Marriage Proposal Ideas that are ACTUALLY Unique
Welcome to HowHeAsked.com – the world’s leading proposal site! We’d love to help you find unique marriage proposal ideas and this post is just the start. Before you read all the ideas below, here are a few other things our site has to offer:
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4) How to Buy a Diamond from Blue Nile: learn what to look for in a diamond (or see what rings other men chose on their recently purchased engagement rings page).
5) Figure out her ring style from James Allen (they’re also an amazing online retailer)
6) Insure your engagement ring – Most jewelers recommend it, but a lot of couples overlook this step. We did a deep dive on how to get the right insurance for you.
You can find all of these things on our “plan your proposal” page. Now onto why you’re here…
MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IDEAs that are ACTUALLY UNIQUE
Finding creative marriage proposal ideas is tough and a truly great marriage proposal can be very hard to think of. You want to be original. You don’t want to over do it. You want her to say yes (and cry a lot).
You also want to make sure your proposal is very unique to your relationship. All that being said, we put together a lengthy list of actually unique marriage proposal ideas – from artsy to outdoorsy ideas, and elaborate to simple ones too.
Keep in mind, every proposal will be unique if you put all the unique details of your relationship into it. These next few marriage proposal ideas can get be perfect for couples with a ton of history, great stories and lots of memories.
Scavenger hunt proposals
Think of a few places that are meaningful to your relationship and send your girlfriend (and 2-3 friends or family members) to visit these places. Throw in a salon appointment (hair and nails), and perhaps even a stop at a boutique to pick out a new dress. Along the way, have notes or cards (or even a voice recording of yourself) describing what each place or stop signifies. At the end of the scavenger hunt, propose with a romantic view in the background and have all the friends and family involved in planning the day there to celebrate after.
Here’s an amazing example (it’s one of our most read proposals):
photo by Susan Lines
They stopped by places that were significant to the couple’s relationship, as well as places that Megan could get pampered and dolled up before the proposal. After the day was over, the getting down on one knee part was ultimately done in private (a great strategy), but it was still captured from a distance on camera! Make sure you hire a photographer when you propose – it’s one of the more important parts of planning your proposal. You can see more scavenger hunt proposal ideas here.
CREATE A MILESTONE MOVIE
With video creation being easier than ever (heck, you could simply use your smart phone to shoot it!), we’ve seen some really cute videos being compiled and shown right before the proposal. There are movie trailer proposals, Disney montages, and tons of others. One of our favorite marriage proposal ideas is recording a video of you at all the places that are meaningful to your relationship. Record you at the park you laid in for 5 hours on a Tuesday evening, the restaurant you went to with her parents for the first time, the pet store you got your bulldog from – tell her why these moments were so special to you and your relationship.
You can show this movie at home (before the TV show you both are hooked on), in front of friends at family at a surprise dinner or event, or see if you can line up the video at your local movie theater. This way to propose ensures you have the memory for years and years to come.
OUTDOOR MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IDEAS
We’re huge fans of outdoor marriage proposal ideas. After all, relationships are about experiences, the journey, and adventure. If you and your girlfriend enjoy a good hike, outdoor picnic, or extreme adventure, here are a few awesome marriage proposal ideas to learn from.
SKI LIFT PROPOSAL
Write different phrases in the snow that are visible to you and your girlfriend as you’re going up the ski lift (you can put love quotes, write out dates/milestones from your relationship, or scribble some nicknames in the snow).
At the very top, have the last phrase be “Will You Marry Me”. You can use food coloring to dye the snow to make it easier to read. (Oh, and make sure the safety bar is down when you propose!)
PROPOSING ON A HIKE
What better place to propose than at the end of the trail? It’s symbolic of your journey and chances are, the view at the top will be breathtaking. Like this amazing proposal at the Stairway to Heaven.
PROPOSING AT THE BEACH
If you’re a big fan of the ocean, the beach could be the perfect place to propose. Tell your lover that you heard of a beach contest for the best sand drawing (to enter, you’re supposed to take a picture of it and email it in). You could even ask the lifeguard to come up to you and “tell you about the competition”. Suggest that both you and your girlfriend should create your own drawings. Of course, you’ll use this as your time to write out the marriage proposal. When you’re both finished, share your creations! She’ll be stunned!
See tons more beach proposal ideas!
MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IDEAS FOR BOOK LOVERS
Books or photo albums are a great way to chronicle your own relationship and have a keepsake to hold onto for the rest of your lives! Having your girlfriend read through something before you get down on one knee is also a great way to build up all the emotion.
ASK HER FAVORITE AUTHOR TO HELP WITH THE PROPOSAL
If you’ve got a book lover on your hands, ask her favorite author to sign her favorite book with “Will You Marry, ____ (your name)” on the inside. Take her to dinner or a picnic and give her the book as a gift. You can even carve out the book and put the ring in the middle. Not only is this a creative way to propose, but it’s extra great because you’ll have the signed book as a physical memory of the proposal forever.
MAKE A BOOK OR PHOTO ALBUM TO PROPOSE WITH:
Take photos and keepsakes from your relationship and make a photo album or story book out of it. Make sure to include feelings you had with each memories and a note on the last page that says “Will you Marry Me”. An extra idea would be to add an additional page to the story book with photos and feelings from the proposal (after she says yes, of course!).
Here are some great letter and/or scrapbook proposals!
MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IDEAS WITH FRIENDS + FAMILY
If your lady is close to her family, she very well might want them to be involved. You won’t have to twist anyone’s arm to help with the proposal, but be sure you only enlist the help of tight-lipped friends and family! Whether they are there before or after, it’s often important to share the moment with your loved ones as well. Here’s a proposal that had friends and family holding signs and messages in front of the bride-to-be as she journeyed into the backyard, where her boyfriend was standing waiting to propose. And another where friends and family held a sign that said “Dance Forever?”
Here are a handful of proposal ideas with friends and family.
FLASH MOB PROPOSALS
It’s no secret trend, the Flash Mob Proposal has been popping up (literally) all over the last few years. We receive tons of Flash Mob Proposal submissions and are still not sick of watching them. They’re so full of energy and emotion – and even more so when friends and family join in the mob as well. Check with our friends at BookAFlashMob.com. They have produced some especially incredible ones!
PROPOSE WHILE PLAYING A TRIVIA GAME
Plan a game night alone or with friends. When it’s your girlfriend’s turn to answer a question, head over to where she’s sitting and say “Your question is: Will you marry me?”. Definitely make an actual trivia card so that you have the proposal memory to hold on to!
PHEW! That was a lot. We hope it helped. If you still need more, check out our oh-so-tear-jerking collection of popular marriage proposals. We also have adorable disney proposal ideas, tons of Christmas proposal ideas, and then you can watch hundreds of the best marriage proposal videos here as well.
As a reminder, we have a proposal idea generator and entire section to help you plan your proposal. And if you still haven’t gotten a ring, here’s tons of info on how to buy a diamond or check out Blue Nile’s list of the 20 most popular rings.
And that’s all folks! Best of luck and make sure you share your proposal story with us after.