While the focus is typically on the 'I dos,' one of the biggest events in the whole process has got to be the proposal! They can be romantic wherever they occur, but can be made even more special when done in that once-in-a-lifetime location. To offer you inspiration, Celebrity Cruises have collated the top ten locations in which to pop the big question, based on the most popular wedding-related hashtags.
Central Park, New York, USA
The Big Apple tops the list for most Instagrammed proposal location, and we can see why! With lush lawns and impressive skyscrapers serving as a backdrop, this iconic park is sure to impress your other half. Take a romantic carriage ride, go for a paddle in a row boat, or stroll hand-in-hand by one of the many lakes before arriving at your chosen destination. Bow Bridge is a popular spot for getting down on one knee, or be serenaded by a street performer as you pop the question near Strawberry Fields.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
It comes as no surprise that Paris ranks highly on the list for top proposal destinations. Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the city, it doesn’t get much more romantic than the Eiffel Tower. If you’re feeling adventurous, make it to the top for some stunning views, perfect for a post-proposal snap. Alternatively, opt for an evening proposal - when the tower is illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights - and stand at the base for a magical moment.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA
The second New York-based location to make it onto the list, the Brooklyn Bridge is hard to beat when it comes to show-stopping scenery. With lots of footfall, this is the perfect place to pick if you want an audience to make your loved one feel like a real celebrity. The impressive cityscape lends itself to Instagrammable proposal photos. After they've said yes, we recommend celebrating with a peaceful walk along the East River.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
If a bustling city isn’t for you, head to the Grand Canyon for a peaceful proposal. Offering epic views with secluded privacy, popping the question here will make for a special moment with you and your loved one feeling like the the only two people in the world. For some added luxury, and to make the occasion even more memorable, opt for a helicopter ride over the National Park, where you'll land at bottom of the canyon to take in the view with a glass of champagne. We’re not sure there’s a more perfect opportunity for a proposal - just remember to hire a photographer for pictures you’ll cherish forever. Many Grand Canyon tours also include a limousine hotel pick-up from Las Vegas for added wow-factor, so you can finish off the special day with a drop-off in Las Vegas to toast your engagement in style.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
With bright blue waters and those beautiful houses carved into the clifftop, it doesn’t get much more idyllic than Oia, Santorini. The gorgeous location is perfect for sun worshippers and foodies alike. A magical event such as a proposal calls for something show-stopping, and Oia certainly ticks all the right boxes. Have your bride feeling like a Grecian goddess as you take in the sights side-by-side. The best time to propose here? It’s got to be at sunset; it’s legendary!
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Channel Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, and whisk away your loved one to the Italian capital. Embrace the city’s love of food and wine, or browse one of the many impressive museums. Whatever you do, make sure you end up at the iconic Roman Colosseum. With its romantic architecture and impressive history, the landmark serves as the perfect backdrop for a proposal. You don’t have to be a history lover to appreciate the grandeur of this location. Get down on one knee here and you’ll have your loved one feeling like the luckiest person alive.
Tower Bridge, London, UK
You don’t have to travel out of the country to find a location that will sweep your other half off their feet. Tower Bridge is a popular spot for romance, and, with spotlights illuminating the bridge come evening, looks stunning day or night. Proposal packages (which include the likes of photographers, champagne and private access) can be bought to aid the organisation process, but a more low-key proposal can be just as romantic. Maybe you have cherished memories of your partner here, or just want to make them feel as iconic as their surroundings. Whatever your reasoning, a proposal on Tower bridge won’t be easily forgotten! Check out our guide to the best places to propose in the UK.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
From just around the corner to the other side of the world, the next location on the list of most popular proposal locations is the world famous Sydney Opera House. During your visit you can enjoy one of the many cultural experiences held at the venue, before heading out to the harbour to pop the question. Flash mobs, harbour boat rides and musical serenades are all amongst the most popular means of proposing here. The elegance and glamour of this location will certainly set the bar high for the rest of your engagement!
Louvre, Paris, France
Unsurprisingly, the city of love makes a second appearance on the list of top proposal locations. The Louvre Museum is popular amongst couples for its romance and history. With the intricate, 13th century palace walls contrasting perfectly with the unique glass pyramid taking centre stage, this venue has something for everyone. As with many of the locations that have made this list, the Louvre is illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights come nighttime, adding even more wonder and romance to the event. Photo opportunities are abundant here, meaning you’re sure to get the perfect keepsake for preserving the moment forever - or to post on social media to update all of your followers!
Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
If you’re after soaring mountains and stunning lakes, Lake Louise is the proposal spot for you. For the adventurous kind, take a trek with your loved one to the top of Fairview Mountain for unrivalled views of the lake below (perfect for a proposal backdrop). If you’d prefer to take in the scenery in comfort, head to one of the many historic lodges and hotels. The charming Deer Lodge even offers a rooftop jacuzzi for impressive views of the Victoria Glacier. Lake Louise won’t disappoint if you’re a nature lover looking to wow your fiance-to-be. Plus, if you fall in love with Lake Louise, you can even return for your big day! Wedding packages are offered in many of the picturesque lodges, or opt for a quaint church.