Movie moments. Show-stopping surprises. Romantic stolen seconds. Down on one knee, leap day, the bride or groom. However you imagine your dream proposal, there’s definitely one on this list that will give you butterflies. Here are seven real proposals from our wonderful real brides and grooms that are guaranteed to make you gush!
The Paris proposal
Nick took Tori to Paris to see the Paris-Rouaix cycling race. He popped the question on their first night in the romantic city after they had ridden out to the love lock bridge. Although Tori had an inkling that a proposal might be in the pipeline, it came as a wonderful surprise – she thought they were just stopping off on their way to the race! You can get all the details of their barn wedding in issue 166.
The beach proposal
Gareth took Charlotte to Dubrovnik for her birthday and their first anniversary. After an evening of wine tasting and dining, Gareth got down on bended knee on the beach beside their hotel to ask the all-important question. Find more from their big day in issue 165, and if you’re planning a proposal overseas yourself, check out the top 20 destinations to propose in!
The picnic proposal
Hatti and James were holidaying in across the Channel when the proposal happened! After spending a day exploring the renowned wine region of St Emilion, this couple settled down to enjoy a picnic with a view over the vineyard vistas when James proposed. They toasted the occasion with St Emilion red wine and Camembert in true French style, with candles and Champagne awaiting them back at the converted barn they were staying in. Inspired by Hatti and James’s romantic proposal in France? You’ll love the rest of their wedding details featured in issue 164.
The birthday proposal
Perfect proposals don’t have to take place abroad. In fact, this couple had a romantic engagement from the comfort of their own bed on Emily’s birthday and celebrated with a luxurious breakfast in bed afterwards. If you’re tying the knot in autumn or winter, you’ll fall for Emily and Tom’s celebration in issue 164.
The sentimental proposal
Simon had just finished his racing season when he asked Tamsin to be his wife. He’d booked a night away to celebrate in the Cotswolds, where the couple had enjoyed their first ever mini-break six years earlier, and proposed with a beautiful, loose, cushion cut diamond. This groom knew his bride so well, he purchased the perfect diamond and had her dream ring designed by a jeweller – aww! Let Tamsin and Simon’s beautiful big day steal your hearts – find it in issue 166.
The Christmas proposal
Here at Wedding Ideas HQ, we do love a Christmas proposal! Allan wowed his bride Hannah with a diamond ring just after they’d finished opening their presents on Christmas morning and indulging in a Champagne breakfast, so he gets top marks from us! Are you swooning over Hannah and Allan’s heart-warming engagement? You can read more from their real wedding in issue 162.
The New Year proposal
This happy couple were celebrating the New Year in Stockholm with dinner at the top of the Kanasktornet Tower. Liam surprised Becky with a romantic proposal at midnight with a backdrop of blazing fireworks over the city. Bride Becky was so shocked, she asked her new fiance whether the proposal was real several times! If Becky and Liam’s firework fiesta has your heart racing, their real wedding featured in issue 163 is a must-see!
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