Having trouble deciding how and where to pop the question? Fear not! The James Allen blog has got you covered with a selection of awe-inspiring proposal ideas. From summery beach proposals to ones in the snow, high up in a plane to way down-low.
Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!
If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.
1. Take It Outside
If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.
City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.
Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.
Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail?
2. Get Creative
This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring.
Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!
Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you.
3. Unique Proposals
Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partners passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:
Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo.
Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.
Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.
4. Recruit Some Help
Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.
Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!
If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there are a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly.
While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not.
1. Hike Proposal with a View
If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question.
Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.
There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.
Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring.
The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.
Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using a sapphire as your center stone.
Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?
Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop.
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.
If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!
Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events.
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.
This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals!
Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring.
If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flower and fill your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue?
Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences!
Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design.
Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.
Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.
Plans may be changing, but we’ve got plenty of ideas for at-home proposals. The most iconic on-screen scenes are filled with quarantine-friendly engagements – and here are our favorites!
In the age of social distancing, what’s a starry-eyed couple to do? We’re here with good news: coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to cancel your proposal. But, yeah, the original plan is probably off.
Luckily, inspiration abounds for at-home proposals that knock it out of the park. Just grab your remote. Countless couples from TV and film have gotten engaged in the cozy homes they built together.
The most iconic at-home proposals of TV and film:
Chandler + Monica in “Friends”
When one of TV’s favorite couples finally got engaged, it was Chandler who was surprised by Monica in her candlelit apartment. As Chandler said in the iconic scene, “I thought that it mattered what I said, or where I said it, then I realized that the only thing that matters is that you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.”
Flaunt the ring that’ll make you scream to the neighbors “I’m engaged!”
In the movie “Stepmom,” Luke wakes Isabel with a ring box containing a spool of thread. As he ties the thread around her finger, he says, “Even when things are hard and you feel like giving up you have to hang on to that decision, that choice to love each other. Even if it’s only by a thread…Will you marry me?” He then proposes by sliding an engagement ring down the thread and onto her finger. Now that’s charming.
This couple knows how to hold each other close. In an intimate at-home proposal, Ian spontaneously pops the question to Toula while in bed. They share a rare, quiet moment together before revealing their engagement to her boisterous family.
A simple ring that strives for the sweetest moments:
You can both self-isolate while still taking in the great outdoors. In the 2005 remake of “Pride and Prejudice,” Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth that she has “bewitched [him], body and soul.” Foggy, early-morning walks aresocially distant and perfect for romantic declarations!
A vintage, nature-inspired style perfect for lovers of the classics:
Sheldon + Amy AND Leonard + Penny in “The Big Bang Theory”
On the “Big Bang Theory,” at-home proposals are the norm! Both Sheldon + Amy as well as Leonard + Penny get engaged in their apartments. Each couple gets engaged in their own characteristically quirky fashion, showing that the perfect proposal is the one that gets you engaged! Sheldon even makes a few socially distanced phone calls to Amy’s dad and Stephen Hawking for permission.
Amy would go all fluttery for this classically-inspired rose gold ring:
For Carrie Bradshaw, the ideal engagement spot was her dream closet in her new home with Mr. Big. After the “will they”s and “won’t they”s – they did! Make this proposal a reality by choosing your favorite spot in the house, whether or not it’s full of Manolo Blahniks.
In his empty diner beneath his apartment, Luke gets interrupted when Lorelai spontaneously proposes to him. But Luke’s answer was at the ready: “Yes.” Not even equipped with a ring, Luke and Lorelai dive straight into celebration mode anyway – proof that the perfect proposal can come before the perfect ring. Cheers to that!
Quarantining together can make it a bit tricky to stay sentimental. So, presto! Three romantic movie moves that you can pull off, even while social distancing.
Lloyd + Diane in “Say Anything”
Even if you haven’t seen it, you know it: Lloyd holding up a boombox playing “In Your Eyes” was the original socially-distanced romantic gesture. It may be one of the most parodied acts, but we’ll let you in on a secret: deep down, everyone wishes they were a Lloyd or a Diane.
When Jerry Maguire knocks on Dorothy’s door and gives his famous “you complete me” speech in front of her entire family, she simply responds with “you had me at hello.” Make the family dinner virtual, and you’ve got yourselves a setting ready for a heart-melting romantic outburst.
