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3 Creative Proposal Ideas for the Spring
As summer approaches, there's still time for you to plan a spring proposal! Spring is a lovely time of year to propose because everything is in bloom, signifying the new life that you're about to start with your sweetheart. The scent of flowers wafts through the air, and the weather is perfect for an outdoor proposal. Here are three creative proposal ideas to consider.
1. Nature Walk
We say "nature walk" rather than "hike," because only the fittest and most outdoorsy of folks find sweat and sore muscles romantic! A pleasantly paced stroll, where you can walk hand in hand, is a safer bet. Choose a scenic park with tree-lined trails, or a local botanical garden. If your first date was out in nature, or on a pretty university campus, take her back to that spot.
If there's space to spread out a blanket, pack a picnic. If you can make sure she won't open the basket in advance, tape a love note to each picnic item and have her pull them out one by one. Write "Will You Marry Me?" on the last note. Extra points if it's attached to her favorite food!
2. Scavenger Hunt
A creative proposal idea for temperate weather is planning a scavenger hunt around town. Make a list of places that are special to both of you: the place where you met, where you shared your first kiss, and your favorite restaurant, for example. Then write clues that will lead her from one place to another (don't make them too hard!) and place them shortly before you propose. If you leave the clues with any people, make sure that they know about their important role in your proposal, and the approximate time you'll be arriving. In the last location, plan to get down on one knee and surprise her with a sparkling diamond cluster ring!
3. Buried Treasure
If your lady loves the beach, find a spot with a nearby landmark and bury a message in a bottle in the sand. In the message, write how much she means to you. Make sure that the bottle is fully covered, so no one else digs it up! When you arrive at the beach, give your sweetie a treasure map and have her dig at the X. After she reads your letter, take a knee in the sand and pop the question.
Bonus: Get her dog involved in the proposal! See our previous post, "Creative Proposal Ideas Involving Her Dog."
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Where to Propose in Kansas City
Kansas City, a metropolitan area on the border of Kansas and Missouri, is known for its barbecue and jazz. It's a favorite destination for budget travelers: Travel + Leisure recently named it "America's #1 Affordable Getaway," and Budget Travel included it as one of its Top 10 Budget Travel Destinations for 2012. And while it's not expensive to explore Kansas City, it offers plenty when it comes to romance. Here are a few of the best places to propose in Kansas City:
At a Beautiful Fountain
Kansas City is called "The City of Fountains" because the number of fountains within its limits is second only to Rome. Here's a creative proposal idea: Stop at a fountain to make a wish with your sweetie, then to get down on one knee and tell her that you wished to spend the rest of your life with her.
Take a look at Kansas City's fountains and choose one that your lady would love. The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain features high arches of water and sculptures of rearing horses, and it's breathtaking when it lights up at night. Behind it sits the Girada Bell Tower, a replica of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain. The Diana Fountain depicts the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon surrounded by cherubs. It sits in front of one of the largest manmade waterfalls and is encircled by flowers in the spring.
In an Elegant Restaurant
When one Yelp reviewer posted a question asking her peers for a romantic restaurant recommendation in Kansas City, nearly every reply that she received said, "Le Fou Frog." It's authentically French in the food and the experience, where dinner can stretch out leisurely over a period of hours. The charming waiters will periodically stroll through the restaurant and enthusiastically serenade diners with Broadway show tunes. If asked in advance, they may even sing your sweetheart's favorite song to her and set the stage for you to present her a sparkling diamond cluster ring. Now that's a creative proposal idea!
For New American food, try the popular Bluestem Restaurant. Choose a meal of three, five, or ten (!) courses, and splurge on the wine pairings for your special occasion. A typical dish is diver sea scallop with sweet potato, brussels sprouts, bacon, maple gel, and pretzel salt. It's creative, fresh, and memorable. Diners describe the ambience of this restaurant as cozy, like a large living room, with couches and armchairs pulled up to the tables and dozens of mirrors lining the walls. Make a reservation to ensure that you get a seat.
In a Lovely Garden
If your bride-to-be loves the outdoors, take her to one of Kansas City's gardens. Powell Gardens is just outside of Kansas City, in Kingsville, MO, and it will not disappoint. It's open year-round and features a meadow full of wildflowers, a rock and waterfall garden, and a lake full of lily pads. Check the calendar before you plan your visit for events like the summer butterfly festival and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Cafe Thyme is a wonderful place to eat fresh salads and sandwiches made from produce grown onsite.
Loose Park Rose Garden is stunning when its flowers are blooming. Take your lady for a walk under the trellis-covered walkways and stop in front of the lovely fountain - you'll feel like you're royalty taking a stroll around your chateau. The garden is so picturesque that you'll likely see other couples taking engagement photos or saying their vows. Stop under a tree or sit together on a bench, then pop the big question.
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Surprise Her with a Trio Ring Set for Valentine's Day
Romance is in the air this month. After all, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to propose! To gather inspiration, read through our posts, Creative Proposal Ideas for Valentine's Day and 5 More Creative Proposal Ideas for Valentine's Day. Then pick out the perfect engagement ring. Save big by choosing a trio ring set, which includes the three matching rings you need for your wedding: a ladies' engagement ring, a ladies' wedding band, and a men's wedding band.
