Proposing to the person you love is scary. But have courage young heart when planning your proposal. This is the first step in spending the rest of your life with your soulmate!
Each proposal is different, romantic and perfect in its own way. Your proposal story is one that you will be telling for years to come. Take your time and create something worth telling.
1. Be sure you are ready for the proposal, the marriage and most importantly the commitment.
2. Ask her/his father’s permission.
3. If you are planning on staying overnight remember to pack a bag for both of you.
4. Make it a surprise!
5. The perfect proposal is the proposal that reflects you as a couple.
6. Make sure she/he had a manicure.
7. Practice asking her/him to marry you – this will help with the butterflies on D-day.
8. Get someone to film or take pictures.
9. Get down on one knee, tell her/ him how much you love her/him and why you want to marry her/ him when you ask.
10. You can never have too much candles, flowers or fairy lights.
With these 42 proposal ideas and 10 helpful hints DNI will help you change this unnerving day into a dream come true for both you and your bride-to-be.
THE 15 PROPOSAL TYPES
People love in different ways and each relationship is unique. We have identified 15 Proposal types each with a few Proposal Ideas. Use one, create your own or use the all! There is no wrong way to propose as long as it comes from the heart. The most important part is the two of you.
TYPE 1: THE MULTIMEDIA PROPOSAL
The Multimedia Proposal is modern and easy to share. Today technology is a crucial and integrated part of our daily lives. Using Multimedia in your proposal gives you a lot of creative freedom. Your proposal can be a whole production including cameras, lights and action lights and action.
1. THE PREVIEW
Most movie theaters have advertisement time available. Create a short video of you proposing, edited it to look like a trailer and make sure you are in time for the special preview. Be warned that you might not stay for the rest of the film.
2. CREATE YOUR OWN MOVIE MEMORY
Create a video with all your favorite moments together; a walk down memory lane, a celebration of you relationship. Fill the video with her favorite quotes and music. End the video with “Will you marry me?” For a bonus show the video to her in your own private drive-in. All you need is blanks, a white sheet and a projector.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA
Using an app (like Hootsuite) which lets you post on a bunch of social media sites at once, flood her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with a short video of you proposing. Try and surprise her with breakfast in bed, let the proposal video be the first thing she sees. Be sure to film her reaction for a follow up video to be played at your reception. A page dedicated to her and your relationship. Where you have to add spouse put “hopefully after today” and your name. Send her the link.
TYPE 2: THE GAME PROPOSAL
This proposal is for all the game nerds out there. Change a fun filled games night into a night she will never forget. If she loves games and solving puzzles these are the proposal ideas for her.
Write your own version of Trivia questions all focused on the things she love, what you love about her and your relationship. Make the final question the proposal. Or at a quiz night organize with the host beforehand to sneak in the questions for you.
5. BOARD GAMES
Play a normal round of your favorite game but replace the dice, character or finish line with her ring.
6. CREATE YOUR OWN PUZZLE
Print up a photo of you holding a sign with the words “Will you marry me?” on cardboard. Cut up in puzzle pieces and watch how her face lit-up as she solves the mystery.
TYPE 3: THE QUEST PROPOSAL
A proposal is the first step on the long road ahead of you. Why not use the road in your proposal? Facing the “challenge” of these types of proposals, solving it and finding solutions are all metaphors for your marriage. Besides she will love the dramatics of it all.
7. SCAVENGER HUNT
Design a scavenger hunt with clues. Try to take her all over town to all your favorite locations. She should try something new, something that scares her and something that she loves. Remember to add prizes with you and her engagement ring being the ultimate trophy.
Like we said the proposal is the first step. Leave your love a road to follow. Build the road out of rose pedals or glow in the dark stars. She should find you, her favorite food and her ring at the end of the road.
Build a maze and leave her a note to come find you. Decorate the heart of the maze with fairy lights, wait for you sweetheart to find you and get down on one knee. You can build a maze out of anything: material like tablecloths and bed sheets, hay or even flowers.