The email courtship between Joe and Kathleen in “You’ve Got Mail” is perfect for these times. When they finally meet in-person for a walk in the park, she simply replies “I wanted it to be you.” The 2020 version: send your sweetie love-filled texts (rather than emails) from the next room.
With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!
National Proposal Day is almost here and the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 may have people uncertain about their proposal plans. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for some intimate home proposal ideas to sweep your fiancée-to-be off her feet while staying safe!
1. Travel Memories
If you had plans to travel and propose, why not put together a collection of slides highlighting some treasured travel moments you’ve shared in your journey together? These sparklers look good in any location:
Take the road less traveled with an intimate stroll together. This great proposal option allows you to be alone while avoiding mass transportation during times of social distancing. So find the perfect view, get down on one knee and pop the question with one of these white or yellow gold options:
Unlike the classic restaurant proposal, no need for you to make a reservation or talk to the manager to plan your perfect moment. Wine and dine your partner with a restaurant meal. Not only is it delicious, but they’ll love the extra effort!
Hire a local band to serenade your partner on Skype or FaceTime. Then, invite your friends and loved ones for a virtual cocktail reception to celebrate! Don’t forget to show off one of these sparklers while you’re online:
Get in touch with your favorite celebrity to share a Cameo shout out and give yourselves not one, but two lifelong memories that will be spoken of for years to come. Heads up – Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps have joined Cameo and are donating all proceeds to support nonprofits such as ‘No Kid Hungry’.
Our customers are basically pros by the time they propose. In fact, we’d say their engagement ring advice is 10x more valuable than those random articles you find online. Here are the dos and don’ts from James Allen customers who got it so, so right:
Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research
“I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
“Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
“Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
“The chat feature is so helpful! Sharing a screen with the consultanthelped me find the best diamond within my budget by pointing out differences between the stones that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.”- Abigail A.
“Pick out some ringsthat you wouldn’t normally and compare and contrast them for a while. I started with 6ish all different styles and I would look at them for a few days and then slowly take one away until I had the one.”- William B.
“First, set a budget aside. With the budget, you can start looking for what kind of diamond you want based on the 4Cs. When you have selected the diamond you want, then look for the design.”- Cynthia L.
“Let her decide the style if possible, as she is the one that will wear it. Listen carefully to her likes and dislikes.”- Steven J.
“The whole process for us of ‘building’ my ringwas so easy. And doing it together was fun and romantic! When we looked into each other’s eyes and my fiance told me to ‘click on it!’, it was just AWESOME!”- Debra F.
“Keep her in the loop when it comes to the ring and diamond, then surprise her with when and where you propose! Her favorite flower is tulips…so I decided that we would go to the Netherlands and attend the tulip festival in April!”- Rob B.
“Don’t focus on the ring and miss everything else! Make it a memorable experience, something that is you. A ton of people will be asking you afterwards on how it went down, so a nice story goes a long way.”- Nikolaos C.
“Make sure you remember to inform all her family members, especially parents, before proposing.”- Sherman L.
The results are in! We surveyed 2,800 women about engagement ring etiquette – what are the rules for getting engaged, and which of those rules are meant to be broken?
Engagement Ring Etiquette: “The 2 Months’ Salary Rule”
There’s an age-old myth that you’re supposed to decide how much to spend on the engagement ring based on how much you’d earn in two months. However, when we actually asked, 69% of women disagreed. The engagement ring etiquette consensus: a ring should cost whatever you can afford – the relationship is the most important thing.
It might be best to stay away from dramatic and/or jumbo-tron proposals; 56% of women surveyed said they prefer an intimate proposal with just the two of you, while 28% said they want something small with close friends and family. Only 4% told us they’d rather go big than go home.
So when it comes to heterosexual partnerships, are guys always supposed to be the ones to pop the question? In this modern age, survey says… mostly yes. 79% of women said the guy should propose. On the other hand, 12% said they have no problem with a woman proposing to the man, while 9% said they’d only propose if their guys waited around for too long.
