18. Create your own scavenger hunt.
Create your own scavenger hunt complete with a treasure map! Have your partner decipher clues taking them to different places until they get to the final location — you with an engagement ring! This can be on a small scale, like around your home, or big, like around your entire city.
19. Create a website.
For the tech-savvy couple, create a custom website specifically for the proposal. Add photos, stories, videos, and so on. Send the link to your partner disguised as something else. Maybe you say it’s a new restaurant you want them to check out. It will be the biggest surprise of their life!
20. Hire a street performer.
Hire a street performer ahead of time and have them plan something special just for your proposal. When you and your partner walk by, they will be in for such a magical treat with a performance and a proposal.
21. Make a custom crossword puzzle.
For the lover of games, create a custom crossword puzzle for your proposal. Make all the clues related to your relationship or make it seem like a normal crossword — except one of the answers is the proposal.
22. Create an audio proposal.
Record a song or a podcast episode where you talk about your love for your partner and end it with a proposal. Put it on their Spotify, iTunes, Apple Podcasts, etc., and tell them you’ve discovered SUCH a great song/podcast and that they have to listen to.
Frequently asked questions about marriage proposals:
What’s the most romantic way to propose?
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to proposing because every person, and every couple, is different. What’s considered romantic for one person may not be considered romantic for another. To ensure that a proposal is romantic, the best thing you can do is put a lot of thought into it and go above and beyond to show your partner how much you care about them.
What do I say while proposing?
There’s no set script for proposals. The most important thing is that what you say comes from the heart. Chances are, your partner wants you to be yourself during the proposal, not recite a handful of lines you found online.
How do you record a proposal?
There are tons of ways to make sure that a proposal is captured. If you’re by yourself in a private space, consider setting up a hidden camera ahead of time. If you’re in a public space, consider hiring a professional photographer or videographer to capture the moment. If you’re with friends and family, have one or two of them on photo duty.
Put these creative marriage proposal ideas to use!
Now that you have some creative marriage proposal ideas in your back pocket, use them as inspiration for your unique version of asking your love to spend the rest of your lives together. Try not to get caught up in what you think a proposal SHOULD look like and instead think of what is important to your partner and what is significant to your relationship together. There is no right or wrong way, but we think the more personalized to your specific partnership, the better.
After they say yes to the proposal, celebrate. Then, figure out how you’re going to announce your engagement. Then, kick off the beginning of the wedding planning journey by checking out our 25-step guide on how to plan a wedding and starting your wedding venue search.