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5 More Creative Proposal Ideas for Valentine’s Day
If you're thinking of popping the question this Valentine's Day, you better get crackin'! You have less than a month left to order a gorgeous diamond cluster ring and plan your big ask. It's not necessary to get extravagant -- the important thing is to show your sweetheart that you've put a lot of thought into a romantic Valentine's Day proposal. Our advice is to read through a variety of suggestions and then make them your own. Here are five creative proposal ideas to get those wheels turning.
1. Attach the ring to your set of keys and hide them somewhere that's easy to find. Say to your loved one, "I can't find my keys. Could you help me look for them?" If you happen to lose your keys on a regular basis, she might roll her eyes a little, which will make the surprise all the better.
2. Cook her favorite meal and serve it by candlelight. Chill champagne and pour it out of her sight. Before you bring your love her glass, tie the diamond cluster ring around the stem. When she realizes what's sparkling in addition to the bubbly, get down on one knee and ask for her hand.
3. If your lady goes through the mail every day, hide an envelope in the stack of bills and junk mail. A handwritten envelope will catch her attention, and imagine her surprise when she pulls out a card that asks her to marry you.
4. Buy several bags of her favorite candy -- wrapped works best! -- and spell out "Will you marry me?" on the dining room table. Flowers, candles, and soft music will add ambience. Lead her in with her eyes closed, and when she opens them, be kneeling in front of her and holding up the ring.
5. At the spot where you first met, or a place that you often spend time together, hide a card that shares how you feel about her. Keep it short and sweet, or you'll be standing there awkwardly while she reads your missive! Take a walk hand-in hand, point to the envelope you've hidden, and say, "What's that? Looks like it has your name on it."
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Where to Propose in Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho, the City of Trees, is brimming with natural beauty. With five city parks, the woodsy Boise River, the rugged Bogus Basin Mountain, and many other places to appreciate the great outdoors, you'll find plenty of romantic places to pop the question.
If your lady loves spending time in nature, bring her to Boise River Greenbelt. This 25-mile path runs right through the city -- some residents even use it for their commute by bike or on foot! Both sides of the river are accessible, so take a long walk together or enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the paved paths along the water. There are many points of interest along the way, including Julia Davis Park, which features a zoo, paddle boats, and several museums.
Rose gardens, herb gardens, annuals and perennials, sculptures and fountains...this garden has something beautiful for all tastes. Each season of the year offers a different experience: in the spring, see the new blossoms, and in the summer, enjoy an outdoor concert at the gardens. In the fall, marvel at the changing colors, and around the holidays, you must see the Winter Garden aGlow! The gardens are adorned with 270,000 lights that sparkle throughout December.
At a Romantic Boise Hideaway
The Anniversary Inn caters to couples who are looking for a quirky retreat. Each room is decorated in an imaginative theme. The Hollywood Room has a soda fountain, a tub for two with jets, and a 55" flat screen TV. The Presidential Suite has a four-poster bed, marble columns, and a fireplace for the winter months. There are also more offbeat rooms available, including the Treasure Island Suite, where your bed is on the deck of a ship!
Boise Hillside Suites
Combine comfort, beautiful scenery, and convenience, and you'll have the Boise Hillside Suites. It's located in Boise's North End, where you can spend an afternoon enjoying the cafes and shops surrounded by natural beauty. Compare rooms and choose your amenities, such as a private bathtub, a wood-burning fireplace, or a mountain view. This secluded getaway on the Oregon Trail is a wonderful place to spend quality time with your sweetheart. Just looking through the room options on the website will inspire a few creative proposal ideas!
In an Upscale Boise Area Restaurant
With soft lighting, pressed white tablecloths, and mouth-wateringly delicious Italian food, Gino's is a memorable spot to celebrate a special occasion. It's likely that Gino himself will cook for you and stop by your table to see how you're enjoying your meal. The pasta, the fish, the eggplant parmesan, and anything else on the menu will delight your palate with rich flavors. Finish the meal with cannoli, tiramisu, and, of course, a diamond cluster engagement ring!
People from Spain's Basque country are famous for their culinary innovation. Surprisingly, Idaho has the highest concentration of Basque residents outside of Europe. Experience authentic Basque cuisine in this cozy converted bungalow in Meridian, where the staff will welcome you as if you were family. If you contact them in advance, they may even help you come up with a few creative proposal ideas to carry out at Epi's. Whatever your plans, make sure you sample the croquettes that diners rave about!
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Where to Propose in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon, is a city full of life. Here you'll find quirky brunch cafes, live music venues, coffeehouses, and food trucks. You'll find Powell's Books, which is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. Most importantly, you'll find plenty of places to carry out your creative proposal ideas! Here are a few suggestions for where to propose in Portland, Oregon:
In the great outdoors
Multnomah Falls is not to be missed when you visit Portland. With 611 feet of cascading water, a stone bridge, pretty little streams, and surrounding valleys and forests, it's said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's an idea: ask someone (a friend, if you're hiking in a group, or a kind-looking stranger) to take your photo as a couple. Just before the picture is taken, say, "Wait!" and get down on one knee to pop the question. You can bet that the impromptu photographer will snap a few photos of you presenting a diamond cluster ring to your bride-to-be!
Washington Park houses a number of beautiful attractions. Portland Japanese Garden is tranquil and picturesque, with impeccable landscaping and plenty of areas to sit with your sweetie and enjoy each other's company. Take a virtual tour of the Upper Pond to scope out a proposal spot. According to its website, the International Rose Test Garden is the "oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States." It opened in 1917 and serves as a testing ground for new varieties of roses. Walk with your sweetheart holding hands, and breathe in the sweet flowery scents together.
