Four Creative Marriage Proposal Ideas


Nothing would make a man more apprehensive and sweat profusely than the prospect of proposing to his girlfriend. But on the other hand, nothing would cause a woman so much euphoria and elation that this momentous event is an occasion by itself and would deserve a celebration as well. This is why men all over the globe are keen on concocting the perfect and most ideal way to propose to their partners that it would take them several weeks and for some months even to come up with the a flawless one and one that they are adequately satisfied with.

However, in an era where everything is predominantly posted and featured on social media, we have seen almost every trick in the book and every romantic and ardent way to propose done online. We have seen innumerable males crooning to their lovers and professing their undying love while bending on one knee, we have also seen something a bit more creative such as a blindfolded lady being led to the beachfront by her man. Guys have seen all these and might have thought that what they have in mind is a bit clichéd. But fortunately, there are a lot more creative ways to propose and this article chips in some of the best ones from which you can select and start building an idea from. Take a gander at some of the suggestions down below, so that before you can even start planning on a wedding venue, you will have made sure your ladylove felt special when you proposed to her.

1.) Switch Gender Roles

That is right ladies! You do not need to beat around the bush and wait for your partners to propose to you. In this current century with women even taking over some of the men’s jobs, even something inconsequential such as proposals could have a reversal of roles. Traditionally, females are accustomed to being proposed to as this has always been the tradition from way back but there is no rule barring any particular gender from proposing marriage to their partners. Should the woman decide to chuck tradition out of the window, then the proposal story will even be more unique.

2.) Utilize Non-Traditional Gifts

Although custom and tradition dictate that proposals should be made with an accompanying wedding ring to be presented to your fiancée, you could switch this up a bit by presenting her with another gift other than an engagement ring. Delight your girlfriends—especially those who have little to know affinity for jewelry and would not care for it by giving them something a bit more sentimental or equally valuable. This could probably mean giving them a series of special meals, a vehicle upgrade or something more meaningful than a ring and nonetheless, the gesture itself will be more than enough for them.

3.) Plan an Unforgettable Vacation Proposal

This may seem clichéd and overdone but it definitely hits two birds with one stone by getting you to propose to your partner as well as give the both of you that much needed vacation as well. Though this option may considerably be a bit more expensive compared to the rest, your future spouse will thank you for it and if ever you do plan to revisit your chose vacation/proposal spot, they will always be filled with memories reminiscing their most memorable visit to that place because of your proposal.

4.) Put off the Proposal

While this may seem counterintuitive, it is actually incredibly practical. This seems to be a responsible choice as this will allow the couple to discuss marriage proposals before devising schemes and plans that involve grand romantic gestures, all the while investing in expensive jewelry. This will also allow both members in the relationship to plan other formal proposals and surprise their partners with rings while helping them towards taking the plunge and heading on to married life. This may seem unorthodox and incredibly uncommon, but it would save you from potentially investing on a ring your partner may not want or even worse—accept.



Whatever your proposal plans are, make sure you would give them a personal touch that is definitive of your relationship with your partner. Make it a point to make it special which in no way would mean you would have to spend a fortune as even simple proposals, as long as they are heartfelt, are already poignant in their own way. But above all, never forget that one golden rule when it comes to proposing: If you are not a hundred and ten percent sure she will say yes, do not propose just yet.


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A Look Back at the Hottest Proposal in 2011

Love is in the air… literally! Well, the hot-air balloon festival Pampanga is intentionally organized to coincide with Captain Joy Roa’s birthday which falls on the Valentine’s Day. It is not surprising then that lovebirds flock to Clark, Pampanga not just to witness the festivities, but also celebrate the Heart’s Day at the venue. Nonetheless, some men want more than just celebrating the special day with their loved ones. Case in point: marriage proposals at the festival!

It was in February 2011 when the spectators first witnessed a marriage proposal courtesy of Vic Villanueva to Anne Natividad. It was during the 16th Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Vic rode a hot-air balloon while carrying his banner with words ‘Anne, will you marry me?’ written on it. He unfolded the banner a few minutes after lifting off. He went down, kneeled and presented Anne with the ring. She said yes. The newly engaged couple was even wearing matching red t-shirts. Eventually, they wed after almost 8 months of being engaged. Their wedding was even dubbed as the “Hottest” Wedding of the Year.”

In 2012, on the 17th Hot-Air Balloon Festival, we’ve seen yet another marriage proposal this time between Patrick Obias and Caleen Chanyungco. It was a very well-planned proposal with the Air Asia plane as the backdrop. Little did Caleen know that the stationary plane bear Caleen’s parents, relatives and friends who went out of the plane just in time to witness Patrick’s proposal. Caleen was unaware of what was going to happen until she her best friend alighting the plane. He went down on his knee and after saying yes, gave Caleen a diamond engagement ring.

And again, during the 2014 Hot-Air Balloon Festival which was held in Lubao, Pampanga in April 2014, yet another proposal complete with red rose petal confetti is witnessed by the attendees. Russel Maninang proposed to his clueless girlfriend, Ira Benson.

Not for proposals only

Did you know that the festival is also becoming a common location for pre-nuptial photo and video shoots? Here are some couples who chose the festival to be a part of their weddings.

Planning a proposal?

True they say that weddings are planned by brides and proposals are planned by grooms. If you are a boyfriend who is currently planning the perfect marriage proposal to your girlfriend, a hot-air balloon proposal could be just the right plan for you. It is a very romantic way of telling the world that you want to marry the girl of your dreams. Here’s how to do it.

1 Buy the engagement ring

Extra points if you know the engagement ring that she actually wants. Anyhow, if you have no idea about it, buy a diamond ring just like what Vic and Patrick had done. You can never go wrong with a diamond ring! And it shouts ‘I’m getting married! I’m getting married!’ once worn.

2 Talk to her parents

She would appreciate it more if you ask for permission from her parents beforehand and more so if they can witness the proposal. After all, this is a respectful gesture that is expected from a gentleman like you. Include her closest friends, too.

3 Keep it a surprise

Even those women who don’t like surprises will appreciate this lovely surprise. Don’t tell too many people just yet otherwise your girlfriend might know that something’s brewing by the way her friends are talking.

All said and done, don’t be surprised if you witness a marriage proposal while enjoying the festival. This might not be your idea of a proposal, but surely, witnessing such a joyous moment will make your visit to Clark extra special.  Well, love is still alive and… burning!