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Southern California Marriage Proposal Ideas

Whether you are a native, a transplant, or just a visitor, Southern California has several amazing places to propose. When it comes to San Diego and the Southern California coast, the Sunset Cliffs, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove are all beautiful and outdoors. If you actually want to be on the water itself, think about renting a boat and venturing out into the Pacific. For a proposal a little more inland, think about heading to a winery or the Sierra National Forest. If you’re proposing to an animal lover, the San Diego Zoo, known as one of the best in the world, is a great place for a proposal! Still stumped? There’s plenty of beautiful restaurants with private rooms and sweeping views across much of Southern California. Read on for tons of real Southern California marriage proposal ideas!

Southern California Marriage Proposals

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tips for planning

  1. Yes, it is "Sunny Southern California," but it can also be very hot. Make sure to check the weather and plan accordingly! If it does rain, it will probably be more than a quick shower.
  2. Chances are your proposal location will be similar to the type of place you would have engagement photos taken. Kill two birds with one stone and save some money (plus have beautiful pictures) by hiring a photographer to shoot your proposal, then take engagement photos immediately after!
  3. Dress the part. Consider how she will want to be dressed based on the proposal location and if photos will be taken, especially an engagement shoot.
  1. If you want a private proposal in a public place, think about proposing early before the crowds arrive or during an off-time like the middle of the week.
  2. Wanting to propose on a cliff at sunset but still have the proposal be a surprise? Start going to watch the sunset more frequently with her leading up to the proposal. That way, she won't suspect anything when you suggest going to see the sunset like you frequently do.
  3. Think about having others lead her to the proposal location where you will be waiting for her. Then, plan something with friends and family after. It's a great way to incorporate others, but still have a private proposal!