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11 Wedding Proposal Ideas to Kick Off Your Engagement

The Ultimate Proposal

Your proposal is bound to be the most romantic moment of your life, second only to your wedding. Make sure that the moment is planned to perfection with these 11 wedding proposal ideas. We reached out to Adam Leffel, Creative Director of Adam Leffel Productions, for insight into making the occasion even more memorable. 

“To make a proposal extra romantic, once a site has been chosen, you have to look around and embrace your surroundings,” he tells us. “Whether it be a secluded hotel room, enchanted garden, park setting, or rooftop with a view — the floral and decoration enhancement is everything. The photos, the candles, the lighting, time of day, backdrop, and more make this moment a once-in-a-lifetime, memorable experience.”

Don’t leave such a moment to chance. “Hiring an event production professional to assist with this installation is key to proper execution,” he explains. “You need to enjoy the moment, and you simply cannot do it all. It takes a village.”

There’s a good chance that your beloved has been dreaming about the perfect proposal since childhood. Make those dreams come true with these 11 wedding proposal ideas. After you’ve explored some of our favorite tips, head to partyslate.com to begin assembling your team of experts. It’s time to get down on one knee and narrate your very own fairytale.

  1. Choose an Epic Location
  2. Capture the Moment with a Talented Photographer
  3. Don’t Skip the Videographer
  4. Make it Personal
  5. Spell Out Your Love With Stunning Signage
  6. Make it a Moment to Remember With Epic Décor
  7. Up the Romance With a Post-Proposal Picnic
  8. Celebrate With an Engagement Party to Follow
  9. Serenade Your Beloved
  10. Make it an Immersive Experience
  11. Seal the Deal With a Toast

1. Choose an Epic Location

An unforgettable moment deserves an unforgettable location. Choose a breathtaking venue to get down on one knee. Whether you head to your favorite destination or choose a spot closer to home, make sure to select a space with an epic backdrop. Trust us, your photographer will thank you.

Unforgettable Proposal at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
photographer: Maya Myers Photography | planner:  Sterling Engagements | floral: XO Bloom | venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards

Go With a Sweeping View

Malibu, CA

This stunning aisle, lined with lush greenery and white florals, becomes even more spectacular with a dramatic mountain view.

Breathtaking Proposal at The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
photographer: JS Photography | planner: Events by Monet | venue: Georgia Aquarium | caterer: Wolfgang Puck Catering

Immerse Yourself In Another World

Atlanta, GA

This aquarium proposal immersed the couple in an underwater wonderland for a magical evening that included a romantic dinner for two.

photographer: Brittany Gilbert Photography | venue: Collective Hill Country

Make it a Spot for Just the Two of You

Wimberley, TX

This secluded marquee tent, with tasteful rustic décor, was the perfect place for an intimate and elegant proposal.

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2. Capture the Moment with a Talented Photographer

While it may be tempting to ask a friend to snap a photo on their smartphone, you don’t want to leave one of the most memorable moments of your life to chance. A skilled photographer will be able to capture the perfect shot — regardless of weather, lighting, or angles.

NYC Rooftop Proposal March 24,2018
photographer: Petronella Photography | planner: The Heart Bandits | venue: Ink 48 Hotel

Set the Scene for the Perfect Photo

New York, NY

Consult with your photographer to make sure your backdrop is picture-perfect, just like this stunning rooftop proposal set against the New York skyline.

Romantic Proposal by the Water in Kirkland, Washington
photographer: Into Dust Photography | coordination: Events 4 Life | balloons: M&M Balloons | letters: Seattle Giant Letters

Capture the Moment of Surprise

Kirkland, WA

We love how the photographer was at work long before the soon-to-be bride noticed the epic proposal spot awaiting her. 

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3. Don’t Skip the Videographer

If a picture speaks a thousand words, a video speaks a million. Relive this special moment over and over again with a video that captures every moment of your proposal. Your friends and family will also love being able to witness such a meaningful experience long after the event.

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4. Make it Personal

Your love story is one-of-a-kind — and your proposal should be, too. Reflect your love story with thoughtful details that capture the unique elements of your relationship. You can also look back on your shared history that led to this all-important moment with a beautiful gallery wall. 

Pro Tip: Hire an event planner to curate thoughtful details.

Charming Bohemian Style Surprise Picnic Proposal at The National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
photographer: Sandra Ott | planner: Honey & Lavender Events | floral: Helen Olivia Flowers | venue: United States National Arboretum

Consider Every Little Detail

Washington, D.C.

