Proposal options – help

posted 3 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
279 posts
Helper bee

Good on you for starters!  I’m all for option 3, but it really depends on what your girlfriend is like.  I would much prefer a private heart-felt moment, but others like public proposals.  Surprise and showing that you’ve put in thought/effort are the most important things I think.  I’m not engaged (yet), but I’ve always imagined coming home from a regular day at work and finding that my boyfriend had secretly come home early, bought flowers/scattered rose petals and run me a bath or cooked me a romantic dinner, then proceeded to propose.  If it’s a special day (anniversary, New Years, etc.), she might be expecting it.

Post # 3
22 posts

I’ll bet all-in for #3 🙂

Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

I love option 1 but that’s just how I’d prefer it I guess. 🙂

Post # 5
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I love #1 (can you also combine the photobook w/3 in there maybe?). 

Post # 6
3010 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Is there any skiing nearby where you live. You can still get that top of the world feeling! There are some mountains that have gondolas up to the top where you don’t actually have to ski down – banff is one.


i like the photo book idea, but I can’t think of a way to not mess up the pages with the bulk of the ring/have her figure it out too early.

Post # 7
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

#1 is so sweet! If shes a more private person I would definitely suggest finding a less cowded part of the airport, but other that that its adorable!


Post # 8
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m all about intimate proposals that really speak to you as a couple, so I would pick #3. FWIW, I’m a bit of a drama queen and always had fantasies of this elaborate proposal, but my FI is much more low-key and proposed to me in the dead of winter on a deserted street just around the corner from where we had our first date. It was private, we got to savour it as a couple, and it’s my favourite memory now. It was absolutely perfect.

Post # 9
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

I like #1, except if she’s a cranky traveler.  My FI flies in sweatpants and is always super tired and grump afterwards so he’d be a bad candidate to get off a plane and take to a romantic dinner.  But, I think most people would just be happy to be home and to get engaged!

Post # 10
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The ideas you listed are all quite different in terms of the type of woman they would appeal to, so it really depends on her personality. I would have far preferred the hiking idea, next maybe the photo book, but I would have hated any kind of public proposal. I also like surprises and I’m not a fan of drawn-out proposals like scavenger hunts or surprise fancy dinners where you know there’s a proposal coming at the end. But I know a lot of people who love those types of proposals, and you know your (soon-to-be) FI best.

If she likes hiking and nature, what about finding another scenic spot that you can drive to? Or some other place that’s significant to your relationship, like the place where you had your first kiss? My husband proposed at home in a sweet, meaningful, but low-key way. I would have loved an outdoor proposal, just taking a walk together somewhere beautiful, which is something we do often. (He was going to do that but it was winter and he was afraid of dropping the ring in the snow.) I’m not one for grand gestures, I think it’s all in the presentation and how you say it!

Post # 11
50 posts
Worker bee

I love option three. Very personal and she will have something to keep. However I like option 1 if she likes drama and wow factor. Think about whether she would rather get flowers delivered to her work where everyone can see or to her home with them waiting on the counter when she walks through the door. This will tell you which option you should do

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