Your Step-by-Step Guide to an Epic Destination Proposal

Want to really blow your partner away? Pop the question on one very special trip. Here’s how to pull it off.
by Anne Roderique-Jones
man proposing on the beach

If you're looking for a truly epic way to propose, start with a special trip, whether it's to a favorite vacation spot or a new place you've both been dreaming of visiting. Not only can you two truly get away from the everyday hustle, you'll also have beaucoup privacy to bask in the moment afterward. But there's more to it than just whisking him or her away from it all. To pull off the ultimate romantic proposal, check out these five foolproof tips below. Need more advice? A Sandals Resorts engagement concierge can help you plan even the most elaborate, out-there ideas—and their assistance is completely complimentary!


  1. Woman in a blue dress getting engaged with man's back to camera

    1. Clue in the Family

    It may seem antiquated to ask for someone's hand in marriage, but giving your future spouse's family a heads up before leaving on your trip is almost always appreciated—and you'll feel good knowing that you have their support. Remember, this will (hopefully!) be your family soon, so it's worth doing everything in your power to make a good impression.

  2. <an on one knee proposing to woman in front of a door

    2. Know Your Partner's Style

    What's romantic to one person could be totally cheesy (or totally terrifying) to another. Would your soon-to-be fiance cringe at the thought of having an audience for your proposal? Then consider a private, in-room experience complete with candles, champagne and rose petals. If your other half loves the water, arrange a catamaran tour. Want to go to even greater heights? Sandals' engagement concierges have even planned a splashy helicopter ride, with the proposal spelled out in bamboo on the beach below.

  3. Couple in swimsuits walking on the shore

    3. Find a Super-Romantic Spot

    According to Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of Romance for Sandals Resorts, it's all about location, location, location. Her team has helped to plan proposals everywhere, from under a blanket of stars—with ocean waves crashing in the background—to a cozy cabana with rose petals spelling out “Will you marry me?" on the sand. “It was a very windy day, and we could not let those words blow away!" Brown says.

  4. Couple dressed in white sitting on bench facing each other

    4. Make It Sentimental

    Marriage proposals should be unique to each couple—and it's totally easy to add your own spin, whether you write a poem or just speak straight from the heart. A few ideas we love: Planning a scavenger hunt with clues that tie back to special moments leading up to a ring, or creating a photo book or a slideshow that documents your entire relationship with a proposal at the end. Have your own song? Play it during your big speech. Bonus: It'll be even more special for your first dance at the wedding. Brown and her team have even helped out one groom-to-be by bringing in a violinist to play a live rendition of Ed Sheeran's “Thinking Out Loud."

  5. Man on one knee proposing marriage on the beach

    5. Capture the Moment

    Sure, you can snap a selfie, or ask a stranger to take a pic. But a professional photographer one-ups that by a mile. If you plan to propose at Sandals, you'll get a complimentary photo session to fully document the engagement. “We've even had proposals where the photographer was part of the plan, and can help guide you into a certain position, then have your spouse-to-be turn around right as you're popping the question," Brown says.


    The Knot and Sandals present Destination Dream, a sponsored series featuring tips for planning the ultimate romantic proposal and destination wedding. To learn more about how Sandals Resorts can help, visit Sandals.com.

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