Are you looking for some genius proposal ideas to give you some inspiration? If so, this is the post for you!
Proposals can be difficult to plan and pull off. You want them to be unique and meaningful but also realistic.
Everyone is different and the perfect proposal with vary depending on the person. That’s why we wanted to round up 50 genius proposal ideas that you can easily achieve.
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50 Genius Proposal Ideas!
50) Personalized Scavenger Hunt
To kick off these genius proposal ideas why not a personalized scavenger hunt. You can put together a sequence of 5-6 clues and even get friends involved. We recommend having your partner do things they really love throughout the hunt and then end with the big question!
49) Destination Marriage Proposal
What’s better than a proposal while on vacation!?
Typically hotels (including all-inclusives) can help you plan out the perfect proposal with dinner and music. You can make it really romantic and personal.
Hire a Skywriter to write out “Will You Marry Me” in the sky! You can even plan a cute picnic or gather your friends and family for the big moment.
47) Recreate Your First Date
If you and your partner are the sentimental type, then why not re-create your first date! This is a great way to really reflect on your relationship and to share fun memories that you both have experienced together.
46) Use Your Pet
Is your dog or cat a huge part of your family? If so, why not include them in your proposal! An easy way to do this is to attach a sign to your pet saying “Will You Marry Mom/Dad” and surprising your partner when they least expect it.
45) Baked Into Dessert
Hiding an engagement ring into a dessert can be a really romantic way to end an amazing dinner! If you’re looking to proposal at a restaurant, call ahead and have them bring out the special dessert for you.
This is also a really fun idea to do if you’re on a picnic! It’s an un-expected way to really surprise someone with an engagement.
44) Hike With A View
If you and your partner are really into hiking and exploring why not hike to a stunning location and pop the question when you get to the top! This is a great option if you want a secluded proposal that will be really memorable.
43) Proposal At Work
If you’re going for shock factor why not propose at your partners place of work? I can guarantee they won’t be expecting it. You can even get their co-workers in on the surprise to make it extra special.
42) Romantic Picnic
Who doesn’t love a fun picnic! This is the perfect opportunity to cook everything your partner loves, find a really nice spot and then pop the question at the end! Also bring champagne so you can enjoy some bubbles after.
41) Sunset Boat Ride
This just screams romantic! A sunset boat ride is the perfect place to pop the question. Then you can enjoy the pretty hues of the sky as you sail off into the distance.
To make it an extra surprise, you can work with the captain to have a “Will You Marry Me” sign on the sail. When the sailboat is ready to catch some wind, the sign will come out!
40) Cameo Proposal
Does your partner have a favourite celebrity? If so a cameo proposal is a unique way to pop the question! You can hire a celebrity of your choice to film a 30 second message for you. The prices vary depending on the celebrity you choose.
39) Board Game Proposal
If your partner is a huge board game lover, monopoly or any card based board game is a great way to propose! Create multiple “Will You Marry Me” cards (in case you or someone else gets them) and put them into the game.
Either play with friends or just the two of you! Your partner won’t be expecting it!
38) Go Skiing
If you and your significant other love hitting the slopes, how about proposing on the chair lift? Work with the resort to spell out “Will You Marry Me” in the snow! Make sure it’s in a spot that no one will ski over.
37) Propose on the Megatron
Are you and your partner huge sports fan!?
A lot of sports arenas offer packages that allow you to propose on the Megatron and/or on the court. We recommend reaching out to the stadiums near you to see the options.
36) Hot Air Ballon
A hot air ballon is such a romantic and unique experience! It’s an amazing spot to propose when you’re high above it all. This is a trip that the two of you will never forget.
35) Trivia Night
Contact a bar who puts on a trivia night and ask them to include a “Will You Marry Me X” as a question. When the question is asked go down on one knee.
34) Wine Proposal
If your partner likes wine, create a custom made wine bottle that says “Will You Marry Me”. Then, head to a winery and have them bring out the bottle.
33) Private Chef
Higher a private chef for the evening to create a one of a kind tasting menu for you and your partner. Either hide the ring in one of the courses or pop the question at the end of the meal!
32) Purchase a Billboard
For a grand gesture purchase a billboard in your town or in a high traffic area like Times Square! Your partner will definetly be surprised to see their name on the big screen!
31) Walk Through Memory Lane
Hang photos from different times in your relationship on trees in a park, in your home or wherever you plan to propose. Take your partner on a walk through all the memories, while sharing your favourite things about them.
30) Candle Proposal
For a romantic night proposal, set up candles to read “Will You Marry Me”. This is a great way to end an evening after a nice dinner, picnic or hike.
29) Escape Room Proposal
Work with the team at the escape room of your choice to work out an escape room proposal. Make the final clue the ring box, or, once you escape have the ring waiting.
28) Rooftop Proposal
Rent a rooftop that overlooks amazing city views. Set up romantic decor then send your partner a message to meet you there. Be down on one knee when they arrive.
27) Hidden Speakeasy
Take your partner on a speakeasy adventure. Contact a local hidden speakeasy and work with them to have the ring ready. Once you and your partner manage to get inside, pop the question!
26) Woodland Adventure
Hang strings with photos in a forest that lead the way to a place you’ll be standing waiting to propose. Give your partner a map showing where to start in the woods!
