Top 10 Most Romantic Places to Ask the Big Question

By Rachel O'Conner 9/23/2019 10 minutes

But let’s relieve some of your pressure right now. Even though you want your proposal to be perfect and unique, every element doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s probably impossible for the entire experience to be an individual one. With millions of proposals that have taken place before yours, it’s difficult to come up with a completely unique concept.

So don’t stress over it. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just choose the perfect backdrop and add a few personal touches to up the romance factor for your mate.

Here are the top 10 most romantic places to ask the big question.

1. Paris, France
You're probably not surprised to see the romance capital on this list. After all, the Eiffel Tower has become the universal symbol of romance. It may sound cliché, but if you can whisk your honey off to Paris for a weekend getaway, you can bet there will be no complaints to be found.

And if you choose this popular proposal spot, you get the added benefit of having the Eiffel Tower in the backdrop of your proposal photos. Just imagine the Insta-jealousy that would spark.

2. Venice, Italy
Next, to Paris, Venice is probably the most universally accepted locations for big romantic gestures. Ask around, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees.

There’s something inherently romantic about popping the question on a gondola ride own the Grand Canal.

3. Sydney, Australia
Depending on where you are in the world, Australia is probably a trip you’re only going to make once-in-a-lifetime. That makes it ideal for a proposal for a few reasons.

First, it's an uncommon location for you both. There's a good chance that neither of you has memories here. And if you do, they're probably limited. So whenever you think of Sydney, you'll instantly be transported back to the date and time of your most romantic endeavor yet.

Sydney is a great choice because you have so many locations to choose from. Propose from a balcony at a world-class restaurant or on a white-sand beach – whatever fits best for you as a couple.

4. New York City
In the city that never sleeps, there are endless possibilities. So what better place to propose the opportunity for a lifetime of love?
You can plan a seriously epic proposal in New York City, and there are so many choices that it’s difficult to narrow them down to even a few. From the Brooklyn Bridge to a Broadway show, there are so many memorable places to pop the big question. The fountain at Lincoln Center and the top of the Empire State Building are two more popular choices.

5. The Bahamas
Voted the Best Caribbean Island for Romance, the Bahamas is the ideal backdrop for any marriage proposal. Your love will be so relaxed and content vacationing on the beach that this will be the ultimate romantic surprise. Consider a proposal at Green Turtle Cay as you’re marveling in the majesty of the giant green sea turtles.

6. Napa Valley, California
Your time in Napa might make you feel a bit like you’ve been transported to Tuscany – with a chic edge. Napa Valley is known around the world for its amazing food and wine, but the views are nothing short of breathtaking. Proposing at any time of the year in Napa would be a home run, but the holidays in Napa Valley are especially magical.

7. London, UK
London might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think romance, but this chic city can be extremely romantic. One of the best places to propose in London is at the View from the Shard observatory deck. On a clear day, you can basically see all of London from here. Want something a little more low-key? Consider an evening ride on an Emirates cable car.

8. Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls is incredibly romantic, but in a more invigorating sort of way than many of the other destinations on this list. This natural wonder is a sight to behold, and any moments here are sure to be memorable. Just be careful not to drop the ring!

9. Your first date location
When you went on your first date, you probably didn’t imagine popping the question. But here you are. It doesn’t matter whether you went to the Met or a Met’s game, going back to the scene of your first date is a very romantic gesture that your partner will surely appreciate.

You can also propose at the place where you first met if that seems like a more romantic choice.

But with this proposal spot, you might have to get creative. If you plan something at a location that’s special to you as a couple, your partner is likely to grow suspicious. If you want to keep the proposal a surprise, make plans in the area of that location and come up with a nice excuse to meander over to your target destination.

Now that you have some ideas don't stress about it. Any spot you pick will undoubtedly be perfect.


Rachel O'Conner