Basics on Choosing Engagement Rings

So maybe the story started in the typical boy-meets- girl fashion—or boy meets boy, girl meets girl. (The possibilities are endless. You get the drift.) Maybe you found his awkwardness cute and endearing. Or maybe you enjoy talking about everything and anything with her.

Now you’ve decided you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Do you ask straightaway, or do you pull off a surprise? You run to your best friend, Google, for creative ways to pop the question.

Wait just a minute. You’re forgetting something very important. Have you thought about the ring you’re going to give your significant other? In case you’re not the type who’s well read on engagement rings, take a look at this infographic on picking an engagement ring.

The infographic shows you various considerations to look at when you’re getting that ring. This visual guide also presents options on the right stone, shape, band, and metal. How do you get the ring size without spilling the beans? This infographic answers that as well.

It’s not just some shiny rock sitting on a metal band you’re looking at. The engagement ring is also a symbol of your steadfast love and commitment to a person, after all. As such, it is only right for you to be thoughtful about your ring choice.
How To Pick An Engagement Ring

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How to Plan a Romantic Times Square Proposal During the Holidays

Holiday proposal ideas

Do you love New York City and imagine yourself down one on knee surrounded by festive music and twinkling lights this holiday season? A Times Square marriage proposal can be especially magical during the holidays.

Take a look at some of our favorite Times Square proposal ideas that will take her breath away!

Billboard Proposal

If you want to plan a day full of New York City sightseeing, there’s no better way to end your day than with a larger than life billboard proposal. When you work with The Heart Bandits, you can personalize your message that will be displayed on a billboard in Times Square for five minutes as you pop the question. If she loves the city life and thrives in the center of attention, she’ll be swept away by this adorable Times Square proposal!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

During the holidays, you’re likely to see multiple proposals happening on any given night right in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. If you want to avoid proposing in the same way as everyone else but still enjoy the holiday festivities–such as viewing the tree and going ice skating–try escaping to somewhere a bit more intimate for her dream proposal after you look at the tree.

The Hearts Bandits can help you create a beautiful winter wonderland on a New York City rooftop overlooking the Christmas tree, or you can try proposing at your favorite cozy cafe over mugs of hot chocolate or spiked eggnog.

Times Square proposal ideas

Broadway Show

Does she love singing and dancing? Are you hoping to visit Times Square and enjoy a performance that will put you in the holiday spirit? There are dozens of shows on Broadway that are centered around the holidays and make for romantic holiday proposals.

Whether you want to propose before or after the show, we can help you manage the details so all you have to worry about is getting down on one knee and expressing your love–and celebrating afterwards!  

Window Shopping

Times Square is known for its bright, festive displays at the front of various shops and department stores. You can walk through the city streets and enjoy the displays together, but why not add some glamour to your holiday proposal? With our limousine proposal package, you can ask your driver to drop you off in Times Square and find the perfect spot for a magical proposal.

After enjoying the Christmas lights and finding the most romantic moment to pop the question, you can get picked up at the destination of your choice and celebrate your engagement with lush roses and chilled champagne!

Are you ready to plan a holiday marriage proposal in the beautiful city of New York City? The Heart Bandits can help you plan a creative proposal with a hint of holiday magic!

Check out these slim engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash to keep your ring protected in the busy city streets.

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Creative Proposal Ideas for Art Lovers

Art proposal ideas

If you’re a free spirit with an artistic soul, why not incorporate art into your marriage proposal? Whether you want to create art together, visit an art museum, or surprise her with a special painting, art can make your engagement truly special. Check out some of our favorite art proposal ideas!

Paint a Sign

As an artist, you may want to create a painting or piece of art that you can include in your marriage proposal. If you’re planning a public proposal in a park, garden, patio, or rooftop, take your time walking together and enjoying the moment.

