Top Five Marriage Proposals

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You’ve probably been running this through your head for some time, asking yourself all kinds of questions and re-running many different reactions and scenarios through your mind.

Whatever way you decide to ask someone to marry you, it needs to be somewhat decent as this story will be asked for and will have to be retold, over and over again.  It really should be a story that is cherished by your other half for a lifetime and something that whenever they remember it, it will send a little shiver down their spine.

If you feel that your plans maybe too elaborate, ask a trustworthy friend or a family member to assist you in accomplishing it. For those a little anxious about the moment of truth, we have some examples to ease your nerves and to get those ideas rolling.

1. A Surprise Proposal… and Wedding!

When James proposed to Amanda over the Christmas holidays, Amanda had no idea that they would be married in a surprise wedding four days later!

Their amazing photographer and friend, Jamie Delaine explains the story:

I got a call from Amanda’s mother the day before asking if I was up for the challenge of shooting a surprise wedding of one of my old friends. Umm, yep! Sure was. So, James and Amanda had talked in the past about eloping — so marriage quite quickly after engagement wasn’t something that intimidated them. James had this brilliant idea of getting married on Christmas eve afternoon, with only Amanda’s immediate family present — and keeping it a surprise from his bride the whole time. Amanda and James were told by Amanda’s mom that she had booked an engagement session with me on Christmas Eve day for a gift… 


Ok, let’s cut to the chase! Their photographer Jamie “suggested” they take the images near the church that James wanted them to get married in. Now, back to Jamie:

Amanda’s brother (who was also there for the shoot) said he’d love one of just the two of them so James decides to go inside the chapel. When Amanda walks into the chapel, James is standing at the end of the aisle, with an officiate standing right beside him. Amanda’s family is seated and her brother hands Amanda a bouquet, and the music starts, and down the aisle they walk.


This proposal/ engagement/ wedding brings a little tear to our eye and lump to our throats. For more, read Jamie Delaine’s Blog.


2. A Photo Booth Proposal

A. When Pete wanted to ask his girlfriend Shannon to marry him he went to a Mexican restaurant and spelled out his his proposal in a photo booth. Pete only had the exact change for five strips, so he was a little worried that he was going to muddle up the order of the letters, which explains his ‘Oh my god, I hope I got this right’ face in the last image.

Pete then stuck the photo booth images on their fridge and Shannon saw it when they were making dinner together! And they say romance is dead, we think not!



B. Pete remembered a fond conversation with Kaylen in which she told him of her love for photo booths and how much she would love to be proposed in one. Keeping that in mind, Pete organised a night out in the City Museum with all their friends. He brought Kaylen straight up to the photo booth on the third floor. Pete said they smiled for the first picture and then for the second he said “I have a question, Kay. Will you marry me?” He then pulled out the ring! She then smiled and, after some time, she agreed.

They then went back to the museum and hung out with their friends for the rest of the evening and had loads of gelato! Seen on


Oh how we love photo booths! It really is such a perfect idea to catch the proposal all on camera so when you are telling everyone about it, you can also show them as well!


3. Comic Book

This is definitely one of our favourite proposals and one of the most thoughtful! Australian illustrator Guy Shield decided to draw up a comic strip to propose to his girlfriend Liz. At first the comic appears to be a series of random pictures but when folded up it cleverly spells out “Will you marry me?”

Guy worked on it for months before finally popping the question during a trip to Bali.


Guy shares the rest of the story on his blog, Turn Olympus to Atlantis! What a guy, eh?!

4. Theatre Marriage Proposal

Matt decides to prank his girlfriend Ginny by surprising her with an unusual movie trailer before a Fast Five screening in a movie theatre. The video explains itself. It’s definitely worth a watch!


5. Rooftop Dinner in New York City

Kevin wanted to ask Stefanie for her hand in marriage but there were many conditions to his dream proposal. He wanted to propose to her on a rooftop in New York City on the night of her birthday. He didn’t want it to be a terrace. It had to be a rooftop with 360-degree views of the city. He also wanted to have a full dinner on the rooftop even though rain was forecast. On top of this, he wanted a large clear tent, a photographer, a horse carriage and loads for flowers and decor! As with all stories with a horse and carriage, Kevin had a very happy ending, pity the rain didn’t stay off! See Sean Gallery Photography and Style me Pretty for more on this proposal.


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