Collaboration is key! 84% of women surveyed said they’d be happy to drop hints, provide pictures, or tell friends/family about the engagement ring they prefer. Might as well make it a date night activity; 15% of women surveyed said they want to look at rings with their partners. Meanwhile, only 3% of women said they’d keep it straightforward and tell their partner their exact ring choice.
The answers to this one were surprisingly split – 58% said they think their partner should save up and pay for the engagement ring alone, while 42% are open to sharing the check (with 26% adding the caveat that he can’t afford it on his own). Looking for the absolute best engagement ring option for your budget? We’re here for you, 24/7 – chat with customer service now.
Paint the town wed in one of these less conventional, but utterly beguiling places to propose.
Partial to Paris? Nuts about New York? In love with London? If so, you’re not alone. These three cities consistently rank among the top 20 places to propose. However, there’s no rule book that says you have to take the obvious route. There are plenty of other fab cities around the world, a few of which we’ve twinned with equally unique engagement rings.
Whichever side of the Atlantic you find most romantic, you’re sure to find places to propose that, even for a brief moment, will feel like the center of the universe.
Prague is known for its old-world charm; chic cafés, museums, and art galleries. But there’s more to the City of a Hundred Spires than just hipster hangouts. Take an early evening stroll along the famous Charles Bridge and just as the sun sets over the Vltava River, assume the proposal position. If you plan ahead, you could tip one of the many street musicians to serenade you.
If we’ve seen one proposal by Rome’s Trevi Fountain, we’ve seen them all. For a more original ring selfie, head south to the picturesque Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. The city offers intimate corners and breathtaking lookouts over the Bay of Naples that are perfect for popping the question. A short ferry ride to the neighboring island of Capri is an absolute must; it serves as one of the all-time great places to propose.
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is truly one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. At least, it used to be until HBO filmed parts of Game of Thrones in the Old Town. Make your proposal extra thrilling by taking your partner on a cable car ride up to Mount Srđ. Just don’t rock the car as you drop down one knee to pop the question!
Researching places to propose might seem like looking for a needle in a haystack – unless you happen to be looking in Seattle. At 605 feet tall, the Space Needle is pretty hard to miss. For a high-altitude proposal, head up to the observation deck, where you’ll enjoy glittering views of the city by night and mountainous panoramas by day. Pro tip: Reserve a table for two at the needle’s rotating restaurant, SkyCity.
For lovers of literature, there’s no more romantic place to pop the question than the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s everything you’ve ever imagined about ye olde England. From Tudor houses to its pretty parks and peaceful river, the city offers many a quaint and cultured spot for your special moment.
Famous for its elegant, old-world mystique and iconic balconies, the French Quarter in New Orleans is the perfect setting to work a little romantic voodoo! Take a wander down Bourbon Street and end up in the stately Jackson Square, where you’ll profess your love amid the lush greenery and historic buildings. Pro tip: Carnival season runs from January through March, so plan accordingly.
Brave the cold with these BRRRilliant winter proposal ideas, brought to you by our very own snowmen and women!
Some of us are waiting impatiently for winter to be over, as we shiver and curse the cold air. Then there are those of us who cherish every moment that winter brings, enjoying each cozy second under our fuzzy blankets, warming up with our significant other by the light of Netflix, the falling snowflakes twinkling outside our window. There is only one thing that would bring extra sparkle to the already shimmering winter scene – a diamond ring and a ‘Yes.’
Winter Proposal Ideas and the Engagement Rings Behind Them
From surprise Christmas tree decorations to a glacial getaway, these customers have embraced the winter season, demonstrating some truly festive proposals.
Winter Proposal Ideas: Evergreen Engagements
The Couple: Tom & Marie | Parlin, New Jersey
The Story: Tom marked a Christmas tree ornament with the date of his winter proposal, and the two celebrated their engagement at a Christmas party. READ THE FULL STORY.
“I’m still on cloud 9! We found the perfect tree, my boyfriend found the perfect ring, and I found the perfect man for me!” – Ashley
Winter Proposal Ideas: Feel Trips
The Couple: Alyssa & Joey | Providence, Rhode Island
The Story: After four years of dating, Joey proposed to Alyssa on a Valentine’s Day getaway, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire… wait for it… In. An. ICE CASTLE! How much more Frozen-esque can you get? READ THE FULL STORY.
