7 Of The Most Romantic (And Instagrammable) Places To Get Engaged
One of the best ways to propose is on holiday, right? Who wouldn’t want to be swept up in the moment of a romantic sunset, famous landmark or unforgettable view? But before you start scouring the web for engagement rings, make sure you find the perfect holiday destination first. After all, the wrong setting could kill the mood, while the perfect backdrop could secure that all-important YES. We’ve come up with five of the most romantic places to get down on one knee. And if you follow our advice, we are sure you’ll be blowing up your Instagram feed with your engagement photos in no time.
1. New York
First things first, the most obvious place in the world to propose is New York – for good reason. So many places in the Big Apple look (or actually are) straight out of a movie scene, and fans of romcoms will be familiar with many of the most popular places in New York to get engaged. Whether you choose a secluded spot in Central Park, the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty or the spectacular Empire State Building, a New York proposal will be one you (and your Instagram followers) will never forget.
If your loved one is glued to movies like When Harry Met Sally, New York should be your number one choice when planning an unforgettable engagement holiday.
2. The Shard
Closer to home, one of the romantic places to propose in the UK right now is London’s Shard building. Claiming to offer the most romantic view in London, the Shard’s vista takes you twice as high as any other vantage point in the city, with incredible views stretching 40 miles. What better backdrop to make your engagement photos pop on Instagram? #NoFilter required.
What’s more, the Shard offers bespoke wedding proposal packages which can make the experience super special. Think rose petals, music, champagne and your own personal photographer to capture the moment.
Would your partner love to say yes overlooking the dazzling lights of London? Prices start from £640 for your personalised proposal package which can be booked here.
Another obvious choice, and it’s no wonder. Dubbed the City of Love, Paris has been the scene of so many proposals over the years that it’s hard to think of a reason not to pop the question here!
If you’re planning to get down on one knee in France’s lovestruck capital city, there are plenty of Instagram friendly places to consider. From surefire spots like the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre and Disneyland, to more private places like the Tuileries gardens or the cobbled streets of Montmartre made famous by movies like Amelie, there’s somewhere for every romantic.
What do you think is the most romantic spot in Paris to get engaged?
Crystal clear sea, whitewashed ancient buildings and dazzling beaches make Santorini a spectacular destination to propose on holiday. This Greek island is one of the most Instagrammable holiday destinations out there, so if your partner loves to post pictures from your travels, this is a great place to pop the question for the dreamiest engagement photos. Although it’s a popular holiday destination, you’ll be sure to find a secluded spot once the sun goes down to wow your partner with lush views and the ultimate proposal.
5. The Maldives
For the ultimate holiday destination for a wedding proposal, the Maldives has it all. Sipping sundowners on a secluded beach is romantic enough for anyone. But here, you can take it one step further to create the most magical of all proposals. Certain Maldives beaches offer you a rare chance to witness bioluminescence, a naturally occurring wonder which sees plankton glow underwater, making it look like the sea is full of glistening stars. This is just the thing to elevate your romantic holiday proposal to the next level (and stage the most tappable engagement photos ever posted on Instagram).
Pics or it didn’t happen!
6. Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain near Cape Town has to be one of the most breathtaking places in the world. Plus, with a view that combines both incredible mountain vistas and a beautiful beach, how could you possibly go wrong?
In fact, there are so many amazing places in Africa it’s hard to choose just one, so if you’re looking for a long-haul romantic adventure we suggest you explore the different options Africa has to offer. Check out this blog on 10 of the most romantic places in Africa for inspiration.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to have fallen in love in Africa, and are rumoured to have spent their honeymoon on the continent too. So if you want to make it official with your very own prince or princess, what better place to explore?
7. Napa Valley, California
If your partner loves wine, why not consider a romantic vineyard proposal? After all, you won’t have to go far to find a glass of something to toast your engagement if he or she says yes (or to drown your sorrows if it all goes wrong).
Napa Valley, north of San Fransico in California, is home to hundreds of romantic vineyards. You can tour many of them on the Napa Valley Wine Train, sampling the selection of wines on offer as you go, before finding the perfect spot to get down on bended knee.
Of course, if you are thinking of a vineyard proposal, there are plenty of beautiful wine regions all over the world, including France, Italy, Australia and South Africa. So do your research and plan your budget carefully to make sure you find the perfect place for your romantic moment. Just don’t forget to Instagram it afterwards!
Things to remember before you jet off to propose
One thing you definitely need to remember when you’re jetting off on a holiday where you plan to propose is, of course, the ring. With so much excitement and nerves, you may find yourself forgetting the more boring things on your to do list, so we’ve come up with a checklist to help you out:
- Airport transfers – make sure your operator includes transfer in your package, or if you are booking everything separately yourself, organise your own bus/train/taxi transfers ahead of time to save yourself a stressful experience
- Airport parking – another pretty dull but essential item on your list if you plan to drive to the airport – browse prices and book parking at Glasgow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Airport or Luton Airport here
- Holiday insurance – don’t forget to cover yourself for that engagement ring, as well as any other expensive items you will be taking with you! Search policies here
- Rental cars – if you plan to rent a car on holiday, sort this out ahead of your trip to save money and hassle at the other end of your journey. View options and book your holiday hire car here
- Airport hotel – got a super early or late flight? Consider booking an airport hotel to make the journey to or from your special holiday extra comfortable. Find airport hotels here
- Holiday money – either exchange some cash before your trip, or load your holiday spends onto a currency card like Fair FX which you can use abroad without any charges.