Proposal in Paris or at local beach?

posted 2 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think those both sound like fantastic options. Personally, I love to travel, so I’d pick Paris. I also like the idea of it being a bit spontaneous. That being said, the beach also sounds lovely (though I’d probably avoid contaminating the beach with flamable liquid).

I think the most important thing is to think about how to tell her how much she means to you and how much you love her and want to spend the rest of your life with her. The words that come from you will mean way more than the setting in which they’re said. 

And, no, I don’t think you need a photographer. But it’s nice to maybe take a picture of the two of you after it happens when you’re all happy and glowy!

Good luck!

Post # 3
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My advice would be to do it in a place that is meaningful or special for the two of you. Paris is lovely but she may be expecting it to happen there, so I think it would be really great for you to suprise her and do it beforehand. Then, you can spend the first days of your engagement celebrating in Paris! I’m sure you will be able to enjoy it more, because you won’t be nervous about figuring out where/when to do it. 

As for the photos- YES!!! My fiance had our closest friend (his best man) hide when he proposed to me. We were climbing a mountain, the first one we ever hiked together, on Christmas Eve. I didn’t see our friend until after the proposal, so it was really a private moment between the two of us. Those photos are absolutely priceless to me. 

Post # 4
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

jnuz:  Both of your ideas are great, but you can’t beat Paris!! As for the photographer, I certainly don’t think it’s a necessity – we didn’t have anyone take pictures and I don’t miss them at all. 

Post # 6
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Whatever you do, please do not pour flammable liquid on the ground and then try and light it on fire!  It could explode if you put too much liquid.  If you got any on you on accident, you would catch fire.  That just sounds like a horrible idea.  Please please do not do that!

I also have to say that she’s going to remember the proposal regardless of how you do it.  A proposal is a really big deal.  So I wouldn’t worry about that aspect.  As long as you say things from the heart, it’s going to be perfect no matter how you do it.

Paris is a very romantic city and could be a really cool place to propose.  However, I personally wanted to tell family the second after it happened.  We immediately went to his parents house (where my mom was too) to announce our engagement.  It would have been hard to call people internationally if we had been abroad at the time, and I wanted to tell people in person.  However, maybe your fiance-to-be isn’t like that and wouldn’t mind waiting to tell people until you return.  Just something to think about.

BTW, there are many many beautiful places in Paris to propose.  You could do it at the top of the Eiffel Tower or the top of the Arc de Triomphe, which has an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower.  There are tons of beautiful parks: jardin des tuileries, jardin du luxembourg, etc.  If she really loves a specific piece of art (like Monet’s waterlilies), you could go to the museum and propose there in front of the artwork.  There are also a couple love lock bridges in Paris.  You could propose and then put a love lock on the bridge and toss the key into the river.  Your options are limitless.

The beach idea sounds a lot more intimate and private.  If that’s more her thing, then maybe she’d like that more than a grand proposal at the top of the Eiffel Tower.  You know your girl better than us.  So just pick whatever you think she would enjoy the most.  Good luck!

Post # 7
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

jnuz:  I like the idea of doing it the day before you go to Paris, so it will turn into a engagement celebration trip.  That, or the FIRST day you’re in Paris so you can celebrate the rest of the time.  If you do propose at home, it’d be sweet to arrange a friend to hide and take photos.  But definitely not necessary!  I wouldn’t worry about it if you go with Paris.

Post # 9
613 posts
Busy bee

I vote the beach all the way!! do it right before paris and you can celebrate on our vacation!

Post # 10
163 posts
Blushing bee

jnuz:  i vote do it on YOUR birthday! she will never expect that and you can enjoy your gifts from her and then be like oh wait i got you something! 


Post # 11
957 posts
Busy bee

I would do the proposal at the local beach. I’m not sure how sentimental the two of you are.. but if it’s a local place, you can always go back, whenever you wanted – whether it be for anniversaries or just a romantic night. Paris I’m assuming is further away, so it’s a lot more difficult to go back to the exact spot to reminisce. 

Post # 12
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

jnuz:  If you decide to do Paris there are a lot of great places to propose! Some obvious ones: in a restaurant, on the Eiffel Tower (that would be AMAZING and you could ask someone to take your picture together because tourists are doing that all the time up there and then get down on one knee and propose!) 

Post # 15
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The logistics of a local proposal are so much easier.  Paris is hot in June, crawling with tourists and vendors, full of rats like all big cities, you can’t sit on the grass, overpriced, and I’ve had waiters correct my Canadian French accent.  

If you do pick Paris, you might consider on the plane ride there (depending on their airline, some of those Ryanair planes are quite foul).  The Eiffel Tower is very obvious and she’ll expect it (Plus, the Eiffel Tower restaurant is ridiculously expensive, you won’t get a shot of the structure if you propose at the top, and while the view from the top of the stairs of the Trocadero at night is lovely- you’ll be interrupted every 5 minutes by vendors trying to sell you roses and trinkets).  

I suggest a picnic on the banks of the Seine, or if your girlfriend enjoys opera, get her tickets at the Palais Garnier and propose there.  That is a beautiful building.   

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