It goes without saying that you need to choose where you're going to pop the question very carefully. You'll tell the story of how you got engaged for the rest of your life, so you want it to stand out in the memory for all the right reasons.
While some people like to propose abroad, there are plenty of romantic hotspots right on our doorsteps. Here are our picks of the best places to propose in the UK, whether you're a city dweller or fancy a countryside retreat. If all goes to plan, thank us later!
The London Eye
A bit of an obvious choice, but you certainly won't forget the surrounding views in a hurry! The London Eye has hosted around 6,000 engagements to date and you can buy a special package for the Proposal Capsule before hopping on board. If you're looking for ideas, look no further than this London Eye proposal for inspiration (just make sure your significant other isn't afraid of heights first!)
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesy
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This small island off the west coast of Anglesy in Northwest Wales is one of Wales' most romantic spots, almost for its name alone. 'Llanddwyn' means 'the church of St Dwynwen', who is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, giving it that extra bit of significance. Featuring rolling sand dunes, large rock outcrops and architecture dating back to the 5th century, Llanddwyn Island might be just the place to get down on one knee.
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Next on our list is Bude, another Western coastal location teeming with a rich landscape. There are options aplenty when it comes to proposing in Bude - if your idea of romance is a stroll along a rocky beach at sunset, Crackington Haven is where you need to be. If you don't think it'd make your partner too bashful being proposed to in front of a crowd, try one of Bude's cosy pubs. The Weir Bistro in Marhamchurch and The Bush Inn at Morwenstow are among the most popular.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
This is often hailed as the most romantic of Scotland's myriad of lochs - and it's easy to see why. Loch Lomond is Britain's largest stretch of freshwater and its 27 square miles of surface area features breathtaking mountains, glistening waters and a wooded shoreline. You can pre-book a speedboat tour of the Loch, which takes you to a private, scenic location where you can pop the question.
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Why fly to Venice to propose on a gondola when you can hire one in Cambridge and take a trip along the picturesque River Cam? Cambridge's proposal punt tours are famous the world over, offering gorgeous views of The Backs and its surrounding buildings, including the University of Cambridge. If the weather conditions don't go your way on the big occasion, fear not - these tours include additional blankets and umbrellas. Well, it wouldn't be Britain without a rainy-day plan, would it?
Helmsley, North Yorkshire
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If you and your partner are keen historians, the idyllic market town of Helmsley is just the place for you. With its ancient inns, independent shops, architecture dating back to the 12th century and award-winning accommodation, Helmsley has something for everyone. We'd recommend visiting Helmsley Castle and Helmsley Walled Garden, and maybe staying at the historic boutique hotel The Black Swan if you have time to stop over. Which of these spots you propose in is obviously up to you!
The Lake District was recently voted the most romantic place in the UK and its range of scenery means it can be enjoyed all year round. One of its main attractions is the stunning village of Rydal, which was home to famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850. Things to do there include a walk along Rydal Water, a secluded spot with spectacular lakeside views offering the perfect proposal opportunity, and a visit to Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's family home.
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