Truly Memorable Wedding Proposal Ideas (Updated for 2020)
Truly Memorable Wedding Proposals
Hopefully, you will only propose once in your life. Choosing your soulmate, lover, and partner will likely be the most important decision you ever make. So, know what you are doing. And once you’ve decided on the lady of your choice, ask for her hand in a way she will never forget. It’s a huge moment for her, as well.
You may be as modern as tomorrow, but upholding traditions will serve you well. You are, after all, at the onset of your own tradition. Start creating your perfect future now. Get her family’s approval ahead of the actual proposal. It may not seem important to you, but small touches matter in the long run.
Keep in mind that the story of your proposal will be told and repeated for a long time. Imagine your beloved telling your grandkids how granddad asked her to marry him. Make sure she has an awesome tale to tell.
Decide what type of woman your future wife is. Is she an extrovert who would adore being in the spotlight? Would she prefer privacy for such an intimate moment? You want her to feel comfortable. Of course, it’s a huge moment, so there’s nothing wrong with shaking things up a bit. Surprise and delight her.
Call on the Past
If you are aware of a particular place used by her parents (or even grandparents) for their proposal, get her to that spot. Tell her you want to create the life her parents have created. (Yes, that does work best if her parents are still happily married.) This shows respect for tradition, and for her family, as well.
If there is no specific place, propose to her at her parents’ house, with them in attendance. They will be thrilled, and she certainly won’t be expecting it. You’ll score huge bonus points in the son-in-law department.
What Is Her Passion – Besides You, Of Course
What really gets to her? Going to the gym? Shopping at the mall? Jogging? Coffee? A particular book?
Show her that you really know her to the bone. Drop by the gym and get down on one knee. Follow her to the mall and propose in front of her favorite store. Appear on her usual jogging path with ring in hand. If she’s been wanting to read a new bestseller, arrange for the store clerk to bring it to your table while you’re enjoying cappuccinos at the coffee bar. Place a note inside asking her to marry you.
You’ve Found Your Treasure – Make Her Hunt Down Hers
And there you are, at the final spot, ring in hand
Treasure hunts are fun, especially if you’re the prize! Find an excuse for the hunt – it can be her birthday, or you pretend it’s a competition between the two of you. As long as she doesn’t suspect the real reason. Provide clues to bring her to places that have meaning for both of you.
And there you are, at the final spot, ring in hand.
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea - You and I, You and I, Oh How Happy We'll Be
She might not be familiar with the 1914’s musical, but she surely appreciates the ocean and the beach. Write a lovely message and place it in a bottle in the sand. Sunset would be the most romantic time for a stroll by the shore. This is best timed with a friend, who can place the bottle in a designated spot and keeps an eye on it (you want to be sure no one grabs it before she does!) while you lead her to the location.
Get down on bended knee while she reads the note. Proposals don’t get any more romantic.
House of Worship
Houses of Worship tend to be somber venues, but most ministers, priests, and rabbis look favorably upon true love. If you and your special lady attend services regularly (or even semi-regularly), talk to the person in charge. At the end of the service, have him or her declare that there is just one more special announcement. That’s your cue to come up.
Ask your inamorata to please stand and join you, then ask her to marry you before the entire congregation. Make sure your house of worship allows cheers and clapping, because there will be lots of that.
All the World’s A Stage …
This probably wouldn’t work on Broadway, but it will draw applause anywhere else
Do you and your future wife enjoy the theater? Do you go frequently? This probably wouldn’t work on Broadway, but it will draw applause anywhere else.
Arrange with the director of your local theater for you to propose following the curtain call. The odds are excellent that he or she will agree since this is great publicity. As the actors take their final bow, join them onstage and give your best performance during the proposal. Have her join you onstage.
Bonus points for getting the cast to take their final bow in your direction instead of toward the audience.
Like the theater, this is another opportunity to propose on stage. While you can take her to a karaoke bar and surprise her by singing a love song, then asking her to come onstage before you propose in front of the audience, there’s a sneakier way to do this.
Have a friend of hers take your bride-to-be out for a karaoke girls’ night. Be sure the friend can be trusted not to give away your secret. While the ladies (yours included) are enjoying the show, you shock her by appearing on stage with a rendition of “Will You Marry Me.” Have her join you onstage and ask her to marry you. After she accepts, serenade her with the Beatle’s “When I’m Sixty-Four.”
Now that you’ve proposed, and the lady has accepted, you can relax. Right? Actually, no. The fun is just beginning. Your next step is to decide on the venue and find a caterer to fit your budget and taste. Better start planning now, or hire a wedding planner to ensure your special lady has the wedding of her dreams.
Billboards get attention. Design a romantic billboard proposal and have it displayed on a route the two of you will pass, preferably on foot. How can she not say Yes!
Waiter, There’s A …. Ring In My Dessert
No need to hide the ring in the chocolate cake. Choose a nice restaurant with a dessert trolley. Following your meal, have the waiter arrive at your table with the trolley. One of the dessert plates will have the ring on it. Arrange for the waiter to point at it. “Perhaps Monsieur would enjoy this?” Have him hand you the ring before getting down on your knees.
Dessert and champagne will probably be on the house
First, you need a large number of people. You can advertise on social media and check with local dance schools for volunteers. Find a venue that can accommodate (and will permit) a crowd. Pick a romantic song and have the mob begin rehearsing.
You can be with your girlfriend when the flash mob makes its appearance, or you can be on the sidelines. As the group is about to finish their song and dance, stroll through the crowd and propose to her.