TYPE 4: THE DESTINATION PROPOSAL
This proposal is all about location, location, location. Explore SA or go over the water to a strange land. See some place new or revisit some of your favorite holiday destinations. The best part about these proposals is you get to spend a whole weekend together, blissful and engaged. Just make sure she doesn’t find the ring hidden in your sock!
Sun, sea and amazing sunsets make for the perfect setting. Write out your proposal in the sand or just let nature take its course.
Surrounded by fresh air and amazing wild life it is a gorgeous backdrop. Check with the lodge beforehand on how they can help you make it extra special. Most lodges have private game drives, elephant rides or helicopter flights available.
12. ROAD TRIP
Road Trip down to the beach or to family together. Take back roads and long stops really enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful local scenery. Time spent together is never wasted. Somewhere on the trip the perfect moment will present itself just be ready.
TYPE 5: THE GROUP PROPOSAL
Get a helping hand from friends, family and sometimes even strangers to pop the question. The more the merrier we say!
13. FLASH MOB
Choreograph a dance routine to her favorite song. Surprise her at work or at the mall, the more theatrical the better. Be warned these types of proposals usually end up trending on social media.
14. FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Use your friends and family to help pull of the perfect proposal. This includes: kidnapping the bride to be and bringing her to your location – a starlit dinner for two, wearing t-shirts or holding signs that spell out “Will you marry me?” (be sure to be “me”) or even being your back up dancers or singers.
15. A STRANGE AUDIENCE
For the more daring among you, propose to your girl on live television or on stage at a concert. The spectators will cheer you on.
TYPE 6: THE RECREATION PROPOSAL
Recreation those perfect moments together set the tone for a long and happy life. It acts as a reminder from where you have been to where you are going. from where you have been to where you are going.
16. RECREATE YOUR FIRST DATE
Recreate your first date down to the last detail the only difference will be that beautiful ring on her finger by the end of the night.
17. RECREATE YOUR FAVORITE SCENE FROM A MOVIE
Try and get that scene as perfect as possible use customs and everything. Give her a script with her lines and spoil the ending – they live happily ever after.
TYPE 7: THE YUMMY PROPOSAL
Food plays an important part in any relationship, so it makes sense that food is part of most proposals. This is especially an awesome proposal if cooking dinner is something you never do. Show of your new found skills or order-in.new found skills or order-in.of your new found skills or order-in.
18. MAKE DINNER
Make dinner at home for the two of you, cook all her favorite food and pull out all the stop. Starters, dinner and dessert. Set the table, dim the lights and light the candles. Hide the ring in the pudding. It will be the best dessert she ever had.
19. FANCY RESTAURANT
The classic proposal. Take your girl to the fanciest restaurant you can find and hide her ring in the champagne. Organize with the manager beforehand for a private table and romantic music.
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21. USE THE FRIDGE
A fridge is the most used item in any kitchen. Make it a used item in your proposal. You can either replace an egg with her ring, , or you can spell out “Will you marry me?” with labels you made on the milk carton, the egg carton, the butter and the juice. Just make sure they are the first thing she sees and that everything is in the right order. The best reason to cook breakfast.
TYPE 8: THE UNPRETENTIOUS PROPOSAL
Wherever you are the happiest together. This proposal is simple and modest. It comes from the heart and is usually in the spur of the moment.
22. ON THE COUCH
While relaxing together watching a movie or reading a book you will look over at her and know. That is when you ask.
TYPE 9: THE PRESENT PROPOSAL
Surprise! The ring is the present!
23. THE PRESENT RING
Hide the ring in another present much like a Russian Nesting doll. Watch as her face changes when she realize what you actually got her.
TYPE 10: THE CUTE HELPER PROPOSAL
Sometimes we all need a little help and the cuter your helper is the more kisses you shall receive.
No girl can resist. Enlist the help of your niece or nephew at a family event. Print a shirt with the words “Will you marry me?” on the front. Let the little tot waggle over and hand her the ring box.