At a romantic spa
Aqua Terra is owned by a husband and wife team and specializes in couples' massage. In addition to explaining the benefits of couples' massage -- relaxing together is a mutually healing and bonding experience -- they even give suggestions for local date ideas! One Yelp reviewer said, "I had the BEST...let me repeat that...BEST massage in my life here."
Spa Willamina tends to receive rave reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor for providing a cozy, relaxing experience. Book an outdoor couples' massage and get ready to relax. You can even have a glass of wine when you arrive! Take a virtual tour through the website to get a feel for the ambience. Evening hours are available, in case you want to enjoy the spa before heading to dinner feeling like a new person.
In an elegant Italian restaurant
Just looking at the menu at a Cena Ristorante will make your mouth water. Corn & mascarpone raviolini with butter-poached Maine lobster. Wild boar bolognese with cocoa tagliatelle and pecorino. For dessert, butterscotch pudding, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and pizzelle. Hungry yet? Add in romantic ambience, attentive service, and a wonderful wine list, and a Cena Ristorante should be at the top of your list for places to propose in Portland!
Fondue is both delicious and romantic. Nestle into a booth at Urban Fondue and choose your favorite dipping items and cheeses. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, red meat, or vegetarian fare, you'll find a rich, delicious option. The Ruby Port Fondue, for example, is a blend of white cheddar, Swiss, and Gruyere with caramelized onions and port wine. Finish the meal with chocolate fondue...and your proposal, of course!
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How to Propose at At&T Park in San Francisco
So you're ready to propose! If you and your sweetheart are fans of the San Francisco Giants, you know that she would love a proposal at the ballpark, and you're confident that she'll say yes, why not propose at AT&T Park? Here's how:
1. Select the game at which you'd like to propose. Proposing at a weekend or premium game will be more expensive than proposing at a weekday game.
2. Call the Giants Experience Hotline at 415-972-2349 to set up the details.
3. Choose how you'd like to propose:
- Propose on the scoreboard. This is the most popular way to propose at AT&T Park. Make sure to reserve early, as space is limited. Scoreboard messages display during inning breaks, and the cost is $135 for weekday games and $160 for weekend (Friday-Sunday) and premium games. You'll have four lines of text available, with 20 characters maximum including spaces and punctuation. You can include a custom photo for an additional $75. A few days after the game, you'll be able to order a picture of your scoreboard message or print it on a mug, t-shirt, etc. If you like, you can reserve your scoreboard online and pay by credit card or PayPal. For more information, email
- Propose on the "Seal-ebrity Ride" with Lou Seal. You and your partner will be the "Seal-ebrities of the Day" and ride around with Lou Seal on his cart between innings. This typically happens after the 5th inning and lasts around a minute and a half. Your name and image will appear on the video board as you wave to the cheering crowd. The announcer will say over the loudspeaker that you have a question for your loved one, which is your cue to propose. Once you get your answer, Lou Seal will hold up a sign that said, "She said yes!"
- Request special proposal arrangements. If you have an affiliation with the Giants or a compelling personal story that will tug at fans' heartstrings, you can request arrangements that take extra coordination. Examples include a proposal on the kiss cam, or a game that your girlfriend plays on camera that leads to your proposal.
4. Make sure you're ready for the big moment. Throughout the game, make sure you're ready to propose, and that your lady is where you need her to be when it's showtime!
Now that you've learned how to propose at AT&T Park, pick out the perfect engagement ring at My Trio Rings.
Where to Propose: See the Fall Colors in New England
If your lady is a nature lover, start planning the perfect proposal for her now: a trip to see the fall colors in New England. The Northeast is legendary for the vivid colors of its autumn foliage. The brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds are breathtaking. If you're considering where to propose this fall, there's no better backdrop you could choose.
Typically, the fall foliage season begins in mid-September and lasts until mid-October, though this will vary depending on the year and the location. With a quick online search, you should be able to pick a date when the colors are at their peak.
Here are 5 places to propose in New England this fall:
1. In View of a New Hampshire Waterfall
New Hampshire Waterfalls are gorgeously dramatic, especially when set against a background of vibrant autumn colors. There are plenty of falls to choose from: Sabbaday Falls, the beautiful pools catching three cascades; Thompson Falls, with a gorgeous view of Mount Washington; or Arethusa Falls, the highest waterfall in New Hampshire at 176 feet. The only thing that could make this scene more stunning is a diamond cluster ring!
2. On a Hike in Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont
Vermont is known for its year-round beauty, which is especially notable in the fall. Travel writer Mashall S. Berdan says, "If the question is about fall foliage, the best answer is always Vermont." He suggests five drives that yield gorgeous views.
The small state is a great choice for a road trip, because you can easily travel between destinations. Vermont's anti-billboard laws ensure that your view of the landscape will be uncluttered. The Green Mountain National Forest site suggests a few beautiful attractions on a hike, including Thundering Falls, White Rocks Cliffs Trail, and Little Rock Pond Trail.
3. On a Road Trip Through Maine
Given that Maine is a large state, you have many options for a road trip here, on highways and back roads. Here are one travel writer's Top 10 Routes to View Maine Fall Foliage. Check Maine's fall foliage site for the best times to visit.
Consider stopping in Bethel, Maine, a historic town in the western part of the state. It's close to New Hampshire and a drivable distance from Boston, Hartford, and New York City. The reflection of the colorful leaves in the mountain lakes will make your sweetheart swoon, even before you drop to one knee and present her with a diamond cluster ring!
