You’re ready to pop the 4-word question and smartly decide to propose in the most beautiful city known to mankind. Yet, it can be a little nerve-wracking to plan a romantic, heartfelt Paris proposal from thousands of miles away and in a foreign country.
The most memorable engagements feel authentic and consider the unique relationship you share with your partner; it is about effort, chivalry, and creating a fun-filled day with seemingly endless beautiful mini-experiences.
This guide is informed by unequaled marriage proposal experience. We aim to inspire you, focus on what matters, and help make this life-changing day with your sweetheart stress-free and unforgettable.
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The best places to propose in Paris.
Public Eiffel Tower Proposal
We will be the first to discourage you if you’re considering proposing on the Eiffel Tower or in one of its two restaurants. Many curious bystanders would surround you. Plus, getting engaged on a wrought-iron tower does not even sound romantic. Hey, the entire idea of an Eiffel Tower proposal is to actually see the 324 meters-tall Iron Lady in your pictures, right? So, instead, consider where your partner might feel most comfortable. Here are four tried-and-true public Eiffel Tower locations.
Choosing to propose in Paris, especially at the Trocadéro, with the Iron Lady in the background, guarantees an exceptional WOW Factor and incredibly eye-catching photos. However, Trocadéro can be busy with crowds, vendors, street performers, and events. The best time to propose at Trocadéro, Paris is undoubtedly sunrise. Still, you’ll need to be creative to shake your partner out of bed early and have her look fabulous without giving away the surprise. Note: the central plaza (Parvis des Droits de l’Homme) and the right flank of the platform are no longer under construction.
More private than Trocadéro, our preferred Seine River location is as close to the wrought-iron lattice tower as you can propose. The approach to getting to the perfect spot can be challenging in high heels. This setting benefits from ambiance-enhancing embellishments, such as candles & lanterns, a sumptuous red carpet, rose petals, a master musician, and perhaps oversized “Marry Me” letters. The Seine River proposal works most of the day and evening except when a nearby wall casts a shadow on your setting while the sun brightly exposes the tower.
A rain alternative to Trocadéro, Bir-Hakeim spans the Seine River and works thanks to its distinctive architecture and stunning Eiffel Tower views. Whether you propose on the metallic bridge or its connected peninsula, sunrise is your best bet since pedestrians share the lower level with motor vehicles. Overall, Bir-Hakeim seems better suited for an engagement photo shoot than for proposals.
Another fantastic Trocadero alternative—notably during Fashion Week, when you want to avoid cranes and construction—Avenue de Camoens is a charming cobblestone street in the posh 16th arrondissement of Paris. What used to be a little-known, picturesque proposal location with “La dame de fer” as your backdrop is increasingly one of the more popular photo spots in the City. Note that the lighting can be tricky mid-day and early evening.
Private rooftop proposal Paris
A private rooftop proposal spot is not always prettier than its public alternative. Yet, significant advantages accrue to those who privatize their setting:
- Complete control over who has access guarantees privacy;
- Better management of light, sound, and décor set-ups, which by extension affect the five senses and ambiance;
- Considerable timeline flexibility ensures a stress-free experience.
Kiss Me in Paris is hands-down the best. This year, I decided to ask my girlfriend to marry me. I had planned every detail, but literally two days before our engagement, the company I initially hired canceled on me. Imagine how I felt, having spent so much time planning, renting a car to bring friends from Amsterdam, and preparing myself for such a life-changing moment. But then there was Chantelle, my guardian angel! Our warm welcome call gave me hope we could still pull this off. And pulling off, we did! Chantelle arranged everything, including even better proposal ideas. I swear I couldn’t have asked for a better companion. Merci, Chantelle!Malek Jubrail
Look no further when you want divine privacy and ridiculously intimate Eiffel Tower views. Situated in the posh 16th arrondissement, the Shangri-La Hotel is synonymous with sumptuous luxury, traditional Parisian charm, and outstanding service. To get engaged at the Shangri-La, you need to rent a suite with a terrace. Note, however, that the hotel’s suites are not created equal. Enlist an experienced proposal planner to take care of planning and logistics.
Established in 1908, the Peninsula is one of Paris’s most in-demand Palace hotels. Expect exceptional service, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking Eiffel Tower views. Different from the Shangri-La, you do not need to book a suite at the Peninsula to propose there. Instead, you rent the hotel’s spectacular rooftop terrace, Secret Table. Enlisting a top-notch proposal planner to help with coordination and logistics is almost obligatory. All you need to decide is whether you only want the Secret Table for your proposal or also to enjoy an extraordinary private dining experience afterward.
Another centrally located 5-star Parisian hotel rooftop terrace with dazzling views of the Iron Lady. Ask your proposal planner to personalize the space for you. Then, have a private butler serve your first Champagne as newly engaged.
When you’re after the most exclusive rooftop in Paris, “The Penthouse” by the Four Seasons Hotel George V offers magical 360-degree views of the City—only recommended for a healthy proposal budget. An experienced planner is a must.
Pinned countless times, this unique residential rooftop on Rue Copernic dazzles with enchanting views. The terrace is one of the largest in town. As such, expect endless opportunities to personalize a special ambiance tailormade to your partner’s preferences. As with any residential rooftop, you’ll need someone to coordinate the logistics and guide your partner up onto the rooftop where you await.
Overlooking one of the most famous avenues in the world, this remarkable Champs-Élysées residential rooftop offers expansive views of the City, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Montmartre. Its spacious terrace can easily accommodate numerous vendors and even your family. However, as with any residential rooftop, logistics are more complicated, and the approach is less luxurious than, say, with a Palace hotel. A planner is essential.
