(Closed) Destination Proposal – Paris or NYC?!?!?

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that my answer would also be based on how long you would be staying and direct flight options….

Paris does seem more “WOW” to me I think that if I needed to spend 20 hours flying with connections and we were only going for a long weekend I would be a little jetlagged and cranky (though again I would still love and appreciate it even if it is a bit cliche it is still really awesome!)

also the price of a flight from milwaulke to paris is over $1500 each vs $200 to NYC. Obviously it seems like you have the money for this trip but if you spend $3000 on plane tickets will you still be ok spending a bunch more on hotels/dinners in paris vs if you went to NYC for $500 total you would have enough to really go all out with a suite/best dinners (and its only a few hour ride so a long weekend would be perfect?)

I guess I would really try to envision how the entire trip will go…. how many days will she/ you need to be out of work (do you both have enough time saved up) would it be a waste to go so far for such a short time? (and I say this as someone who flys back and forth to clients all over the US just to take someone out to lunch pretty much every week!)

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I vote Paris, easy call.  Bear in mind that the Eiffel Tower is in kind of a crappy neighborhood though, and the park in front of it is usually packed with tourists, oftentimes really rowdy ones.  But there are amazing Eiffel Tower views from tons of other places in the city, I think it looks prettier from a distance anyway.  And after sunset they light it up on the hour and that’s really beautiful.  I guess it depends on whether your girlfriend would prefer an audience for the proposal or a more intimate location.  Good luck!!

Post # 34
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Helper bee

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jennmariee :  Good point! I loved that we were all alone in the middle of New York. Kind of crazy.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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dl2525 :  I’m throwing my vote out there for Pont Neuf.  Or walking along the Quai des Tuileries.  Or you could have a picnic in the Jardin des Tuileries and then walk along the river passing all the gorgeous bridges and ok I’m gonna stop now, I’m getting a little too excited…wherever you decide she’ll love it 🙂

Post # 38
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Busy bee

My fiance proposed to me on top of the Empire State Building. It was very romantic; on Fridays and Saturdays they have someone playing the sax that you can ask to play a song(and pay him of course) for that special moment.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee

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dl2525 :  I was proposed to in Paris! It’s not a cliche in my circles (nor would I have cared if it was), so it was a really great experience for me. We especially liked that we were relatively out of contact with friends and family back home. It gave us a week to enjoy being engaged and dream about what our wedding would be like before getting hounded with questions about date and location.

But, with the amount of time you’ll have, I’d go NYC. If you’re taking an overnight flight, your first day there will be a bit fuzzy as you try to adjust to the time change. It also takes a decent amount of time to get through passport control and in a cab from CDG to historic Paris. You’ll also lose a good chunk on the return, so the trip will be even shorter than you imagine.

You’re also talking about going in the winter, it sounds like, and while there’s plenty to do indoors, you’d miss a lot of the experience of just walking around Paris for hours. Winter has very short daylight hours and it generally rains a lot in Decemeber, so that’s something to keep in mind, particularly with an outdoor proposal or proposal photography.

 

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

As a UK Bee it would be NYC for me, I love it, but since you are in the U.S. and it’s not new and shiny for you, I’d advocate Paris too! 

Be very careful about pick-pockets if you are carrying the ring around though. Especially at metro stations and around Monmartre. 

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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dl2525 :  Great! I wasn’t meaning to put you off, my now husband walked around central London for hours with his hand in his overcoat pocket, hanging on to the ring box for grim death!

As long as you are aware and careful you will be fine. 

The Musee Rodin would be a lovely, romantic place for a proposal and it is unlikely to be crowded on a weekday at that time of year. It’s a real oasis in the city. If the weather is filthy then an indoor proposal in front of “The Kiss” could work, but if it’s a crisp, bright winter’s day then the beautiful museum gardens would be a wonderful place, and you could be sure of finding a quiet corner. 

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