4. At Walden Pond in Massachusetts
Walden Pond, which Henry David Thoreau made famous in his book Walden, is one of the most picturesque spots on the planet. Walden Woods, the undeveloped woods on the State Reservation, total 2,680 acres, providing you with plenty of nature to explore. Pack a picnic and sit on the bank of the pond. Wade into the water or take a swim. This National Historic Landmark is an unforgettable setting for your proposal, with the fall colors in New England all around you.
5. Atop The Litchfield Hills in Connecticut
The Litchfield Hills, CT, is a perfectly lovely place for a fall proposal. The historic town of Litchfield is a short drive from Boston, New York City, and Hartford, and it's home to several quaint country inns just outside of town. In town, you'll find plenty of attractions. Around Columbus Day is usually an ideal time to see the fall colors here, so take a long weekend with your bride-to-be!
Before you plan your trip, pick out the perfect diamond cluster ring!
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Creative Proposal Ideas Involving Her Dog
In the 90’s romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” the secret identity of Meg Ryan’s online admirer (spoiler alert) is finally revealed at the end of the movie, not by Tom Hanks, but by his character’s big golden retriever, Brinkley. When Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly kiss in the park after the truth comes out, Brinkley joins their embrace. For some couples, their pets are an important part of their relationship and their future life together. Some couples even choose to have their dog, cat, or other pet play a pivotal role in their proposal or wedding. Do you have a beloved pet that you would like to include in your proposal?
Creative Proposal Ideas Involving a Dog
1. The Classic
Once you have shopped for diamond cluster engagement rings and have picked the best ring for your bride, tie the ring box to your dog’s collar with a ribbon. Call the dog over and wait for your better half to find her ring. This is one of the more common proposal ideas involving a dog. For a twist on this classic proposal, have your dog deliver a clue that will help your girlfriend find her engagement ring.
2. The Outdoorsy
Dig a shallow hole in the garden. Bury the engagement ring box along with a dog biscuit, and loosely cover it with dirt. If you have a retriever, then your dog is likely to sniff out the bone, eat it, and then come drop the ring box in your lap to play. Your significant other is sure to be surprised by that pleasant alternative to a drool-covered tennis ball.
3. The Written Word
Perhaps having your dog reveal diamond cluster engagement rings is not quite what you have in mind when you think of proposal ideas involving a dog, because you would prefer to select your affordable wedding jewelry together. Fortunately, there are other ways to get your dog involved. Custom design a collar and dog tag with your personal proposal message. Or tie a letter to the dog’s collar to be delivered to your spouse-to-be.
Share your proposal ideas involving a dog in the comments!
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Best Places to Propose in Boston
Boston is one of the country's most beautiful and historic cities. It has a little something for everyone, including colonial architecture, green spaces, cultural destinations, and world-class food. If you're ready to propose, you're likely to find whatever experience you're looking for in Boston.
Where to Propose in Boston
1. Over a delicious meal
Located in Boston's historic North End neighborhood, Mamma Maria is in good company with shops, other wonderful restaurants, and trendy boutiques. From the warm bread served at the table to classic Italian desserts like panna cotta, you'll have a meal to remember at this charming old-world restaurant. Enjoy a traditional Italian dinner of pasta or rabbit with a bottle of Chianti. Once your bride-to-be is contentedly full, make her night even better by presenting her with a diamond cluster ring.
At Pigalle, you'll find the freshest French food the local market has to offer, with a few international twists. Chef Marc Orfaly has been honored by Food and Wine Magazine and is a James Beard nominated chef. He won't disappoint you with dishes that are as gorgeous as they are delicious, such as gazpacho with avocado and basil infused oil, or goat cheese croutons. If you're a fan of more traditional French cuisine like escargot and foie gras, you'll find it on the menu, as well. The ambience is candlelit and classy. Pigalle is the kind of upscale restaurant that you'll want to revisit on each anniversary.
2. In a beautiful outdoor setting
Located at the heart of the city, Boston Common is an iconic destination; it's the oldest city park in the country. It's a haven of green space among the tall buildings of Boston where you can sit on the grass with a picnic and people-watch. Those who are ready to propose will find inspiration at Swan Lake, which is as tranquilly lovely as it sounds. Take a stroll around the lake hand-in-hand before you take a knee and pop the question. You can even take a carousel ride afterward to celebrate!
Boston Public Garden is one of the most idyllic settings in the city. You'll find everything you're looking for in a beautiful backdrop: flowers and trees, horses and ducklings, and families enjoying picnics and lemonade. It's right out of a painting. Take your lady out pedaling on a Swan Boat and breathe in the fresh air together before you propose. Once you're back on land, you may want to skip your way through the garden and announce your engagement to passersby!
3. At a romantic Boston landmark
Who would guess that the top of the Prudential Tower contained a beauty like Skywalk Observatory? Fifty floors up, the Skywalk Observatory offers breathtaking views of Boston. You'll get a 360-degree bird's eye view of major landmarks that include Fenway Park, Harvard University, and Boston Harbor. Take the audio tour to learn about the history of the city and all it has to offer. Then, as you look out on the Boston skyline with your sweetie, give her the only thing that can compete with the view: a sparkling diamond cluster ring!
The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf not only has a rich history, but it has also received several awards, including the distinction of being one of the "World's Best Places to Stay” on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Boston Harbor is a hub of activity -- you'll have your choice of dining options, public art, and transportation by boat to a variety of destinations. At night, the grand arch at the entrance of the hotel lights up and makes a perfect setting for your proposal.
