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10 Unforgettable Outdoor Proposal Ideas For Couples Today!

Feb Cortes
Feb Cortes
Proposing outside while camping is one of our favorite outdoor proposal ideas.

Introduction

So, your mind’s made up, the ring’s now polished, and the love of your life is expecting you to get on your knees soon (we know you notice her hints!). There’s only one thing left to do – pop the question! 

But before you do that, have you already decided on a location? Sure, you can just wake her up in the middle of the night and pop the question beside the bed (Anyone else saw About Time?), but if you want something a bit more special, then you may opt for an outdoor proposal instead! 

And to help you out, we rounded up some of our best and most unforgettable outdoor proposal ideas to make sure you not only get that long-awaited “Yes!” but also look good doing so. 

Ready? Of course you are, lovebird!

Outdoor proposal ideas #1: A guy proposing to a girl during a hike.

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Outdoor proposal ideas #2: A guy proposing to his girlfriend while walking in a garden.

Picnic Under The Stars

If your girl is an outdoor person, then she most likely loves a good picnic, so why not opt for a romantic picnic under the stars. Simply lay out a cozy blanket (the cuter the design, the better, of course), pack some of your favorite delicious snacks, and pop the question as the night sky illuminates both of your faces. Now, what can’t be more romantic than that? As Coldplay sings, look at the stars, look how they shine for youuuu~

Pro-Tip: Have a telescope? Why not bring it for an extra romantic touch. Have her peer into it and look into the stars while you get ready with getting down on your knees and preparing the ring!

Scenic Hike Proposal

You can’t have a list of outdoor proposal ideas and not include a romantic proposal after hiking up to a breathtaking viewpoint! So, bring lots of water and go on a hike together. Then, once you reach a spot with a great view, take a moment to catch your breath, and, with nature as your witness, get down on one knee and propose. Simple, romantic, effective!  

Pro-Tip: While hiking, ensure the ring is secure! Hiking trails can be uneven, so consider a ring box that clips onto your clothing or a secure pocket.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Now, this outdoor proposal idea may be a bit heavy on the pocket, but we promise it’s worth it! After all, can you imagine soaring above the world with a hot air balloon ride and getting down on one knee while you’re both looking at the landscape below? Just make sure you don’t drop the ring or it’ll be a different story! (we think she’ll still say yes though, fingers crossed!) 

Pro-Tip: Hey, it’s not everyday you propose from a floating balloon in the sky, so coordinate with the balloon pilot to have a photographer capture the moment from another balloon.

A guy getting ready to propose while out on a forest walk.

Beach Sunset Proposal

If you have the luxury of living close to the beach (we’re not jealous btw, not at all!), then here’s one of our favorite outdoor proposal ideas: a sunset proposal by the water! You don’t need much to make this moment magical too, as the sound of the waves and the warm colors of the sky will be the perfect wingman for you. So, make it count brother! 

Pro-Tip: Check the tide schedule to avoid any unexpected surprises. At the end of the day, make sure you stay safe!

Botanical Garden Bliss

Don’t want to hike somewhere far but still want to be surrounded by nature when you pop the question? Well then, here’s another one of our favorite outdoor proposal ideas: do it in a garden! More specifically, look for botanical gardens near you (we’re thinking somewhere like the Butchart Gardens or the Patterson Garden Arboretum) and look for a secluded spot to propose, all while surrounded by vibrant flowers and picturesque landscapes. But make sure you don’t pick any of the flowers! Go buy some from the flower shop, young man! 

Pro-Tip: It pays to be prepared, so visit the garden beforehand to identify the best spots and ensure there are no events or closures.

Outdoor proposal ideas #3: A guy proposing while on a beachfront.

Waterfall Wonderland

When you usually think of outdoor proposal ideas, you might think of mountain hikes or sunsets at the beach. But here’s another underrated idea for an outdoor proposal: by visiting a waterfall! Not only does this combine hiking with some fun in the water, but it’s also easily one of the most beautiful spots if you ever want to pop the question out of your house. 

