is provide the diamond and you’re sorted.
Rose Petal Trail
Make coming home from work even more of an enjoyable experience by leaving a trail of rose petals from the front door to somewhere in the house. Be waiting with champagne and an engagement ring.
If you have young children in your house (or you’re just young at heart), your fridge might be covered with alphabet fridge magnets. Make the most of them and spell out a proposal message – and make sure there’s bubbly chilling inside the fridge.
Sometimes a cosy night in proposal can be the most romantic. Set up a romantic movie night for you and your other half with this amazing Movie Night Proposal Kit from The Proposers. It includes personalised popcorn boxes, a custom DVD case, an oversized ticket, gourmet popcorn and a clapperboard and chalk pen so you can personalise it with your own message. Of course, it comes with accessories for your proposal selfie!
Image credit: The Proposers at Not on the High Street
With a Cake
Everyone loves cake so why not incorporate it into your proposal? GC Couture have created a cake just for proposals – designed to look like an iconic Tiffany ring box, you can place your own ring on the top, and then enjoy the tasty treat afterwards.
Image credit: GC Couture
On a Picnic
Plan a romantic picnic and hide the ring box in the hamper! Make sure your cool box contains celebratory champagne and champagne flutes.
Recreate Your First Date
This idea will appear to the super romantic amongst you – go back to the place where you had your first date (or first kiss etc.) and recreate the romance!
Christmas is a magical time for proposing and there are so many options! Hang the ring on the Christmas tree like it’s a decoration and wait for your partner to spot it, or make your own advent calendar full of treats that leads up to the proposal. Alternatively, wrap the ring box up and stash it in a collection of increasingly bigger boxes and leave it under the tree…
Image credit: Slice of Pie Designs at Not on the High Street
Use a Mug
If your future spouse is a tea addict, propose using a mug! Just make sure they finish their hot drink so they message at the bottom of the mug is revealed. We love this mug from Etsy – you can even choose if it’s right-handed or left-handed.
Image credit: SomethingBlueBridals at Etsy
Print Your Proposal
‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars is the ideal soundtrack for a proposal, so why not frame the lyrics to the song and present them to your partner?
Image credit: TheDaisyHillShop at Etsy
A Balloon Surprise
If you’re away from your partner and want to propose to them, why not send them a balloon? As they open the parcel, the balloon will float upwards and reveal your message.
Image credit: Bubblegum Balloons at Not on the High Street
Say it with Scrabble
Set up a game of Scrabble. You can spell out ‘Marry me’ on your partner’s tile rack (it’s within the seven letter limit!) or cheat a little bit to make sure you have the right letters to spell it out on the board.
Personalise a Puzzle
Not a fan of Scrabble? Make a personalised puzzle and leave it out for your partner to solve.
Image credit: Sarah Hurley Designs at Not on the High Street
Write it Down
If the idea of saying ‘Will you marry me’ makes you mouth dry up a bit with nerves, why not write it down? You can fill this notebook with all the reasons you want to marry your partner and not worry about saying anything wrong or missing anything out.
Image credit: CulturalBindings at Etsy
On a Babygro
This proposal method works best if you actually have a baby, for obvious reasons. Dress your little one in the cute babygro complete with proposal message, and then unromantically demand your partner sees to them when they need something…
Image credit: Simply Colors at Not on the High Street
With a Pet
If you don’t have a baby, use a pet! It could be even more romantic if you know your partner has always longed for a pet but you don’t have one yet. Attach this cute ‘Will you marry me’ tag to its collar and wait for the inevitable yes! After your pet has played a starring role in the proposal, you could even include your pet in your wedding.
Image credit: Peggy and Flo at Not on the High Street
Those that like to have a flutter will approve of this scratch card proposal! Mix it in with a few genuine scratch cards and with any luck you might win big and be able to boost your wedding budget.
Image credit: MyScratchOffs at Etsy
Say it with Lego
A personalised Lego proposal is guaranteed to amaze your Lego-loving partner – and it results in an awesome keepsake you can treasure forever.
Image credit: HeartOfBricks at Etsy
Send a Card
Send your other half a card they can cherish and write down everything you want to say inside! Ananya cards has lots of beautiful examples.
Image credit: Ananya Cards
Go Old School
Pretend you’re still at school and pass your partner a note asking them to marry you! Bonus points if they pass one back saying yes.
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