One of the sweetest and most memorable moments in life is the day two people get engaged, and it goes without saying that when it comes to popping that all-important question, it’s important – or rather vital – to get it right. After all, it’s kind of a big deal.
But when and where you cement your eternal love for one another are perhaps two of the most gut-wrenching and butterfly-inducing perplexities to be faced with – luckily our Proposal Planner is on hand to help with that.
Too cheesy & cliché and you run the risk of it being less ‘Love Actually’ and more ‘Love Actually Not’, but too ‘out-there’ and you may have your partner running for the nearest exit.
The long and short of it is that a marriage proposal has to exude romance, portray passion and elicit the coveted “yes”. With this in mind, we’ve done some digging into just where the world’s most woo-worthy proposal spots are, and we’ve discovered that there are a lot of landmarks out there with a whole lotta love to give – here are our top seven…
7) Eiffel Tower, Paris
Now I know what you’re thinking, you already half expected the iconic Torre Eiffel to be making an appearance somewhere on this love-filled list, but I assure you that it’s with good reason. The Eiffel Tower is lionised as the perfect proposal place due to its timeless backdrop and romantic location in ‘The City of Love’ itself. Not to mention the 20,000 lights which sparkle at night – great for putting a twinkle in your other half’s eye!
Don’t just take our word for it though, see how our Paris competition winner proposed in true Parisian style to her boyfriend!
6) Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
From city to coast, Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher are a natural wonder which doesn’t disappoint. This enchanting spot on the Emerald Isle is a great place for that diamond ring; with the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and a verdant blanket of rolling hills spanning in every direction. During the summer months, you can also enjoy the dulcet tones of a Celtic harp being played on the cliff – talk about setting the scene!
5) Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
For a real-life fairy-tale proposal, Neuschwanstein Castle is an absolute must. This happily-ever-after hotspot is located in Germany’s Bavaria region and was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Surrounded by the Bavarian Alps, is an idyllic engagement spot where you can live your very own real-life love story.
4) The View From the Shard, London
Winner of the ‘Most Romantic View’ at the Mills & Boon Romance Awards 2015, London’s The Shard is a landmark where romance levels really do rocket. Standing 310m tall, it’s the English capital’s tallest tourist attraction, and it will steal your lover’s heart with its breath-taking vistas over the cosmopolitan cityscape. Couples can even enjoy a glass of fizz on the 72nd floor to make the moment even sweeter!
3) Plaza de España, Seville
Spanish is arguably the most romantic language in the world, and there’s no better way to tell the love of your life – or the amor de tu vida – that you want to marry them, than getting down on one knee in the majestic Maria Luisa Park. The vibrant mosaicked tiles, intricate towers and azure canal all contribute to making this a grandiose slice of proposal heaven, and to make it extra special, you can rent one of the little row boats and propose on the waters of the “Venice of Seville”.
An oldie, but a goodie! This timeless proposal spot steals our second spot because it’s simply beautiful. Who doesn’t want to be whisked off to the top of a world-famous landmark with stunning views across the New York skyline? For the apple of your eye, the Big Apple is a very sweet spot for a marriage proposal. You can really make the mood special by requesting a meaningful song from the saxophonist who plays on the 86th Floor Observatory.
1) Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Sweeping the No.1 spot off its feet is a landmark which is a little different but oh-so sensual & romantic, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. This geothermal spa is a once-in-a-lifetime place to ask the big question; with its warm turquoise waters and glacial landscape, the dreamy lagoon is the perfect spot to say “I love you”. For the ultimate engagement experience, couples can also head out to see the Northern Lights for a starry-eyed proposal under the kaleidoscopic sky.
Where was your magical proposal moment? Share the love and inspiration in the comment box below!