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Romantic Ways for How to Propose to your Girlfriend


Finding a romantic way to propose to your girlfriend is a unique challenge, and one you will no doubt want to get right, as hopefully this will be the one and only time you ever need to propose to anybody. We have all seen men risk embarrassment and go down on one knee in public places in order to ask their girlfriends to marry them, but how about considering a way of proposing that is so very unusual that not only is your girlfriend going to find it virtually impossible to say no, but she is also going to remember the way you proposed for the rest of her life, and fondly reminisce to family, friends and your future children as to what a wonderful experience this was, and how she couldn't resist accepting the proposal.

This hub contains just a few ideas of novel ways to ask your girlfriend to marry you. May I wish you every success in your requests and I am fairly sure you won't find many girls who would say "no" if proposed to in the ways I am about to suggest.


1) A good friend of mine told me how her boyfriend proposed to her, and I have to confess I loved the idea totally. This young lady had a pet rabbit, and one day her boyfriend came running into the kitchen and told her that the rabbit had escaped and was loose in her garden. In a panic she ran outside and saw her beloved rabbit hopping across the lawn. After a short chase she captured the elusive bunny, only to find a small jewellery box tied around its neck with a pink ribbon. Upon opening the box she discovered an engagement ring inside. Who could say no after a proposal like that!

2) A little harder to achieve, but if you have a pet parrot or mynah bird wait until your girlfriend is away for a week or so and spend time teaching the bird to say "will you marry me?" or similar. Once she returns make sure you are around her until such time as the parrot or mynah bird obliges by asking the question for you.

3) How about a treasure hunt complete with clues for her to work out and follow, each clue taking her to a different location, and the next clue, until such time as she finally reaches the end of the trail and the ring in a box with a "Will you marry me?" note inside. The treasure hunt can stretch over the entire town where you live too, so no need to restrict it to your house or garden.

4) Live in an apartment builiding? Get neighbours to turn on/off lights to spell the words "Marry Me" and then take your loved one across the street for a surprise.

5) Turn off all the lights in your apartment or house and make a trail of candles that leads to a circle of further candles positioned around a ring.


6) Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off, and wait for the reaction.

7) Buy a Christmas cracker and carefully open one end of it in order to remove the contents. Then insert the engagement ring into the cracker and press the cracker back into shape. Make sure she sits in the right place at the table to get the correct cracker or you could end up proposing to your future Mother-in-Law!

8) Bake the ring into a small cake and watch carefully whilst she eats it.

9) Ask your local Chinese restaurant to make you a fortune cookie with the ring inside, then take her for dinner there.

10) Place the ring in  balloon and get it filled with helium. Trick her into bursting it so the ring falls out.


11) Place the ring inside the petals of a single red rose and present it to her over a romantic meal for two.

12) Plant crocus corms or snowdrops etc in your lawn spelling out the words "Will you marry me *******", and wait for Spring. Every year they will remind her of your romantic gesture by spelling out the message again.

13) Write your marriage proposal on a piece of paper and stain it with black tea in order to give the appearance of ancient parchment. Secrete this in an old fashioned bottle and take your girlfriend to the beach. If at all possible place the bottle in a rock pool when she isn't looking and make sure she finds it, alternatively semi-bury it in the sand near to where she is sitting and find a way to 'accidentally' ensure she spots it.

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14) Buy her a goldfish and place the ring (clearly visible), in the base of the bowl or tank, (for those with a warped sense of humour you could buy her a couple of Piranha fish and then place the ring in the bottom of their tank and tell her if she puts her hand in and successfully gets the ring out you will marry her!)

15) Finally, run her a nice hot bubble bath and surround the bath with scented candles. Invest in a small rubber duck and tie the engagement ring around its neck with a red or pink ribbon. Make sure there is so much bubble bath in the water that the duck is barely visible above the bubbles. Once she is in the bath and the bubbles gradually start to dissipate the ring will appear and your intentions become obvious.