25) Rent a Neon Sign
Setup a large neon sign that says “Will You Marry Me”. Place it in a dark space like a park (if allowed) or your backyard. Lead your partner to the sign and have someone turn it on!
24) Writing On The Wall
For a simple at home idea, once your partner has gone to bed, tape “Will You Marry Me” to the wall right in front of them. Prop the ring box open right below. When they wake up in the morning it’ll be the first thing they see!
Take your telescope and head out to your favourite stargazing location. Bring champagne and pop the question under the night sky.
Or, if possible, contact your local observatory and plan a private proposal. Create the perfect setting while you both gaze at the stars.
22) Private Paint Night
Hire a private paint night teacher. Hide your paintings from each other. While the teacher teaches your partner to paint a specific drawing, yours can say Will You Marry Me. Present it to each other at the end of the night.
21) Theme Proposal
A theme proposal can be really fun! Surprise your significant other with a costume they must change into. Then have someone lead them to you where you’ll be waiting down on one knee also in full costume.
20) Tech Savvy Proposal
Does your significant other spend a lot of time on the computer? Rearrange the keyboard letters to spell out “Will You Marry Me”!
19) Skydiving Proposal
Is your partner an adventure seeker? If so, a skydiving proposal is the perfect way to pop the question. Team up with the skydiving company to have a huge “Will You Marry Me” sign on the ground where you’re going to land! Your partner will see it right when they jump out of the plane!
18) Carnival Proposal
Cotton candy, deep fried mars bars, the Ferris wheel and a proposal! Doesn’t get more romantic than that. Pop the question while on your favourite ride, then enjoy all the sweet treats your local carnival has to offer.
17) Recreate Your Partners Favourite Movie
This idea is both creative and really romantic! Either get the help of your friends or hire a group of actors to help you recreate your partners favourite movie! The ending can be your happily ever after!
16) Flash Mob
Flash mob’s are a unique and fun way to surprise your partner. There’s so many different ways they can be used for a proposal. You can even get involved and participate! This is a really memorable way to celebrate your relationship.
15) Fake Photography Session
If you want to document popping the question, a fake photography session is a great way to do it. Hire a photographer to take photos of you and your partner. Some great excuses could be; Christmas card, photos for your family members etc. Then, once the camera is ready get down on one knee!
14) Zip-lining Proposal
If you and your partner are adventure seekers a zip lining proposal is a unique way to pop the question! Make sure you go first. Once you reach the next platform get down on one knee! Your partner will see you as they approach you on their turn!
13) Breakfast In Bed
If you’re looking for an intimate at home proposal, make you partner breakfast in bed, tray and all! Hid the ring under a food item or under their tea/coffee mug!
12) Movie Theatre Proposal
If you and your partner love going to the movies together, team up with the movie theatre to play a video of you proposing in the opening credits of the movie! Your partner will not be expecting it.
11) Romantic Weekend Away
Nothing is better than a romantic weekend away, which is why it had to be included in these genius proposal ideas.
You can plan to do all of the favourite things your partner loves and then either end the weekend with the proposal or pop the question at the beginning so you can start enjoying your engagement!
10) Use Christmas Lights
If you’re planning to propose around Christmas time, use Christmas lights to pop the question! String lights can easily be used to spell out “Will you marry me”. Either set them up on your home (like the roof) or put them in the snow.
9) Race Weekend
If you and your partner love to run, why not propose at the end of a race? Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment you have after running in a race weekend. To make it even better, why not propose right after you both cross the finish line together!
8) Book Surprise
If your partner loves to read this is a unique way to pop the question. Cut a hole in the pages of your partners book, then pop the ring inside. Next time they go to open it they’ll see the ring!
This is a great idea to incorporate with a weekend away.
7) Aquarium Proposal
A fun idea is to contact your local aquamarine and have one of the staff waiting with a “will you marry me” sign! When you and your partner enter into a new exhibit the staff member will be there waiting.
6) Rock Climbing
If you and your significant other love rock climbing why not make it a challenge! Work with the company to have the ring box waiting at the top of one of their walls. Go first and tell you partner you hid something at the top. Have them go next and find the ring!
5) Puzzle Proposal
There’s a lot of companies online that let you design your own puzzle! Design it with a photo of the two of you and a message saying “will you marry me”.
4) Spooky Halloween Proposal
This proposal can be done in private or with friends and family! Have a pumpkin carving night! Have everyone design their own pumpkins and reveal them one by one. You go last and your’s will say “Will you marry me”
3) Backyard Camping
Another at home proposal idea. Surprise your partner with a whole backyard camping experience. Set up a tent, backyard games and even a movie projector! Pop the question as you’re both enjoying the stars.
2) Alcohol Tasting
For this idea, there’s a couple of options. A lot of cities have alcohol tasting events, book you and your partner a ticket and have the facilitator bring out a bottle that says will you marry me.
Private tasting can also be booked for you and your friends. Plan the entire event at your home and have the facilitator include a bottle that says will you marry me. Propose in front of your friends and family!
1) Murder Mystery
The last of our genius proposal ideas is to do a murder mystery party. Either hire a murder mystery team to put one on at your home or purchase one online.
Everyone will show up dressed in costume and will have to try and solve the murder. Make sure you’re the murderer and once you’re explaining to everyone why you did it, pop the question.
I hope you enjoyed all of these genius proposal ideas! Your partner will love the special moment you plan.
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