“I opened the little red box and instantly came to tears. I fell into his arms with happiness and joy.” – Alyssa
The Couple: Chelsea & Patrick | Norfolk, England
The Story: Chelsea surprised Patrick with a trip to NYC, but little did she know that Patrick was planning his own surprise – a winter proposal on top of the Empire State Building! READ THE FULL STORY.
Love makes the world go round and we’ve got the aw–inspiring around-the-world marriage proposals to prove it!
Somewhere on this big blue marble we call home, a couple is getting engaged right now. By the time you finish reading this article, several hundred thousand more will have put a ring on it. Planet Earth is quite simply theplace to pop the question – at least until commercial spaceflight becomes a thing.
In honor of World Post Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite around-the-world marriage proposals submitted by our international customers. Just as their love knows no borders, James Allen offers free shipping to over 30 countries worldwide. You could say we put the glow in global!
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Honduran Homebodies
Our round-the-world trip starts out in Zamorano, Honduras. Hopeful hubby Aaron left girlfriend Maria a note instructing her to meet him by a tire swing in their neighbor’s yard. As she waited obligingly by the swing, her knight in shining amour pulled up in a red vintage truck. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an impossible-to-resist pavé halo diamond ring, to which she couldn’t help but say yes. We love the sheer simplicity of this proposal and can practically taste the homemade baleadas wafting through the air! Read more
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Canadian Cascade
Next, we head north to Edmonton, Canada, and the scene of Carly and Roman’s gushing proposal. Roman whisked Carly off on a helicopter ride, stopping below a glacial waterfall for a picturesque mountaintop picnic. Using the Insta-worthy moment to his advantage, Roman pretended to set up the camera’s self-timer, but secretly hit record. The teary-eyed romantic then took the plunge and presented his love with a single row pavé infinity ring by Martin Flyer. Noticing that he was holding the box upside down, Carly quickly turned it right-side up and said yes through the laughter and the tears. Read more
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: American Dream
The next leg of our whistle-stop tour takes us to the City of Angels via France. Manon from France and fiancé Andrew from Texas were university sweethearts who somehow managed to make their intercontinental relationship work. While on a trip to Los Angeles to realize Manon’s lifelong dream of hiking to the Hollywood Sign, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed with a petite pavé ring. Serendipity may have brought them together, but it was their James Allen sparkler that made it official. Read more
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Mauritian Marvel
All the way over on the other side of the world, a man named Arreytambe was planning an altogether more tropical proposal. He invited then-girlfriend Bessem to visit him on the idyllic island of Mauritius, where he had moved for work. After they’d spent some time enjoying all the island has to offer, Arreytambe arranged a private dinner on the beach, complete with waiter service, hidden photographer, and drone cam. Bessem could barely contain her excitement when he got down on one knee and pulled out that diamond split shank double halo pavé ring. And who could blame her? It is quite stunning! Read more
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Jamaican Joy Ride
Our last stop takes us to Kingston, Jamaica and the aptly named Hope Gardens, where churchgoers Karamo and Renee got engaged. Karamo told a blindfolded Renee they were going out for a surprise dinner and drove around in circles to disorient her. In fact, he was planning to pop the question in a part of the sunken garden that he and his friends had decorated. Not even a few brief rain showers could dampen the mood of this joyous occasion. Needless to say, she said yes to him and her falling edge pavé diamond ring (in that order). Read more
Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Bring It Home
With your sparkler safely in the bag, the next crucial step is keeping the ring a secret so you can successfully pull off your surprise proposal.
Buying the engagement ring is the easy part. Keeping it a secret from your SO is where the real challenge lies. You’re up against an opponent whose curiosity knows no bounds. No sock drawer is safe, no bookshelf off-limits. To pull this off, you’re going to need an airtight game plan and nerves of steel!
In a recent blog post, we weighed the benefits of shopping for a surprise ring versus collaborating with your SO. If you’re dead set on keeping the ring a secret, you’ll want to ensure you don’t leave a footprint – digital or otherwise – that could blow your cover.
