Engagement & Proposal Ideas

The engagement & proposal ideas below are for any girl that loves to read, or adores films, food, games or flight. If your girl falls in to one of these categories, you'll be sure to find some ideas to make her heart skip a beat.

If these don't quite fit your bride-to-be take a look at our ideas for unique marriage proposals. They may just be what you're looking for.

couple on the beach kissing after proposing

Engagement & Proposal Ideas For Music Lovers

Make her a custom CD or create a playlist for her iPod and include every love song you both enjoy. Tape yourself asking her for her hand in marriage somewhere in the mix of songs.

Be with her when she's listening to it and pull out the ring and get on bended knee  just as your proposal message is about to be heard. This is an especially good idea if you have a lot to say and are worried about delivering it properly. Because it's on tape, you can do it as many times as you need to so that you have it just right!

Engagement & Proposal Ideas For Art Lovers

If she's an art lover, then this proposal idea will completely blow her away!

DNA 11 offers personalized DNA portraits. Yes, that means your DNA or hers is made into incredible modern art and will become a striking keepsake of your engagement. You can do lips, a thumbprint or a DNA chart. You can do your own, or just do hers, or do the both of you.

Art proposal idea

You customize everything including the size and color and your proposal offering will hang on your wall for years to come. We especially like the double DNA portraits (show below) for a proposal—you are on one side of the canvas and she is on the other. This really is a picture perfect proposal for an art lover and one of the most amazing ideas.

art for marriage proposal

Engagement Ideas For Book Lovers

If she's a book lover, buy a copy of her favorite love story. Cut out a hole in the book and put the diamond engagement ring in it. Present it to her outside of a gorgeous library while you get down on one knee. Tell her that your love story is one for the books and you can't wait to begin writing the next chapter.

Another great idea to stir things up a bit is this. Does your sweetheart read the paper every Sunday morning without fail? Take out a full page ad and profess your love to her. Is she a big fan of a specific column? Try and get in touch with the writer and see if they can work your proposal into this week's article.

Proposal Ideas Fit For The Movies

say anything

Pull a Lloyd Dobler. If she grew up in the 80's or just knows the film, she's bound to have dreamed of that scene from Say Anything, when John Cusack shows up and blasts "In Your Eyes" from Peter Gabriel to win back the lovely Ione Skye.

Get yourself a ghetto blaster (sorry, an iPod just ain't gonna have the same effect here!) and drive over to her house and throw that stereo above your head and crank it.

Make sure you leave with a "yes" and not a pen like poor Lloyd. As in..."She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."

pretty woman

Another classic for our list of engagement proposal ideas comes from Pretty Woman. Order in or cook her dinner while you're watching Pretty Women. Afterwards, bring that modern fairytale to life for her.

Draw her a bath and make a path of roses leading to the tub. Place candles all around to set the mood. She will be so excited about the pampering that seeing you down on one knee will just be the icing on the cake.

Need more great ideas? How about A Video for the Ages.

Upload a video of your proposal on YouTube. You can include whatever you want in it, pictures from your past together, video footage from over the years. She will be so touched and the best part is you can take footage of her saying "yes".

Add that to the video and send it off to friends and family announcing your wonderful news! Your memory of the special moment is always there to watch. It'll be interesting to see over the span of your marriage how many times it is viewed and enjoyed by people from around the globe.

Playful Proposal Ideas

Play a trivia game together. We won't describe the whole evening but while you're playing and it's your honey's turn, casually say "Your question is: Will you marry me?" rather than the question written on the card.

Write it on a jigsaw puzzle! Get a blank puzzle kit and write out your marriage proposal on it.

On a nice rainy Sunday afternoon, try and solve it together—surprise her with flowers and dinner afterwards at your favorite restaurant or create a romantic dinner at home. Better yet, have a jigsaw puzzle custom made with a picture of the two of you, or a montage of pictures, or any other ideas that you think she'll be thrilled about.

unique puzzle wedding gift


X marks the spot. Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt with her best friend (who is in on it). Start with a clue at home, then send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. Have something special at each stop along the way—a box of chocolates, some flowers, a love note, etc... When she gets to the last stop, the prize should be you on one knee. The best friend can snap a few shots along the way or film the whole thing.

Engagement Ideas For Travelers

Leaving on a jet plane. The next time your better half is away on business, get friends and family to join you at the airport. They'll each hold up signs spelling out "Will you marry me?" as she walks into the arrivals gate.

Make sure you're the one holding the "Me" sign! Get down on one knee and tell her how much you miss her when she's gone. For an added surprise, present her with two plane tickets to a romantic getaway that leaves in a few hours (don't forget to pack her a bag full of her vacation wear).

will you marry me signs

Surprise Getaway. Speak to your girlfriend's boss at work and get her a couple of days off. Surprise her with plane tickets to her favorite resort. Once on board the plane check with the flight attendants and use the plane's loud-speaker system and propose 30,000 feet in the air.

Write it in the sky. Skywriting is an old-fashioned and romantic way to propose. You can have both an intimate and private marriage proposal, while still proclaiming your love to the world. You can also get a plane to fly a banner with "Will you marry me (your fiancée's name)?" over your town.

We've seen this happen several times while on the beaches of Florida and it's so much fun watching everyone look around trying to figure out who the happy couple is. Some times it's pretty obvious while other times we never could tell who was enjoying that special moment. They could have been on a balcony in one of the hotels for all we knew—either way it's a great idea if you want to have a public, yet private proposal.

A Foodies Guide To Engagement & Proposal Ideas

Let them eat cake! Chat with the restaurant manager ahead of time. Ask them to place your ring box on the dessert tray along with all the yummy delicacies. If she has a sweet tooth, her mouth will water with the display of cakes and pastries and her heart will melt when she sees the ring box amongst them all. Get down on one knee and ask her to pick whichever dessert she wants. None of them can be as sweet as this proposal.

Menu masterpiece. Reserve a table for two at her favorite restaurant. Make a menu with your proposal printed inside of it. Then have the waiter deliver the menu to your sweetie. As she's reading it, ask for her hand in marriage. Another option, if she craves Chinese food—create a personalized fortune cookie with your proposal message inside.

Signature Drink. Freeze the ring in an ice cube and drop it in her glass, while you're at your favorite restaurant. When she realizes what's in her drink, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you.

These are just some of the engagement & proposal ideas we have here on the site. Go through our entire marriage proposal section and come up with your own recipe for your perfect proposal.