A Proposal in Paris

A proposal in Paris is on this young man’s mind. He’s looking for the best place to propose in Paris and thinks he’s found it at the Eiffel Tower. Our Experts think otherwise.

Love in October writes…

I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend of 4 years this fall with a surprise trip to Paris. We will take a river cruise on the Seine to the Eiffel Tower and go to the top where I will propose to her.

Evening view of Paris with Eiffel Tower in the distance

After that we will have reservations at the restaurant at the Eiffel Tower.

The whole trip will be about 5 days and the rest will be spent sightseeing as neither of us have ever been to Paris before. No one I know personally has done this so any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Nicolas Garreau is a marriage proposal planner in Paris. When asked for help,  he responded:

Over the last 10 years, I have planned more than 1500 extravagant proposals, and I have to say that proposing at the Eiffel Tower is the most common error I see.

The Eiffel Tower is very windy, overcrowded, with souvenir vendors and tourists with screaming children everywhere. Sometimes I even see two men getting down on their knee at the same moment: embarrassing and a little bit ridiculous for everybody.

In Paris, we call a proposal at the Eiffel Tower a “tourist proposal”.  I can say that this is something very disappointing, for the men, of course, but mainly for the ladies. The atmosphere, at the tower, is really stressful for a Paris proposal.

However,  proposing while looking out at the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the backdrop can be magical!

In Paris, there are so many amazing spots to propose. I’m sure you don’t want your loved one, at that special moment, feeling like a ‘tourist’.  Nobody likes to feel like a tourist, especially during a marriage proposal.

If you want a beautiful magical location, near the Eiffel Tower, I would suggest to you the Roseraie du Jardin de Bagatelle.

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Another person we spoke with thought the Eiffel Tower proposal was fine although they agreed with Nicolas in that it shouldn’t be done on the tower itself with all the noise, wind, tourists and families.

Their suggestion was the following:

If you go to the Eiffel Tower and eat at the Jules Verne Restaurant, they have their own elevator that takes you straight into the restaurant, so there’s no need to wait in the sometimes extremely long lines to go to the top of the tower and then just ride back down.

Just start at Jules Verne – it is pricey, but is one of the most romantic places on earth. Pulling out your engagement ring, proposing in that room, with that view, with that food, will guarantee an incredibly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The lesser priced (Le 58 Tour Eiffel) room is fine, it just doesn’t have the crazy dramatic views and after all this is a once in a lifetime moment.

I might also suggest that after dinner you see the legendary Can Can show at the Crazy Horse Saloon – perfect way to end the perfect Paris night.

Of course, no list of romantic ideas or venues for a proposal in  Paris is complete without mentioning Bateaux Mouches. It’s the ultimate river cruise that sails along the Seine. You can do a simple river cruise or a restaurant cruise.

The restaurant cruise offers brunch, lunch, dinner, a dinner show combo with the Crazy Horse Cabaret on the boat. Finally, they even offer what they call the “Get a Yes in Paris – Marriage Proposal” dinner cruise….Best to you both.

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When it comes to proposing in Paris and locations, if you’ve never been to that specific location before, it’s always a good idea to get the real scoop on it before you finalize your decision.

When Love in October decided the top of the Tower was the place to do it, he wasn’t thinking of it as a bustling, busy, noisy and windy spot where he might find like-minded gents getting down on one knee at the exact same time.

He was so thankful to have reached out prior to deciding and thanked us for preventing any mishaps during his proposal in Paris.

All we can say is…  Félicitations mon ami!