Best Places To Propose
Popping the question is one of the most important moments in your life, and if it’s something you are planning to do, no doubt you’re feeling the pressure to get it just right. You may have the ring, the words, even followed tradition and asked his or her father – but where you ask the love of your life to marry you is one of the most important decisions of all. Adding an unforgettable (as well as Instagram-able) backdrop to a marriage proposal is the ultimate romantic gesture and a sure-fire way to get the answer you are looking for.
But with a whole globe-full of romantic places to drop down on one knee, do you go far-flung to make your proposal or stay a little closer to home? We say the perfect spot needs to be romantic and picturesque as well as being a place that connects with you both. With this in mind, we take a look at some of the best places in the world to propose, so you can start planning your very own ‘happy ever-after’.
New York City
Double up a weekend trip to the Big Apple with a surprise proposal and you’ll have some of the most amazing spots to pop the question. Yes, New York may well seem a bit over-done when it comes to marriage proposals but it’s an all-time favorite for a reason – and that’s because it’s a truly romantic urban backdrop. Go obvious, but no less romantic with the Empire State’s 86th floor, Central Park (Bow Bridge will make the proposal feel like a movie scene) or a helicopter ride above the Manhattan skyline. Or go a little more ‘off-piste’ and propose on Brooklyn Bridge, under the Statue of Liberty, in the Bronx Botanical Gardens or the Museum of Natural History. Magical and memorable – that’s love in NYC!
For the nature lover or outdoor couple, Iceland is a sure way to thaw your loved one’s heart.
In Iceland you get epic landscapes to inspire an epic proposal, with glaciers, volcanoes and a wild and rugged coastline to use as a backdrop to that special moment. Wrap up warm and time your stay to coincide with the stunning Northern Lights and let nature provide a spectacular display to your declaration of love. Or opt for a thrilling, social media-perfect waterfall, a whale-watching encounter, or a skidoo ride out on to a glacier. Or simply take a glass of champagne into the delicious geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon for a more sedate romantic proposal.
Totally enchanting, the Greek island of Santorini is as romantic as it is glamorous, making it one of the most beautiful places to ask your loved one to share your life. Think brilliant white-wash buildings, picturesque cliffside towns, vivid sunsets and an impossibly turquoise Aegean Sea and you’d need a heart of stone not to fall in love with this tranquil island.
Your hardest task is to find the right spot for the big moment, as you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. Choose a vineyard at sunset, the roof terrace of one of the island’s five-star hotels or do the romantic deed at the end of a hike along the Caldera, with the most breath-taking views as your backdrop. In short, Santorini is a heady mix of exquisite location, romantic views, stunning natural backdrops and the ocean – what’s not to love?
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher, on the west coast of Ireland, are wildly romantic and make a gorgeous clifftop place to propose. Whisk your loved one away for a long weekend to one of the most beautiful and iconic natural places in Ireland, and take your time exploring the 8km of coastline, culminating in your beautifully simple and romantic request. Go for the dramatic and propose on the cliff edge, with a vast expanse of the ocean behind you and serenaded by the sound of the birds and the waves. Or retreat for some tranquility to the nearby O’Brien’s Tower. Then toast your engagement with a glass or two of Guinness and celebrate your love in true Irish style!
You don’t get much more romantic than the Eternal City and Rome is a glorious location for that very special question to be asked…and accepted! Yes, you are going to have to share your moment with the tourist crowds, but is that such a bad thing? With so much history and sublime architecture, you have an amazing choice of locations to ‘do the deed’, so if you’re brave, why not keep that ring in your pocket and don’t plan too much but wait for the moment to present itself. And trust, us, it will! Early evening in Rome is extra special, with the warm Mediterranean sunset adding a luscious golden hue to the city and its buildings. Check out the iconic Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain for a popular proposal location or try out the Colosseum just before sunset. And if you really do want to get away from the crowds, head for the Orange Garden on Aventine Hill – take the ring, a bottle of wine and wait for those happy tears!
As an ultimate destination for the ultimate proposal, the Grand Canyon speaks for itself. And, if you really want a spectacular location to go down on one knee, a combination of one of the best canyons in the world and the brilliant blue waters of Havasu Falls, will certainly appeal to the outdoor lover or the drama diva! Or go for that sky-high proposal, with a super romantic and dramatic helicopter ride across the canyon – spectacular. You will, however, have to work for the moment, so be prepared for the hike but as a place to propose, the Grand Canyon is a sure bet to take their breath away.
Ramp up the romance with a break to a tropical paradise and make St Lucia the place for the ultimate marriage proposal. This Caribbean island is the perfect mix of golden sand, nature, mountains, ocean, luxury and relaxation, all coming together to create a relaxed, happy and romantic vibe. Enjoy your time together on secluded beaches and in the turquoise ocean, making the most of the watersports, spas, alfresco dining and the sheer paradise of island life. Then max out on the most amazing sunsets, with a candlelit dinner and a glass of champagne before getting down on one knee in the sand to ask that question. Proposal Perfect.
No list of the best places in the world to propose would be complete without the City of Light. Paris may be a little clichéd when it comes to love but with its roll-call of locations that will appeal to every romantic, it still has its game-on when it comes to asking the love of your life to marry you. For the classic proposal, the Eiffel Tower or the city’s ancient Pont Neuf bridge are hard to beat but your options don’t stop there. An impromptu riverside proposal by the Seine on a wonderfully warm evening is going to melt their heart, as is the tree-lined Medici Fountain. For the ultimate sophisticated proposal, enjoy a night at the Opera Garnier then pop the question within one of the building’s glittering reception salons. Or opt for a modern twist, with the Louvre’s Pyramid as your backdrop. Wherever you choose in this, the most romantic of cities, you can be sure it will be a proposal to remember…and become a precious memory to tell the grandchildren!