These are just a few novel ideas, but there are many more, so if you don't fancy any of these, simply use your imagination and your knowledge of what your girlfriend is into e.g. art, pets, extreme sports etc and come up with an idea of your own.

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ravi on February 16, 2014:

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joker.jkko17 on May 08, 2012:

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Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 26, 2012:

Tricky one this. I mean at least he did ask, and he certainly must want to be married to you if he did. A romantic proposal is all very nice, but the relationship and the strength of it to endure over time is what really matters. If you are having doubts about marrying him based on how he proposed, can I suggest this might be an excuse on some level, as you are not really sure you want to marry him at all! You could talk to him about how you feel, but right now my instinct says that deep down you are not sure about marrying him for all sorts of reasons, and the proposal method is just the one you are homing in on.

Anon on January 26, 2012:

my partner proposed several years ago it appeared very thoughtless at the time and I have never forgotten, he has not gone to any simple effort to make it thoughtful or memorable since, I just wanted to be asked without a ring or any expense in a nice public (but private) garden, with roses or a rose involved in some way. He asked at home when I was quite sick and stressed and said he had planned to go to the top of a mountain but I probably would not of been able to get up there. Am I very wrong in being upset and waiting all these years for a what I feel is a thoughtful proposal. I have been very clear about my needs and have ended up feeling terrible that he hasn't asked and it makes me feel very bad about the idea of getting married at all, even though we have better means to do it now.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 26, 2012:

You could give her an 'Eternity' ring if you don't want to get married yet, but make sure she realises it is an eternity ring and not an engagement ring or she will be very disappointed. To be honest it would take more than a ring to make sure you don't lose a girlfriend. You might benefit more from reading my hubs:

yungnice on January 26, 2012:

iam romantic and my girlfriend loves me.can i give her a ring so that she will not forget me?i am scared of losing her.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 05, 2011:

Thanks Nicolas, I shall leave your link in place as it is relevant to the Hub topic.

Propose in Paris on April 05, 2011:

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Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 08, 2011:

Hi Anon, I sincerely wish you luck, you sound like a smashing bloke who is making the whole effort to ensure this is a special proposal. How could she say no to such a romantic soul!

Anon on February 08, 2011:

Thank you for the ideas, I am trying to plan a proposal for my girlfriend and am looking for advice. Wish me luck!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 13, 2011:

Thanks Michele, I love the treasure hunt idea too, it is so romantic and exciting at the same time.

Michele on January 13, 2011:

Great article. Love the treasure hunt. I am a Marriage Proposal Planner and love creating personalized treasure hunts for my clients.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 29, 2010:

Hi Michele, I hope you can pass the idea on to others too. Glad you liked it :)

Michele on December 28, 2010:

I am a Marriage Proposal Planner and I love the first idea! Super cute and original

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 20, 2010:

Thanks Andy, that sounds lovely, I am sure she will say yes :)

andy on December 20, 2010:

I am planning my girlfriend's proposal now. Wanted to take her on a private picnic but the weather is not looking great. So now I thought about getting some christmas crackers and put roses inside, to open during our private dinner. Over the course of the evening the atmosphere can build up with the the flowers around and candles then inside the last cracker I'll put the ring.I'm glad I saw it on your list, the other ideas also look really good!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 16, 2010:

Hi Johnnyboi, well whatever way you decide to propose I wish you well and hope she says yes :)

Johnnyboi on December 16, 2010:

I am mpreparing to propose to my girlfriend and was looking for an original yet romantic way to propose.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 14, 2010:

A fair point Jen, but the tradition of putting coins in the Christmas Pudding goes back hundreds of years, and I haven't heard of anyone choking yet, so a ring in a cake is not so different. Of course the other way of looking at it is to buy her a big enough stone in her ring that she will detect it in her mouth way before there is any danger of her choking on it!! LOL ;)

I reckon it is pretty safe all in all ,after all ,most of us quickly notice gristle or bone in our mouths when we eat meat, and rarely do we choke on it. As for the ring getting gummed up with food, well, not in a cake surely, it isn't as if the ring will be chewed on for ages, only briefly will the mouthful be in the mouth before the ring becomes obvious.

