I do love a good proposal story, don’t you?
Although the words may change slightly over time and the memory of all the little details may fade, you’ll never forget how excited and happy you felt that day!
I’m thrilled to feature this eclectically beautiful collection of real proposal stories from real couples who kindly agreed to share them via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and emails.
Some of the stories are filled with big, romantic gestures, others are laced with sweet, subtle moments. All of them ended with a resounding ‘yes’.
So grab yourself a nice hot cuppa and put your feet up, it’s story time…
And be sure to share your own proposal stories in the comments section below!
Some of my favourite bloggers and wedding industry folk chimed in with their stories…
Christie of Mountainside Bride
We both stood, hand in hand, looking at the Great Smoky Mountains. “I thought of proposing in a nice restaurant,” he said, “but I wanted to pick a place that would be here forever for you.”
Sara of Burnett’s Boards
I was still living in Houston at the time, he flew me out to Honolulu for Valentines weekend and proposed at our favorite beachside restaurant, where 6 years earlier we’d made a deal (as friends) that if we weren’t married in 10 years date we’d get married. I’m glad it didn’t take us the whole 10 years to fall in love! Everyone along the beach and at the restaurant’s lawn tables started cheering and clapping when he went down on one knee.
Louise of Bow Occasions
Hubby booked a trip away to Turin, Italy for my birthday and as I always said I didn’t want him to propose at Christmas or on my birthday, I really didn’t think it would happen then… First surprise!
Two days before my birthday he was so keen to take the cable car up the mountains but when we got there it was shut…He was really upset about it and I really couldn’t understand why we had to go on that day. He then tried to look for a bus up there but they weren’t running either. Bless him, he was very disappointed but as there was no way up there, we made plans to go to the old Winter Olympics village instead which is now pretty much a shopping centre. As we were walking back out over the Olympic bridge, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so sweet but not as I think he had planned it bless him.
The reason we had to get engaged on that day was he had a ring made with the date stamped on it so it couldn’t have been any other day. It’s a great reminder of the date he proposed and every time I look at it, the story comes flooding back.
Our Proposal Story
The short version? We were on a boat just for two off the coast of Amalfi. And I said yes, obviously. The long version – with all the twists and turns, ins and outs, romantic and not so romantic details? Why I wrote a post about it, of course!
Click for my proposal story.
Stephanie of Fab You Bliss
Kevin and I got engaged one night on a trip to Paris while sitting on a park bench across from the Eiffel Tower at Jardins du Trocadéro. It may be cliché, but it was the most special night of my life. Kevin took this self portrait of us right after I said yes, also after we wiped tears from our eyes. He was trying to get the tower in the picture.
But as you can see…only a peek of it can be seen behind his head. That’s why I am the photographer 😉
Kitty Westhorp (via Facebook)
Our proposal was premature, he was planning to do it a few weeks later on our anniversary weekend in London, but after our film night included two wedding related films he couldn’t wait and did it there and then in our living room!
Tamiya Tim Tam O’Rourke (via Facebook)
It was christmas morning, I opened the massive box he gave me to find two presents inside. Opened the first and then the second which was a Bryce Courtenay book. I was excited to get the book as I love Bryce. I opened the book as there was a bookmark inside. Looked at the bookmark that said ‘love’ and I was all like aww, then noticed that there was a ring tied to the book mark. I thought it was all part of the bookmark till my now fiance said babe that ring is an engagemenr ring.
In front of his four beautiful children he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry us. I was so surprised and shaking I couldnt get the ring off the bookmark so he had to! It was so sweet. He told me he had it planned for weeks and asked my father’s permission on christmas eve and called my mother and step father to ask permission about two weeks before. My mum and his helped with the ring choice. That was special as my mum lives interstate, so it was nice he involved her.
Travel Themed Proposal
The folks behind The Proposers, a proposal planning company in the UK, shared one of the proposals they planned for a travel loving couple:
We hired out a penthouse suite in Cambridge for this proposal. During the day the couple went for a walk in Cambridge and Rhea kept getting handed tiny paper planes made out of maps by random strangers. This continued throughout the day (yup, we arranged it all!) with the final plane being given to her by the doorman of her hotel.
When they went up to their room, she opened the door to find the entire suite decorated with travel related props – old fashioned globes, paper airplane’s, hot air balloons, maps and luggage tags with the reason why he loved her written on them!
Final surprise was a personalized passport that we had made for her that had stamps of all of the places they had visited together but also, hidden inside the cover, was her engagement ring.
via The Proposers
Pinterest Proposal Stories
Click the links to follow each pinner of pretty things and be sure to check out the proposal pin that got this whole conversation started as there are lots more stories where these came from!
We went of a day trip to new york city with or closest friends. He had a list of everything I ever wanted to do in NY which included everything from the wax museum to ice skating at Central Park. Then he took me away from the group and we went on a carriage ride in Central Park and he proposed and it started snowing!
We watched the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine…after the sun came up he proposed!
He proposed to me on New Year’s Eve in London. He timed it so when I said yes the fireworks would start. So romantic and magical.
shelbycal We were at Disneyland, we’re both annual pass holders and he decided to pop the question in front of Cinderella’s Castle. It was perfect!
He proposed at the animal sanctuary where we volunteer and had one of the volunteers who was a photographer take pictures. It was so creatiive and personal.
We were down at the Vietnam Memorial that is outside of Camp Johnson in NC. It was raining, and we were the only ones there. After admiring the beautiful memorial for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!
My fiance proposed to me in Epcot, after running 26.2 miles in the Disney Marathon. He had his friend wear the go pro camera, every mile through the marathon he stopped and filmed a memory of me. The 26th filmed memory was the proposal and he asked me to be his Disney Princess!
He proposed on top of the Rockefeller center after singing a song in front of 200 people.
My husband asked me while I was recovering from a very bad car wreck. It was definitely original.
Photo by Chris Emeott Photography
He asked if we could swing by a favourite coffee shop before heading to Vancouver. While there he seemed to get lost while going to the bathrroom, but came back with a huge bouquet of every flower I had ever mentioned I loved, a song we fell in love with playing in background, and of course a beautiful smile as he dropped to one knee.
All I remember is kissing, and the sound of clapping from everyone else in the shop. Oh and of course, I said yes!
After coming home from a deployment.
He took me to one of my favorite gardens on my birthday. It had recently snowed and their Christmas lights were still up. He asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Then he took me to a building downtown over looking the river and had all of our friends and family there for a surprise birthday/engagement party.
We went camping for the first time together in a spot where he had been going since he was a kid and he wanted to show me this waterfall they used to be able to drive to. We drove around all day and finally found out that the road was closed – it only took us a moment to decide to hike there. We had to climb down this super steep cliff to get to the waterfall, it was gorgeous! As soon as we did he plucked a blade of grass, got down on one knee and asked, with the grass as the ring! I said yes and he put the ring on the wrong hand he was so nervous.
I still have the grass ring, and we are getting married at that camp ground this summer!
He set up sky diving with my best friend. When my parachute opened I saw marry me on the ground. When I landed he was on one knee. Funny part though I was still attached to the instructor when he proposed. Another man attached to me will always be remembered in the photos.
My hubby was very original – he changed his Facebook status to engaged then sent me an email to accept the proposal. That night we sat under the stary night sky and spoke about everything we wanted to do…
I came home from work and he called me up to our bedroom. I look out on our balcony – him and my 4 yr old son from a previous relationship were on one knee each holding a single red rose. He asked if I would honor him by being his wife and making him a father. Still puts me to tears.