When ring shopping online, we strongly recommend doing your homework. However, if you happen to share computers/devices with your SO, make sure you sign out of all their accounts before starting to plan your surprise proposal. Likewise, if you absolutely must print something out (though we’re not sure why you would – this is 2018, people!), don’t leave that smoking gun sitting in your printer tray.
For obvious reasons, you should never use a joint bank account to pay for the ring. Consider setting up a new account specifically for that purpose (you can close it once the deed is done). Another option is to pay with an old credit card that only you know about. This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t leave bank/credit card statements lying around the house. Oh, and don’t withdraw a large sum of money from the ATM; that’s a dead giveaway.
Keeping the Ring a Secret: Unboxing Your Bling
Who doesn’t love a good unboxing? Not your curious partner, that’s for sure!
At James Allen, we realize that having a mysterious package show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion. That’s why we’ve taken care to ensure the outer packaging is as nondescript (read boring) as possible so as not to ruin your surprise proposal. It’s literally just a standard, no frills FedEx box. For all your SO knows, it could be nothing more than that drone you’ve been droning on about.
It’s worth noting that our packages require a signature upon delivery. If you’re uncomfortable receiving yours at home or are worried that someone else might intercept it, we can help you find the best place to ship to.
Only once you peel back the outer carton does it start to get more interesting.
The first thing you’ll notice is an elegant presentation box embossed with the James Allen logo. This doubles as a jewelry box and even has a drawer for keeping your diamond certificates, cleaning cloth, and whatnot. Nestled on top is a small red box that houses the main attraction: the engagement ring.
Where to Stow Your Glow
Now, ordinarily, we’d tell you there’s no safer place to store your ring than the ring box it came in. Not only does it offer maximum protection, but it also makes for the most impressive presentation. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s still a box and, as such, somewhat bulky. Unless your partner is already aware of the ring, you might consider switching the box for something altogether less obvious.
“Is that a ring box in your pocket or are you happy to see me?” – Your suspicious SO
Some suggestions: a glasses case, a wallet, a briefcase. It’s fine to get creative with the container, as long as it fits the occasion. For example, a backpack or camera bag on a hike makes sense. A cello case does not. A rolled-up blanket or empty Thermos on a picnic makes sense. A suitcase does not. You get the idea.
Keeping the Ring a Secret: Conceal the Deal
OK, we’ve looked at ways to carry the ring around with you, but what about leaving it unattended? Here are some dos and don’ts for the times you’re not around to guard your precious new acquisition.
Keep it locked away in a safe place where your other half won’t accidentally come across it e.g., a spare bedroom, home office, or even a relative’s house. Avoid obvious places such as your bedroom, living room, or car glove compartment.
If traveling, pack the ring in your carry-on, never a checked bag. Don’t let a TSA agent blow your surprise proposal! Make sure it’s very secure and follow all airline security rules to avoid being stopped and searched.
Don’t leave it in your hotel room safe if your SO is likely to use it; instead, ask the concierge if you can leave it in the safe at the front desk.
Keeping the Ring a Secret: Your Silent Partner
If the logistics of keeping the ring a secret seem like Mission Impossible, our Customer Service reps are on hand to help you plan your sneaky setup. These masters of misdirection can be reached 24/7 via live chat, phone, and email. They know every trick in the book and can even suggest ways to distract your unsuspecting SO (don’t worry, we’ve trained them to only use their powers for good).
To make sure the whole family is there when you pop the question, propose while taking your dog for a walk! Our customers have found romantic spots for dog proposals in parks, on doggy beaches, at scenic lakes, and on spontaneous sidewalks.
2. Teach a New Dog Gold Tricks
Why not let your dog be your wingman? This one works with a dog you already love or a brand new dog that’ll come with the ring. Write a proposal message on a little t-shirt or personalized dog tag, tie the ring around the leash, or teach the dog to fetch a toy that says “Will you marry me?” Once your partner sees the dog, get down on one knee and clarify that the question is from you 😉
3. Snap a Fluffy Photoshoot
You know what they say: a dog is a plan’s best friend. Either stage a family photoshoot for your dog proposal, or save the pics for after you pop the question. We love how cute those puppy dog eyes are – almost as bright as their owners’ engagement rings!
