Best Romantic Marriage Proposal Ideas (and the Products You’ll Need to Make Them Happen)

Best Romantic Marriage Proposal Ideas (and the Products You’ll Need to Make Them Happen)
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Many women (and men!) dream of the day the love of their life gets down on one knee and asks for their hand in marriage. Sorry, but phoning in an engagement simply isn’t an option. She is expecting a romantic proposal that you plan just right, so she remembers the special moment forever. Everyone appreciates a romantic proposal just like in the movies. Or, like Chandler’s proposal to Monica on Friends. Missed that episode? Just think candles, tons of candles! Making the ultimate romantic proposal happen is all about tailoring your approach to your partner. Is their dog the center of their life? Think about how you can incorporate Fido into the big moment. Perhaps they dream of being a princess for a day. We have an idea for that! Read on to discover the most romantic proposal ideas for all kinds of soon-to-be brides, and the products you’ll need to pull ‘em off. From a simple way to transform a wintery proposal into the most romantic engagement ever, to a romantic destination engagement idea you will want to book ASAP, here is some rom-com worthy romantic proposal inspiration for all budgets, and types of happily-ever-after hopefuls.



How to Pull off the Most Romantic Marriage Proposal Ever



There is no one-size-fits-all romantic proposal. The most romantic thing you can do is plan an engagement that speaks to who your partner is, and what they value. For example, if she loves travel, a destination proposal is a must. If she is low-key, she’ll appreciate an intimate, at-home proposal. Another thing that makes a proposal super sweet is to keep it a secret! There’s nothing less romantic than telling your partner exactly how you plan to propose. (It happened to a friend, trust us). Turn to her friends and family if you aren’t sure what type of engagement ring she would like, or how to propose. Keep reading for ideas on where to do the deed, and what props you can prepare ahead of time so she’ll be shocked, delighted, and above all, so overjoyed that her romance cup is filled to the brim.



Romantic Proposal Inspiration


Where to Propose:

There is no wrong place to propose. OK, we’re sure there is, but where you propose has to be special and personal for you. If that is at a favorite restaurant, swoon, we’re in! If asking for your love’s hand in marriage while you’re in your PJs in the kitchen feels right, we are so on board. Of course, you can also go big with a Disney engagement, or a trip to a locale you’ve always dreamed of visiting together. Close to home or far away, romance is in the air when you have a ring in hand.



Type of Proposal:

If family is everything, involve them! If you’d rather your romantic proposal be just about the two of you, sweet. The type of proposal you plan depends upon your partner’s personality. An extroverted person may prefer a public proposal, while an introvert is likely hoping for a private engagement moment. Simple, complex, unique; scroll down to get the deets on all types of proposals.



Proposal Props:

All you really need is a ring, but planning a special, romantic scene she’ll never forget is kind of awesome, too. Our roundup includes engagement attire, custom luminaries, keepsakes, and more unique touches that are sure to make your romantic proposal up there with the “you complete me” scene in Jerry Maguire.







1 of 10 Image Credits: Etsy

Cutest Proposal Idea

Personalized Proposal Sign


Involve your pet in your romantic proposal. This adorable idea requires a little cooperation from her furry BFF, and a simple prop. This personalized proposal sign is handmade just for your special moment. Choose your ink, ribbon, and paper colors, and add your betrothed’s name under the words, “Will you marry me?” The ribbon is slipped around a pet’s neck, and then, it’s his time to shine! She won’t be able to say “no” to that sweet, little face. Or yours.

Heavy card stock paper
Double-sided satin ribbon

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This shop was quick, friendly, and informative. They took the time to suggest the perfect font, without me asking. The sign was shipped extremely quickly, and was truly a highlight of the day.

2 of 10 Image Credits: Neiman Marcus

Most Creative Proposal Idea

Ieena for MacDoogal Sleeveless Metallic Ball Gown


Let her be a princess for a day in this gorgeous, fairy-tale gown that features a high halter neckline and beaded collar, and a ballgown silhouette with a floor-skimming hemline. Think Cinderella, but super chic. She is going to love the romantic gesture, but um, word of caution: She may not want to take the gown off! No matter. Just be sure to have the ring cued up as soon as she slips on this beautiful gown. Matching shoes not required, but totally recommended. Ditto setting up an appointment for her to get her hair and makeup done. But psst, she would love that!

Sizes 0 - 14
Hidden back zipper
Dry clean

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The dress was absolutely beautiful! I wore it to a ball and received so many compliments! Everyone wanted to know where I got it from! I was happy to share!

3 of 10 Image Credits: Zales

Best Sparkling Proposal Idea

Emerald-Cut Diamond Three-Stone Frame Engagement Ring


For a sparkling proposal that will practically blind her with bling, try this emerald-cut engagement ring on for size. Er, she’ll try it on for size, but you get where we’re going with this. A center halo-style stone is flanked by smaller emerald-cut, halo-encircled stones, and set in a white gold band, featuring sparkling round diamonds, encircled by more diamonds. That’s a lot of diamonds, finished off with a high-polish shine, and perfect for a romantic proposal she’ll keep in her heart as long as this stunning ring is on her finger.

