What is the ideal situation for a proposal to your beloved? Perhaps you envisage sitting in a Michelin-star restaurant and you pop on one knee before dessert? Or it could be a petal-strewn path, leading to a secret garden with a string quartet playing? Whatever the ideal, what you don’t want is to send a drunken text at three in the morning. Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Scene of the Crime

The very fact you remembered where you had your first date will earn you bonus points but have you gone the extra mile to reproduce the experience down to the letter? Though, if your first date was in a noisy club, perhaps repetition isn’t the best idea.

Film Trailer

You might have read about the chap who produced a film trailer and got his local cinema to show it before the movie his girlfriend had gone to see. The film showed him asking her father for permission, then running all the way to the cinema and bursting through the doors, to get down on one knee and pop the question. What a triumph!

Give Them a Clue

If your other half enjoys puzzles and a bit of adventure, then devise a treasure hunt, going all round the town, leaving ingenious (but not too difficult) clues to find the next one, until they reach the final envelope, which contains the engagement ring. You can make it last an hour or a whole weekend.


Say it With a Song

Regardless of your singing talents, a good vocal coach can always improve on your current skills. Learn a favourite or romantic tune, then get up somewhere public and sing it. And not hitting every note spot on won’t matter at all because your partner will be in awe that you had the guts to do this in the first place.


This has to be one of the most spectacular and surprising ways to propose, as seen in the movie Friends with Benefits. You’ll need a large open space, such as a mall or park, plus you’ll need to know how to organise a flashmob. You could have some friends, colleagues and relatives take part but if you don’t know enough willing participants, there are companies who can help.


Heimlich Manoeuvre

Although still highly popular to bake the ring into cake, drop it into a champagne glass or freeze it inside an ice cube, this has been done to death and is very cliché. The other problem is that if they don’t notice it or you get distracted, they may choke to death.

Once you’ve decided to take your relationship to the next level, plan that proposal moment carefully for two reasons: you want it to be memorable and you want the answer to be YES!