A happy engagement announcement and a lil’ puppy nose?? Social media never looked better. Tell the world you said yes with an all-hands-in pic, a high five with your pup, or (*for those who can stay still*) balancing the ring on your pet’s noggin. Check out our Instagram and Pinterestfor more ring selfie inspiration!
Ah, summer. The season of picnics, performances, frozen drinks, and some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen. Before you pop the question, read through our tried-and-true guide to summer proposals!
Summer Proposal Tip 1: Get Outta Here
Summer gives some of the best weather for a proposal in the great outdoors! Connect to nature through a hike, a walk on the beach, or a park picnic proposal to make it as timeless as possible. Consider even tying in one of these nature-inspired floral engagement rings.
Summer Proposal Tip 2: Don’t Sweat It!
The flipside of proposing outdoors: sometimes nature presents, shall we say, unphotogenic moments. Think about plans that avoid sweat, bugs, and dehydration – both of you should feel as wonderful as possible (and as clean as a solitaire engagement ring) when you ask that question.
Summer Proposal Tip 3: Celebrate with Sunset
Summer has some of the most vivid sunsets of the year, making it the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable, fiery sunset proposal! To maximize all the nice photo hours, propose during what photographers call the golden hour (the hour right before sunrise or sunset) then celebrate while watching the sun go down. For an extra burst of color, opt for a gemstone engagement ring.
Summer Proposal Tip 4: Weather or Not…
This season brings rain storms out of nowhere; so unless you’re going for an Allie and Noah moment, have a backup plan indoors in case it pours! If you are going for rainy romance a la The Notebook (or Sweet Home Alabama or Spider-Man or The Office… the list goes on), consider a water drop (pear shaped) diamond ring and prep to keep all electronics and leather apparel dry.
Summer Proposal Tip 5: Suddenly I See
An underratedly practical one here: if you’re proposing somewhere sunny, make sure your SO can keep her eyes open! All the tears should be out of emotion and not from squinting – consider taking her to a shaded area.
If your job gives bonus vacation time in the summer, take advantage! Go on a fantastical and gorgeous vacation and pop the question there. There’s lots of planning involved in a destination proposal, but have no fear – our guide to travel proposals can take you through every step.
Here’s what you need to know to plan your show-stopping destination proposal!
Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips
Want an unforgettable way to start a lifetime of adventures together (with amazing photo ops)? Think big with a travel proposal! To make sure all your surprises are planned, follow these destination proposal pro-tips:
Travel Proposal Ideas: the Plan
Consider kicking off your trip with the proposal
One out-there option: propose at the airport! James Allen customers Cristian and Shanna got to enjoy a stress-free trip to Costa Rica to celebrate their engagement moment in LAX.
Coordinate with your museum/hotel/resort
The staff of your proposal location might be able to help you get your moment! Take a cue from James Allen customer Austin – when he proposed to his girlfriend Annie at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the guard held the ring and made sure they had the tower alone for peak romance.
If you’re staying at a resort, play it like our customer Sean; he kept his engagement ring in the hotel safe before proposing and coordinated his Shangri-La beach proposal to Amy with the resort events management team!
Have a destination proposal back-up plan
Prep a proposal plan B so that you can keep it cool if something goes awry. For those super-planners, set up a back-up-to-the-back-up – this totally saved the day when our customer Tyler proposed to his girlfriend Kristyn during a trip to Seattle!
Travel Proposal Ideas: the Ring
With destination proposals, timing is everything
Found the perfect ring? Make sure you receive it on time!The design process takes about 2-3 weeks on average, so we’d suggest ordering your ring a month in advance of your trip. If you have any questions about shipping or tracking your order, our customer service team is here for you 24/7.
Be prepared for whatever comes your way
Make sure that you have diamond jewelry insurance while you’re abroad, just in case! Also take a copy of your receipt or insurance policy to prove ownership in case you’re stopped at customs (no need to ruin the surprise with awkward attention!).
Travel Destination Ideas: the Pics
Travel photo shoots are awesome destination decoys
The best way to get amazing proposal shots and have your SO not suspect a thing? Propose while taking pictures together at a gorgeous locale. Get your inspiration from Briana and Maria’s picturesque Venetian proposal!
