Romantic proposal ideas can be cheesy and over the top sticky. They can also be simple and sweet proposals from the heart. They come in all shapes and sizes because what’s romantic for one couple isn’t necessarily true for another.
We took a quick poll to find the best romantic ideas for proposing. The results are below. Some are heartfelt, some are sweet, and others are just plain fun. Mix’em up, play with them, combine a few, use only parts. It’s all about her so make sure you tailor these ideas to your girl.
The Chocolate Engagement Gift
Nothing says romance like chocolate. If your girl loves romance and chocolate, then this is the perfect proposal idea for her.
Whatever your existing plan, add this little great idea to make the event even more romantic. Create a sweet engagement she’ll never forget with this 2lb bar of Belgian Chocolate with “Will you marry me?” written on the chocolate.
Personalize the words on the box without hinting to what may be written inside. Be creative! Write whatever you like.
As she opens the box get down on one knee and do your thing! You can place the ring inside of the box, or have it in your hand, either way she’ll be completely surprised because the last thing she will expect from a large flat box of chocolate is a proposal.
Romance In A Bottle
If you’re looking for romantic proposals, they don’t get much better than this one. Write a love poem on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into a vintage bottle and cork it.
Go to the beach and bury it in a well marked spot in the sand. Take your girlfriend to the beach for a relaxing day in the sun and suggest making a sandcastle together. “Find” the bottle as you dig together and have the ring on hand as she opens the message and reads your touching and romantic note.
Read about Jim’s plan for a pirate version of this romantic proposal idea. He asked us for a little help with a poem, we were happy to help and offered a few suggestions. After carefully planning the details Jim’s proposal was a total success and we have the pictures to prove it!
A Bouquet Of Beauty
Send her one long stemmed red rose a day for 11 consecutive days. On the 12th day, she’ll be expecting the last rose to complete the dozen. (Make sure the roses are really fresh because they need to last to the 12th day.)
On that final day, bring the last rose with an engagement ring attached and ask her to marry you. Have another dozen roses to hand to her when she says “Yes!”.
Although long stemmed red roses are a symbol of love and best suited for romantic proposals, you can substitute it for her favorite flower but it might have less of an impact when she relates her proposal story to friends and family.
Special Package Delivery
This really is one special delivery and a great romantic proposal idea. Get a huge box (appliance boxes work best but anything you can sit or crouch in will work) and cut the bottom out.
Wrap it up so that it looks amazing, complete with beautiful ribbons. Attach a card that says: “What’s inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime.”
Then “deliver” yourself to her front door, or even her office. You’ll likely need a friend’s help to make sure everything looks right once you’re inside the box. They can also double up as a video/photographer to capture the moment on film.
Once she reads the message, and starts to open the box… pop out and propose. It will be the most romantic present she’ll ever receive. Having a bottle of champagne or flowers inside the box with you, or anything else that’s special to the two of you, will only enhance the proposal.
Let her Eat Cake Romantic Proposal Idea
Buy or bake a cake (chocolate is always a good option for romance but a red velvet cake would work well here too).
Ice it yourself, or have the bakery do it with your personal proposal. Serve it to her at home or in a restaurant and get down on bended knee. Either way she’ll gush with delight just like Jossy did with this birthday cake proposal!
Confucius Says Propose!
This is an idea for the Chinese food addict in all of us… Invite your girl for some Chinese food (cook it yourself, order it in or go out to a restaurant). Enjoy your dinner and arrange to have a special fortune cookie with your personalized proposal in it.
If you can manage to get the ring in the cookie too it’s even better, but either way will work.
With a clever plan in place, we went on the hunt and found these giant fortune cookies which are perfect for the occasion. They’re huge! They’re covered in heart sprinkles, are 10.5″ long and a whopping 7″ tall. Personalize them with your own message written on the 14″ fortune inside.
Like A Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore!
If your local pizza shop delivery guy is often at your door, then this proposal is for you. Go to the pizza shop earlier in the day. Take along a heart made out of cardboard or that light corrugated plastic (if you want to keep the proposal long term because of the pizza’s grease).
The idea is to stick your proposal to the inside of the box lid and they use that box when they deliver the pie. If they’ll make you a heart-shaped pizza even better.
Use whatever materials you want. Write out “Will you marry me”, draw hearts all over the place, glue a picture of the two of you, doodle, get crafty, whatever makes sense. Make sure you include either a picture or her name so that she knows this was meant for her and not a mistake.
When the doorbell rings, make yourself busy so that she goes to open the door and takes the pizza, you also want her to have her eyes on the box at all times so that she doesn’t think you fiddled with it in some way. Make sure she’s also the one to open the box. As she begins to flip the lid, get down on one knee behind her and pull out the ring and watch her eyes light up as she turns around.
Some of the best romantic proposal ideas are casual and informal. They’re best when it’s a complete surprise and she’s caught off guard—this pizza will do just that!
These romantic proposal ideas are just some of the ways of proposing marriage included on the site. Want more? Our marriage proposal section is full of ideas on different types of proposals.