From the Beach to the Stratosphere: Top 3 Places to Pop the Question
Cold sweats. Fever. Heart palpitations. No, you don’t need to go to the ER, because you’re not coming down with the flu or suffering from any other malady. These are the side-effects of planning the perfect wedding proposal. Popping the question is one of life’s most memorable events; it’s up there with the first kiss or watching your first child being born. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Wedding proposals have turned outlandish over the years. From popping the question on a Jumbotron at a sporting event or hiring a pilot to fly a “Will you marry me?” banner to flash mob proposals and scavenger hunts (surprise, there’s a ring at the end), men have focused on giving the proposal a heavy dose of special effects. However, where you decide to propose will always be more important than how tricked out the proposal is. If you’re going to, as Beyoncé would say, put a ring on it, then these three destinations will leave her weak in the knees.
Is there anything more romantic than quartz-white beaches and turquoise water? A couple of pina coladas might help ease the nerves, too. When it comes to Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is a bit off the beaten path. It’s quieter and more romantic than its dancehall-thumping brother, Jamaica. Furthermore, there are more private bungalows and spa boutiques and fewer all-inclusive resorts. There’s nothing romantic about asking your girlfriend to marry you in front of a mob of drunk, pale-bellied strangers playing water volleyball. When you’re in St. Lucia, skip proposing on the beach at sunset and head for the Pitons. These volcanic mountains offer a view you’ll only find in paradise.
Paris or Venice? It’s nearly impossible to answer and a lot like having to decide between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The bottom line, however, is this: There’s not a city in Europe — or the world for that matter — that looks like Venice. Between the cobbled streets, gondolas, piazzas and the crumbling, wedding cake architecture, Venice has fairytale written all over it. St. Mark’s Square is considered the heart of Venice, and it’s also home to about a 130,000 pigeons. When the church bells toll in St. Mark’s Square, those pigeons take flight; this is your cue to get down on one knee and pull out that pear shaped ring. There couldn’t be a more cinematic moment for a marriage proposal. Save Paris for the honeymoon.
While secluded beaches, cliff-side overlooks and hot air balloon rides over the Grand Canyon might seem like perfect places for wedding proposals, these aren’t every couple’s cup of amorous tea. Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind destination, and that’s what gives it its appeal. After winning at roulette at the Flamingo, riding the rollercoaster at New York, New York, seeing a show and eating a stack of King Crab legs at a classic Vegas buffet, head up to the Stratosphere Tower and try your luck with the big question.
Where you decide to propose all comes down to the type of girl you’re proposing to. Maybe these three destinations wouldn’t be on her radar at all. Take some mental notes when she’s talking about where she’d like to go on vacation, because when it comes to marriage, it might mean the difference between a yes, no or an I’ll think about it.
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