Bonus: plan the proposal somewhere your SO has always wanted to go for an extra personal touch, like Lucas’s NYC proposal to Stephanie.
Do some research into the view and surroundings
Search images of the perfect spot, or if you’re able, scout out the spot yourself in advance. Think about how easy it is to get to, the lighting, and the magic of the surroundings. Need some inspiration? Check out Jennifer and Hector’s gorgeous Iceland glacier proposal.
Including a historic monument in your destination proposal? Back up!
Take a look at customers who went coastal with their beach proposal.
For many, beach season means hitting the gym and going on crash diets to get the beach bods they’ve always wanted. Here at James Allen, we like to ring in the summer by sifting through customer beach proposals while filling our faces with soft serve ice cream. Hey, different strokes!
Beach Proposal: Islands of Inspiration
It’s not the size of the stone, it’s the emotion by the ocean!
We’re always in awe of how creative our customers are with their proposals. Some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen have taken place along the Earth’s sandy shores. I mean, where else can you bare your heart and soul to your SO while simultaneously topping up your tan?
Amy & Sean
Take Sean from Hong Kong, China, for example. He chose to propose to his workplace sweetheart, Amy, while they were vacationing in the Maldives. Their fairytale moment took place inside a huge heart in the sand strewn with flower petals. As the newly engaged couple watched the sunset, the heart lit up with fairy lights in a beautiful display of romance. Disney execs, take note! Read more
Orlagh & Mike
Combining business and pleasure, Mike from Manchester, England decided to pop the question while on a work trip to Hawaii. He sent girlfriend Orlagh onto their hotel balcony to admire the Honolulu sunset while he set the stage for the proposal. And what a proposal it was! A timeline of their 9-year relationship surrounded by rose petals and a video of all their friends singing their favorite Jason Mraz song. Needless to say, she was quick to utter the words, “I’m Yours.” Read more
Nathan & Nayia
When embarking on a beach proposal, the sky’s the limit for our adventure-loving customers. This was certainly true for pilot Nathan from British Columbia, Canada. He hired a private plane and flew his girlfriend, Nayia, over Copalis Beach off the coast of Washington, where the words “Marry Me Nayia?” were emblazoned across the sand in 10ft letters. After revealing the oversized message to her, he landed on the beach and proceeded to get down on one knee. Read more and watch the video
Char & Rob
Char and Rob from Parker, Colorado were visiting their family’s beach house in New Jersey when it happened. Walking along the beach, Char discovered a glass bottle in the sand that Rob had carefully planted there (good thing she wasn’t barefoot!). Inside the bottle was a rolled up note with the message: “To my angel…” The next thing she knew, Rob was down on one knee, offering her the perfect ring. Read more
Fiona & Jake
It was a dog day afternoon for Fiona and Jake from Melbourne, Australia, who got engaged at their local dog beach. Accompanied by their best friends, canines Archie and Louie, they found a quiet spot with an amazing view of the skyline. But it was the cable solitaire engagement ring Jake presented her with that took Fiona’s breath away. Who knew that taking the dogs for a walk could be such a life-changing experience? Read more
Beach Proposal: Sand and Deliver
Of course, some customers need a little help when it comes to the logistics of their beach proposal — specifically, receiving the ring without their SO finding out. Having a mysterious box show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion, no matter how discreetly packaged it is. Luckily, our Customer Service reps can help you create a cunning diversion while you slip away to bag your bling.
Before you get down on one knee, check out our pro tips on how to propose like a boss.
Our previous article in this series, Buying an Engagement Ring 101, took you back to the basics of ring shopping. With your yes-worthy sparkler in the bag, you’re ready to move on to the proposal. But how does one pop that most nerve-wracking of questions? We’ve put together this foolproof guide to help you nail the proposal.
How to Propose: Know Your Audience
The proposal is your chance to show your SO just how well you know them. Are they the type to go for grand gestures that leave smoke trails in the sky? If so, consider hiring a skywriter, putting on a fireworks display, or having a drone deliver the ring for maximum impact.
If, on the other hand, your SO is the shy type, they’ll probably appreciate a proposal that doesn’t draw the attention of everyone within a five-mile radius. Pick a low-key activity you both enjoy and try to weave in your magic moment. There are plenty of fun ways to propose that don’t involve having your face plastered all over Times Square!
