Proposing can be quite daunting, even if you’re 100% sure your partner will say yes!
If you've looked at our list of the most popular ways to propose but decided you want something a little more unique, you're in the right place.
We’ve come up with 35 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.
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Write It Down
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During your proposal you'll want to tell your partner all those reasons you can't imagine a life without them - which we're guessing will be quite a few to remember! If you don't want to forget a single thing you love about your partner, write it down on these cute tags which form a little book. Then you can bring it out and add to it every anniversary!
READ MORE: How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?
Say It With A Spoon
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Book a table at a fancy restaurant, order a dessert to share and secretly arrange with the waiter to make sure your partner gets their specially personalised proposal spoon!
Take The Plunge
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Coffee addicts will have all their prayers answered with both a strong cup of morning java and a marriage proposal. Practical, romantic and very unique, is there anything better!
Make It Their Lucky Day
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Not everyone wants a big proposal; sometimes a cosy night in is exactly the right time to pop the question. If you're looking for a romantic low-key proposal then this 'Marry me?' fortune cookie is the perfect end to your favourite takeaway! Your partner won't suspect a thing when you give them the end of meal treat but it will be the most memorable meal of their life, we promise.
Arrange A Commuter Flashmob
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! Top Secret Agent is one such company that can arrange a flashmob of singers or dancers to help you surprise your partner and you'll have a video of the moment you'll never forget.
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Plan A Scavenger Hunt
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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.
Accessorise Their Wardrobe
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Smart and stylish, any man would love a pair of these cufflinks in his drawer. They're a great keepsake that he can bring out on the wedding day as well to remind him of the proposal. You can even add a secret message to the reverse of these cufflinks that only your partner will know is there - what a cute secret to share on your big day!
Play Bouquet Hide And Seek
Present your loved one with a gorgeous bouquet of their favourite flowers or plant - like this stunning succulent - and hide the ring in the centre! They won't be able to stop smiling every time they see those blooms again.
Use Their Favourite Book
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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!
Alternatively, you could use some amazing book art like this Etsy creation to get the message across.
Make Them A Movie Star
Maybe you and your partner bonded over a love of films? Create your own film trailer - it's actually pretty easy with the software already on most computers - about your relationship, including your favourite moments and pictures, and finish it on ‘The Wedding: Coming Soon?’ We love the example above!
A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words
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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 ‘Our Wedding’. Make sure to be down on one knee when they reach it.
READ MORE: Watch These Adorable Disney Wedding Proposals
"Pop" The Question
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If you can't quite get the words out, let this bottle do the talking. Choose this personalised bottle of bubbly for the ultimate night to remember with your partner. You can even choose pink champagne if your partner loves rosé!
Shout It To The Sky
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.
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.
Take Them Away
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.
READ MORE: The Top 20 Destinations To Propose Around The World
Break A Leg (Not Literally!)
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.
Create A 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 in a room full of candles with champagne and an engagement ring.
Have Your Cake And Propose With It
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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.
Plan A Picnic
Ideal for a summer proposal, head to your favourite park with a stocked hamper that's hiding a ring box inside. The sun shining over head will make your diamond sparkle even more when you get down on one knee. 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!
READ MORE: Spontaneous Engagement Ring Ideas
Hire Proposal Planners
The Proposers are the crack team who can tailor-make your dream proposal: “In this day and 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.
Tour Your Favourite Places
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During your courtship, you'll have been to lots of places with special meaning for the two of you - whether it was your first holiday or a local pub where you had your first kiss. Tell the story of your relationship through this personalised print that makes some amazing artwork for your first house together too.
Send A Card
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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…
Make A Brew
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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.
Print Your Proposal
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‘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?
A Balloon Surprise
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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.
You don't have to be away, of course! Fill a room with these balloons, stand in the middle with your ring and your message will be clear!
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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. Use the ring as an 'o' for extra brownie points.
Personalise a Puzzle
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Not a fan of Scrabble? Make a personalised puzzle and leave it out for your partner to solve.
Be My Baby
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This proposal method works best if you actually have a baby, for obvious reasons. Dress your little one in the cute babygrow complete with proposal message, and then unromantically demand your partner feed/change/burp them… They'll forgive you when they see the babygrow, we promise!
Spell It Out
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.
READ MORE: The Most Romantic Christmas Presents For Your Partner
Who's A Good Boy!
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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.
Take A Flutter
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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.
Build Up To It
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A personalised Lego proposal is guaranteed to amaze your Lego-loving partner – and it results in an awesome keepsake you can treasure forever.
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.
Now you're inspired and know how you want to propose, make sure you browse all the engagement rings on site to find the perfect one to complete your proposal!