15 Creative Proposal Ideas

Struggling to think of creative proposal ideas? We have listed a range of unique, quirky and romantic ideas for you below to help you get inspired and ready to pop the question to the one you love. Some of the ideas are fun and lighthearted, others are intimate and romantic. So it doesn’t matter what type of relationship you have, you will find something to suit your own personal style. Whether you want to get engaged on top of a mountain, on the beach, on Christmas day or during a games evening – we have the perfect proposal for you.

Tip: make sure that your proposal idea is meaningful and significant to you and the one you love. Now get the champagne ready and let the adventure begin!

Proposal Ideas

1. Surprise Message

Surprise your loved one by writing a surprise message. Our favourite proposal idea? Write “Will you marry me?” on the ceiling with a glow in the dark pen. When you two go to bed, switch the lights off and just wait for their reaction! Want more ideas like these? What about writing the proposal on the beach or have a banner put up somewhere iconic.

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2. Holiday Cheer

Is it just me or is there something special in the air during the holiday season? Christmas marks that time of year when we remind ourselves to be grateful for the ones we love. Why not hang the ring or the ring box on the Christmas tree like an ornament? Once you have opened all the gifts tell your loved one that there is one more and let them find it!

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3. Matryoshka Doll

Another proposal idea in the spirit of the holiday season is to wrap the ring box inside several bigger boxes just like Russian nesting dolls. Your sweetheart will think the present is very large at first, and as each layer is opened, the laughs will grow. Get down on one knee right as the last box is opened.

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4. Trivia Games

It’s important that your proposal idea really captures the spirit of the type of relationship which you and your loved one have. Do you guys stay at home often and have game nights? Sneak your proposal into a trivia game. When it’s your sweetheart’s turn, casually say, “Your question is: Will you marry me?” rather than the question written on the card. Your partner won’t see it coming!

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5. Plan a mini vacation

Go on a mini vacation together – after a long day of sightseeing, have a drink in the hotel bar. When it’s time to go, have roses, candles and champagne all set up in your hotel room – everything for a perfect surprise proposal. This proposal idea is intimate and romantic!

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6. Recreate your first date

Take your sweetheart to the exact same spot where you had your first date. You two can reminisce about the journey which you have had together. This proposal idea is thoughtful and romantic, whether it’s a picnic under the trees or the first restaurant you ever took them to. Talk about all the magical moments which you have had together and let them know that you are ready to take the next step.

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7. Sweet notes for your sweetheart

Place sweet notes around the house for your sweetheart. Arrange them in such a way that they lead up to one another by giving hints and clues. For example, stick a note on the kettle that reads “I love making coffee for you each morning. Go to the place where we have dinner on our date nights to find your next note!” Let the last note read “I love you for all these reasons and more. Will you make me the happiest person alive by marrying me?”

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8. Propose with art

This one is for all the artists out there. Have you ever considered using art in your wedding proposal? Create an illustration of yourself popping the question to the one you love. You can then post it on a social media page which your partner scrolls through frequently, like Reddit, and leave it there for them to find. Too risky? Try getting it printed and leave it laying somewhere around the house for them to find. This quirky and unique proposal idea will leave her/him with no choice but to say yes!

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9. Choose a unique ring

Some partners want to make their proposal ideas truly unique and remembered by pulling out all the stops. Others don’t necessarily want to take the same path. They would rather propose in private with no quirks or games to go with it. If this is the case, why don’t you buy your loved one a unique ring such as a coloured gemstone? Everyone usually assumes that diamonds are the most precious stones but this isn’t always the case. It all comes down to the quality of each stone. Fun fact – there will never be two coloured gems the same, they are each as truly unique as a couple’s love. Want to know more about engagement rings?

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10. Take them to a special spot

Do you two enjoy hiking together? Plan a trip through a hiking trail and propose at the end of the trail. Not only is this metaphorical for the journey which you two have had together, chances are you’ll also be surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain ranges. Or maybe you two enjoy spending time together at the beach. Plan a picnic on the beach and pop the question at sunset. Perhaps you even enjoy sharing a bottle of wine together. Propose by a secret spot on the vineyards – this proposal idea is thoughtful and romantic.

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11. Plan a scavenger hunt

Send your sweetheart around town to look for clues. This proposal idea is fun and exhilarating! However, it is important that you keep the scavenger hunt significant to your relationship. Incorporate places which are meaningful to the two of you. Want to kick it up a notch? Throw in a stop at a nail salon or a spa to make your loved one feel spoilt and pampered. Wait for them at the last stop and pop the question! Hint: make sure you have some champagne and chocolate with you to celebrate.

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12. Get a caricaturist involved

Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have the caricaturist sketch a picture of you two with word bubbles that say, “Will you marry me?” and “Yes!” Along with being a great way to propose, this is also perfect for announcing your engagement to the rest of the world.

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13. Propose at the aquarium

Take your loved one to the aquarium but make sure to get a scuba diver to help you. Have the diver hold up a waterproof sign that reads “Will you marry me (name)?” in the biggest most colourful fish tank. Quirky and creative!

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14. Go for a ride

Rent a Vespa, scooter or bike to tour the city or the vineyards and invite your soon-to-be fiance for a ride. Remind him or her to be safe and wear a helmet. Hand over the helmet (with the ring box already in it) and pop the question! The two of you can spend the rest of the day touring around on the Vespa and celebrate your new adventure together.

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15. Plan a trip

Tell your loved one that you are taking them away for the weekend. Remember to pack their bags for them so that you don’t give away any surprises. This romantic gesture is guaranteed to set the mood for your perfect proposal moment! Take them to a lodge or a resort where you can unwind and spend quality time together the whole weekend. At the end of the day, cook them a meal, light some candles and get down on one knee. We absolutely love this idea.

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Caitlin is currently a student at the Aleit Academy, where she gets to plan and coordinate weddings and events around the Western Cape. She has always had a love for language and writing, which brought her to Pink Book Weddings! She loves hiking, cooking and going to the beach.

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