Proposing with an ad in a newspaper is pretty old hat. If you want to make an impression, get the big guns out and propose with style. Here are five places you could propose to make your engagement unforgettable.
1. On top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Yes, we said on top. The top of the Harbour Bridge is open all year around and offers breathtaking views of Sydney from 134 metres above the water. Choose from three different climbs: Express, Discovery and Bridge.
With the shortest climb lasting two hours, this is one for folks who are fairly sure their companion will say yes. Otherwise it could be a long hike back to terra firma.
Cost: From AU$188 per person
2. In a revolving restaurant
Nothing evokes retro-futuristic 1960s glamour more than this iconic DDR structure and a smooth Martini. The Fernsehturm in Berlin is a 360 metre tall tower with a revolving restaurant 200 metres above the ground. See West and East from a unique vantage point as you set the mood for your proposal.
Berlinâ€™s iconic tower is an ideal spot to pop the question as the sun goes down: just make your your beloved isnâ€™t scared of heights.
Cost: Around â‚¬12 per person
3. Under the sea
Dive 100 feet under the sea and propose among an ocean wonderland of exotic fish, sharks, coral reefs and turtles – without getting wet at all. A proposal at sea in a special submarine would be the perfect conclusion to a romantic holiday in Waikiki, Hawaii.
Submarine tours are available for up to 64 people; if you want something more exclusive for your proposal, youâ€™ll need to hire a private craft.
Cost: $99 per person
4. In an igloo
The Icehotel is a tourist trap made entirely from ice and snow. Visitors to the Arctic Circle stay at the Icehotel to experience the Northern Lights and the extreme conditions; the temperature inside the hotel never rises above âˆ’5C, but the entire structure has to be rebuilt every year because the roof melts through the summer months.
Guests are packed off to their Art Suite, Ice Room or Snow Room to enjoy the evening on beds made from snow and covered with reindeer skins. You might not be able to snuggle up close in a sleeping bag, but a proposal under the stars is likely to be unforgettable.
Cost: from 3200 SEK
5. In space
Sir Richard Bransonâ€™s first tourist spaceport is now complete, and space tourism is about to become a reality – for the well-off, at least. Designed by Foster and Partners, the New Mexico hub is one airport hub that almost certainly wonâ€™t have a branch of the Sock Shop or a WH Smith.
OK, space flights arenâ€™t available just yet, but if youâ€™ve met the partner of your dreams and have $400,000 to spare, it might be worth putting a deposit down now to claim a unique world first: a marriage proposal outside Earthâ€™s atmosphere.
Cost: $200,000 per person
This guest post was written by Claire Broadley of gift and experience days website Wish.co.uk.