How to Propose: Call in the Big Guns
If you’re unsure when, where, or how to propose, why not enlist the help of your SO’s sister, mom, or best friend?
By teaming up with their inner circle, you can get valuable intel, create convincing decoys, and plan a more elaborate proposal. Sure, you may not like the idea of sneaking around, but it’s all for a good cause: your SO’s ultimate happiness.
How to Propose: Give a Helping Hand
It’s a given that the moment you slip that ring on her finger, she’ll be in full-on selfie mode. But no amount of sparkle can disguise chipped nails or dry, chapped skin. Be sure she gets the ultimate ring selfie with a well-timed trip to the manicurist.
This will ensure her hands are at their fleekest and you’ll come away looking like a hero. If you’re subtle about it, she won’t suspect your fiendish ulterior motive…
How to Propose: Schedule Your Jewel
Whatever you’re planning, it’s preferable to have the ring in hand beforeyou finalize any reservations that require upfront payment. Design-your-own engagement rings can take a few weeks to arrive as they are custom made.
It’s recommended that you place your order ahead of time, just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you’re planning a romantic getaway and extra time is needed for your order to reach you.
Apropos of the Proposal…
We’ve got more tips and tricks coming your way! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more. For now, check out the 10 Essential Proposal Tips we mined from our customers’ experiences.
All set to pop the question? Let us know how you intend to do it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.
Opt for a marquise cut ring to celebrate your love for football and love for each other. Bonus: this diamond shape has an elegant, elongating effect.
Solitaire Six-Prong Engagement Ring
Solitaire Etched Profiled Engagement Ring
Pointed Tension Set Engagement Ring
Double Shank Pavé Engagement Ring
Inspiration: Super Bowl Proposal Story
Ashleigh and Justin’s first date started with a fumble: Ashleigh waited with butterflies in her stomach for Justin to arrive, then realized he had pulled up to her neighbor’s house by accident.
Luckily, their relationship led up to a win for them and their favorite football team.
Last year, Justin and Ashleigh hosted a Super Bowl party in their new home. As the New England Patriots clinched their surprise whirlwind victory, everyone in the living room jumped up and cheered. Justin, meanwhile, muted the TV and knelt down on one knee.
“He said: ‘Now that Brady is receiving his fifth ring, I think it’s time Ashleigh gets her first.’ and he opened a red box with a beautiful diamond ring inside.”
Ashleigh started to cry and embraced Justin in her Patriots gear, surrounded by her closest friends. “The moment was just perfect,” Ashleigh explained. “After celebrating our mutual love for Patriots football, Justin and I were also able to celebrate our undying love for each other.”
Engagement Rings in Your Team’s Colors
Whether you’re rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots, celebrate your Super Bowl proposal with your favorite team. Find your colors or create a custom ring with our design team.
2018 Super Bowl Teams
Patriots – Rose Gold Vintage Sapphire Engagement Ring
Eagles – White Gold Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring
2018 Playoff Teams
Vikings – Yellow Gold Amethyst Pavé Engagement Ring
Falcons – Ruby and Black Diamond Swirl Halo Engagement Ring
Jaguars – Yellow Gold Topaz Halo Engagement Ring
Saints – Yellow Gold Black Diamond Bombay Engagement Ring
Titans – Rose Gold Three-Stone Sapphire Engagement Ring
Steelers – Yellow Gold Black Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring
Planning a proposal? We’re here to give you the answers before you pop the question! Check out these proposal tips inspired by our Customer’s Engagement Moments:
Proposal Tip 1: Plan ahead to capture the moment.
This moment will be one of your happiest and most authentic. Consider hiring a photographer, or ask a talented friend with a high-quality camera. Proposing alone? Learn from Gregory and Shauntay’s incredible West Virginia beach proposal and ask your SO for an auto-timer picture with your phone right before you propose.
Some want family and friends there, like Lauren and Thomas’s special holiday party proposal. Others might want it to be just you two in an intimate setting, like Heather and Tara’s beautifully simple picnic proposal. Think about how you and your SO would want to celebrate after saying yes.