There are plenty of things to think of when getting ready to ask someone to marry you. What do you say? Do you have the right ring? Will they say yes? That one is probably the most important question on anyone’s mind by far, but one way to ensure that she says yes is to make the location of your proposal so perfect that she can’t say no. Finding a romantic location that you can have a private moment while you tell someone you love them and want to spend your life with them, and just like tons of wedding options, there are also tons of options for proposal locations.
Many of these options are great to visit while on vacation, so the nice part is, you can go on vacation and keep the proposal a surprise. Some of them are cliché, and places where hundreds or thousands of people have asked others to marry them before, and some give you the chance to add a unique touch. The important thing to know is, wherever you ask, you want it to be something the two of you can remember for the rest of your lives, as it’s truly the start of your life together.
25 Northern Lights
This one doesn’t have an exact location, as you can view the Northern Lights from many Northern countries, such as Canada, Iceland and Norway, and it does take some correct timing, as the Northern Lights don’t happen every night.
But if you are lucky enough to catch them on the right night, you may get lucky with the correct answer to your important question.
The Northern Lights are actually made from the Sun’s solar wind and the charged particulars make these lights glow naturally in the air at night.
24 Santorini, Greece
Santorini is known as being one of the most beautiful places to visit in Greece. It is especially famous for their white and blue houses that look out over the turquoise Aegean Sea, but more importantly for the romantic, there are especially famous for their sunsets.
It’s perhaps the most beautiful place in the world to watch the sun fall in the sky.
Everything around you is just so romantic, that it will be hard to say no when he gets down on one knee.
23 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The famous Cliffs of Moher in Ireland are one of the purest natural encounters in the world, which makes for the perfect spot to propose.
The rugged cliffs stretch out into the water and soar above the waves, making it a dramatic spot to propose, especially if you hit the right time of day and get the sunset or sunrise.
The crash of the waves in those open landscape will make it seem like it's just the two of you when you are ready to ask the big question.
22 Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkey may seem like a weird place to go to for a marriage proposal, so at least you’ll have the element of surprise, but the truth is, Cappadocia has an amazing landscape which makes it one of the top spots for hot air balloon rides.
You don’t need high buildings to ask for her hand way in the air, as marriage proposal packages are available, so you can have a private hot air balloon ride.
According to hotairballooncappadocia.com, their flights take off just before sunrise, so you’ll get, perhaps, the best view you could ask for.
21 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is often on the list of top honeymoon destinations, as it is Canada’s honeymoon capital, but that means it’s a great place for love and a great place to propose.
At night, the Falls are lit up with lights, there are fireworks shows, a large Ferris wheel that overlooks the falls, making it an intimate place to ask the big question.
Pretty much everything in Niagara Falls is facing the Falls, so even a hotel room will have an amazing view of them.
20 Empire State Building
Stand on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and overlooking the largest city in the United States when you’re ready to propose.
Many people have proposed from the observation deck on the once tallest building in New York City.
There is a chance to ask just as the sun is going down, with a beautiful sunset over the New York skyline, or later at night with the lights of the Big Apple, as the last elevator goes up at 1:15 am, meaning there is a good chance for a private proposal.
19 Central Park
If the city isn’t the backdrop you want for your proposal in New York, try Central Park. On the Central Park website, they even list the 11 best proposal spots, including the top choice of the Belvedere Castle Terrace, there is plenty of place in Central Park to ask the big question.
They even sell proposal packages, starting at $1250, which includes your desired spot, coordination with vendors, one hour of photography and a dozen roses, and you can add on acoustic music, and much more.
18 Rome Colosseum
Rome has a lot of busy tourist attractions, so it will be really hard to get a private moment alone without a bunch of people around bumping into you. But at night, the tourist spots slow down and the Colosseum looks to be the perfect spot to propose, especially during the sunset.
The Colosseum looks pretty amazing in the sunset light, and with all the history, it’s definitely a place someone would not expect a ring to pop out.
17 Space Needle
Tall buildings offer great views of the city and a perfect place to propose, especially if that city has a huge mountain in the background.
In Seattle, the Space Needle, which offers a 365-degree view from 175 feet in the air, offers a great opportunity to propose with Mount Rainier in the background.
The snow capped mountain and city view make for a perfect spot to ask for someone’s hand in marriage, especially in the rotating restaurant that is on top of the Space Needle.
16 Juliet’s Balcony, Verona, Italy
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” The spot in the classic Shakespeare play where Romeo climbed up to his love Juliet would make a perfect spot for anyone to propose, being that it was the backdrop for what many call the greatest love story ever told.
Except, according to Trip To Discover, Shakespeare never went to Verona, and his characters never existed.
The city of Verona bought this house from Dal Cappello family and because the name was so similar to Capulet, it just sort of stuck and became the famed balcony.
Of course, the island of romance is a great place to propose. It’s true, Travel + Leisure named Bora Bora the number one island for romance because it offers plenty of great scenery with crystal blue waters, and plenty of private areas in order to have that intimate moment.
The turquoise lagoons make for an interesting engagement photo and it’s almost like a honeymoon before you get married.
And with it being a relaxing island, it should help take any jitters away if you get a little nervous.
14 Neuschwanstein Castle
Every bride wants their marriage to be a fairytale and of course, that means a storybook proposal as well, complete with castle. That’s why grooms-to-be are heading to Germany to propose at the Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for the Disney World Cinderella Castle and Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle.