We love how this proposal reflects the couple’s personal love story and personalities. Spanish red wine was served to reflect their shared love for Spain, while a vintage Eiffel Tower wine bottle captured their hope to one day travel to Paris together.

photographer: Andreas & Nico | décor: Birch Event Design | venue: Lavan 541 | graphics: Bombshell Graphics

Create a Gallery of Memories

New York, NY

A gallery of memories turned this beautiful venue into a personalized museum that led to a magical proposal spot. Click “See More Photos” for the big reveal.

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5. Spell Out Your Love With Stunning Signage

We love how the right signage sets the scene for the most romantic moment of your life. Consider marquee letters or even letter balloons to share your heartfelt message.

Pro Tip: Use a rentals company to ensure that your signage is as wow-worthy as can be.

Sunset Proposal at The Newhall Nest in San Francisco, California
photographer: Hey Honey Photography | planner: The Heart Bandits | letters: Alpha-Lit San Francisco | venue: The Newhall Nest

If You Like It Put a Ring on It

San Francisco, CA

We love a good bit of punctuation. But who needs a period when an engagement ring will do? This stunning signage (along with the epic views) makes us want to say, “I do.” 

Romantic Proposal in Houston, Texas
photographer: Framed by Cam | planner: Beck&Call Events | venue: NSR studio

Make a Statement With Signage That Pops

Houston, TX

This romantic proposal spells out the excitement in the room with sleek, silver balloon décor.

The Ultimate Proposal
photographer: Clane Gessel Photography | planner: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | floral & décor: Adam Leffel Productions | venue: Soho Grand Hotel

Lead All Eyes to the Sign That Says it All

New York, NY

A petal-scattered aisle leads to stunning marquee signage laden with crimson balloons for a glamorous proposal infused with romance.

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6. Make it a Moment to Remember With Epic Décor

Create a beautiful space that reflects the importance of the moment. Whether you choose to propose in an outdoor spot with a dramatic view or in a simple, white room, you’ll want to transform your setting into an extraordinary place filled with curated details and stunning designs

Tobias Harris' Romantic Engagement in San Diego, CA
photographer: Reem Photography | planning & design: Kesh Events

Create a Romantic Focal Point

San Diego, CA

This gorgeous wedding-style canopy became even more beautiful at night with a candlelit path leading to a larger-than-life heart (made entirely out of rose petals). Trust us: You have to see it to believe it.

Floral-Filled Proposal in Los Angeles, California
photographer: David Meddil Productions | planner: Everly Rose Events | floral: Celio’s Design | candles: Vogue Candles

Set the Mood With Florals and Candlelight

Los Angeles, CA

Nothing creates a romantic mood like an abundance of florals and candlelight. We applaud this stunning proposal site transformed from a plain white room into an intimate setting that was perfect for “I do.”

Romantic Bohemian Inspired Beach Wedding Proposal in Los Angeles, CA
photographer: Dmitry Shumanev & Dina Douglas | planner: Everly Rose Events

Create a Cozy Spot for Just the Two of You

Los Angeles, CA

After you get engaged, you’ll want to take a moment for just the two of you. We love how this curated lounge area gave the couple the perfect space to relax and enjoy their post-engagement bliss.

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7. Up the Romance With a Post-Proposal Picnic

Take the time to enjoy this special day with a romantic picnic just for two. Make sure to elevate your décor as much as your cuisine for the perfect post-proposal afternoon.

Eddie and Esther's Proposal
photo courtesy of & décor: Mars Productions

Curate the Perfect Spot

Rowland Heights, CA

Think beyond the picnic blanket, and curate a beautiful spot with thoughtful décor. We especially love how this wooden shelving creates an intimate space for the newly-engaged couple.

Intimate Outdoor Proposal at 9OFS in Boston, Massachusetts
photo courtesy of & venue: 9OFS | floral: Stapleton Floral Design | caterer: East Meets West

Include Your Favorite Small Bites

Boston, MA

This will be one of the most memorable meals of your life, so make sure the catering is on point. Curated lunch boxes or delicious charcuterie spreads are some of our favorite picnic bites. 

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8. Celebrate With an Engagement Party to Follow

Extend the happiness of the occasion with an engagement party that immediately follows the proposal. You’ll want to show off the ring and share your happiness with your loved ones, so make sure you have the perfect place to gather.

You can find some of our favorite engagement party ideas below:

Luxe Proposal and Surprise Engagement Party
photographer: April Sapp | planner & rentals: Social Llama Events | venue: Hotel Crescent Court

Invite Loved Ones to Witness Your Proposal

Dallas, TX

Friends and family gathered at this beautiful courtyard space to witness a heartfelt proposal before celebrating with a stunning engagement party.

