Marriage Proposal Ideas

Is getting married on your mind right now? To start the party, we have gathered a numbered of proposal ideas you can customize the floor you choose. Remember, that your sweetie will be telling the story of how you proposed to friends and strangers for of his or her life. Check out these different ideas on how you will ask your girl's hand in marriage.

Proposal Ideas Part 1 - Go Public
1. For some, a public display of attention is the ultimate gesture. Most movie theaters will let you buy a slide that plays onscreen before the feature. You can design your own and watch as the entire theater strains to see the lucky person’s astonished expression.

2. Convince the local theater to spell out your proposal on their marquee. Phrase it like a film title: “The Love of a Lifetime – starring (insert names here)”

3. Take the stage! Get in touch with the stage manager of an appropriately themed production and propose after the cast’s curtain call (the stage manager will prep everyone and get you in position). I Love You. You’re Perfect – Will you spend a lifetime with me? Marry Me!

4. Have your proposal painted on a billboard en route to her office. Park beneath it or await their arrival at work, armed with champagne ready for toasting.

5. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper you know your honey reads daily. Be nearby while they read, or else you’ll miss the look on her face!

6. Gather all your friends for a big softball game. Give the outfielders signs that spell your sweetie’s name and “Will you marry me?” When she comes up to bat, signal them to display the signs. Tell your soon-to-be-fiancĂ© that if he hits one out of the park, a different kind of diamond awaits them.

7. Make a list of ten reasons you’d like to marry your beloved. Read them to her in front of a crowd, have a singing telegram deliver them or send them written on note cards one by one over the course of a day and with the last card arriving via personal messenger (and that is you).

8. We had to add this one: Create a Web page declaring your love and intentions. Leave your sweetie a clue with the Web address written on it – don’t say a word. After the proposal has been officially accepted (which of course it will be), and she can proudly send the page to friends and family.

Proposal Ideas Part 2 – Perfectly Private, Please!
1. Draw a bath for the two of you and place a floating candle or rubber ducky in the middle with a ring tied around its neck. Make a path of roses leading to the tub.

2. Speaking of paths, turn off all the light in your apartment and make a trail of candles that leads to a circle of votive position around a ring.
3. Give your girlfriend a foot massage and place the ring on her little toe.

4. Send your sweetie on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home. Then send her on a tour of your favorite spots – all over town, or just around the house. When she gets to the last hint, the treasure should be you offering up a ring or other sentimental token. They won’t need another clue to figure out what you mean.

5. Sometimes the key is not how you pop the question, but where. Find a special place, maybe the bar where you first kissed or the Chevy backseat, where you first uh – well, you know. Or go to a place that means something to both of you. Once you’re in position, just kneel and ask. Your honey will always remember that you remembered.

6. Tie a red velvet ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. You wait at the last stop, ring in hand.

7. You don’t need to propose with a diamond ring. Buy any piece of jewelry or a watch and inscribe it with, “Marry me.”

Proposal Ideas Part 3 - Surprise!!!
1. Want to really surprise your sweetheart? Cut out the bottom of a big box, wrap it with pretty paper and ribbon, and attach a card that says, “What’s inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime.” DELIVER it yourself to her office or front door.

2. A surprise trip is sure to set the mood. Blindfolds and intricate secret plans (you’ll have to pack her bags) are a much to increase the thrill factor. Once you have reached your destination, pop the question.

3. Is your sweetie a deep sleeper? Slip the ring on her finger while they’re dozing and wake them with champagne and strawberries. The gesture will just seem romantic – until they discover a new piece of jewelry adorns them.

Proposal Ideas Part 4 - The way to a loved one’s heart is through the stomach
1. Food is tempting addition to any successful proposal. Spell out, “Will you marry me?” in M&Ms, Jellybeans, or Hershey’s Kisses on the kitchen table, bed, or coffee table. Send her to read it. When she says “YES”, you can toast your future with a mutual sugar rush.

2. Freeze the ring in a homemade Popsicle, and give your sweet two treats in one!

3. Surprise your honey with an intricate gift basket. Pile in yummy delicacies – the best chocolate, caviar, coffee – but don’t limit yourself to food. You could also include silk slippers, a book or CD. Hide the ring among all these wonderful presents (in its box, so it does not get lost in the goodies)

4. If you’re dining in a fancy restaurant, ask the wait staff to write, “Will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce around the rim of her dessert plate.