Cheers for commenting :)

Jen on December 14, 2010:

Proposing with the ring in food is a really bad idea. What if she swallows it or breaks a tooth? I've known this to happen. Also the ring gets all gummed up with food. Not optimal.

I like the rest though.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 12, 2010:

Thanks Ganesh :)

Ganesh on December 12, 2010:

Great ! I love it

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 04, 2010:

Thanks zain, I hope one of them proves useful to you some day :)

zain on December 03, 2010:

i luvd all proposals mentioned above:)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 30, 2010:

Thanks ss sneh, glad you enjoyed it :)

ss sneh from the Incredible India! on November 30, 2010:

Hi mistyhorizon2003! Very entertaining hub! -- Thanks

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 10, 2010:

Hi Nightblade, what is a Katana??? I shall have to look it up. Like the sound of it though as I am guessing it is a reptile of some description.

Bao from Tualatin on November 09, 2010:

My fiancé would love the one with two pirana, but they are attracted to blood normally. Sort of like mini sharks, only much faster.

Bao from Tualatin on November 09, 2010:

I didn't get any of those, but mine was unique. He was in Medford and I was in Portland. He sent me a katana in a long box and told me to open it on the December 21. It was in a suede bag with a letter of proposal. You might not think so, but I thought it was romantic.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 13, 2010:

Good luck Tom, I am sure she will say yes and is probably simply waiting for you to make the move. Every woman wants the man to be the one to ask, so just go for it in the romantic way you feel will appeal to her the most.

tom the traveller on October 13, 2010:

I am considering proposing to my girlfriend. We have been together for almost 9 months. She has had a couple bad relationships and I was married but single for 22 long years. I am scared of rejection but I will keep this page in my favorites to refer back too. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 22, 2010:

Hi Gray, I think that sounds a splendid idea and I am sure she will be thrilled. Go for it and good luck :)

Gray on March 21, 2010:

Would putting will you marry me on a billboard be okay? She would see it on her way to work.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 18, 2010:

Thanks Lisi, I am glad I didn't disappoint you :)

Lisi Hansen on March 02, 2010:

There are some great ideas in this hub misty! I especially like the one with the rose, since I love roses. Thank you!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 13, 2010:

LOL, thanks Paradise, I reckon that would be pretty cute too if I were on the receiving end of it, however in my case I asked my Hubby to marry me, and then over a beer in a pub on the spur of the moment, oh well!!!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on January 13, 2010:

This made me smile so much, especially the rubber ducky. Thanks, Misty.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 13, 2010:

Well good luck to you and your lady when you do pop the question, and I would be delighted if one of these ideas is the one you use :)

cojaqmarketing from Carmel, Indiana on January 13, 2010:

Oh man...I'm sure that this will come up someday for me and my lady. I'll have to bookmark this hub...


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 13, 2010:

Thanks everyone, I just wish my Hubby had used one of these ideas LOL. I especially like the crocuses in the lawn idea but I haven't got a lawn!

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on January 13, 2010:

You have a nice and inspiring collection of ideas here for popping the marriage question. Thanks for a fun and romantic hub for Valentine's Day or any day!

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on January 13, 2010:

A lesson to youngster. Thanks.

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on January 13, 2010:

very good ideas except for the hamsters if they have a general fear of rodents.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on January 13, 2010:

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

No, you bitch, just go away!"

Shakespeare (nearly): when the gilt fades from the gingerbread,,Bob

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on January 13, 2010:

Great piece. It reAlly makES for an intEresting read. Loved it!

emievil from Philippines on January 13, 2010:

some great and unique ideas here Misty. I love them all. I wish I'm single again so that my husband can read this and get an idea on how to propose :). Thanks.

Andrew from Italy on January 13, 2010:

Great hub misty, I'll bookmark it to use when I'll need it. Very well done.

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