Beachside Surprise Proposal & Engagement Party for NFL Player in Ocean City, MD
photographer: Emily Alyssa Photography | planner: DESIGNED PERFECTLY EVENTS | floral: J. Morris Flowers

Have Your Loved Ones Participate in the Proposal

Ocean City, MD

These friends were an essential component of this seaside proposal. After witnessing this beautiful moment, loved ones gathered for a memorable engagement party with picture-perfect details.

Romantic Afternoon Proposal and Engagement Luncheon at a Private Residence in Los Angeles, CA
photographer: Callaway Gable | planner: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | design, décor & floral: Revelry Event Designers & Marks Garden | venue: Private Residence | caterer: Jennifer Naylor Catering and Special Events

Wine & Dine With Close Family & Friends

Los Angeles, CA

This proposal was followed by a gorgeous luncheon decorated with unique orange floral décor. Make sure to check out the menu to learn more about the delectable bites offered at this luxe affair.

Breathtaking Surprise Proposal at Montage Kapalua Bay in Lahaina, Hawaii
photographer: Pacific Dream Photography | venue: Montage Kapalua Bay

Celebrate Long Into the Night

Lahaina, HI

This epic, beachside proposal wowed from sunrise to sunset. We love how the evening ended in an intimate family dinner beneath string-light tenting at this beautiful resort.

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9. Serenade Your Beloved

In addition to a curated design, you’ll want to set the mood by keeping the other five senses in mind. We love how music creates an immersive experience for the couple at hand. You can play “your” song or choose a classical tune to create the mood.

Pro Tip: Ditch the wireless speakers, and enlist the help of an entertainment company.

photographer: Mandelette Photography | planner: The Heart Bandits | design & floral: Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor | venue: Devereaux

Wow With Live Music

Chicago, IL

We love how this rooftop proposal, with magnificent florals and views, went the extra mile with an onsite musician to heighten the romantic ambiance.

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10. Make it an Immersive Experience

Make this special day even more magical with immersive activities that keep the celebration going long after you get down on one knee. Set sail for a romantic proposal at sea, make your own history at a world-renowned museum, or recreate your very own fairytale for an epic proposal. 

Luxurious Yacht Proposal in Miami, Florida
photographer: Imagery by Jules Photography | planner: ThemeIT, Inc. | floral designer: S. Dulcio Florals & Design | venue: Seafair Mega Yacht

Set Sail for the Adventure of a Lifetime

Miami, FL

Showcasing over 12,000 red roses, this yacht became the most romantic spot at sea for a breathtaking proposal.

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | planner: Christina Currie Events, Inc. | floral: Route 171 Market | venue: Field Museum

Make it a Museum-Worthy Proposal

Chicago, IL

Imagine the surprise of this bride-to-be when she discovered an engagement ring discreetly placed inside a gemstone case at Field Museum’s Gem Hall. It’s safe to say, this proposal will go down in history for its creativity.

A Magical Proposal in Orlando, FL
photo courtesy of & event planner: Whitney Carillon Events | floral: Raining Roses Productions | linen: Nuage Designs | paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Live Happily Ever After

Orlando, FL

What’s more romantic than a post-proposal fairytale carriage ride? See how Mickey and Minnie Mouse joined the couple for the perfect photo op, as well.

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11. Seal the Deal With a Toast

You’ll have plenty of reasons to toast after the proposal, so make sure you have Champagne on hand to celebrate your happiness. For an extra-personalized touch, consider enlisting an invitations & print company to create a custom Champagne bottle label. 

Intimate Rooftop Waterfront Proposal at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland
photographer: CONNOR STUDIOS | venue: Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Cheers to Love That Never Fades

Baltimore, MD

This intimate rooftop proposal wowed with a beautiful wedding-style sweetheart table. We love how the couple celebrated with a romantic dinner and plenty of Champagne toasts. 

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People Also Ask…

Where can I find a photographer to photograph my engagement?

Check off one of the most important boxes on your to-do list, and hire a photographer to capture your proposal. Use PartySlate to find a photographer near you. You can also use the “destination” filter to find a photographer who’s willing to travel. Lastly, make sure to click into their PartySlate profile to see real examples of their work. 

Where can I find a venue for my engagement party?

An engagement deserves to be celebrated. Use PartySlate to find the perfect event space for a chic engagement party. Use the filters to narrow your search by location, guest count, amenities, and more. Moreover, make sure to click into a preferred venue’s PartySlate profile to see real events held at the space.

Can PartySlate also help me plan my wedding, as well?

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