You're finally ready to pop the big question, but you may still be stumped on the best way to propose. The best marriage proposal ideas are inspired by something personal to your relationship and usually play on an element of surprise.
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The Traditional Proposal
No matter where you are or what you're doing, go down on bended knee before you ask. This type of traditional proposal is usually combined with formally asking her father for her hand in marriage in advance.
The Dinner Proposal
One popular proposal idea involves taking her out to a nice restaurant and hiding the ring in her dessert. You might also place your special question inside a fortune cookie--or even some place on the menu.
The Holiday Gift Proposal
Any occasion for gift giving offers the potential to surprise her with an engagement ring. Consider hiding the ring box in a series of progressively smaller boxes inside a giant box.
The Memory Lane Proposal
One popular proposal idea is to return to the spot where you met or had your first date, and then pop the question. This way you can be certain your proposal is memorable and unique to the relationship.
The Vacation Proposal
Take a romantic trip to an exotic locale and plant a special proposal message in a bottle. As you walk along the beach together, wait for her to find it and present her with the ring.
The Treasure Hunt Proposal
Create a series of clues that lead her through the house---or town---and end the hunt some place where she'll find you with the ring in your hand. This type of proposal can be simple or elaborate, but the journey should always be personal.
The Spelled-Out Proposal
Personally spell out "Will You Marry Me?" in the sand on the beach, with stones on your hiking trail or flower petals on her bed---even with Scrabble tiles during a game at home. She's sure to be surprised.
The Super-Sized Proposal
Ask her on the scoreboard screen during a game at a stadium or arena; a billboard she sees every day or perhaps even hire a skywriter. A big question just may lead to a big, "Yes!"
The Broadcast Proposal
Ask her favourite radio station to air your proposal when you know she'll be listening, or place an ad in the newspaper. If you enjoy going to the movies together, ask if the cinema will run your proposal as an ad before the movie starts.
The Tech Proposal
If you are Internet savvy, create a web page that includes your marriage proposal. Send your sweetheart a link.
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