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Best Places to Propose in the U.S. Virgin Islands
If you're ready to propose, the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands await you and your sweetheart. (For tips on St. Thomas, see "Best Places to Propose in St. Thomas.") This post will focus on St. John and St. Croix.
St. Croix is the largest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, and it's full of culture, nightlife, and outdoor activities such as diving. St. John, an island with an area of 28 square miles, has many beaches where you can snorkel, sail, or dive. St. John is also home to Cruz Bay, its main town and port.
The Virgin Islands National Park encompasses half of St. John island, and the land is preserved. You'll find plenty of hiking trails, including Cinnamon Bay trail that passes a former sugar factory and many native tropical trees. Here are a few ideas for places to propose that she'll never forget.
At an all-inclusive resort
There's nothing like a tropical resort to pamper yourself as a couple. The job of the staff is to make sure that you have not a care in the world. Enjoy room service and schedule a massage at the spa.
At the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, you can enjoy ocean views from your room, a screened-in private patio, and gorgeously landscaped grounds. On the beach, put up your feet on one of the dozens of chairs set out for guests. Go for an evening walk, and when the sun drops low over the water, take advantage of the moment and present her with a diamond cluster ring.
The Westin St. John Resort & Villas has 47 acres nestled into Great Cruz Bay. The white sand shores are lined with palm trees, and a bevy of sailboats float on crystal blue waters. Enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, tennis, and snorkeling. Browse the resort's Romance Packages, including the Honeymoon Package that includes special rates, couples' massages, snorkel gear, and a picnic basket.
In a waterfront restaurant
The Galleon in Christiansted, VI, is a splurge, but it is well worth the investment for a romantic evening. As if the view of the marina weren't enough, the fresh food and the extensive wine list will make you feel like royalty.
Many reviews of Waterfront Bistro say things like, "This was our best meal on the island!" and "Great views!" Try the fresh fish with dishes like ceviche and mahi salad. The open air restaurant with breathtaking views is the perfect place to present your lady with her diamond cluster ring.
In a lovely outdoor setting
When you're ready to propose, plan a day sail trip to St. Croix's Buck Island Reef National Monument. Buck Island contains 800 acres of nature reserve, a gorgeous beach, and snorkeling. The underwater life will take your breath away; you'll see turtles, colorful tropical fish, and maybe even nurse sharks (they don't bite). You can also hike on Buck Island, so bring your walking shoes. Check out companies like Buck Island Tours that will take the lead so you can sit back and relax.
The National Park at St. John has a large variety of coral reefs, beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and historic ruins. You can enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports, such as scuba diving, kayaking, and camping. Think about taking a sailing or snorkeling tour with a private company like Cruise Ship Excursions.
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4 Creative Proposal Ideas from Celebrities
Just because you're planning a budget wedding doesn't mean that you can't have a proposal story as romantic as a celebrity's. Take inspiration from these 4 romantic celebrity proposals and put your own personal spin on them.
1. Sweet surprise at home
While his girlfriend Christine Taylor was away, Ben Stiller visited her house and adorned it with candles and rose petals. Christine came home to find Ben down on one knee. He'd forgotten only one thing during his careful planning….the ring! As he went to give it to her, he remembered that it was still in his bag in another room. But she didn't seem to mind. She accepted his proposal!
When you know your lady will be out of the house, decorate it with her favorite candy and flowers. You could write love notes and stuff them inside of balloons before filling them with helium, or write on the balloons themselves once they're inflated. Just show her how much thought you've put into coming up with unforgettably creative proposal ideas.
2. Dramatic public proposal
Singer Pink proposed to motocross racer Carey Hart at the Pro 250 class finals in Mammoth, California. As Hart was making his third lap, Pink held up a pit board in front of the grandstands that said, "Will You Marry Me?" When he made the next lap, she added the words, "I'm serious!" to the board. At that point, Hart pulled his car off to the side of the track and picked up Pink, allowing the other racers to pass him.
If you know that your love would enjoy celebrating with a crowd -- and you're absolutely sure that she'll say yes! -- plan a grand, sweeping gesture in a public place. You could arrange for "Will you marry me?" to appear on the scoreboard at a sports event, or on a banner pulled by an airplane flying overhead. If you're planning a budget wedding, you can plan a proposal that doesn't cost anything, like a serenade in the town square before you get down on one knee and present her with a ring.
3. Holiday celebration
During the holidays, we're feeling merry and tend to be surrounded by family, so it's no wonder that many couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Michael Douglas hosted a party at his Aspen home on the New Year's Eve before the millennium. After celebrating the new year, Douglas gave Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was two months pregnant with the couple's son) a 10-carat antique diamond ring.
Before this holiday season comes, brainstorm some creative proposal ideas, like wrapping the ring box inside a series of bigger boxes, which your bride-to-be will open like nesting dolls. Other ideas are to place the box at the bottom of her Christmas stocking, under several smaller gifts. If she's close to her family, you might think about popping the question during a toast at the big holiday meal.
4. Walk down memory lane
Katherine Heigl met musician Josh Kelley when she starred in the video for "Only You" as his love interest. The video was filmed in a bungalow in Venice, California, and after several years of dating, Kelley tracked down the house and got permission from its residents to take Katherine to dinner there. He arranged for a car to pick her up, and he set up a table with a white tablecloth, roses, and chocolate cake. During dessert, he proposed, and the happy couple took a walk afterward on the beach that was also a setting for the video shoot. Hear Josh Kelley tell his sweet proposal story.
