Best Marriage Proposals

The best marriage proposals are those that have a lot of thought put into them. They don't have to cost a lot of money but they will cost you a lot of time because you really need to think things through to make sure that it's a success.

If you're just looking for how others have done it, take a look at these great marriage proposal ideas but if you want to figure out what will make YOUR proposal special, then read on.

The first thing that guys really need to remember is that it's not about what they would like but about what she would like.

Most women would rather have a romantic proposal that took a lot of thought instead of one that appears unplanned and more like an after-thought.

For girls, the thought, time, and effort that is put into a marriage proposal are the most important elements.

So think about her and the first few phone calls she'll make to her friends and family right after you pop the question. Try and imagine her talking to them, what would get her excited when she's relating the story to those closest to her?

There are the obvious clues, like if she's someone who doesn't like a lot of attention, proposing in public would be a bad idea, so the Jumbo-Tron at a local sporting event is not the way to go!

There are also subtle clues, watch how she reacts to certain scenes in movies, especially romantic ones. What makes her giggle or tear up? What romantic stories has she told you about her friend's relationships? What love songs does she think are beautiful?  Pay attention, the clues are right there in front of you!

Take our fun and light-hearted fiancé quiz. It just may help you understand her a little better.

Here's one of the best marriage proposals we've seen for someone who's a bit of a techie or an Apple freak. It's a proposal done through a take-off on an Apple ad for the iPhone. We wouldn't recommend this for everyone but apparently it worked well for this guy because she said YES.

The point is it's creative, genuine, and tailored to their relationship.

You can also check out some of the other creative marriage proposals that our website visitors have come up with.

So, it's time for you to start thinking. Begin with just one idea and build on it. Many guys find it easiest to start with where they think they'd like to propose and go from there. So start with that.

Most Common & Best Marriage Proposal Locations

Below are three of the most common locations for popping the question. Tailor them to you and your sweetie and turn it into one of the best marriage proposals ever.

Dinner at home is always a great option. It's personal and private. So prepare a romantic dinner for 2, complete with candlelight and champagne, and think about a really clever way to propose at some point during the festivities. Make it special—really special, and turn a quiet evening at home into one of the best marriage proposals ever.

There are few simple dates that are more romantic than a picnic in the park. These types of dates are personal, cheap and romantic. Make sure to go to a secluded area or remote location. You don't want the Griswald's having a family get together a few feet away. Bring along her favorite things, favorite music, favorite game. Make the day all about her and make her feel incredibly special. Then simply propose.

If you're lucky enough to live by the ocean then plan a day at the beach. If not, you can always plan a mini vacation or weekend away for a little sun and fun. Beaches are very romantic especially in the late afternoon and early evening and a great place to propose.

Movie Scenes & Marriage Proposals

One of the easiest ways to come up with an idea of how to play the whole proposal out is to think of it as a movie scene. Where would the scene be set? How would he do it? What would happen after he proposed? Where would they go next?

Now, let's see how it's done by building a scenario around the last location we mentioned—a day at the beach.

After spending a day at the beach, ask her to help you build a sandcastle right before sunset. If she doesn't seem interested, tell her you want to build what your future house might look like, let her know it's important to you.

While you're digging in the sand make sure you "find" the engagement ring, or let her find it instead... then get down on one knee and propose.

After she says "yes", whisk her away to a private table for two at an elegant restaurant overlooking the ocean. Order champagne and celebrate your life together. Have proper attire ready and waiting for the both of you (just like the guy would in the movies) so the momentum of the evening isn't ruined by having to stop somewhere—just change in the car, on the beach, or the restaurant's restroom.

Get the idea? Location alone may not be enough, you need to create a story—a few pages in one of those over-the-top romance novels or movies.

The best marriage proposals come from the heart, they are honest and well thought out. Be creative and don't worry about not being perfect at whatever you decide to do. If you really try hard and still flub things up it'll become part of the charm of the overall proposal.