There are countless things that take courage. Proposing is one of them. Asking for a person’s hand in marriage is a big step and takes some level of bravery to pull off. No matter how sure one might be of their significant other’s answer, it’s hard not to break a sweat until you hear the word “yes!”
And finding the perfect way to say, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” takes time and effort. If you’re looking to make your proposal extra romantic, you can’t beat doing it on Valentine’s Day, which is often voted as one of the best times to pop the question. In fact, around 6 million couples are likely to get engaged on Valentine’s Day every year.
If you’re stumped on how to make your Valentine’s Day proposal stand out, we’ve taken the guesswork out and come up with some of the most unique Valentine’s Day proposal ideas to help execute your plan.
Whether your future spouse is outgoing and doesn’t shy away from being the center of attention or is more introverted and prefers private, intimate settings — we’ve got you covered. From a high-flying hot air balloon ride to a surprising jigsaw puzzle, these unique proposal ideas will make proposing on Valentine’s Day as romantic as can be.
Planning the perfect proposal can be intimidating, exhausting and nerve-wracking — but try not to stress (remember, giving a glittering ring trumps a box of chocolates and a simple bouquet any day). And don’t forget: No matter which idea tops your list, including personal touches that your partner will appreciate always goes a long way.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Weather permitting, take your love to new heights with an intimate hot air balloon ride. As soon as you take flight, you’ll experience breathtaking views, creating a romantic mood with memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, this exhilarating adventure is not recommended for those who like to stay grounded.
Recreate Your First Date
Paying attention to details always pays off. Those skills will come in handy when you recreate your first date for your proposal. The key is to recreate as much as you can remember. For example, if you took a walk in the park, go back to that exact location. If you were lucky enough to score a kiss on the first date, recreate that special moment too.
14 Days of Gifts
Start February off by showering your honey with small tokens of affection. Whether it’s homemade cookies or tickets to a show, give a gift that shows your love every day leading up to Valentine’s Day. Finally, on the 14th, give the most precious gift of all: the sparkling ring.
Sentimental Local Tour
Take your partner on an all-day tour of some of your most memorable spots as a couple. Whether it’s the coffee shop where you first met or a restaurant where you had your first meal, spend the day visiting several of your sentimental haunts. End the day by asking one of the most important questions of your life.
Solve a Puzzle
If you’re the couple who enjoys playing board games and working on puzzles, this proposal idea is a no-brainer. You can order a jigsaw puzzle online that spells out the big question and put it together for the big reveal.
Hire a Singer to Serenade
Is music the way to your sweetie’s heart? If so, let the music play and hire a professional singer to provide the soundtrack to the special day. Depending on your budget, you can hire a favorite from services like Cameo or contact the desired artist’s management to work out a deal.
Say It with a Song
If you’re musically inclined, why not tap into your talents and propose with a song? The lyrics can be tailored to fit personal aspects of your lives. You can include cute quips that only the two of you will understand, making it an instant favorite to add to their romantic playlist.
Write Your Proposal in the Snow
X marks the spot. Make your mark by writing your proposal in the snow. When you’re by yourself, simply take a stick and spell out “Will you marry me?” Whether you’re at a ski lodge or at home in your backyard, ask away and you’re sure to get a more than warm response.
Make Them the Main Attraction
Take a page from the aforementioned Adele fan who popped the question on a concert stage in front of throngs of people. This swoon-worthy proposal takes a lot of planning, approval and cooperation from your desired musical act. Once all cleared, get ready to profess your everlasting love in the limelight.
Arrange Multiple Flower Deliveries
Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet on Valentine’s Day? Take things up a notch for this extra special occasion by ordering flowers to be delivered throughout the day, with the final delivery including a notecard that reads: “Will you marry me?”
Use a Drone
If you’re tech savvy, why not program a drone to capture this precious moment? Don’t hesitate to use a drone to deliver the ring to your love interest if you’re skilled in this area. Get ready to impress your partner with this proposal idea because it flies above all the rest.
Say, Cheese! with a Fake Photoshoot
In the age of social media, couple photoshoots are commonplace. You don’t have to be engaged or married to partake. That’s why staging a just-because photoshoot is the perfect way to ask for your sweetheart’s hand in marriage. Bonus: you’ll both look your best and have someone ready to capture the precious moment.
Chocolates are virtually synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Why not use something that’s expected to bring the unexpected? Ask the chocolatier if they offer personalization, if not, simply use icing to spell out the heartfelt proposal on top of the chocolates. Trust us, nothing is sweeter.
Paint a Picture
If your significant other appreciates art, this proposal idea will be a masterpiece. Commission an artist to paint a portrait of the two of you illustrating your ideal proposal. Present the work of art and let the painting speak for itself. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Plan a Psychic Date
Your future looks bright! Take the object of your affection to a psychic for an out-of-this-world date. Let the reader in on your plans beforehand and have them tell your partner that they see them walking down the aisle very soon. After that prophetic cue, deliver the proposal!
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