Unexpected places to propose in the City of Lights.
When you fly your significant other to the City of Love, she may already know a romantic proposal is coming. Still, in addition to effort and chivalry, everyone loves an element of surprise. So, how do you catch your sweetheart off-guard? One idea is to not propose near the “Iron Lady” (even if the tower is visible from a distance). Nearby castles or vineyards make for splendid unexpected proposal spots. But, say, you’re after something more central or quintessential Parisian. Consider an intimate picnic in a picturesque park or a sunrise engagement before the iconic Louvre Pyramid.
Vincent is absolutely amazing. Words cannot describe how grateful my now fiancée and I are to have had him take our surprise proposal photos in Paris. He’s simply so passionate and went beyond the call of duty to help me prepare for the perfect proposal. It’s not an overstatement to say I gained a friend for life.Vetche
Among Paris’s most ornate and famous bridges, Alexander III photographs well any time of day and night. Suppose you can shake your soulmate out of bed before sunrise. Then consider a relaxed stroll to watch the most beautiful city in the world wake up and pop the question when you arrive in the middle of the bridge. Alternatively, when you want to maximize the hours as freshly-minted fiancés on your proposal day, a romantic Midnight in Paris engagement with the lights of the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance is hard to beat.
A romantic place of natural beauty, the Luxembourg Gardens will charm you with idyllic lawns, tree-lined alleys, and the historic Medici Fountain (the best entrance to access the fountain quickly is located at Rue de Médicis and Rue de Vaugirard, near the Odéon Metro station). Bring a blanket and delight your loved one with French wine, cheese, and the quintessential Parisian baguette. Then snuggle to soak up the verdant scenery as you share a timeless kiss of equal parts poetry and passion. Verify the opening hours and arrive when the park opens to beat the crowds.
A scenic private Seine River cruise is one of the logistically most challenging and expensive Paris proposals. Still, the lucky few who can afford it should look forward to a mind-blowing experience with unforgettable views of the City of Lights. Picture exiting the cabin to a ship’s deck covered in a sea of roses, a master violinist serenading your partner with her favorite song, and chilled vintage Dom Pérignon. Did we mention that your private yacht will pull up right in front of the wrought-iron lattice tower? Can you imagine a better place to ask your partner to marry you? Such an elaborate engagement is only possible with an experienced local event planner.
The iconic museum is among the most recognizable monuments in the world. Sure, you’ll need to show up early to beat the crowds. Yet, this stunning glass-and-metal structure is fantastic when you’re after the WOW factor and something different from the Eiffel Tower. A Louvre Pyramid proposal works well when combined with engagement pictures. After she says “yes,” enjoy a yummy café, capture bigger-than-life portraits along the former love lock bridge (Pont des Arts), or take a romantic stroll in the idyllic Tuileries Garden.
Quiet places to propose in Paris
While the City of Love is known for its bustling streets and lively cafés, it also offers superb quiet places to pop the question. If you can afford a fabulous hotel suite with sufficient space for a photographer to tuck away discretely, go for it. Otherwise, consider the dreamy Tuileries Garden or Montmartre.
OMG, Scander is an artistic genius! He was such a joy to work with. Scander simply has wonderful energy; he’s patient, creative, and a lot of fun. He gave easy-to-follow posing directions, so even my fiancé, who typically does not like his photos taken, felt comfortable. Best decision ever!Cherise
With the Louvre as a backdrop, the Tuileries Garden Esplanade is one of the best-kept secrets for couples who value privacy but still want to capture the essence of Paris. This tree-lined alley is remarkably quiet and works all day. But verify the park’s opening hours and coordinate with your Paris photographer.
The highest point in Paris, Montmartre, is known far and wide for its lively cafés, eccentric artists, and light-hearted joie de vivre. While this spot offers spectacular City views, it should only be considered “quiet” at sunrise. We recommend combining your romantic proposal with a fun engagement photo shoot while you both are on Cloud 9. Montmartre has dazzling photo spots like La Maison Rose, Le Consulat, Sacré-Cœur, and many picturesque cafés along the Place du Tertre square.
Royal wedding proposal in a French castle
How many people can say they spent their first night as fiancés in a magnificent castle near Paris? Imagine your partner’s reaction as you enter one of the most remarkable chateaux in France—whether by helicopter or luxury limousine.
A sleek butler welcomes you with chilled Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) Champagne before transitioning into what your partner believes will be a chateau tour. Shortly after, you excuse yourself to answer a “phone call,” and that’s when we kick off the scavenger hunt of a lifetime.
Juliana immediately made my fiancée and me very comfortable. She shot the most beautiful video reel—it looks straight from a movie. We were astounded by how creatively she interpreted our proposal; best of all, we get to re-live our engagement every time we watch her film. My fiancée cried tears of happiness, and our parents and friends were also over the moon.Andrew James
When should you hire an experienced and well-connected Paris event planner?
Whether to hire a Parisian event planner depends on the time you want to commit to the planning process and your budget. Pulling off a destination engagement in the City of Love requires effort and a good understanding of Paris. If you can afford to enlist a local expert who will take the time to understand your vision and ensure that everything goes smoothly, then don’t think twice. Expect to avoid costly mistakes and end up with a better experience.
Suppose you intend to make a straightforward total surprise proposal at Trocadero. In that case, you likely don’t need a planner.
Or, perhaps you’re working with a tight proposal budget. Then you probably can’t afford a planner and should invest in an experienced Paris photographer who will assist you with the basics.
Or maybe you’re incredibly resourceful and don’t mind researching and negotiating with French vendors from thousands of miles away and across time zones. Then, we encourage you to bookmark this guide so you can turn to it again and again.