To come up with creative proposal ideas, think back on some of the best experiences you've had together. You may have dined at a certain restaurant on your first date, which you can romantically recreate. If you took a day trip to the beach, pack a picnic, take a walk, and suddenly drop to one knee before proposing. She will be moved by the thought you put into returning to a place that means a lot to both of you.
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Best Places to Propose in Jacksonville, Florida
Nestled in the northeast corner of Florida close to the Georgia state line, Jacksonville offers a little bit of everything: arts and culture, fine dining, and outdoor excursions. Jacksonville Landing is full of options for shopping, dining, and having drinks, and Jacksonville Beach is a 20-30 minute drive outside downtown. Here are a few creative proposal ideas in Jacksonville to give your bride-to-be an experience she'll never forget.
1. In the Open Air
Plan a romantic evening with reservations on a dinner cruise on the St. John's River. Your choices include the Jacksonville Princess II, a luxury yacht that is usually available for charter by groups but is open to the public at certain times of the year. The Lady St. Johns is a great choice for those who like the nightlife, as it has two dance floors, two full bars, and a capacity for 250 passengers. The Annabelle Lee is a smaller, classic steam wheel ship with a charmingly decorated salon. The Lady St. Johns and Annbelle Lee are owned by the same company; for more information, visit www.jaxrivercruises.com.
At the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, admire the private art collection of Arthur and Ninah Cummer in the cozy museum (which is free on Tuesday evenings), then spend time walking around the beautifully manicured gardens and past the giant oak trees. Pass serene reflection pools and fountains on your way to admire the view of the river. There, you can present her with a sparkling diamond cluster ring that will be even more breathtaking than the view.
2. Out at a Show
If your lady loves arts and entertainment, think about creative proposal ideas that involve taking in a show. If she's the theatrical type, she won't mind drawing a crowd when you drop to one knee in the lobby during intermission and declare your love for her.
A great many well-known broadway musicals visit Jacksonville as they tour the country, from West Side Story to Billy Elliot. Check the listings in advance to find one that your sweetheart would love to see.
The historic Florida Theatre, which opened in 1927, is one of the most eclectic venues around. Take a look at the event listings and you'll see that in a single month, the theatre may host a mainstream comedy show, a variety of classic films, a blues concert, and a live children's show.
3. At a Romantic Restaurant
The Patio at Pastiche is a favorite of many Jacksonville locals. The small, intimate restaurant serves comforting American and Southern cuisine and has a remarkably friendly staff. If the weather is nice, ask to dine in the garden, which is lit with strings of pretty lights. Make sure to order dessert, and after you are both happily stuffed, surprise her with a diamond cluster ring. It will be the best meal of her life.
Everything about Orsay says class: the decor, the service, and the food. The cuisine is traditional French with occasional influences from the American South. "Out of this world" is how many diners describe the dishes they've eaten here, from the French onion soup to the mussels in white wine, garlic, butter, and thyme. Your mouth will water just looking over the menu. Order a decadent dessert, like vanilla bean creme brulee or a chocolate espresso torte, and sip a glass of wine before you ask for her hand in marriage.
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Best Places to Propose in Miami
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.
From Little Havana to South Beach, Miami is full of life and culture. No matter what type of romantic experience your sweetheart would enjoy, you'll find it here. Pick out a trio ring set and choose where you'll propose.
1. On The Beach / On the Water
South Beach is known for its calm, clear blue waters and soft white sand. It's about two miles long, bordered by a boardwalk, perfect for a sunset stroll. If you'd like to plan an extra creative proposal, consider hiring a company like Team Sandtastic to create a sand sculpture that incorporates "Will you marry me?"
South Pointe Park on Miami Beach, set on the outlet of the port of Miami, is a lovely place for a picnic on the shore. If your lady loves the water, take her on an adventure on the deep blue sea. Plan a sunset cruise with a company like Play Time Water Sports, where you can reserve a cozy spot on a catamaran and enjoy an open bar and snacks. Catamaran Sailing Miami even has bed and breakfast cruises for 2-4 people on a catamaran. Contact owners Mike and Sandy in advance to arrange an extra special proposal. And get your trio ring set ready before you set sail!
2. In a Beautiful Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect place for a nature-lover. Wind through a two-acre rainforest lush with orchids, palm trees, and waterfalls. Visit the Fairchild Arboretum, which is filled with more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees, as well as gorgeously colorful tropical flowering vines. For a creative proposal, take a walk through the butterfly garden and get down on one knee as butterflies flutter around you and your bride-to-be.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in the Jazz Age of the early 1900s to be the winter residence of a wealthy American industrialist. It was designed to look like an Italian estate, with surrounding gardens that took seven years to perfect. Enjoy admiring the expensive antiques and furnishings in the 34 decorated rooms. Then enjoy a walk around the lovely gardens and present her with a ring as breathtaking as the backdrop.
3. On the Town
Tonight's the night you ask her to marry you, so give her an evening she'll never forget. At Catharsis in Little Havana, enjoy Latin and Italian dishes and a romantic ambience, with sconces glowing on whitewashed walls. On Saturdays, enjoy live music. If your lady is the adventurous type, keep your eyes out for one of the "Dining in the Dark" events and make a reservation for a dinner that you eat while blindfolded.
