Your wedding proposal is so important – it’s something that you’ll never forget: a memory that you’ll cherish, and be telling your children and grandchildren about years after the fact.
That’s why we love to help people plan their perfect proposal. Getting every detail right, making sure everything runs smoothly and often documenting it, either by taking photographs or shooting a short film, so you and your partner can relive it for years to come.
Here are five of our favourite Parisian proposals:
- Midnight in Paris.
While proposing over a lavish meal in a restaurant is popular, not everyone is going to want something quite so public. If your partner would rather something more intimate, just the two of you, then why not wait.. We’d suggest dressing up for a beautiful meal together, and then walking back to your hotel afterwards. Take a scenic route – maybe over on of Paris’ bridges, and make sure that you have a beautiful view – maybe of the Notre Dame, or the Eiffel Tower. With the lights sparkling and romance inevitably in the air, what better way to ask someone to spend the rest of their life with you?
2. In a Paris park.
For a low-key, but still unspeakably romantic proposal, why not start your Parisian getaway by suggesting to your partner that you get up early on the first day, and head to one of Paris’ parks for a picnic breakfast. You can buy croissants or bread from a traditional Parisian bakery, and then head to maybe the Jardin du Luxembourg, or the gardens of the Palais Royal. At that time, the parks won’t be too busy – you should only really see locals out dog-walking, or early-risers enjoying the early morning sun – and it’ll be the perfect time for a proposal. Besides, proposing right at the start of your Paris trip means that the two of you will enjoy the rest of it even more….
3. In the winter.
Yes, Paris is famous for being spectacular in the springtime, but we think that the winter is hugely underrated. If you partner loves Christmas, then there are few places more magical than Paris in November/ December. Spend an afternoon wandering around the Christmas markets – at the bottom of the Champs-Elysees – drinking mulled wine, and shopping for traditional French gifts to take home with you. Then, rosy-cheeked and warm-hearted, head to an outdoor cafe, and sit under one of the heaters, drinking coffee as you wait for it to get dark. Propose just as the evening is drawing on, the Christmas lights are coming on, and because you just can’t wait any longer…
4. High Glamour
If you want to make your proposal truly glamorous, then why not propose during a Seine cruise for two? Yes, this might be a pricier option than some of the others on this list, but a proposal is a once in a lifetime occasion, and it should be a magical one. If you’ve planned your Paris proposal for Spring or Summer, then surprising your partner with a private meal for two on the Seine is a great idea. Can you imagine anything better than being proposed to on a boat, on the most romantic river in the world?
5. Make it personal.
However you decide to propose, making it personal is the key to making it memorable. You could choose a place that means a lot to both of you – if you’ve visited Paris in the past, for example, there might be a cafe, or a particular spot in the city that means something special to you. And even if you haven’t, there are loads of ways you can make a proposal extra special. Why not (secretly) invite your partner’s friends or family out to Paris, to celebrate with you when they say yes? Include something from your and your partner’s past (like a photo of the two of you from every year you’ve been together), or, if they love flowers, then buy hundreds of flowers. Making it personal will make it unforgettable.
photos from our work with @parisaudreyphoto