A seasoned proposal planner will help with anything from simple to extraordinary and anything in between. Her job is to listen, inspire, organize, and execute. All you need to do is show up and celebrate this profoundly life-changing moment with your partner.
Frequently requested services include sourcing the perfect proposal location (i.e., exclusive hotel rooftop, private Seine River yacht, charming French château), orchestra-level musicians, dazzling decor & floral designs, fine-dining with a personal butler, hotel suite embellishment, photo & video, and more.
When you work with a premier Paris-based planner, expect her to
- inspire you with utterly unique and romantic proposal ideas;
- save you time and costly missteps by assembling the most professional English-speaking local vendor team;
- develop a crystal clear timeline so you and your vendors are always on the same page;
- Streamline communication (as well as administrative and contractual tasks) with a single point of contact, resulting in efficient communication and timeline modifications;
- Make you look like a Rockstar by executing your game plan to perfection.
In summary, you’ll enjoy soothing peace of mind knowing that every detail is covered. You can focus on the only thing that matters—showing your partner undivided attention and love.
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Romantic Paris proposal ideas that are actually memorable and unique
The marriage proposal idea, or so-called game plan on how to propose to your sweetheart, is different for every couple. It should be unique, creative, romantic, memorable, personalized, or, ideally, all of the above. But what works well for one couple may not be perfect for another. The only non-negotiables are effort and chivalry. The proven proposal ideas below are merely a starting point, and it’s up to you to adapt them to your partner’s personality.
Working with Kiss Me in Paris was a wonderful experience. From early communication, they were so helpful and responsive. We traveled from the US and made all the arrangement via email and text. Vincent, our photographer, was incredible—we absolutely loved him! He went above and beyond and made the whole experience very enjoyable despite the freezing temperatures. Vincent knows the City well and recommended amazing spots for a romantic photo session. He’s talented, and we love our photos so much. When you need a Paris photographer, don’t look anywhere else.Samineh Esfahani
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No need to say much more except that you’ll want an experienced, well-connected local English-speaking Paris proposal planner to pull this off.
Take your partner for the scavenger hunt of a lifetime, or surprise her with the ultimate themed Paris proposal.
A scavenger hunt proposal is entertaining, imaginative, and unforgettable. Before your partner arrives at the final location where you’re waiting, clues will guide her through personally meaningful and sentimental mini-experiences. Each experience begets higher highs and greater anticipation. You’ll absolutely need to enlist an experienced local event planner to help conceive, refine, and execute such an ambitious proposal idea.
We grouped the Themed Paris Proposal with the Scavenger Hunt Proposal since the two share essential elements. People attracted to this proposal concept desire a fun-filled engagement day instead of a single proposal moment. They invest real time, resources, and money to create a series of meaningful mini-experiences. Both concepts are impossible without local eyes and ears on the ground; you’ll need to enlist an experienced and caring planner.
Unexpected proposal ideas around Paris
Ask your proposal coordinator to break out the trusty blanket and treat your soulmate to a wistful picnic along the Seine River with picture-perfect Eiffel Tower views. Lean in for a romantic kiss and toast to the special love you share.
Hiring a skillful Parisian street performer is a terrific way to sensitize your partner to what will happen. You can have the performer creatively reveal clues as to what comes next while keeping your sweetheart guessing.
If you want your family and friends to witness this life-changing occasion, have them hide nearby. Sure, the actual proposal moment should ideally remain private. Still, they can join the celebrations as soon as you pop the question—the more, the merrier, right? Just ensure your entourage does not give the surprise away or distract with loud cheers.
Creative ways to deliver your marriage proposal speech.
Take your sweetheart on a date to the movie event of the year. She’ll get to screen the world-premier of your personal love story narrated by … you. However, resist the temptation to propose in the cinema—it neither really says Paris nor photographs well due to the low light. Instead, devise a creative way to sneak out and have your film conclude with a clue about where your partner should go next. Just ask, and we’ll have a jaw-dropping Rolls-Royce Phantom waiting for her.
Technically not a proposal speech, this $5,000 Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag does much of the talking for you. There’s no substitute for dropping to your knee and asking your soulmate to marry you. But in the spirit of creating an entire day filled with exciting personalized experiences, how about engraving a timeless luxury accessory with the date of your engagement and 4 of the most important words uttered on your journey to marriage?
Looking for a smart way to shake your partner out of bed in time for a sunrise proposal? Tell her you’d like to beat the crowds to a “street art exhibition,” which in reality is a series of canvases displaying touching promises of devotion. The final canvas ends with a call to action for her to turn around. Meanwhile, you’ll quickly step back and drop to your knee …
The proposal speech is about bringing your relationship full circle and sensitizing your partner to what’s about to happen. Suppose you tend to choke up or get nervous. In that case, there’s nothing wrong with expressing your feelings through a heartwarming video. Narrate photos and videos taken throughout your relationship to show her why she inspires you and how much you love her. Reimagine where you’re headed together.
Paris proposal ideas you can do on a budget
This is not a proposal idea per se. And, you’d be missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity considering most women have been conditioned to expect a fairytale engagement—notably when you are in the most romantic city in the world. However, suppose you are already over budget. Then it’s paramount to show chivalry, effort, and romance. Perhaps serenade your sweetheart before dropping to your knee. Or record congratulatory messages from her family to play after she says “Yes.” Maybe it’s been a while since you last gave her a sensual massage. You get the point—nothing should feel ordinary.
Re-create your first date while setting the tone for one of the most memorable nights of your lives—no lady will fault you for giving her two dozen long-stemmed roses. Then lean in to seal your love with a few not-so-innocent French kisses and a perfectly chilled Dom Pérignon.
