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Need Proposal Help? 7 Ideas on How to Propose That Keep It Simple

on Nov 19, 2015 11:06 AM

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You’ve picked out the perfect engagement ring. And hopefully you’ve already asked the parents for permission, right?

Now you’re ready to “pop the question” and ask your love for their hand in marriage. Or are you?

You find yourself struggling to plan the perfect proposal. And you keep on seeing all these over-the-top proposals pop up on your Facebook wall. How does one even go about locating Zach Braff?

Remember Matt and Ginny’s movie trailer proposal? Australia’s Liam and Amy (with help from Amys “disapproving” dad and the band, MAGIC!) raised the bar with this epic music video proposal.  


View the full music video

You ask yourself, “How do I top all THAT?”

Simple: Don’t. Thousands of marriage proposals occur weekly, and 99.999% won't go viral on YouTube. Be creative, but most importantly, be who you are and stay true to yourself and your loved one.

We’ve compiled the best proposal ideas and called out seven of our favorites that would be relatively simple to pull off.

21 Great Marriage Proposal Ideas –

Our Simple Favorite: “Hang the ring box like an ornament on the tree. When the last present has been opened, say, ‘Wait, there's still one more present.’ Ask your intended to find it or simply retrieve it and propose.”

Who wouldn’t love seeing a sparkily ring illuminated by twinkling lights?

Another great, simple holiday proposal idea is to attach the ring to mistletoe. The reaction you will get when you say, “Look up,” will be priceless.

Engagement Ring Ornament

Photo source: Engagement 101 via Pinterest

58 Most Romantic Ways to Propose – The Knot

Our Simple Favorite: “Have a custom jigsaw puzzle made with your picture and the words ‘Marry me?’ On a rainy day, suggest this activity, and when you've finished enough that you can clearly see the photo and read the words, it's time to propose!”

You can get affordable custom jigsaw puzzles from Portrait Puzzles, Creative Jigsaw Puzzles, or Printer’s Studio in a short turnaround time. Glue, mount, and frame the completed puzzle for a timeless keepsake.

(Be sure to check out The Knot for more advice and inspiration on how to "Rock the Ring".)

100s of Marriage Proposal Ideas that are Actually Unique – How He Asked

Our Simple Favorite: “Ski Lift Proposal: Write different phrases in the snow that are visible to you and your girlfriend as you’re going up the ski lift. At the very top, have the last phrase be “Will You Marry Me?” You can use food coloring to dye the snow to make it easier to read.”

This might be a little more complex (especially if you don’t know how to ski). An added touch: Have family and friends waiting at the top of the ski lift ready to celebrate. Wait until you two are off the lift, however, before you pull out the ring, take off the skis, and get down on one knee.

Ski Lift Proposal

Photo source: How He Asked

The Best Marriage Proposals – Everything Engagement

Our Simple Favorite: “Picture Perfect: Do you want to always remember your proposal? Do you want her to be surprised even after the ring is given? Hire a professional (or really good amateur buddy) photographer to take covert pictures while you propose (and maybe a video).”

Even if you don’t hire a professional photographer, get a friend (with a good, non-smartphone camera) to capture your proposal. This moment will be a blur. You’ll love to have photos and/or video to look back on.

Everything Engagement breaks down proposal help into several other categories: free, unique, cool, creative, romantic, and even the worst.

Marriage Proposal Ideas: The Ultimate List of Romantic Ideas – Wedding Proposal

Our Simple Favorite: “Involve Your Pet: You can put the bling ring on the collar. Use the puppy-dog eyes to your advantage (literally!).”

If it’s your pet, you can get even amp up the cuteness by hanging a sign from their neck that states, “Will you marry my daddy?” (or

Make sure to get that ring insured before attaching it to Fido’s or Fluffy’s collar … just in case.

75 Most Creative Marriage Proposals – The Dating Diva

Our Simple Favorite: “Carved in a Tree: If you both love the great outdoors, then take her for a hike in the mountains. Pick a try and tell her you want to carve your initials in the tree. Then carve ‘Will You Marry Me?’ along with your initials.”

A perfect and intimate proposal for every season. Leaves rustling under your feet in the fall. Snow falling with the crisp chill of winter’s air. Spring’s blossoms budding. Summer’s sun seeping through flush branches. For an added touch, plant a champagne bottle and glasses nearby to celebrate.

Carved in a Tree Proposal

Photo source: Hunt Drop via Pinterest

20 Proposal Ideas – Seven Oaks Jewelers

Our Simple Favorite: “Make a photo album with all the photos of memorable events and places. On the last page, place a photo of you holding the ring and sign that says ‘Will you marry me?’ ”

Print out those photos from your phone and Instagram account. Sprinkle in tokens from your time together, like ticket stubs or dinner receipts from special occasions. Add in comments in the margins, and perhaps mark the moment when “you knew.”

At the heart of your proposal are the love and your partner share and your commitment to spending a life together. Don’t lose focus of that, no matter how high-tech or low-budget your planned proposal.

Good luck and happy proposal brainstorming!

Have your own marriage proposal tips that are relatively simple to pull off? Share it in the comments!


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