Book Appointment
Marylebone, London

Top 20 proposal ideas from affordable to unique 

Table of contents

Primary Item (H2)

Planning a proposal is a momentous occasion, and a lot of thought and preparation often goes into making it perfect. Below we’ve summarised our top 20 proposal ideas to inspire you to create a memorable experience that will be cherished for a lifetime.

The basics of a thoughtful proposal

Planning a thoughtful marriage proposal involves considering your partner's preferences, creating a memorable experience, and expressing your love and commitment. Here are the basics to keep in mind when preparing a thoughtful marriage proposal:

1. Reflect on your relationship: Take time to reflect on your relationship and why you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner. Consider your shared values, experiences, and future aspirations. Make sure you are both ready for this next step.

2. Choose the right time and place: Select a meaningful and appropriate time and place for your proposal. Consider your partner's preferences and choose a location that holds significance for both of you. It could be a favourite park, a scenic spot, or the place where you had your first date.

3. Personalise the proposal: Make the proposal personal and tailored to your partner's interests and personality. Incorporate elements that hold sentimental value, such as favourite songs, inside jokes, or shared memories. It will show that you have put thought and effort into the proposal.

4. Plan a surprise: Surprise your partner to make the moment even more special. Keep your plans a secret and make sure they are genuinely surprised. Consider involving close friends or family members if you know they would appreciate it.

5. Speak from the heart: Prepare what you want to say during the proposal, but let your emotions guide you in the moment. Speak from the heart and express your love, admiration, and commitment to your partner. Be sincere and genuine in your words.

6. Symbolic gestures: Consider incorporating symbolic gestures into your proposal. It could be presenting a ring, exchanging personal mementoes, or a heartfelt gesture that represents your love and commitment. These gestures can make the proposal more meaningful and memorable.

7. Capture the moment: Arrange to capture the proposal through photography or videography. It will allow you and your partner to relive the special moment in the future. You can hire a professional photographer or ask a friend to capture the moment discreetly.

8. Celebrate afterwards: Plan a special celebration or intimate moment for just the two of you after the proposal. It could be a romantic dinner, a small gathering with loved ones, or simply enjoying a quiet moment together to bask in the joy of the proposal.

9. Be flexible: Keep in mind that proposals don't always go exactly as planned. Be prepared for unexpected situations or emotions. Stay flexible and focus on the love and commitment you are expressing rather than getting caught up in minor details.

10. Respect your partner's wishes: Always consider your partner's preferences and desires when planning the proposal. If they prefer a private and intimate moment rather than a grand gesture, respect their wishes and make sure the proposal aligns with their personality.

Remember, a thoughtful marriage proposal is about creating a meaningful and memorable experience for your partner. It should reflect your love, commitment, and understanding of who they are. Ultimately, it's the sincerity and thoughtfulness behind the proposal that will make it truly special.

Our top 20 proposal ideas

Because we specialise in creating engagement rings, we have been lucky enough to meet with literally thousands of clients who have been planning a proposal. So for those of you looking for inspiration, we’ve distilled all of our experience down into our top 20 favourite proposal ideas!

1. Scavenger hunt proposal

Scavenger hunt proposal

Plan a scavenger hunt with clues that lead to the final proposal location. This can be done in person or even through social media.

2. Picnic in the park proposal

Picnic in the park proposal

Take your partner on a picnic in a picturesque location and pop the question surrounded by nature.

3. Hot air balloon ride proposal

Hot air ballon proposal

A hot air balloon ride offers a unique and romantic setting for a proposal. The breathtaking views and serenity of the skies make it a perfect choice.

4. Romantic dinner proposal

Romantic dinner proposal

Book a candlelit dinner in a fancy restaurant or create a romantic atmosphere in your own home with a candlelit dinner for two.

5. Beach proposal

Beach proposal

Proposing at sunset on the beach is a classic and timeless choice.

6. Surprise getaway proposal

Surprise getaway proposal

Plan a surprise weekend getaway to a destination of your partner's choosing, and pop the question there.

7. Public proposal

Public wedding proposal

Plan a public proposal in a place where you both have special memories, such as a favourite park, the location of your first date, or at a concert.

8. Private movie screening proposal

Private movie screening proposal

Rent out a private theatre and surprise your partner with a personalised movie proposal.

9. Skywriting proposal

Skywriting proposal

Arrange for a skywriting message to appear in the sky, asking your partner to marry you.

10. Flash mob proposal

A flash mob in Poland
Courtesy of Adam Kliczek, (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Plan a flash mob proposal in a public place, with friends and family in on the surprise.

11. Sports game proposal

Sports game proposal

If you and your partner are sports fans, consider proposing at a live game or on the jumbotron.

12. Nature walk proposal

Nature walk proposal

Take a nature walk and propose in a beautiful and serene setting.

13. Ski resort proposal

Ski resort proposal

Plan a ski trip and pop the question on the slopes.

14. Scenic drive proposal

Scenic drive proposal

Take a scenic drive and propose in a beautiful location with a stunning view.

15. Cruise proposal

Cruise proposal

Take a cruise together and pop the question while enjoying the scenic beauty of the ocean.

16. City tour proposal

city tour proposal

Plan a city tour and propose at a landmark or monument that holds special meaning for both of you.

17. BBQ proposal

BBQ proposal

Host a BBQ with family and friends, and propose during the gathering.

18. Hiking proposal

Hiking proposal

Plan a hiking trip and propose at the top of a scenic lookout.

19. Poolside proposal

Poolside proposal

Pop the question while lounging by the pool.

20. Festive season proposal

festive season proposal

Plan a festive holiday proposal, such as proposing during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony or a New Year's Eve celebration.


Remember, the most important thing is that your proposal is personal and meaningful to both you and your partner. While our top 20 proposal ideas should provide you with lots of inspiration, you should choose a proposal idea that fits your relationship and personality and enjoy the experience of planning and proposing! Meanwhile, if you’re looking for an engagement ring to propose with, we’d love to help! Please feel free to get in touch!

Bianca Utihata
Bianca Utihata is part of the Ingle & Rhode sales executive team. Her role involves engaging with clients, managing sales, and providing expert advice so people can make a conscious choice. Bianca is passionate about ethical and sustainable practices, and she believes in promoting the use of responsibly sourced materials in the jewellery industry. She is commitment to transparency and is dedicated to helping customers make informed choices when it comes to purchasing ethical jewellery.