How to propose in the City of Lights: the ultimate checklist when you want to dot the i’s and cross the t’s
Chances are, most of your initial questions may have already been answered. That said, planning a destination marriage proposal in France requires a little more time and attention to detail. As such, below, you will find quick and concise answers to questions we get all the time.
How much does a proposal in Paris cost?
The cost to propose in Paris depends on multiple factors, including your proposal location, the concept, and the choice of vendors. A simple public marriage proposal with a professional photographer, a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses, and chilled Champagne might run around €550-€800.
However, when your engagement involves a more elaborate plan with, say, a private rooftop, stunning floral design and decor, a top-notch photo and video team, musicians, a romantic dinner, and an experienced local planner to pull everything together, expect to invest thousands of euros.
Here’s a breakdown of potential costs, excluding flights, accommodation, transportation, and the diamond engagement ring:
- Private commercial or residential rooftop: €1,000-€10,000;
- Professional Parisian photographer for a 2-hour proposal plus photoshoot session: €550-€1,000;
- Professional Filmmaker: €500+ per hour;
- Master musicians (e.g., violin, guitar, saxophone, cello, harp,…): €350+;
- Oversized “Marry Me” letters or Heart with sumptuous red carpet, romantic candles, and accent roses: €1,300+;
- Professional lighting for evening engagements: €200+;
- Local Paris proposal planner: €750+ or a percentage of the budget.
Can you propose on the Eiffel Tower?
There are no rules that say you cannot propose on the capital’s most treasured landmark: the Eiffel Tower.
However, it’s undoubtedly not recommended since many curious bystanders will surround you. Getting engaged on a wrought-iron tower in plain public does not sound romantic. There’s no real chance for personalization (unless you’re Tom Cruise), so forget about taking pictures.
The entire idea of an Eiffel Tower engagement is to see the iconic 324 meters-tall Iron Lady in your pictures, right?
We suggest exploring the monument with your fiancée after she says “yes” and capturing some fun selfies 108 stories off the ground.
Is proposing in Paris cheesy or cliché?
Some may consider a proposal in Paris cliché due to its reputation as the most romantic city in the world.
However, the way we understand cliché is that something has lost its appeal (due to overuse). Paris is and will always be beautiful, so rather consider your partner’s preferences and the love story you both share.
Finally, proposing anywhere can feel cheesy for your partner when you do not invest time, effort, and chivalry to make this life-changing moment intimate and unforgettable.
Where to propose in Paris?
The location decision is so consequential that we dedicated an entire chapter to help you identify the perfect Paris proposal spot.
The setting determines privacy, timeline flexibility, weather contingency, and other vital factors.
Critically, the environment (and ambiance you create) will affect your partner’s five senses and how she remembers the engagement.
The City of Love has ridiculously romantic, unique, and swoon-worthy proposal locations.
You must differentiate between:
- Public settings (free of charge and widely accessible to anyone) and private settings (you pay a premium in return for exclusivity and privacy);
- Eiffel Tower views vs. non-Eiffel Tower views.
When you privatize your setting—such as a residential rooftop, hotel terrace, yacht, or French castle—expect more privacy and greater control over the ambiance and timeline flexibility.
17 Best Places to Propose in Paris, including 9 with Eiffel Tower view
- Trocadero, Palais de Chaillot;
- Seine River;
- Louvre Museum;
- Montmartre (Sacré-Cœur, La Maison Rose);
- Tuileries Garden;
- Luxembourg Gardens (Medici Fountain);
- Pont des Arts;
- The Peninsula Paris;
- Shangri-La Hotel Paris;
- Marignan Champs-Elysees;
- Kléber private residential rooftop;
- Champs-Elysees private residential rooftop;
- Chateau de Villette (French castle);
- Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (French chateau);
- Château Bouffémont;
- Luxury Seine River Cruise.
Trocadero: the most iconic and instantly recognizable place to have your photos taken. We only recommend it around sunrise unless you enjoy curious onlookers.
The Seine River is a more private spot than Trocadero. However, the approach can be challenging in high heels. Also note: since the setting is close to the Eiffel Tower, your photographer will typically use a wider angle lens, which can be a little less flattering. The Seine River works almost any time of the day (and evening) except when the nearby wall casts a shadow on your spot while the sun exposes the Iron Lady.
Bir-Hakeim Bridge: a famous bridge with instantly recognizable architecture. It works better at sunrise than in the evening. While the bridge is neither particularly romantic nor private— and is flanked by streets on both sides—it’s a fantastic rain alternative when you have your heart set on the Eiffel Tower.
Louvre Museum: the iconic museum’s pyramid is among the most recognizable and pretty monuments. Sure, the Louvre is public, and you’ll need to show up early to beat the crowds. Yet, its stunning glass-and-metal structure is incredible when you’re after the WOW factor and something different from the Eiffel Tower.
Montmartre: want quaint Parisian cafés and charming cobblestone streets? Then give Montmartre serious consideration. Like many tourist hotspots, Montmartre works best around sunrise and early morning. We cannot decide whether we prefer the expansive City view immediately below Sacré-Cœur Basilica or the postcard-worthy winding street with La Maison Rose as the reference point.
Tuileries Garden Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau: located in the heart of the City and flanked on both sides by towering trees, this magnificent walkway is an ideal engagement setting when you desire privacy but don’t want to rent a rooftop, private yacht, or French castle. The esplanade works well any time of the day (note: verify the opening hours). Bonus: the Louvre museum, Palais-Royal, Pont des Arts, and lively Parisian cafes are minutes away on foot.