Miami is famous for its lively bars and dance clubs. Magnum Lounge takes the energy level down a few notches, creating a softly lit atmosphere. The European style piano bar has the velvet decor of an old-world cabaret, and the outdoor shack bar serves excellent cocktails.
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Photo courtesy of Flickr user emilio labrador.
Best Places to Propose in Cleveland
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.
When you think "Cleveland, Ohio," what probably comes to mind first is American manufacturing, or perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there's also a romantic side to Cleveland, full of restaurants and natural spaces -- including a few prime spots to propose marriage. Here are a few.
1. Against a natural landscape
There's nothing like being surrounded by flowers and greenery to put you in a romantic mood. The Cleveland Greenhouse, which was built at the turn of the 20th century, is the perfect setting for a relaxing day with your fiancee-to-be. Explore 270 acres of outdoor gardens, spending time in the lovely Japanese garden and admiring the vibrant orchids in the tropical garden. If you're ready to propose around the holidays, consider asking for her hand in the indoor gardens bursting with colorful poinsettias.
Pack a picnic and head to the beach at Edgewater Park before sunset. Take a stroll on the sand, then find a spot to lay down a blanket and sit awhile. Sip some wine and watch the sun sink low over Lake Erie and the city skyline. When you present your love with a diamond cluster ring, the twinkling stars and city lights will make it sparkle.
2. At an upscale restaurant
Lola, a classy bistro owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon, has been rated by Zagat as the most popular restaurant in Cleveland. Select a bottle of wine from the extensive list (which your server will present to you on an iPad) and browse a menu full of fresh, local ingredients.
If you're ready to propose, consider spending an evening romancing your lady in Little Italy. Osteria Di Valerio & Al is full of charm, with happy guests drinking wine and dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes played by a live band.
3. At a classy bar
Stepping into The Velvet Tango Room is like traveling back through time. The sconces on the wall softly illuminate the roomy couches and dark wood, while live jazz and black and white movies play in the background. Make sure you're dressed to the nines, like your fellow ladies and gents will be. Order a martini or a lime fizz, which chef Michael Symon raved about on Food Network as the best thing he ever drank. As you toast to your love, surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring. The entire evening is sure to be unforgettable.
Plan an evening in Ohio City, Cleveland's walkable artisan neighborhood, which is dedicated to creating a thriving community of local merchants. The Market Avenue Wine Bar has a funky charm, with exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and a blend of antique and modern decor. In the spring, request a seat on the patio and enjoy people-watching as you relax with a drink. The servers are knowledgeable about the wine selection and can recommend food pairings (try a fruit and cheese plate or the baked brie with warm bread).
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Best Places to Propose in Houston
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.
Houston, Texas, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think "romantic." Nonetheless, the city may be just the place for a creative proposal. Houston holds many natural and cultural gems, some of them just off the beaten path.
Where to Propose in Houston
1. In a natural setting
The Houston Arboretum is full of opportunities to romance your sweetheart. Read through the trail descriptions and plan a day outdoors together. Consider visiting the Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden, in which you can touch and smell the fragrant garden around you. On the eastern edge of the Arboretum, spend time in the meadow where you can listen for bullfrogs and songbirds and watch wildlife in its natural habitat. While you can't picnic in the Arboretum, you can do so next door at Memorial Park. When the moment is right, kneel down on the grass and present your lady with the perfect diamond cluster ring.
Another possibility is proposing in one of the many beautiful areas of Hermann Park, on the spot that overlooks McGovern Lake, or next to the large reflection pool surrounded by oak trees. The peaceful stone paths and bridges of the Japanese Garden are romantic, as well.
Discovery Green is one of the most popular community gathering spaces in Houston. In the heart of the park, walk along the promenade and see 360-degree views of the city skyline. During the summer, you can catch live concerts on the lawn at lunchtime and after hours, or see outdoor movies on a big screen. For a creative proposal, pack a picnic and choose a film that you know she likes. Bring a bag of popcorn with the ring box nestled in the middle. Imagine her surprise when she dips in for a handful of popcorn and discovers a diamond cluster ring!
2. At an upscale restaurant
Esquire has called the cozy Mockingbird Bistro "one of the best new restaurants in America." The head chef describes the seasonally updated menu full of colorful, fresh ingredients as "country-French-meets-American." Try the steak or scallops and order a glass of bubbly to top off the meal.
If you're looking for magnificent views of Houston's skyline, make a dinner reservation at The Spindletop, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in the downtown area. Enjoy complementary valet parking and ride up in the glass elevator. Take in the view as the restaurant slowly spins, watching the compass points on the windows to keep your bearings, and try the champagne pairings with the dessert menu for a decadent experience. Consider this creative proposal: ask your server to place the ring in the bottom of your champagne glass, so when you make a toast, the glint of a diamond will catch her eye.
On its website, the Lexington Grille says that it's "the best restaurant you have NEVER heard about…and that's just how we like it." Expect a quiet, romantic ambience with white table linens, candlelight, and elevated American cuisine.
3. At a world-class hotel
The concept suites at the elegant Hotel ZaZa set the mood for a romantic getaway: themes include "West Indies" and "Moulin Rouge." Request that chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne await you when you arrive. After you settle in for the night, share a meaningful toast that you've prepared and present her with the diamond cluster ring of her dreams.
Although the Houstonian Hotel, Club, & Spa is located within two miles from the best attractions of Houston, staying there feels like you're tucked away in the country. Ranked by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the world's best hotels, the Houstonian is set on 18 wooded acres visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooms. The Houstonian's fitness club and spa are first-class and offer a wide variety of classes and treatments. If you're up for a splurge, indulge in the Tranquility for Two spa package that includes stone therapy massages and lunch or dinner.