5. Serve dinner of aphrodisiacs at home and place the ring inside an oyster shell.

6. Make your planned breakfast in bed. Propose to her while they feel ultra-cozy and pampered.

Proposal Ideas Part 5 – Let me see the kid in you
1. Draw a hopscotch board on the sidewalk and invite your honey out for a game. Once she has to give way to a little childhood play, replace the pebble you’re using with the real rock – the engagement ring.

2. Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark stickers on your ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off, and wait for the inevitable gasp.

3. Write “Will You Marry Me?” on the underside of a kite and take flight on a warm and breezy afternoon.

4. Spell out your proposal with refrigerator magnets.

5. Scratch your proposal into the frost on her cat’s windshield.

6. If it’s Easter season, paint one word each from the phrase, “Will you marry me?” on four eggs and hide them with the rest, so she has to find them all to make a complete sentence. Definitely make “marry” the hardest egg to find. You can throw in other eggs with funny verbs painted on them to throw your egghead off – like kick, tickle, and love.

Proposal Ideas Part 6 – Hot ideas under the sun
1. Go to the beach with your sweetie. Causally build a sandcastle (at a safe distance from the ocean), and place the ring on the highest tower. Invite her to admire your handiwork, then pop the question.

2. Go for a sunset sail and propose while at the sea.

3. If you’re vacationing in a warm place (or you live in a warm place, lucky dogs), tie the ring onto her hot new string bikini – or in the lacing of your surf shorts and announce that you want to take the plunge.

4. While your beloved is taking a nap on the beach, sneak away and spell out your intention in seashells. Then go for an afternoon stroll and let the shells do all the work.

5. Take you darling to the local Fourth of July fireworks show, and have someone announce your proposal before your whole town.
6. Gather your families together for a summer barbecue and make your proposal a family affair.

7. Plan a scavenger hunt through a local park. Pack a picnic, and when you get to the park, send her along to find the first clue. Once they’re out of sight, make yourself the last clue in a romantic spot with champagne and ice and ring in hand.

8. Invite Miss Right to a private pool party and send the ring floating toward them on a raft. (Note: This does not work in a Jacuzzi)

9. Here is a truly classy approach: Write your proposal in sunscreen on your tummy, so that your tan will transfer the words. She will be so touched you have taken such an, um, interesting approach, she will accept your proposal immediately.

Proposal Ideas Part 7 – Flying high
1. Hire a skywriter to spell your proposal on high.

2. Tongue-tied? Hire a plane to fly a banner with your “Marry me (insert name here)” message written on it. Take your honey to a wide-open space – a beach, park, or a stadium – and simply point to it.

3. Hire a plane to draw huge hearts and your initials in the sky. When your sweetie notices what the pilot is doing, tell her that your love was heaven sent.

Proposal Ideas Part 8 – Flower power
1. Flowers always charm people – what else exists solely to look beautiful? (Except your fiancĂ©, of course), string the ring on a ribbon and use it to tie a bouquet of wonderful flowers (daffodils, tulips, lilies, or whatever reminds you of her) together.

2. Go for symbolic power. Instead of the standard, even though lovely bouquet of roses, present her with a potted orchid. Put the ring beside the stem (in its box, so it does not get lost in the Spanish moss). The orchid will last a long time, will always be grand, and will bloom from time and time again (just like your love).

3. Plant a colorful window box of forget-me-not for her. In the biggest space will phrase, “Will you marry me?” on four garden markers.

4. Sneak into her home or office armed with rose petals. In the biggest letters space will allow, spell out, “Will You Marry Me?”

Proposal Ideas Part 9 – Aww, so sweet!!!
1. If it’s cold and snowy, build a snowman and set the ring box in his stick arms.

2. Propose in different language, or lots of different languages – starting from French, the language of love.

3. Buy a baby animal that she always wanted (bunny, kitten, puppy) and loosely tied the ring around its neck. Make a commitment to the pet and each other. Or, substitute a stuffed animal – still fuzzy, but less maintenance.

4. Play Hangman and have the phrase be “Marry Me.”

Well, that’s it. Now, you have a lot of options or ideas to choose from on how you will propose a marriage to the love of your life. Read and choose which one is best for you sweetie that would really surprise her or something she would not expect that you’ll be doing it to her. Good luck!

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