The Most Romantic Proposal Ideas in the UK

Marriage proposals are deeply romantic and uniquely sentimental, celebrating the love and bond between two people. Deciding whether to plan a proposal that’s simple, extravagant or somewhere in between can be a lot of pressure so it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed, but ultimately the best way to propose to your partner is in a way that is totally personal to you.

Asking that all-important question “will you marry me?” is a huge event so it’s understandable that you want to make the moment special. That’s why you’re here, right? There are a lot of factors to consider when proposing, but getting the perfect ring, finding a beautiful location and an incredible place to stay while you’re gearing up to pop the question have to be some of the basics.

In this blog post, we’ve crafted a guide to some of the most frequently asked questions about proposing and the best proposal ideas that you can adapt to make your own. Whether you want to propose at your first date location or in an intimate spa suite, we’ve got you covered.

What should you say in a proposal?

Whether you write it down and practice or just give it some thought, it’s good to have an idea of your marriage proposal ‘speech’ before the big moment. Think about what you love about your partner, how your life has changed now they’re in it, why you want to share your life with them and what makes your relationship so unique, and the words should come naturally.

Consider talking about the moment you first met, the moment you knew you wanted to marry them or any other significant moment you’ve shared. Tell them you can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with them and what you are looking forward to most. And finally, when the time is right, you’ll pull out the ring and say those four life-changing words “will you marry me?”.

Which knee do you propose on?

If you’d like to be traditional, then your left knee should be on the ground, while your right knee should be up when proposing. The ring box should be in your left hand and the box should be opened with your right hand. There’s no need to overthink it though as we very much doubt your partner will notice which knee you’re on in the moment!

Which finger does the engagement ring go on?

When it comes to which finger the engagement ring should be placed on, it’s different in different countries all over the world. In the UK it’s traditional to wear your engagement ring on your fourth finger (commonly known as the ring finger) on your left hand.

In some countries such as India, Norway and Russia, it’s more traditional to wear the engagement ring on the right hand. In Brazil engagement rings may be worn on the right hand and switched to the left after the couple walks down the aisle. Whether you choose to wear it on your left or right hand, that’s not what matters. The ring is a symbol of your love, commitment and union together.

How do you propose in a unique way?

Planning the perfect proposal takes innovation and commitment but most importantly it should be totally unique to you as a couple. There are countless ways in which you can ask the question but only you know how to make your proposal special. Some require huge investments, others are incredibly creative, and many depend on romantic settings that link to a special shared memory. But if you’re looking for some inspiration, you’re in the right place as below we have listed 12 proposal ideas that anyone should be able to organise and personalise in their own unique way…

Go back to your first date location

Why not go back to where it all began and take your loved one to where you shared your first date, whether that’s a restaurant, bar or a countryside walk. This is perhaps one of the most romantic and touching places to propose, offering you the opportunity to reflect on the time and experiences you have shared together as a couple.

Wrap your engagement ring and put it under the tree

Wrapping your engagement ring and placing it under the Christmas tree is a heart-warming proposal idea that would be perfect if you know your partner would like to be surrounded with their nearest and dearest on the day you propose. The festive atmosphere adds an extra touch of joy and celebration to this moment and it’s a beautiful way to create a memory that will last forever.

Create a slideshow of your love story

For a heartfelt and thoughtful way to propose, why not consider creating a slideshow of photos, videos and memories that tell your love story. It’s a touching way to reminisce about your journey together and express your love in a meaningful and visual way. Each photo tells a story leading up to the big question at the end… how romantic!

Create a scavenger hunt

Prove how well you know your partner by placing clues and little gifts either at home or in a location you once shared a special moment. Each clue will lead them closer to the final destination where you will be waiting with a ring. The anticipation and excitement of the trail adds an element of fun to the proposal, creating a story that you will both cherish for years to come.

Festival or concert proposal

If you and your partner have a special song or bonded over your tastes in music as a new couple, why not see if you can book concert tickets to hear your favourite band play live. If you know your partner is a huge fan and would be unphased by a such public proposal, a festival or concert proposal could be the perfect setting to propose.

Rooftop bar proposal

The beautiful ambiance of a rooftop bar and the buzz of the city below creates a wonderful backdrop for a proposal. Just imagine the sun setting and the city lights twinkling in the background as you ask that special question. Be sure to let the staff know of your plans beforehand and they may be able to arrange a more intimate setting for you or seat you at a table with the best view.

Beach picnic proposal

Picture you and your loved one heading down to the beach on a warm summers evening with a delicious picnic to tuck into while you gear up to pop the big question. Head to the supermarket beforehand and pick up your partner’s favourite snacks or prepare some tasty treats at home, and make sure to grab a bottle of champagne to pop open once they say yes!

Sunset proposal

A sunset proposal can be as simple or extravagant as you like but there are a few steps you should take make sure the evening is truly magical. Firstly, choose a picturesque spot with a clear view of the sunset and plan your proposal to align with the timing of the “golden hour” and sunset (be sure to check the weather forecast beforehand). Consider having a photographer to capture the moment and remember to take a minute to savour the sunset together.

A pet proposal

If you and your partner already have a furry friend, why not recruit them in your proposal plan. Whether it’s tying the ring to their collar or simply having them present during the proposal, including your beloved pet in your proposal can make it even more special and perfectly adorable.

Cook a romantic dinner

If food is your love language, why not make a romantic dinner for your partner and propose in the intimacy of your own home. You can decorate your chosen room with balloons, flowers, candles and your favourite photos of you as a couple, creating the perfect stage for a heartfelt proposal. After all, home is where the heart is!

A romantic stay in the UK

Situated in the romantic Lake District National Park in Bowness-on-Windermere, we at Aphrodites Boutique Suites have a number of beautiful spa suites with everything from outdoor hot tubs to Swedish barrel saunas and relaxation rooms, which create the perfect ambience for popping the big question to your loved one. We can even arrange a host of surprises on your behalf including personalised room decorations such as scattered rose petals, flowers and a display of balloons with the words “will you marry me?”. Once you’re partner says yes, you can enjoy some well needed time together in your engagement bubble and reflect on your love and future together in one of our romantic suites.

Remember that there’s no right or wrong way to propose, nor is there a best proposal speech template to follow. It’s one of the most special moments in both of your lives, so say it it from the heart. After the big question, make sure to have something special set up to celebrate, whether it’s a surprise party with family members and friends or a romantic weekend away, you’ll want to set aside some time to soak up that newly-engaged excitement and celebrate. Check out our stunning boutique suites in Bowness-on-Windermere for the perfect post-proposal getaway.

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