How to Propose

11 Sweet and Simple Marriage Proposal Ideas

Who says wedding proposals have to be extravagant? Especially since asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you is a big enough deal on its own.

Plus, the best marriage proposals are the ones that are personalized to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. There is nothing worse than choosing a proposal idea based on its popularity or creativity. You should always take into consideration your wife-to-be’s unique preferences and tastes.

If your girlfriend is a traditional woman, something like a big public flashmob proposal is probably not her thing. Instead, take some time to note the most important things to her, by identifying the things she values most – such as her relationship with her family and friends.

Or simply injecting a bit of romance into the everyday routine to set the stage for the proposal you’ll both remember for the rest of your lives. To start you off with some ideas, here are sweet and simple marriage proposal ideas to bring a smile to her face and a “Yes” to your ears.

Breakfast in bed

Make her breakfast in bed with all her favorite breakfast foods. Once she wakes up to the smell of fresh coffee and muffins, bring her a tray of yummy foods and enjoy a lovely breakfast together.

For dessert, present her a muffin that has frosting and a cherry ring on top.

Repeat history

If your girlfriend has a close relationship with her parents and her parents are her role models of a perfect married couple, why not re-create their wedding proposal? Find out how her dad proposed to her mom and propose to her in a similar way.

Bathtime Duckie

No woman can refuse a bath – especially if it comes with scented candles, soft music, and some rose petals.

Run a bath for your girlfriend with all the above elements and once she’s in the tub, feeling wonderful, come in and float a rubber duck towards her.

Of course, the duck will have a ring tied around its neck and a message written in waterproof marker: “Marry Me.”

Point out that “Me” means you, not the duck.

Enlist a glass of wine

Plan a romantic evening for two – go the extra step and make dinner yourself. Pour her a glass of wine with the ring in the bottom of it. Once she finds it, get down on one knee.

Do it in good company

Arrange a get-together with all her friends and family. Prepare enough food and drink for everyone to have an awesome time and when everyone’s gathered and fed, pop the question in the presence of all the people she loves the most.

A game of Hangman

A marriage proposal that pops up during a fun, unexpected moment is great. If you’re in the habit of playing little games together, this will be especially awesome. Either take your sweetheart on a trip somewhere that requires a short commute, i.e. a boat ride, a short train ride, etc. Propose some games to pass the time – Hangman, for example. When it’s your turn, have the phrase be “Marry Me” and once she guesses it, get down on one knee.

Another cute way is to invite your friends over for game night and do the same sequence there, with her friends around for the big moment.

Propose in the place you met

The place where you first met and began your journey together is laden with significance. Plan a beautiful picnic at that spot – bottle of champagne in tow – and pop the question before you pop the champagne.

Graffiti your proposal

Well, not really – just write it in side walk chalk.

Ask your girlfriend to come out for a walk. From her door all the way to where you’re going to propose, write little messages in sidewalk chalk. Propose once she makes her way to you.

Russian nesting dolls boxes

Gift her a huge box that’s filled with smaller boxes – all beautifully wrapped. The last box will, of course, have the ring inside.

Go where she is

A workday is just like any other day – until your boyfriend proposes.

Surprise her where she works by showing up with a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of champagne and a ring. Arrange it with her boss so she has the rest of the day off.

Choose a significant date or place

Not every woman wants to be surrounded by friends and family during such an intimate moment. If you think your girlfriend would prefer privacy, choose a moment or a place (or both!) that has significance for her. A big holiday will do – Christmas is popular – or even her birthday. Another option is to choose a place that has meaning for the both of you, such as the location of your first date or the place where you first met.

Make the moment as meaningful and intimate as possible by going to the extra mile to add personal touches to everything – i.e. make dinner yourself or play a song that means a lot to the both of you.

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