Luxembourg Gardens: a place of spectacular beauty, the Luxembourg Gardens will charm you with idyllic lawns, tree-lined esplanades, and the iconic Medici Fountain. It’s a fantastic spot for dreamy picnics, intimate elopements, couple photography, and, of course, surprise proposals. However, verify the park’s opening hours and arrive before the tourists.
Pont des Arts. This pedestrian bridge is superb when your lover desires some of the most picturesque vistas along the Seine River. While attaching engraved padlocks to the bridge is no longer possible, you’ll not be disappointed. Pont des Arts offers expansive views of Paris; the best time to avoid large crowds is sunrise and early morning.
Here are a few incredible private locations to propose in Paris:
The Peninsula Paris: unlike other Parisian hotels with an Eiffel Tower view, The Peninsula Hotel is easily accessible without giving away the surprise. It’s reassuring that things always run smoothly at the Peninsula with time-tested, proven processes and palace-level service. Expect maximum privacy and unpretentious luxury. The most romantic time to pop the question is around sunset. A seasoned vendor team and a Paris proposal planner are compulsory.
The Shangri-La Paris: the Shangri-La is an exceptional alternative to the Peninsula and is considered by many to be the best Paris proposal spot. You’ll need to rent an Eiffel Tower suite with an exclusive deck. Typically, a floral designer will embellish your terrace while you’re out exploring the City. Hire a professional vendor team and enlist an experienced planner. Consider surprise-embellishing your hotel suite and enjoy private dining with a butler as the Iron Lady glimmers at a distance.
Chateau de Villette. Located approximately 40km northeast of Paris, this ultra-exclusive historical landmark is unquestionably among the prettiest French chateaux for intimate events. You decide whether to use its lavish interiors or the splendidly manicured gardens (designed by André Le Nôtre, who also created the famous gardens of Château de Versailles). While Chateau de Villette is by design unaffordable for most, the sky is the limit when you have a healthy proposal budget. Fly in on a helicopter or book a vintage Rolls-Royce with an elegant chauffeur. Then enjoy an unequaled 3-Star Michelin dining experience served on the world’s finest crystal, porcelain, and silverware before spending your first night as fiancés in a suite fit for a princess.
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Vaux le Vicomte is among the foremost French castles, approximately 65 km from Paris. Unless you fly in by helicopter, you’ll ask your planner to hire a luxury limo with a chauffeur. When you visit Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte on a Saturday (7:00 PM – 12:00 AM) between May and October, you’ll be treated to spectacular 2,000 flickering candles and fireworks. Regardless of the season, how many people can say they got engaged at one of the most beautiful French castles?
Château Bouffémont. Bouffémont is one of the best-kept secrets when you’re after a French castle near Paris (approximately 60 km from the city center). Ask your proposal planner to book a luxury limo or Mercedes van with an English-speaking driver. When you visit Château Bouffemont, expect a warm welcome from its affectionate catering director, Sarp. He’s an expert in hospitality and will ensure your engagement is fantastic.
What’s the best time of the day to propose in Paris (sunrise vs. evening)?
The best time of the day to propose in Paris is when you feel most energized and happy.
Factors such as biorhythm, jet lag, availability of vendors and locations, romantic dinner reservations, and other factors can make a difference.
Our favorite times of the day are sunrise and evening (including the so-called Blue Hour).
Sunrise Engagement—The “Golden Hour.”
Sunrise is the time when the sun slowly appears over the horizon in the morning. Specific sunrise times depend on the time of the year and can start as early as 5.45 AM in June and as late as 8.45 AM around New Year.
Advantages of making your Paris proposal at sunrise:
- it’s the only time of the day to get popular Parisian public photo spots largely devoid of crowds and overzealous vendors;
- expect some of the most flattering lighting conditions;
- excellent opportunity to transition into a fun couple photoshoot and get actual engagement photos;
- You may already receive a same-day edited sneak peek of your proposal photos to share with family and friends.
Reasons not to make a Paris proposal at sunrise:
- You need a compelling reason to shake your partner out of bed in time and without spilling the beans.
- Being late is not an option.
- Sunrise tends to be less romantic than the evening.
- Waking up early often means less sleep and hurried (or no) breakfast, which may result in stress—the last thing you want before such a life-changing occasion.
Evening (twilight) engagement photo session, including the dazzling “Blue Hour.”
The period when the day ends and the night begins. Specific sunset times depend on the time of the year and can start as early as 4.50 PM around New Year and as late as 10:00 PM in June.
Advantages of making your Paris proposal in the evening:
- The most magically romantic time of the day for engagements;
- soft, flattering light ensures no squinting in photos, no blown-out shadow details in your outfits, and no distracting shadows;
- a priceless opportunity to get daylight, the Blue Hour, and even some nighttime photos within a single hour;
- You also have time to incorporate a game-changing themed proposal concept (e.g., Midnight in Paris) and/or a scavenger hunt;
- dinner reservations and other entertainment flow more naturally;
- A later starting time means you have the opportunity to hire a professional beauty artist.
Reasons not to propose in the evening:
- Some popular public Paris locations will not be an option due to crowds;
- You are less likely to receive a preview of a few same-day edited proposal photos.
What about nighttime engagements?
Proposing in Paris at night is romantic and visually striking, with the Iron Lady twinkling at a distance.
Parisian nighttime proposals work best in winter when sunset can be as early as 4:50 PM. As such, you can transition into your first romantic dinner as newly engaged while the night is still young.
Still, it’s vital to be aware of the following:
- You’ll need a professional lighting set-up to avoid flash while sharply capturing your partner’s precious reactions [ask our studio for our premium lighting package].
