By Camryn Rabideau
When it comes to popular times to pop the question, the holidays usually get all the attention. But what better day to ask your leading lady to marry you than the one day that's dedicated solely to her? Yes, we're talking about her birthday!
There are so many romantic ways to propose on your girlfriend's birthday, ranging from an intimate dinner to a grand gesture. Here are five birthday proposal ideas that will help you come up with an unforgettable engagement plan.
If your soon-to-be fiancée is close to her family, having them present for your proposal might make the occasion even more special. Plus, you can easily orchestrate a birthday dinner for your girlfriend without making her suspicious.
Choose her favorite restaurant and invite along her family, your family, and even a few close friends to celebrate the special moment. This is a great option if you want a simple yet incredibly meaningful proposal.
You can use a birthday cake (or any other treat, like cupcakes or doughnuts) in your proposal, but be especially careful whenever there's food involved—we've all heard the horror stories about people accidentally swallowing expensive rings!
Instead of having the actual ring in or on the cake, ask the bakery to write "Will you marry me?" on top. The birthday girl will be in for a huge surprise when she goes to blow out the candles! You could also ask the bakery if they can create a frosting or fondant ring to adorn the cake, and bring out the real engagement ring during as a big reveal.
Another cute option for a birthday proposal is to set up a day-long scavenger hunt to complete together. There are plenty of ways you can do this—take her to memorable spots from your relationship, go to all her favorite places, and give clues to different family members and friends.
When you reach the end of the hunt, that's when you get down on one knee and ask her to marry you. Since the location is planned out in advance, there's the perfect opportunity to have a photographer waiting to capture the moment.
Is there anything cuter than a proposal involving a dog or cat? If you have a pet, you can get them in on the proposal—it's guaranteed to put a smile on your lady's face!
One popular way to do this is to attach a message that says "Will you marry my dad?" to your pet's collar. When she sees the note, that's your cue to get down on one knee.
If you don't have a pet but you've discussed getting one, you can do this same proposal with a puppy or kitten. Talk about an epic birthday present! Just make sure you're both ready for the responsibility of caring for an animal.
If you're the type of couple who likes grand, romantic gestures, go big for your birthday proposal. Think about your girlfriend's favorite activities, then plan a day that culminates in a grand gesture at the end.
Here are a few examples you can consider:
Sure, these moments might seem a little cheesy, but a lot of the best proposals are! Start off with one of these birthday proposal ideas, and you can plan an amazing engagement that will double as the best birthday present ever.
By Erica Curran
When planning a honeymoon, certain destinations naturally come to mind—Paris, with its unmatched flair for romance; Hawaii, with its bright sun and sandy beaches; Tuscany, with its world-class wine and breathtaking landscapes. And while most people would never turn down a trip to these incredible places, some might prefer to spend their first week as newlyweds somewhere a bit more unexpected. These five unique honeymoon ideas may not be the most obvious choices for newlyweds, but guarantee memorable experiences for any couple:
Sure, it's one of the most popular cities in the world to visit, but London isn't necessarily a honeymoon hot spot. However, London is an incredibly welcoming place for all kinds of couples with a range of interests. Do you love bonding over a memorable meal? Believe it or not, London boasts some of the most innovative chefs in the world. Is your ideal date a night at the theater? Book a hotel in Soho and take in its endless entertainment options. For a dose of culture, there are plenty of museums that you can stroll through hand-in-hand, and there are even some picturesque parks separate from the city noise.
Affordable and easily accessible from most U.S. travel hubs, Portugal has been long overlooked as a European destination—but that's changing. Capital city Lisbon has stunning architecture, romantic restaurants, and winding streets that were made for wandering. There are also multiple overlooks with views over the city and little cafes selling wine and fresh pastries—perfect for whiling away an afternoon in the Portuguese sun. Nearby, Sintra is a picturesque village where you can live out your storybook fantasies. To the south, the Algarve region is home to some of Europe's most stunning (and underrated) coastlines. Wine lovers should visit the Douro Valley, and a stop in Porto is recommended whether you love port or you're just a fan of charming cities.
Often forgotten in favor of resort-heavy Mexican destinations like Cancun, Tulum, and Cabo, San Miguel de Allende is a small city perched in the country's central highlands. With colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and a vibrant art scene, this Unesco World Heritage Site is a natural choice for newlyweds. Take in the local cuisine, browse through the markets, and toast to your new life together with mezcal cocktails.
Nearby Charleston often tends to steal the spotlight, but Savannah is a worthy destination in its own right. Filled with leafy squares, diverse galleries, and memorable restaurants, the city seems to operate at a slower pace than the rest of the world. Like New Orleans, Savannah allows drinking on the streets in the historic district, which means you can take those mint juleps to go and enjoy them on a park bench while watching the world go by.
Just 16 miles long and three miles wide, Anguilla gets less attention than neighboring St. Maarten. A British overseas territory, the island is full of beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water. There's an undiscovered, unspoiled feel to Anguilla, but you'll still find a few luxury resorts with award-winning chefs where you can base your honeymoon explorations.
When planning your honeymoon, don't be afraid to look beyond the obvious. Opting for unique honeymoon ideas can result in a more memorable—and just as romantic—trip that you'll be eager to share with friends and family when you return home.