Pro-Tip: Bring waterproof gear for the ring just in case, and maybe take a photographer with you just to capture the moment!

Campfire Romance

If you and your partner went hiking but you weren’t able to propose during it (were you too tired? We get it buddy!), then the next best thing is the campfire at night! You can even make it extra cute by roasting  some s’mores and hanging the ring around it for a cute surprise! 

Pro-Tip: Practice fire safety and ensure you have all the necessary equipment, including a fire extinguisher if possible.

Proposing on top of a mountain during the sunset.

Boat Ride Proposal

You might not own a boat (we heard they’re kinda expensive) but that doesn’t mean you can’t sweep your partner off of their feet with a classic boat proposal! Simply go on a private boat ride in a tranquil lake or river, and pop the question while surrounded by the peaceful water around you. 

Pro-Tip: This idea may be a bit out of water (get it?) but hear us out! If you can, tie the ring securely at the end of your fishing line and throw it in the water. Then, pretend to “reel the fish in” before surprising your partner with the ring and popping the question! Sounds good, yes? 

Mountain Peak Proposal

Are you and your partner both mountain-lovers? If so, then an easy way to pop the question is after scaling a summit together! Just make sure to stay safe up there, and make sure you enjoy the panoramic views together! You can even take this to the next level by hiking during winter-time, as it makes for a more unique proposal! 

Pro-Tip: Be mindful of altitude changes, as they can affect how you feel and react.

Enchanting Forest Fairy Tale

If there’s some woods nearby, then why not turn your outdoor proposal into something that’s straight out of a forest fairy tale? Just take some paper lanterns and hang them around the trees. Then, lead your partner to that spot for the surprise million-dollar question! 

Pro-Tip: Bring a friend to help set up a hidden camera for an extra special memento.

A waterfall proposal.

Tips for a Perfect Outdoor Proposal

  • Scout the Location – Before anything, try to visit your chosen location to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and plan the perfect spot for the proposal.

     

  • Have a Backup Plan – Nature can be unpredictable. That’s why when you’re choosing from our outdoor proposal ideas, it’s important to have a backup location or an alternative date in case of unexpected weather or unforeseen circumstances.

     

  • Capture the Moment – Whether it’s a professional photographer or a friend with a camera, ensure the moment is captured to cherish for years to come!
     
  • Respect the Environment – Be conscious of the natural surroundings and avoid disrupting wildlife or damaging plants. Leave no trace of your visit, and take only memories of that magical moment you just spent together! (you can take pictures too, of course!)
     
  • Coordinate with Friends or Family – If you plan to include friends or family, make sure they are aware of your intentions and are ready to support your special moment!
     
  • Timing is Everything – Consider the time of day for the proposal. Sunrise and sunset can provide stunning lighting for a magical atmosphere, so use that to your advantage!
     
  • Practice the Proposal – Rehearse what you want to say and how you want to say it. Nerves can take over, so being prepared will help you feel more confident and relaxed. And trust us, ladies love a confident man!
     
  • Celebrate Together – Plan a small celebration immediately after the proposal, whether it’s a bottle of champagne or a special meal. You just got engaged, after all! 
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Conclusion

And that concludes our list of our favorite outdoor proposal ideas! By carefully planning the setting and keeping these essential tips in mind, you can create a magical and memorable proposal that will be talked about for years to come, even if it’s only by you and your soon-to-be lifelong partner! 

But just in case you want to capture that moment forever (even if it’s in secret!), then we recommend working with our expert team here at Photo Kings!

As Canada’s largest team of experienced photographers, we here at Photo Kings are dedicated to making all of our clients’ photography dreams come true, including your outdoor proposal! What’s more, all of our services come with competitive rates, as well as customer service that will always put you first. 

So, contact us today or fill up our quote form and we’ll immediately get in touch with you. Good luck on the proposal!

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