- During the summer, sunset is often too late to enjoy a relaxed, romantic dinner after a total surprise proposal.
- Suppose you intend to get amazing couple photos around Paris as fiancés. In that case, scheduling a sunrise shoot the next day is better.
What should I say when proposing?
You need to differentiate between:
- The so-called proposal speech takes place before you drop to your knee; and
- “Will you marry me?” is what you ask once you’re on your knee with the open engagement ring box facing your partner.
Your speech can and should be prepared for. Don’t think of it as a one-and-done thing but rather an iterative process where you revise and rehearse.
It’s your chance to show your partner how she (he) makes your life better and why you want to spend the rest of your life together.
Interestingly, your speech can also be written or visual; it does not need to be spoken. We’ve seen folks devise super-creative ways to deliver speeches that had their partners in tears, from exclusive cinema screenings to art exhibitions and beyond.
It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your relationship full circle and awaken your partner’s senses to what will happen. Assume that your sweetheart will not register much (if anything) once you’re down on your knee.
Should you propose before or after dinner?
There’s no right or wrong answer here (unless you actually intend to propose in a restaurant where we will be the first to discourage you).
That said, we love the idea of proposing approximately 1-2 hours before your dinner reservation, and here’s why:
- You’ll enjoy your first meal as newly-engaged and celebrate being fiancés in style with a perfectly chilled French Champagne;
- when your partner knows of dinner plans in an elegant restaurant, it’s easy to get her to dress for the occasion without giving away the surprise;
- You’ll have time before dinner to capture priceless candid reactions to the engagement before transitioning into engagement-style photos while emotions are high;
- Above all, things will not feel awkward during dinner with you anxiously awaiting to pop the question.
On which knee do you propose?
According to My Perfect Marriage Proposal, you should drop to your left knee. The box will be in your left hand, and you will open it with your right hand.
Where can I propose in Paris in winter?
Presumably, the intent of this question is similar to, “Where do you propose in Paris in cold weather?”
It’s possible to propose year-round in the same public Parisian locations. It can get nippy and occasionally freezing during the cool season, which spans from mid-November through early March. Then again, cold temperatures may keep unwanted crowds at bay and are not a serious obstacle to pulling off memorable surprise proposals. Heavy rainfall, however, could be challenging for musicians with string instruments as well as for visual artists (photographers and filmmakers).
Private Parisian hotel rooftops and terraces are not necessarily open year-round. Nonetheless, when you book a suite with a private balcony, it is typically straightforward to request a patio heater. Plus, since you are defacto privatizing the space, you have better timeline flexibility to wait out brief rain showers.
In summary, when it’s cold or it rains, private locations offer greater flexibility than their public counterparts. Our favorite hotels for engagements include the Peninsula Paris, Shangri-La, Marignan, and the Four Seasons Gorge V.
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What’s the best time of the year to propose in Paris?
The best day of the year to propose in Paris will differ for every couple. For example, men seem to favor Christmas Eve, while women slightly prefer Valentine’s Day and the anniversary of your first date. Other popular options are Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Expect to pay a premium for travel and vendors during the high season and on popular dates. January tends to be the cheapest month to stay and propose in Paris. Conversely, Valentine’s Day, Christmas through New Year, and May, June, and September are relatively more expensive.
The summer months attract many tourists. Yet, Paris feels particularly empty, considering that most Parisians escape the City during the warm season from late June to early September.
As such, it’s easier to flag down a cab and commute between locations. Notably, it’s an excellent opportunity to get ridiculously unique photos in otherwise busy spots like Bir-Hakeim, Pont d’Iéna, and Place de la Concorde.
Do you put the diamond engagement ring on when you propose?
Well, it’s entirely up to you. Essentially, there are two points during your marriage proposal at which you can slide the ring on her finger:
- After she approaches you to accept the engagement ring but while you’re still down on one knee; or
- You can get up once she approaches you (leave the box on the ground so you have both hands free) and slide the bling on her finger.
Either way, take your time and, ideally, first slide the ring to her knuckle and pause to look into her eyes. Then push the diamond ring to the base of her finger and always remember how she looked at you.
Is proposing at a restaurant a good idea?
Popular online sources, such as BRIDES or the knot, would have you believe it’s a good idea to propose in a restaurant. Take it from us—who plan and witness heartwarming engagements daily—restaurant proposals are a tad lazy and unromantic.
Why would you ask the love of your life to marry you while surrounded by strangers within a confined space?
And forget about memorable engagement photos, which are nearly impossible to achieve in a dimly lit restaurant. What’s more, patrons may perceive your photographer as a paparazzi and fear for their privacy.
Where are the most romantic places to kiss in Paris?
A romantic escape with your sweetheart in Paris promises an exciting adventure and one of the most joyful memories you’ll share for years.
After all, Paris is the City of Love, so you’d be remiss not to indulge in a few timeless kisses of equal parts poetry and passion. The question then becomes, where.
Luckily, we did the heavy lifting for you and identified the 6 most romantic places to kiss in Paris.
Is it a good idea to propose in Paris?
A proposal in Paris is a great idea; it’s a fantastic place to pop the question when you and your sweetheart value a romantic destination engagement.
Sure, the City of Lights and Love is not for everyone … and does not even pretend to be. Yet, we think Paris is the ultimate playground for lovebirds, and here’s why:
- From its trendy shopping streets to the carefree Bohemian spirit of the Left Bank, Paris tempts and inspires with lively cafés, world-renowned art & architecture, and countless hidden nooks to steal a few innocent French kisses.