14k white gold
1-1/2 carat total weight
Prong set

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love my engagement ring. It was everything I wanted and more. The emerald stones provide a vintage look. The stones are distributed perfectly, so that the ring has a perfect combination of class and size not looking like it is ‘too much.’ The clarity of the diamonds is impeccable. I catch myself gazing at its beauty often. I would definitely recommend this ring.

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Best Destination Proposal Idea

Archer Hotel Napa Valley


Is there anything more romantic than sipping wine in wine country? Take your engagement on the road and travel to Napa, California for grape-stomping, wine tasting, and love declaring. The Archer Hotel is highly rated for its proximity to activities like shopping and dining, and its modern, luxe amenities. There’s also a gym, a spa, and room service. You know, if you don’t want to leave the room for awhile after she says “yes.”

1 King bed
285 sq ft
Flat-screen TV
Espresso maker

What Reviewers Are Saying:
We enjoyed an excellent stay! The hotel is beautiful. The rooms are modern, cozy and a great size for a boutique hotel. It sits in the perfect location in downtown Napa, within walking distance to many great tasting rooms, shopping and restaurants.

5 of 10 Image Credits: Macy's

Most Chic Proposal Idea

Thalia Sodi Lace Sheath Dress


Surprise her with a romantic dinner out, where she has no idea you are about to ask her to be your wife. She’ll need the perfect dress for the occasion, and this romantic lace cocktail dress fits the bill. Over 135 reviewers rave about the pretty, feminine hues the dress comes in, like Napa Wine and Wild Plum. They say the lace is soft, and the silhouette flatters. Your bride-to-be is sure to feel sexy and special in this frock, but even more so when you get down on knee and place a ring on her finger!

Sizes XS - XXL
Back zipper
Empire waist

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This dress has a great fit and beautiful color.

6 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Winter Proposal Idea

UGG Ana Faux Shearling Throw


We are picturing a horse-drawn carriage, but if that’s a bit too hard to pull off, all you need is hot cocoa by the fireplace, and you are halfway to creating a romantic, wintry proposal straight out of a snowglobe. Simply cuddle up in this cozy blanket by UGG (yeah, the makers of the comfiest boots and slippers on the planet), and pop the question. She will feel warm and fuzzy all over once you declare your everlasting love.

50 x 70 inches
Machine washable

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is literally the warmest, fuzziest and most amazing blanket to ever be made! It makes a great gift too!

7 of 10 Image Credits: Etsy

Most Glowing Proposal Idea

Will You Marry Me Luminaries


Imagine her delight when you reveal these custom luminaries that ask the most romantic question of her life. Set up the beautiful display poolside, by a glowing fire, or at the end of a scavenger hunt. If she can stop crying, hopefully she’ll be able to squeak out a “yes.” We’re tearing up just imagining this straight-out-of-a-movie scene.

Recycled paper
5.25 x 3.25 x 9.75 inches
Laser cut lettering
Does not include LED lights (recommended)

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I give 5 stars for the product since my fiancée loved the display I put on for her when I proposed.

8 of 10 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Celebratory Proposal Idea

Waterford Lismore Tasting Flutes


For crystal that will last as long as your love, choose Waterford. These elegant tasting flutes practically ooze romance, especially when you propose. And pour champagne to celebrate! Then, every time you use your crystal, you can fondly recall the day it all started with a simple question: “Will you marry me?” And, “Can I have a refill?”

11.5 inches high
6-ounce capacity
Hand wash

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I bought these as an engagement gift and the recipients were very happy with them. They are just the right height. The stems are very sturdy on these, not as fragile as some, which is another plus. The sparkle factor is always gorgeous with Waterford!

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Best Floral Proposal Idea

Silk Rose Petals


Set the scene for a romantic proposal she’ll be telling your grandkids about. Scatter rose petals from the entryway of your home, all the way to where you will pop the question. Perhaps even spell out “Will you marry me?” in petals. Add candles. Scatter petals down the steps, on the bed, create a path to a bath, drawn just for her, with a glass of wine waiting, and romantic music playing. However you want to use this affordable proposal prop, she is sure to be in tears the moment she sees how much thought and preparation went into asking her for her hand.

2200 pieces
Polyester silk
Other colors available

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The color is vibrant and they are perfect for what I used them for. They are easy to spread on the floor and up the stairs and on the bed. They stay in place and look so appealing and romantic.

10 of 10 Image Credits: Etsy

Best Family-Oriented Proposal Idea

Engagement Party Photo Booth Backdrop


She would want her family there to share in the joy of her marriage proposal. Surprise her with an engagement party. Then, pop the question in front of everyone she loves. A tapestry-style photo backdrop will add to the decor of your soiree. Her future bridesmaids, flower girls, and other loved ones can pose with her (and her new ring!) in front of a romantic floral banner that declares she is your future Mrs. Personalize the backdrop with a date so the pictures serve as a memento of the romantic proposal you totally just nailed.

Lightweight polyester
51 x 60 inches
Larger sizes available
Proof provided

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This was shipped to me very quickly!! It turned out so perfect. The material was great and durable and the print was beautiful. I am very happy with it.