Sure, you want to make your proposal romantic and perfect — and especially in the age of over-the-top overtures shared on social media, that can mean thinking outside the ring box. For inspiration — and perhaps some encouragement to actually pull that trigger — here are five next-level marriage proposal ideas that will make your sweetie swoon... and ideally say yes!
1. Via Ferrata, Banff, Alberta
Sure, you could hike any number of ridiculously scenic mountains in Banff to pop the question. Or you could scale Mount Norquay and propose like a boss. Snuggle up with your sweetie for the 10-minute chairlift ride to the top. There, a certified guide leads a small group of intrepid climbers (of all skill levels!) up the mountain. Once you’ve completed the route and she’s said “yes,” raise a glass bubbly at Cliffhouse Bistro before heading back down the mountain.
2. Private helicopter flight, Maui, Hawaii
For a bird’s-eye perspective, explore the valleys and rainforests of the West Maui Mountains via helicopter. What’s more romantic than seeing spectacular waterfalls, as well as the lush valley floor of Iao Valley State Park from above? A State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide will also take you and your sweetie across the Pailolo Channel to explore Molokai, also known as the “Friendly Isle.” As you sightsee along the island’s dramatic sea cliffs and Hawaii’s tallest waterfall, you have an Instagram-worthy opportunity to propose.
3. On the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, Peru
Luxe adventures can skip the grueling four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, instead opting for an uber romantic ride aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train, named for the explorer who discovered the Inca citadel. Ride to the Lost City of the Incas in a 1920s Pullman carriage-styled ride, kitted with crystal, comfortable armchairs, and polished cutlery. As you take in the Peruvian landscape, sip Pisco Sours and dine on Andean specialties, such as Pumahuanca´s grilled trout “Maras.” It’s the perfect place to pop the question.
4. Shark diving in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
For an unforgettable proposal, ask her to marry you under the sea. In Playa Del Carmen, dive enthusiasts can surround themselves with bull sharks like this couple did. Write out your proposal on a whiteboard and wait for her to signal the “OK” dive signal. To be safe, leave the engagement ring back at the hotel.
5. Sky diving
For a memorable proposal, pop the question moments before you jump out the plane door for a tandem jump or the minute your feet hit the ground. Work out the details with your skydiving outfitter in advance; having them onboard will help immensely. They can also help organize a pop-up crowd of friends and family, a banner, photographer, or the ring and flowers at the bottom for when you land. The stunt brings new meaning to "taking the plunge!"
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