- Paris boasts many postcard-worthy proposal spots ranging from iconic public Eiffel Tower settings to ultra-chic private yachts, palace-level hotel rooftops, and straight-out-of-a-movie French chateaux.
- It’s surprisingly easy to identify talented English-speaking vendors to help you pull off a dream proposal across time zones and from thousands of miles away.
- Paris is always a good idea, right? You’ll certainly not run out of fun things to do as freshly minted fiancés. Here are the 6 most romantic places in Paris to kiss. Also, look at the best restaurants in Paris with an Eiffel Tower view.
- And suppose, for some reason, you desire a change of scenery. In that case, France offers more amazing attractions than you likely have vacation days. We’re big fans of the glamorous French Riviera (Saint-Tropez, Monaco, Nice, and Cannes), the purple Lavender Fields of Provence, the utterly awe-inspiring Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and the famed wine-growing region of Bordeaux. And, when you have additional vacation days to burn, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Rome, and Berlin are merely a stone’s throw away.
How to prepare for an engagement in Paris?
Really, that’s what this Paris engagement guide is all about, so feel free to use the jump tabs above to skip to the sections most relevant to you.
There are no rules except to make your marriage proposal meaningful to your partner. This is important since the engagement is not (just) about you. Quite the opposite: it is very much about your sweetheart.
Here’s your chance to show chivalry, effort, and forethought as you personalize a dream proposal concept (and a lovely setting) that means so much to your partner.
You’re already ahead of the curve just for smartly deciding to bring your loved one to Paris. Yet, you still need to do a little homework:
- Secure her dad’s (parents) blessing; asking your future father-in-law for his daughter’s hand in marriage is neither old-fashioned nor cliché. Quite the opposite—it’s a signal of respect to him, her, tradition, and the romantic institution of marriage.
- Set a date and time when your partner will be available. Do not delay locking in flights, hotels, restaurants, and core vendors (talented folks and popular places book out quickly).
- identify (and reserve when it is a private setting) an epic location to propose in Paris;
- Work out her ring size, and buy a diamond ring that speaks to her style and is within your budget. Comprehensive jewelry insurance protects her ring against loss, damage, and theft (note that many homeowner’s insurances are subject to exclusions and limits).
- Book your Paris photographer and videographer;
- come up with a killer marriage proposal speech;
- Personalize the setting to demonstrate effort and forethought. This could range from a simple Champagne table and a bouquet of long-stem red roses to over-the-top floral arrangements with romantic candles, musicians, fireworks fountains…
- Come up with an ironclad Game Plan (if you’re starting to feel a little overwhelmed or just need an experienced local professional to help, enlist a proposal planner);
- Book a romantic Parisian restaurant to celebrate your first evening as fiancés;
- Commission a couple photoshoot for the next day. You’ll likely get so-called engagement photos before your wedding and might as well do so with a photographer you know and trust. Hey, you’re engaged, so when better to do engagement photos, right?
Paparazzi proposal vs. Proposing during a photoshoot
What is a paparazzi proposal?
Paparazzi-style is when a secret proposal photographer candidly captures your engagement … discretely blending with the environment. Your loved one will be clueless about your intentions or the photographer’s whereabouts until minutes after she says “Yes.”
Why do a paparazzi proposal?
Since your partner does not suspect anything, her reaction is guaranteed to be priceless.
And considering that your photographer is secretly tucked away, there will not be any (distracting) camera awareness. Paparazzi proposals often result in the ultimate surprise and, by extension, very emotional documentation. A few minutes after she says “Yes,” your photographer will approach you both to document your first steps, kisses, and lifts as newly engaged.
What are the challenges of making a paparazzi proposal?
Paparazzi proposals necessitate precise planning since your photographer will be hidden and cannot communicate with you.
There is a slight chance of a random tourist photo-bombing your engagement, as in any busy city. For paparazzi-style documentation, we highly recommend adding an associate to manage crowds.
Since you won’t have the excuse of a scheduled photoshoot, you’ll need to cleverly get your partner to look fabulous and show up on time without giving away the surprise.
How does it work to propose during an engagement photo shoot?
We’re big fans of proposing as part of a planned Paris engagement photo shoot. Why? Simple: you’ll get most of the benefits of a paparazzi proposal without the risks.
While your partner may suspect an engagement, she’ll not know if, when, where, or how. When coming to Paris, it’s easy to convince your soulmate to do a fun travelshoot without revealing your intentions.
Why propose during a planned couple shoot?
You and your Paris photographer have more control over the environment, timing, and positioning. Said control is particularly advantageous during daytime and evening engagements when the City is busy.
Since your couple’s photo session will no longer be a surprise, your partner will dress and look how she wants to be seen in the photos. Both of you will typically feel more relaxed.
Plus, it’s easier to shake your partner out of bed for a planned engagement photo session (instead of coming up with a reason to look sharp and head out of your comfy hotel room before sunrise).
Should I hire a marriage proposal planner?
A seasoned event planner will help with anything from simple to extraordinary and anything in between. Her job is to listen, inspire, organize, and execute.
All you need to do is show up and celebrate this profoundly life-changing moment with your partner.
Frequently requested services include the sourcing of a perfect place to propose (e.g., exclusive residential rooftop or hotel terrace, private Seine River yacht, charming French Château), orchestra-level musicians, dazzling decor & floral designs, fine-dining with butler, hotel suite embellishment, photo & video, and much more.
We encourage you to use the jump tabs above to skip to Chapter 2 for a deep dive into why to hire a local event planner for your Paris engagement.
On which finger do you put the engagement ring?
In most cultures, the diamond engagement ring goes on the “ring” finger of the left hand (the fourth finger).
How (and where) to buy the perfect diamond engagement ring?
