For many people, the proposal is just as important as the wedding itself. While some keep it intimate at home, others search for the perfect spot to declare their undying love. Every proposal is unique, but there are a few destinations that keep lovers coming back to pop the question. From iconic buildings like the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge, to natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and Lake Louise, here are 11 of the most popular proposal destinations around the world.
1. Eiffel Tower, Paris
It’s called the City of Love for a reason! Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it’s no wonder it’s also one of the most popular proposal destinations. Popping the question on top of the iconic Eiffel Tower is a story you’ll retell over and over again. But you don’t have to be on top of the Eiffel Tower to feel the romance of Paris. You can also head to the popular Trocerdo platform with the best views of the Eiffel Tower, or make reservations at an intimate restaurant like the rooftop of Terrass Hotel in Montmartre, with gorgeous views of the tower. There are also tons of other popular proposal spots in Paris, like the iconic Louvre and Pont Neuf, the oldest standing bridge on the Seine River. At dusk, the scenery becomes spectacular with the riverside cast in golden hues, making your proposal that much more special.
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2. Brooklyn Bridge, New York
New York is famed for its breathtaking proposal spots, like the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s the view of the bridge against the New York skyline that makes this place so romantic. Asking your lover to marry you in one of the most inspiring cities in the world is sure to guarantee a yes! Other popular proposal spots in New York include the top of the Empire State Building and Central Park, with the Carousel, Bethesda Fountain and the iconic Bow Bridge. This bridge is particularly picturesque as it overlooks the lake and is surrounded by gorgeous scenery in every season.
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3. Trevi Fountain, Rome
There’s no better place to declare your eternal love than in the Eternal City of Rome. It’s filled with romantic places to propose, like the ancient Colosseum or the Spanish Steps. One of the most popular proposal spots is the Trevi Fountain, where you should toss a coin for luck before you pop the question.
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4. Taj Mahal, India
There are few more romantic places than the Taj Mahal, making it one of the world’s most popular proposal destinations. This exquisite white-marble building was commissioned by Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. He designed the Taj Mahal as a declaration of lasting love, after the tragic death of Mumtaz in 1631. It took 22 years to build and was completed in 1653, with astonishing structural symmetry, gemstones and lush gardens. With such deep love poured into the building, we can see why couples flock to the Taj Mahal to make their own declarations of love.
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5. Disney World
Disney’s parks continue to be some of the world’s most popular places to propose. From Disneyland in Paris to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Epcot Park in Florida, you’ll feel the love at the ‘happiest place on Earth’. Childhood nostalgia and romantic backdrops like Cinderella’s castle make these spots so special. The demand for proposals is so high at Disneyland Paris, that they’ve set up a service where they’ll help you photograph the proposal as part of a Disney Special Services package.
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6. Santorini, Greece
There are few islands more romantic than Santorini in Greece. You’ll love the gorgeous cliff towns and the classic Greek white and blue-domed churches, but the sunsets are truly legendary. Wait until sundown before popping the question, and you’ll have a magical backdrop as orange and pink hues bounce off the city’s white walls, while the turquoise Aegean Sea sparkles in the twilight. The island is filled with romantic places to propose, but we love Skaros Rock. It’s a slightly challenging walk, but you’ll be rewarded with an enchanting sunset.
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7. Lake Louise, Banff
Lake Louise is a popular proposal destination for outdoorsy couples or anyone who wants a beautiful natural backdrop for their proposal. The lake is located in Banff National Park, one of the most stunning places on earth, and the jewel in the crown of the Canadian Rockies. Take your soon-to-be fiance to this spectacular blue lake, and they’ll be blown away by the magic of the moment.
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8. Grand Canyon, Arizona
As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a truly spectacular place to start your journey into marriage. There are dozens of popular proposal spots around this billion-year-old wonder, like Horseshoe Bend and the enchanting Havasu Falls. The falls are some of the most beautiful in the world, where stunning turquoise waters are surrounded by deep red rocks, soft golden sands and lush green trees. This natural oasis is hidden away in a remote southwest corner of the Grand Canyon, making for a truly unforgettable proposal.
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9. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
You’ll have to take your lover Down Under for this popular proposal destination. The Sydney Opera House offers plenty of gorgeous opportunities to pop the question. You can get down on one knee under the iconic shades of the opera house, or take a boat out on the glittering harbour with views of the beautiful bay. If you’re feeling daring, you could even climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a thrilling proposal.
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10. Table Mountain, Cape Town
If you can’t decide between a beachside or mountain proposal, Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, gives you the best of both worlds. Take a romantic ride to the top of Table Mountain in a cable car, then ask your lover to marry you with the breathtaking view of the mountain and ocean behind you. You’re sure to get a yes!
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11. Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge is an iconic London landmark and one of the best places to propose in the city. The bridge has a stunning view over London and is extra romantic at sunset, with colourful lights illuminating the bridge. Another popular proposal destination in London is the Shard, the tallest building in the UK. The gleaming skyscraper has panoramic views over London, and with six-fine dining restaurants to choose from, all that’s left to say is “Will you marry me?”