Touring the castle alone isn’t allowed, but you can book a tour with a local wedding planner who will make it a true fairytale proposal, including a carriage ride for two, and 10 minutes in the main hall to propose.
13 Havasu Falls
When someone thinks of the Grand Canyon, a marriage proposal isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Unless, of course, you head to Havasu Falls, as it is the most famous falls amongst the Havasu Creek.
The main chute drops over 100 feet from a vertical cliff and it makes for a great backdrop for a marriage proposal and if you’re brave, a swim behind the falls.
With picnic tables set up, it’s the perfect place for a romantic picnic before pulling out a diamond and asking their hand in marriage.
Bali is a hot tourist place in the world, but it is also a place where you can snag yourself a private space on the beach and make that marriage proposal a dream come true.
In fact, you can hire a company in Bali to make your proposal dreams come true.
Who wouldn’t want a secluded beach to themselves with a dinner waiting with candle lights around? And on top of that, Bali has plenty of things to do beyond just hoping they say ‘I do’, so your vacation will be memorable.
11 Las Vegas
Las Vegas would seem more like a place for a quick wedding than a dream proposal, but if you stand in front of the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel, especially at night during their display, you’re going to get an amazing photo for your engagement photo.
Many people also take wedding photos there, so if you like, you can propose, then head right over to the Little White Chapel and get yourself hitched, all in the same night! There is no time like the present!
10 Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa at about 4,900 meters, or 16,000 feet high.
You may have to have some climbing experience for this proposal, but it would be well worth it to ask someone to spend the rest of their life with you at one of the tallest mountains in the world.
Marriage is a journey and climbing this mountain may be the ultimate one, so the symbolism is definitely there.
9 Hluboka Castle
Hluboka Castle is ranked one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Located in the Czech Republic, Hluboka Castle is a gothic style castle that hosts weddings, so it would be a great spot to get a marriage started first by popping the big question there in one of their main gardens.
Who wouldn’t want a castle to be the backdrop for their romantic proposal?
It’s the fairytale way of doing things and when it comes to weddings, the more it resembles a fairytale, the better.
8 Maldives Vaadhoo
If you’re going up high for a marriage proposal, chances are you want stars in the night sky. Well, how about in the water?
Head to the Maldives and Vaadhoo Island and use the wonder of nature to your advantage when you’re ready to ask the big question.
The plankton in the water glow at night, creating a star effect in the water, and possibly one of the most romantic spots to ask the big question on Earth, all because of some chemical reaction with plankton.
7 Taj Mahal
If you want a symbol of everlasting love, there perhaps is no better example than the Taj Mahal. The wonder of the world was made by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, so he created a 17 acre complex that is now one of the most famous places in the world.
It does get plenty of visitors, so it could be hard to propose, but the message behind it is so meaningful that it makes for a great story to tell.
6 Love Park
Of course, named Love Park is a place to propose marriage. Technically the park is called John F. Kennedy Plaza, located in Philadelphia, but because of the Robert Indiana ‘love’ sculpture that overlooks the plaza, it’s the perfect place to propose and get a literal sign of love in the picture.
You may have to dodge a few people for the right photo, but while other people are enjoying the park, you’ll be focused on getting the right answer to your important question.
5 The Shard
The Shard is called London’s most romantic view and has quickly become London’s most romantic destination and place for couples to propose.
It’s twice the height of any vantage point in the city, offering an amazing panoramic view of the London skyline stretching 40 miles long.
You can buy a package that includes a private area for two, this is decorated with hundreds of rose petals and candles to make the moment extra special and romantic and ensure she doesn’t say no.
4 Lake of Love
Another dream area to propose would be at the Lake of Love in Minnewater, perfect for a waterside picnic that turns itself into one amazing proposal. According to Kayak, the legend is that the lake is named after a young girl called Minna who was in love with a boy from a rival tribe, and obviously, they couldn’t be together.
She passed from heartbreak. So it is said that a couple who walks over the love bridge, and kisses their loved one there will see their love last forever.
3 Lake Louise
You may not find a more beautiful spot to ask someone to marry you than at that Lake Louise, located inside Banff National Park. It’s as picturesque as anyone could imagine, with the Rocky Mountains in the background and the turquoise from the Victoria Glacier, it would be hard for any other place to match up to the natural beauty of this location.
The great thing is, you can propose any time of year and get a great view, so all you have to worry about is hoping she will say yes.
2 Pont Neuf, Paris, France
The most romantic city on Earth, the City of Light, Paris, France, is the perfect place to propose. It is possible that Paris is the city that has the most proposals per year, but it’s hard not to think it’s a great place, especially up in the Eiffel Tower.
For another option, however, try the ancient bridge, Pont Neuf, which means ‘New Bridge’, which has some symbolic meaning when you consider two people are about to cross a new bridge in their lives.
1 Gondola Ride, Venice, Italy
If you are looking for a romantic place to propose, try Venice, Italy and get in one of the gondolas that run down the city rivers. Sure, it’s a little cliché, but if you want a private place to ask the big question while paddling down the streets of Venice, there might be no better place.
Just remember, you’re not technically alone, as your driver will be with you, but it’s hard to deny how romantic a night ride would be and how it may be the perfect setting for a proposal.