Are you thinking of proposing? Well, doubtless you’ll be thinking about where to do it. It needs to be both memorable and meaningful, which is why many people choose to whisk their other halves off abroad for a holiday they’ll never forget. If you’d like to do that too, here are a handful of proposal destinations you might want to consider…
Arguably, there’s not a more romantic holiday destinationfor a couplethan Paris. The city of love is popular with couples all year round, and many people get down on one knee against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame. Consider this destination if your intended loves the class and sophistication of this European city, taking some time to wander the streets first. Sip coffee together, visit a boulangerie for macaroons and do a spot of shopping (it’s one of the fashion capitals of the world, after all) before taking a slow stroll to one of Paris’s beautiful proposal locations. Skip the Eiffel Tower (unless you’re happy to share the moment with throngs of tourists), heading to the tranquil Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg or the atmospheric clock face of the Musée d’Orsay instead. We promise they’ll think these are among the most romantic places in all of Paris!
Another European destination that’s just too good to pass over with consideration is Venice. From its charming cobblestone streets, countless bridges and stunning old houses buildingsslowly sinking into the river, this destination is perfect if your other half loves history and architecture. A word of warning, however – Venice is busy for much of the year, and the gondolas and bridges are likely to be filled with visitors, even during winter. So, seek quieter spots in Venice if you want to make a truly romantic proposal away from the prying eyes of the public. Many of the churches will be relatively empty (consider St Alvise for example, with its lovely ceiling), or the Casa Goldoni has a beautiful courtyard that’s often deserted. But if you think your partner will truly love a gondola ride complete with a proposal? Book a gondola tour for when the sun is rising, and ask the gondolier to slow as you approach the Bridge of Sighs – it will make a truly spectacular sight, and a wonderful memory – especially as dawn breaks on the yellow stones.
For something truly unforgettable, how about whisking your special someone all the way to New York City? The city that never sleeps is the perfect place to go if the two of you love getting dressed up for a night on the town. Hail a cab, catch a Broadway show and enjoy dinner in a swanky New York restaurant, arranging for the waiters to help you with your proposal during a candlelit dinner. Or, you could take it from a completely different angle, heading to Central Park for a quiet place to propose if you think your partner would prefer it to be just the two of you. Bow Bridge, nestled in the heart of Central Park, is a beautiful place to propose – in fact, the cast iron bridge has been used in numerous films. Standing on top of it, you’ll have views across Fifth Avenue, and the trees that skirt it change colours with the seasons, looking particularly beautiful in autumn. If you fancy reading about some real-life proposals in New York before you get down on one knee yourself, check out this article in the New York Times.
So, will you be booking flights to any of these romantic destination