A romantic proposal is the perfect way to mark the transition in your relationship from boyfriend and girlfriend to husband and wife. These beautiful places provide that perfect jaw-dropping backdrop for you to ask for your sweetheart’s hand in marriage. See the top 10 places to get engaged in the world.
1. Quebec City, Quebec
Perfect for North American visitors who’d like to the feel of a romantic European proposal without the cost, Quebec City boasts cobblestone streets and is surrounded by a walled fortress. In the wintertime, guaranteed snow and holiday markets increase the romance-factor, however, the city’s Ice Hotel offers an excuse to cuddle up year round (not that you need one).
2. Paris, France
Spend some time staring at the Eiffel Tower, and you’ll probably get to witness a few engagements. While popping the question in the City of Love isn’t original, it’s certainly still romantic. Plus, the Eiffel Tower isn’t the only romantic backdrop in the city. The Louvre, the Pont des Arts Bridge, and Montmartre are beautiful places to profess your undying love.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Why limit yourself to just one famous landmark? Las Vegas is home to replicas of ancient Egypt, Rome, Paris, and New York - and you can propose to your sweetheart in front of all of them in one day! Plus, with so many chapels nearby, you won’t have to wait long to start the wedding preparations.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland may be known for it’s questionable whether, but what it lacks in sunshine the city certainly makes up for with historical architecture. Calton Hill, Old Town, and Edinburgh Castle each offer up stunning views, while the city’s many cultural attractions make it the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom.
5. Agra, India
Agra, India is home to one of the seven wonders of the new world. A symbol of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal is the perfect place to ask your sweetheart to spend their life with you. The gardens are laid out with avenues of trees and fountains - so you’ll be able to walk a bit if you start to get nervous, and have the opportunity to scope out a quiet spot.
6. New York, New York
Whether your partner is a hopeless romantic, or someone who loves the hustle and bustle of a city, New York is the perfect place to ask for their hand in marriage. The observation deck of the Empire State building offers stunning views of the city and is known as one of New York’s more romantic locations thanks to films like ‘An Affair to Remember.’ Central Park has lots of beautiful bridges, fountains and natural beauty, while Times Square boasts plenty of energy and bright lights.
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco
With plenty of charm - and a high profile to match - a proposal in Monte Carlo will have your partner feeling like a million bucks. Home to James Bond’s casino of choice, Monte Carlo boasts beautiful scenery and all of the glamor that the French Riviera has to offer. Get dressed up and take your partner out for an evening they won’t soon forget.
8. Victoria Falls, Zambia, Southern Africa
If you want to ensure that your proposal has a big impact, popping the question in front of Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, is a good start. The thundering water, the rising mist, and almost ever-present rainbow makes Victoria Falls the perfect combination of adventure and romance.
9. Anywhere in Italy
Food, culture, wine, history - Italy has it all. The country has been blessed with stunning cityscapes, a beautiful countryside, and awe-inspiring coastal towns that will have you living la dolce vita. One of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy is undeniably a fabulous spot to tell that special someone just how much you love them.
10. Somewhere That’s Sentimental
You don’t need to run away somewhere to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage. If you don’t have the budget for a vacation-inspired proposal, fear not: a well planned proposal at the site of your first date, or a favorite local haunt can be even more romantic than popping the question somewhere you’ve never been before. Plus, it gives you the advantage of being able to scope out the site well in advance.