Coming up with the perfect place to pop the question is a challenge. It’s a story you’ll tell again and again after the engagement, and you want to make the moment as perfect as possible.
I believe that there’s never a better way to do it than by taking your beloved on a trip – a romantic location can make your special moment that much more memorable. Though it might sound somewhat cliché, when one of my friends got engaged under the Eiffel Tower, and after seeing her photos, I became a believer in proposals “on location”.
We’ve just come over the hump of three of the “big four” proposal days; Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. According to The Knot, 39 percent of proposals occurred between November and February among 20,000 newlyweds, so there are plenty of proposals on the horizon over the next couple of months.
Here are some of the most romantic places to consider. As is important for any amazing vacation, each of these spots offers incredible food and wine. And here’s a tip from a travel pro: If you’re already engaged and looking for a wedding location to top them all, the places below apply to you too.
1. Paris, France
The City of Light beckons at any time of year with countless romantic places to propose: The Pont des Arts over the River Seine, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur with its spectacular views, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Eiffel Tower, and an endless range of cozy and romantic restaurants. Whether it’s your first trip to Paris or one of many, there is nothing more stunning and memorable than an engagement in the world’s most romantic city.
This week we have an incredible four-night package that will get you to Paris during the most romantic days of the year, Feb. 11-15, 2012: Valentine’s Getaway to Paris, as well as one incredible wedding package: Valentine’s Wedding in Paris. Whether it’s your wedding day, elopement or renewal of your vows, this is an experience you’ll be telling your (secretly jealous) friends about for years.
2. Ravello, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Ravello is its ideal place for a proposal. Like France, Italy radiates romance, and this magical spot high on a hilltop offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and coastline. Weddings can be pricey here, but if you really want to go all out, this would definitely be my pick. When you want to pop the question, find your way to Villa Cimbrone – it’s where you’ll find the famous view and the “Terrace of Infinity.”
3. Santorini, Greece
Santorini, located in the southern Aegean’s Cyclades islands, is considered one of the most romantic spots in the world (and it is, of course, a popular spot with honeymooners too). Kneel down at sunset with the classic view of Oia as your backdrop — the bright white and blue of the church is stunning against the deep blue of the Aegean Sea.
4. Napa Valley
If you’re popping the question as part of a wine-country weekend, then the views of the valley are spectacular from the balconies at both the Poetry Inn and Auberge du Soleil – two properties that are perfect for an unforgettable escape. You may also want to think about a candle-lit, private-cave tasting, a romantic winery dinner or a private gourmet picnic in a vineyard with spectacular views all over the valley. In Wine Country, it’s all about picking the right location, and concierges at Napa’s top hotels are excellent at helping you (secretly) devise the most romantic proposal.
5. New York
Who can forget Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember? Planning to meet at the top of the Empire State Building could be just about the most romantic place to pop the question, but you’ll need to pick your times strategically: Go early or late, as notoriously long lines can really put a damper on the moment. On a beautiful day, Central Park – framed with the Manhattan skyline behind you – has to be one of the most picturesque backdrops for a proposal. And The Ladies’ Pavilion, Bow Bridge or the Boathouse Restaurant are just three of the stunning spots in the park.
Which places do you think are the most romantic to propose or get married in? Let’s hear them!