Puppies and Kittens work best. Stop at your nearest pet store or animal shelter and pick up a furry friend and a collar. Tie the ring to the collar for a cute surprise. You will have a great story to tell plus your first family pet.
26. CHILDHOOD TOYS
Using your or her favorite childhood toy shows your partner how well you know them, even the part of them you never met. Tip: Lego works best. A Lego man’s hand holds a ring perfectly.
TYPE 11: THE ADVENTURE PROPOSAL
The Adventure Proposal is all about Extreme Sport and getting your heart racing. This proposal type is only recommended for couples who regularly take part in these activities. Remember she has to enjoy the proposal as well!
27. THE DIVE
Skydive or Scuba dive with your proposal on a sign. Make sure it is waterproof and easy to read. If you have a sky or scuba diving group use them to spell out the proposal, either with their own signs or written on their parachutes.
28. HIKE A TRAIL
Take your soon to be bride on a hike. Make sure to reach the top before sunset and get a friend to set up a table. Enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets over the breath-taking view. As the stars come out to play take your girls hand and slip the ring on.
TYPE 12: THE SPELLED OUT PROPOSAL
These proposals are all about writing/asking “Will you marry me?” in strange and wonderful way. The sky is the limit. Literally!
29. UNEXPECTED PLACES
Write it somewhere strange; like on the bathroom mirror with lipstick or on the fridge with magnets. The idea is to be creative and catch her of guard. Just be sure you are around when she finally sees it.
Use photographs of the two of you. You can either spell it out with the photos themselves or write the words on them.
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Hire a plane to write the words in the sky or to pull a banner. This is great way to proclaim your love for the world to see, but still have the intimacy of a private proposal.
TYPE 13: THE ARTISTIC PROPOSAL
Let your creative abilities run wild. The great thing about these proposals is good or bad she is going to love it. Plus she has a keepsake.
33. PAINTING OR SCULPTURE
Create a painting or sculpture. You decide the subject and where the proposal fits in. This piece of art will be displayed in your home from that day forward.
34. A SONG
Write a poem or song expressing your feelings. After her thunderous applause has died down get down on one knee and finish the job. Repeat the song as a surprise at the wedding reception.
35. SCRAPBOOK OF MEMORIES
Create a scrapbook of your relationship up and till this point. Include your adventures, favorite restaurants and quotes creating a map of the road so far. Leave the last page blank, accept for the words “Will you marry me?” and “Book 2: The Wedding Coming Soon.”
TYPE 14: THE HOLIDAY PROPOSAL
The Holiday season is a very popular proposal time. There are festivities all around and spirts are high. You are also surrounded by your loved ones. Pick your holiday right.
Hide the ring as a present (see the Present Proposal) or as a decoration on the tree. Make sure it is the last gift to be opened.
37. HER BIRTHDAY
We know it is not technically a Public Holiday but it is still a very special day. Spend the day making her feel special and take her to do all her favorite things. End the night with the proposal making it a birthday she will never forget.
38. NEW YEARS
Love is a celebration and a proposal is the best party every! Start the New Year with a bang and time your proposal perfect. At 11:59 pm she is your girlfriend at 12:01 am she is your fiancée.
TYPE 15: THE WRITTEN PROPOSAL
“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
39. COMIC OR STORYBOOK
Write your story beginning to end. Add illustrations or photographs. You can change names and add in fantasy and adventure. Write the ending open for example; “…the boy asked her to marry him and he held his breath as he waited for her answer…”
Leave trail of sticky notes around the house, each one telling her why you love her. Fold up the last one and stick it over your heart. While she is opening up the note and reading the words “Will you marry me?” drop down to your knee.
41. FAKE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
Create a fake newspaper article and hand it to her as if everything is normal. It doesn’t matter what you write about as long as you end with the proposal.
42. HIDDEN IN "IMPORTANT PAPERS"
Rewrite a passage or two and insert it in the original. Ask her to read that specific part out loud. Enjoy her reaction as she realizes what she just read.