Now that summer is finally here, trips to the beach are about to become your new favorite couples activity. What better way to propose than to spend a romantic day with your toes in the sand and the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Plus, the bright, shining sun will make that ring look extra sparkly!
Looking for tips to make your beach proposal one that you’ll never forget? Check out our 15 favorite beach proposal ideas below!
Full Story: Anna and Derrick’s Sand Sculpture Proposal
While we know that not everyone has the best sand castle building talent, for a memorable proposal, we’re willing to bring out the creativity. Set up a sand castle sculpture (or have your family set it up while you’re with your soon-to-be fiancé) and take them on a walk on the beach. Lead them over to the sculpture and while they’re in awe, get down on one knee. A sandy beach sculpture proposal is a sure way to show how much you care!
Full Proposal Story: McKenzie and Tori
Take a stroll down the beach together collecting pretty shells. Have your photographer hide the ring in a large shell and plant it in the sand. When you see your photographer, you know the shell is nearby and that your photographer is ready to capture the moment. Point at the shell and ask your soon-to-be fiancé if they think that one looks good. When they open the shell, take it from them and get down on one knee.
Full Proposal Story: Message in a Bottle Proposal
Write a love letter to your sweetheart with all the reasons you want to spend the rest of your life together. Have someone plant it in the sand during a walk on the beach. By the time they find it, take the message out, and realizes the letter is for them, you’ll be down on one knee and asking the biggest question of your life.
Full Proposal Story: Family Yoga Session Turns into Emotional Proposal
For all of you yogi-couples, plan a yoga-on-the-beach date. In addition to packing water bottles and snacks, add an engagement ring and custom yoga mat to your packing list. When you get to the beach, have your soon-to-be fiancé roll out their new mat with, “Will you marry me?” written on it. Then get down on one knee as they finishes checking out their new favorite yoga mat.
Full Proposal Story: Surfing Marriage Proposal
Take your significant other sailing or surfing, and ask them to marry you in the middle of the water! We can’t think of anything better than being in our favorite element (salt water cures all!) This is a perfectly intimate and memorable way to pop the question, especially if you can include a favorite couples’ hobby. (Side note: It’s okay to leave the ring on land if you’re afraid of dropping it in the water…as we would be, too!)
Full Proposal Story: Kenna and Travis Underwater Proposal
Whether or not you and your partner are pro-scuba divers or snorkelers, suggest a diving course as a fun date idea. Talk to the instructors, and tell them your plan. Since you’ll be underwater, it’s probably not a great idea to bring the actual engagement ring along (though if you think you can do it, it would make for a really cute underwater photo!). Laminate “Will You Marry Me?” on signs, and post them in the diving site! Make sure you have someone taking photos or videos (and we promise your soon-to-be fiancé won’t be suspicious..we’d want to bring a Go-Pro with us if we were underwater, too!).
Full Proposal Story: Surprise Marriage Proposal at Vero Beach
A lot of times, less is more. Who says you need to have the most extravagant set-up? When it comes to proposals, we’d like to think that as long as you have a ring, the loving words speak for themselves. Surprise your partner by casually talking about your relationship history.. What do you love about your relationship? Tell them why you’re over-the-moon in love with them and before they can even get the next thought out, get on one knee and propose.
Is there anything better than a tropical beach vacation? While we thought the answer was no…we were wrong. The only thing better is a tropical beach proposal. Plan a beach vacation with your love (this allows time for you to plan the proposal, because odds are you’re going to plan your vacation 6 months+ in advance!) Set up which day on vacation you want to propose (we recommend the beginning, that way you can celebrate for the rest of the week…and you won’t be holding onto the ring for too long!)
Full Proposal Story: Sue and Shival’s Romantic Beach Proposal
For all of our beach-loving hopeless romantics… We highly recommend a romantic set-up beach proposal. Line up a specific spot on the beach with photos, flower petals, balloons, music, bottles of champagne, a picnic, etc…whatever your partner will love. Take your partner for a walk on the beach and slowly lead them to this spot. This romantic proposal idea is bound to make their heart flutter!
Full Proposal Story: Katie and Justin
We’re suckers for proposal photos…especially high-quality ones! Set up a beach photoshoot (tell your sweetheart that you’ve won a contest for a free photoshoot with a photographer, give your soon-to-be fiancé a photoshoot as a gift, get photos done while your on vacation…) there’s a million different ways to explain it so they won’t catch on when you want to do your beach photoshoot! Speak with the photographer ahead of time and have them come up with a plan for when you should propose and discuss different cues. Your partner is sure to be surprised – and even happier that you’ve captured your intimate moment.
Full Proposal Story: Cristina and Jamie’s Proposal
While we love a warm sunny day on the beach, is there truly anything better than a breezy summer night with a beautiful sunset? Nope. Ask your partner to go for a walk at sunset (before or after a dinner you’ve scheduled, brownie points if the restaurant is on the water). While on your walk, pop the question. Your partner is sure to already feel the romance from the warm sunset colors.
Full Proposal Story: Dennis and Ryan’s 4th of July Beach Proposal
We sure do love a summer holiday (no work? beach day? we’re in!). Since you’ll already have the time off, plan a beach day with your partner! We’re sure they won’t be suspicious that you’ve come up with this plan…Especially since you both are already free! Whether you pop the question during sunrise or sunset, they’re sure to be surprised and have an even bigger reason to celebrate that holiday!
Written in the Sand
This might be the most cliche and obvious way to do it, but we’ve got a few ways to make it better: Carve your names in the sand with shells or flower petals. Everyone wants a Pinterest-worthy proposal and this will do the trick. Put a three-dimensional spin on your sand proposal by bringing your partner to a sand castle or sculpture that has your names on it. When she notices your names, that’s your cue to get down on one knee!
Full Proposal Story: Nayia and Nate’s Proposal
If you’re anywhere ocean-side, there’s sure to be some sort of touristy-helicopter attraction. Set up a slot and surprise your partner with a scenic helicopter ride. Plan ahead of time with the pilot as to where they fly over, etc. Tell them your plan and write your message in the sand, big enough so that you’ll be able to see it from the helicopter ride.
Full Proposal Story: Ankur and Bhuja’s Lighthouse Proposal
We are totally in love with the idea of getting proposed to near a lighthouse. Your partner is sure to love the view, which is why a simple “let’s take a walk by the lighthouse” is a perfect way of getting them there. It’s also a great location for a photographer to hide. And when it comes to cheesy love quotes…make sure your partner knows you’ll be their “lighthouse” during all of the good and bad.
Have a beach proposal story you want to share? We can’t wait to hear how you popped the question! Share your proposal story with us.