We could write an entire guide on how and where to buy the perfect diamond engagement ring.
However, it’s not the point of this guide, and quite frankly, there are many other excellent resources.
We’d suggest taking the ring purchase seriously. It’s a significant investment, and you want to get it right. So, do substantial research and, above all, consider your partner’s style.
Here’s an outstanding user-friendly resource on How to buy the perfect engagement ring for a woman.
PRO tips on how to get the best possible proposal pictures
We’re always asked for actionable tips on getting the best photos of the special moment, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Hire the best English-speaking Paris photographer you can afford. Together, you’ll agree on the ideal location, time of day, and how to recognize each other from a distance (i.e., send a selfie of you and your partner shortly before you leave your hotel). Don’t show up before the agreed-upon time, but also not much later than planned.
1. Get your partner’s attention
Let’s assume you smartly texted your photographer and vendor team that you’re about to arrive at the proposal spot.
Upon arrival, briefly make eye contact with your photographer (and/or videographer), and check your surroundings for distracting people and objects.
Then position yourself parallel to your desired backdrop and photo and video team.
Now is the perfect time to get your soulmate’s attention and deliver your speech, which brings your relationship full circle.
2. Drop to one knee
At this point, she’ll be too nervous to register anything more than ‘Will you marry me,’ which you ask after dropping to your knee to present the diamond engagement ring.
While the perfect form does not impact the experience, it significantly affects your photos.
So practice which knee to kneel on and how to effortlessly remove the ring box from your jacket and present the engagement ring while maintaining eye contact with your sweetheart.
3. She approaches to accept the ring
It might be tempting to get up to hug your partner—especially when she tears up.
But resist temptation and remain on your knee until she comes to you to accept the bling.
Remain on your knee for at least 10-15 seconds, which gives your proposal photographer enough time to capture the perfect moment masterfully.
4. Put the diamond ring on the finger
Putting the engagement ring on the finger while you’re still kneeling or after getting up is acceptable. We have a slight preference for standing up when you slip the diamond engagement ring on her finger.
Click the hotspots in the photo below to appreciate the fine details resulting in a better experience and engagement mementos.
5. Relax, and enjoy every moment
A common mistake is for couples to immediately turn to their secret (paparazzi) Paris photographer after she accepts the diamond ring.
It’s unfortunate and a missed opportunity.
Instead, enjoy your first moments as fiancés at your own pace. Dance, dip, hug, lift, kiss, and cry as you celebrate this extraordinary milestone in your relationship. She’ll have many questions, so now is a good time to give her the background story.
6. Let the corks fly
Nothing says ‘celebration’ quite like popping a perfectly chilled French Champagne. It is delicious, appropriate, and makes for awesome photos and videos.
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She/He said, “Yes.” What’s Next?
Congratulations on your Paris engagement. Most of the heavy lifting is accomplished. Now it’s time to kick back to enjoy your first kisses, cafés, and favorite activities as fiancés.
The list below should be a starting point for proven, romantic couple activities around the City of Lights.
Enjoy Paris as freshly-minted fiancés.
There’s never a wrong time to indulge in a luxurious spa treatment for two. Whether it’s to rejuvenate after a long flight to Paris, set the tone for romance on the day of your engagement, or unwind with chilled Champagne overlooking the City of Love as newly engaged. We can help confirm availability and assist in making reservations.
We have the ultimate solution when you value your time and want help from a professional with a great fashion sense and who knows where to shop. Our English-speaking personal shopper will source and deliver to your hotel. Optionally, she can also double as a cheerful companion when you want to explore the Fashion Capital of the World … but just not alone.
Move over, UBER. Expect uncompromising comfort, optimal temperature, and endless Champagne when renting a Rolls-Royce Phantom with an English-speaking driver.
Make your first dinner as newly-engaged count.
When you’re after the ultimate optical and culinary experience, Guy Savoy—voted the best restaurant in the world in 2020—should be at the top of your list. Be warned that you may never look at food quite the same way once you set foot in the Grand Monnaie de Paris. Dress sharp and be prepared for a bill worthy of your engagement ($$$$).
Suppose you’re searching for a ridiculously sexy Parisian restaurant different from all other restaurants to enjoy your first dinner as fiancés. Then super-trendy Costes—the place people want to stay, eat, and be seen—will inspire a romantic evening ($$$).
The “most Parisian place to be,” Le Meurice’s Restaurant Le Dalí will delight with local French cuisine followed by the finest cakes and pastries in the world by Cédric Grolet ($$$).
The Daily Beast describes legendary Lapérouse as “haute cuisine with a side of sex.” The first restaurant to obtain 3 Michelin stars, Lapérouse labels itself the House of Pleasure while promising an experience suspended in time. And it’s not hard to see why: thanks to its private dining rooms, the eatery once served as a discreet playground for influential gentlemen to enjoy their mistresses ($$$).
Get in the mood with the sexiest Cabarets in Paris
Lights, music, stage! We don’t recommend eating at Moulin Rouge, but the 11 PM burlesque show in the world’s most famous cabaret will surely entertain!
Again, we suggest the 11 PM show with no dinner; enjoy the best burlesque show in town with chilled Ruinart Champagne, macarons, and a yummy cheese plate.
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You’ll probably get so-called engagement photos before your wedding—be it for your save-the-date, a sign-in book for the reception, or just because it’s super fun. You might as well do so in one of the most romantic cities while your emotions are at a precious high.
Say you want to change things up a little and look beyond the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of a thrilling adventure to the sunny south of France? Well, we have an office based out of Nice and know all the best spots from Monaco to the purple-lavender fields of Provence.
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