Unique ways to propose are about catching her off-guard in a way she’d never expect. It’s about pushing the element of surprise to a new level. It combines creativity with a splash of ingenuity. These unique ways to propose will help you change it up so that she can have an engagement proposal she’ll never have to share with anyone else.
A lot of proposals occur over the holidays, but Halloween isn’t usually the first one to spring to mind. There’s no reason it can’t be romantic though. Try carving a pumpkin with the shape of her ring! Other unique ways to propose include dressing up like a groom…or maybe a frog ;)
Get her that Puppy!
So she’s been wanting to get that puppy you both fell in love with at the animal shelter. Taking care of an animal together is a big commitment, and you want to show her you’re ready for one. Then show her you’re ready for an even bigger commitment by tying a ring onto the pup’s collar.
Buy Her a Calendar
Calendars usually make a pretty unimpressive gift, and she might be less than thrilled at first. But before giving it to her, mark the date you want to get married and fill the rest of that month’s page with pictures of the two of you, places you’ve been, and other important things. Once she agrees, you can mark the current date with “SHE SAID YES!” and decorate that month’s page in a similar manner.
A Prop from a Movie
Lots of stories your girl may love involve magic or special rings. You might get her a replica of one of the rings from Lord of the Rings or a Green Lantern ring. You should still probably follow this up with a ring from a jewellery store, though.
Spell it out in Scrabble or Boggle
You may have to cheat a bit to get the board to read exactly the way you want it, but we’re thinking she’ll forgive you if the message she’s left with is “WILL YOU MARRY ME.“
Call in a Favor
We all have that friend that does something awesome, and who owes us for something. Cash in that favor and use it to come up with a variety of unique ways to propose. See if you can get the restaurant he owns all to yourself after hours, or backstage passes to her favorite band.
Flower Petal Trail
Make a trail of flowers or flower petals to greet her when she gets home. For a twist on this standard, switch out the red roses for whatever her favorite type of flower is (for extra effect, line with candles- beware the fire danger though!)
Over an Intercom
This is one of my favorite unique ways to propose because it’s so simple and unexpected. If either of you regularly visit a place with a public address system (maybe for the younger couples still in college, or at a train station) arrange for your message to be played for the whole place to hear while you two are together.
Swap Out Keyboards
Buy a few old computer keyboards and replace the keys on one to spell out your message. Hide her normal keyboard and replace it with your special message.
Pick Her Up At The Airport
Tell her you’ve arranged for her to be picked up on her way home, or her way to your vacation site if you have to travel separately. Dress up like a town car driver and hold a sign next to the other drivers that says “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”
Where In the World Is?
For those adventurers or Carmen Sandiego fans, have friends around the world help you with this one! Tell her you were going to give her a special present, but someone stole it and left the country / city / state (whatever you can afford)! The two of you must trek across the world, solving riddles given to you by criminals that lead to the next area, until you finally find the ring and propose to her in some exotic locale!
In an Ancestral Marriage Space
This is one of the unique ways to propose I suggest most often. Did her grandma get married somewhere? Her great-grandma? Finding a spot that’s ancestral to her is a ticket to harnessing that primal energy that we all feel. Getting proposed to in the same place her great-grandparents got married a hundred years ago will have the weight of tradition behind it. This makes it all that much more special (especially if they got married somewhere exotic!)
In a Bar of Soap
OK, before you write this one off as one of those hokey unique ways to propose- Stop! It’s not so hard to do, and it’s not as lame as it sounds! It really is one of the neatest unique ways to propose out there. Many places offer custom soap-making. Find out your girl’s favorite scent, and get a little trinket that opens (make sure it’s waterproof and hardy!! Give it to her as a gift, and wink, letting her know not to finally open that until you’re there. One day, when the soap runs out, she opens the trinket and there’s the ring (and hopefully you, down on one knee!)
In a Mollusk
(Note: DO NOT TRY THIS WITH LIVE SEAFOOD!)
If your girlfriend’s the mariner or seafood type, try making a Little Mermaid-type proposal! Arrange a setting of some sort of mollusk (clam, oyster, whatever), with one large clam shut tight and elevated above all the rest (or whatever you like- above all, be unique!). When she comes in, let her natural curiosity do the work for you and when she opens that top clam, pop down and propose!
Hidden Diamond Ring
For a real secret agent proposal, consider buying a hidden diamond ring! Some rings have fancy latches or doo-dads on them that slide a smooth band of gold or silver over the diamond. When you propose, give her the ring in its hidden state. Then, as she’s admiring it, smoothly and suavely glide your hand over the button and watch her gasp as she sees the gem inside!
With a Moving Picture Frame
Set up one of those digital picture frames, but have each of the pictures inside it be one of the words in your proposal! Bring it out when the two of you together, saying that you want her opinion on the choice of proposals. As she’s watching the pictures fade in and out, grab that ring from your pocket and get down on one knee! Or, for even more unique ways to propose, have one of the photos in the frame be of you holding a sign asking her to marry you!
In Her Pillowcase
Before you guys go to bed at night (or before a nap, or whatever situation this works best for you in!), slip the ring in her pillowcase. When she puts her head down, she’ll feel it against her head and wonder what it is. When she pulls it out and realizes what it is, pop the question!
At a Raffle
This one requires a bit of preparation, but it’s totally worth the wait! Arrange with some local organization that holds raffles to raffle you off. When the two of you get to the raffle, note her ticket number and tell the organizers. At a pre-determined point, raffle a very special marriage to you off to the lucky winner (her, if you did this right) and pop out the ring as she gets to the stage!
In a Snow Cavern
You’ll have to be somewhere with fresh and heavy snowfall for this! The day it snows heavily, dig a hole from the front door out somewhere (make sure it’s covered!). Line the inside of the snow trail with something to indicate where she has to go, and when you hear her approach light some candles. The candles will reflect off the snow, giving it a wonderful and romantic feel!
In a Hollowed-Out Book
Some unique ways to propose take some investigative work. Figure out what book she’s reading now or what her favorite book is. Buy an exact copy of the edition she has, and hollow out the inside of it. Put the ring inside the hollow, and close the book and let her find it (While you’re there, of course). Think of creative framing for it, too. You could make the book’s title her name and a page before the hollow “Next Chapter!”