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Best Places to Propose in Chicago
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.
If you're ready to propose, Chicago is a city that's brimming with possible settings for your special moment. The city has made it easy for you to scout out places to propose: It has a great variety of online tours of Chicago, with themes ranging from Parks to Music & Art.
When you've picked out the perfect diamond cluster ring, consider popping the question in one of these romantic places.
Where to Propose in Chicago
1. In a beautiful outdoor setting
One of the most popular spots in the city is Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The fountain lit up at night is breathtaking.
Lincoln Park has many lovely spots for those who are ready to propose. Lincoln Park Zoo is free of charge and open 365 days per year. It features a full calendar of special events, including tours of the beautiful gardens. Take a walk to the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool or pack a picnic to enjoy at sunset by Lincoln Park Lagoon and get down on one knee in the grass. Remember to bring champagne!
Millennium Park also offers a number of charming places to propose. Consider a leisurely stroll in Lurie Garden, or visit Cloud Gate, a giant public sculpture nicknamed "The Bean." It reflects the city skyline in its face of polished stainless steel. Stand under the archway of The Bean together when you pop the question. The reflection of the diamond cluster ring in the metal sculpture will dazzle her!
2. Over a romantic dinner or drinks
North Pond is a favorite for many locals and visitors in Chicago. Nestled within Lincoln Park and set beside a pond, the restaurant has a romantic view of the city skyline. The menu at North Pond sources fresh ingredients from local farmers. Splurge on the seasonal tasting menu for your special occasion.
There are few meals more romantic than fondue, and Gejas Cafe doesn't disappoint. Choose from the extensive wine list and enjoy dinner with live flamenco music in the background.
Take her breath away with a view of the Chicago skyline at night from the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center. You'll love the premium martinis and gourmet menu, which will complement her diamond cluster ring perfectly.
3. On a lighthearted adventure
If your lady loves cheesecake, take her to the famous Eli's Cheesecake for a tasting. If you call ahead and explain that you're ready to propose on-site, you may be able to convince the staff to prepare a couple of slices with "Will You Marry Me?" written on them in icing.
A boat tour of lake Michigan is a beautiful excursion by day or night. There are so many companies and routes to choose from that you're sure to find a trip that she'll love.
Catch an evening comedy show at the renowned Second City, which has graduated performers including Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. The actors are so accustomed to improvisation that they may enjoy incorporating your proposal into a skit. If you know that your lady will be thrilled by receiving a diamond cluster ring onstage before an audience, then this is the opportunity of a lifetime!
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Best Places to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio
This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.
Who knew that Hamilton, Ohio, was one of the most popular places in the U.S. to propose? Part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area in Southwestern Ohio, the historically industrial Hamilton is known as "The "City of Sculpture" because it is attempting to revitalize itself through the arts.
Where to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio
Though it may not be as well known as nearby Cincinnati, Hamilton is a great town in which to carry out your creative proposal idea -- if you know where to look, that is. Here are a few of the coolest places to propose:
This park is one of the most beautiful highlights Hamilton has to offer. When the weather is nice, take your loved one on a walk (you have 265 acres to choose from!) and admire the many different sculptures that grace the landscape. A particularly unique feature of the park is the 10,000 square foot Ancient Sculpture Museum that displays Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan sculpture. Pyramid Hill's ultimate goal is to be the only art park in the world to represent the complete history of sculpture of mankind, and it's well on its way. Scout out the grounds in advance to find a sculpture that represents your relationship with your bride-to-be. When you come back with her by your side, present her with a diamond cluster ring and share why you chose this sculpture as your romantic backdrop.
What could be more romantic than watching a drive-in movie with your sweetheart? Drive-in theaters are hard to come by nowadays, which will make the experience at the Holiday Auto Theatre all the more exciting. Choose a romantic film or a lighthearted comedy, something that you know she'll enjoy. Pay a $5.00 fee to bring in your own food, or stop by the Refreshment Center and buy some popcorn and her favorite kind of candy. Cuddle up during the movie, and as the credits roll, surprise her by popping the question. When you tell the story of your engagement later, you'll receive a lot of compliments for your creative proposal idea!
An unexpected find in Hamilton is Hanover Winery, which produces more than 20 wines on site and holds wine tastings and community events on their beautiful grounds. Choose an event -- such as an outdoor concert -- from the schedule on the winery's website. Bring a blanket and picnic, and pick up a bottle of wine in the tasting room. As the sun sets, present your lady with a diamond cluster ring that will sparkle with the fading rays of light.
If your loved one is a kid at heart, consider this creative proposal idea: asking for her hand in marriage at this old-style ice cream shop. Flub's Dari-Ette has been serving up frozen treats for more than 40 years, including soft-serve cones, slushies, and cyclones (with delicious names like "Mike's Chocolaty Marshmallow"). Imagine her surprise when she reaches for her order and turns around to find you on one knee!
The Oktoberfest celebration in Hamilton is more than 45 years old. It's held by the Liberty Home Association, a German club that brings authenticity to the annual event. Enjoy the freshly made bratwurst, sauerkraut, and other German foods (make sure to bring some breath mints!) and sample the liberally flowing beer. Once you surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring, you can celebrate by sharing your news with the multi-generational partygoers and dancing to live music. Prost!