Marriage Proposals: 50 Romantic Ways to Propose

Read on for 50 great marriage proposal ideas, or skip to the type of proposal you think fits best.

by The Knot

Marriage on your mind? She’ll be telling the story of how you proposed to friends and strangers for the rest of her life, so put your own spin on one of these ideas to make sure it’s memorable. (Hint: If you haven’t found the ring yet, check out our ring photo gallery.)


Best Public Marriage Proposal Ideas

1. Have a flair for the dramatic? Get in touch with the stage manager of an appropriately themed production and propose after the cast’s curtain call.

2. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper you know your girlfriend reads daily.

3. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have him sketch a picture of you two with word bubbles. Yours will read, “Will you marry me?” and hers will say, “Yes!”

4. Pay the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their biggest fish tank. Give them a handwritten sign that says, “Will you marry me?” to hold up against the glass.

5. Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home; then send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. When she gets to the last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

6. Go out for a night of dancing and ask the DJ or bandleader to pass you the mic so you can dedicate a song and propose on the dance floor.

7. Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to see.

8. Flying anytime soon? Use the plane’s loudspeaker system (of course, run your plan by the flight attendants first) and propose at 35,000 feet.

9. Movie buffs? Ask your neighborhood theater to run an ad featuring your proposal and make sure you get there in time for the previews.

10. Gather a bunch of your friends and family for a party. Have everyone in attendance put on a T-shirt bearing one of the letters in the phrase “Will you marry me?” When you walk into the room with your girlfriend, suggest a group picture and let the shirts speak for themselves.

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by The Knot



  1. How about a creating ‘your song” uniquely written just for her. http://www.lovenote.com.au have it to play at the wedding, play it at every anniversary. Share it with your future children. Something that will remind you of that special moment forever.

  2. I was rather spoilt when it came to proposals- my husband proposed a total of 9 times, one for each year we had been together. My favourite was a champagne picnic in the botanic gardens with a busker hired to serenade us with Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble songs. We also enjoyed going to the Observatory to view the star he had named in my honour, the classic diamond ring in a champagne glass at dinner, and the final proposal was during a helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour!

  3. I wrote my fiance a song so that she’d have a keepsake that would stand the test of time. The song was about our relationship and how we met, in the end of the song i asked her to marry me. You can hear the song here. http://snd.sc/157llIu

  4. Propose on beautiful Sydney Harbour onboard “I DO “..a gorgeous Italian style motor boat.Many successful proposals in recent months..picture this…sunset..champagne..exquisite cheese platter…Opera House ..Botanical Gardens..Sydney Harbour Bridge…and bride to be has no idea !!
    A truly memorable moment….onboard “I DO”

  5. My beau proposed in the middle of a lake and was fortunate enough to have the driver of the boat capture it, as a bride to be i love being able to go back to the moment whenever my heart desires, as a bride to be, as a photographer I love how perfectly the moment has been frozen in time. If you can get someone to snap a photo of the proposal, do it!

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