The Heart Bandits will help decorate your end location with rose petals, candles, and beautiful photos of the two of you. When you reach the romantic set-up, you’ll find your piece of art waiting for you. Whether it says “Will you marry me?” or shows the two of you embracing in a kiss, your artwork can be the perfect introduction as you get down on one knee!

Take an Art Class

Interested in planning a more hands-on proposal? Try taking an art class together! In most cities, local artists offer classes for beginners and experts alike. Whether you want to learn how to make pottery, a sculpture, or an abstract painting, the two of you will relax and enjoy each other’s company as you create art that will last forever–just like your love.

Many artists will allow you to bring snacks and wine along with you, so you have the freedom to create a truly intimate proposal. And when she says “yes!” it will be even more beautiful than the art you just created!

Art inspired proposal

Go to a Private Art Studio

With our art lovers proposal package, you can plan a romantic date at an art studio where you’ll express the depth of your love with an easel and canvas. Enjoy the privacy of an art studio that’s completely private and full of candles, rose petals, and romantic music. As your art instructor guides you with simple painting instructions, you won’t be able to see each other’s canvases until the end.

At the end of the lesson, you can surprise her by turning around your canvas and revealing a painting that says “Will you marry me?” To keep the magic of your proposal alive, you can even frame your artwork to hang  in your home.

Visit an Art Museum

Just like the adorable marriage proposal that went viral after a guy painted a picture of their engagement and hung it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can re-create a similar type of proposal–especially if you want to surprise her. Work with one of her closest friends or family members and find a way to pick out the outfit she’ll wear the day of your proposal so your painting can be a true representation of the day.

After you work your magic and create the artwork, think about the perfect place to hang it. You could consider visiting an art museum together and then walking her outside where she sees the painting propped against a sculpture or wrapped in tissue paper. No matter how you decide to pop the question, showing her the painting before she sees you down on one knee will add some excitement and cleverness to your proposal!

Ready to plan your art-inspired proposal? The Heart Bandits loves planning marriage proposals that are centered around artistic expression! Contact us today.

Don’t forget to invest in a skinny engagement ring box that not only keeps your ring hidden, but adds a beautiful, thin aesthetic to your diamond.

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Creative Coffee-Inspired Proposals

Coffee inspired proposals

There’s nothing more romantic than strolling hand and hand through the city as you enjoy the most delicious roast of coffee from your favorite coffeeshop. It not only starts your day on the right foot, but it keeps you warm and energized–just like your love!

For the true coffee-lovers, incorporating your favorite beverage into your proposal is a romantic way to celebrate something the two of you enjoy. If you’re looking for creative proposal ideas that are inspired by coffee, check out some of our favorite ideas!

A Rooftop Coffee Bar

If she loves coffee or you had your first date at a coffee shop, why not incorporate it into your proposal? For a romantic gesture she’ll always remember, The Heart Bandits can help you find a local venue with a breathtaking rooftop and gorgeous views of the city skyline. Get extra creative and include a luxurious coffee bar on the rooftop where she’ll find rose petals, photos of the two of you, romantic candles, and a barista who will brew her the drink of her dreams as you get down on one knee.

Coffee can add some warmth and coziness to an early morning proposal, but it’s also the perfect after-dinner pick-me-up if you want to end your night with a romantic marriage proposal and an unforgettable rooftop coffee bar!

Live Musician

Acoustic coffeehouse music is the perfect ingredient for an intimate proposal. Whether you rent out a corner of the outdoor patio at your favorite coffeehouse or are enjoying a candlelit dinner with sips of steaming coffee, consider hiring a live musician to make your proposal even more magical.

As they gently strum the guitar and set the scene, you’ll have the perfect ambiance to pop the question and ask her to spend her life with you!

Coffee inspired proposal ideas

Coffee-Themed Dinner

Are you a coffee-lover and a foodie? If you have a favorite restaurant or know a chef who specializes in exotic, gourmet food, work with them and see if they can create a specialized menu the night of your proposal. You might want to start the dinner with coffee martinis and a fresh salad with coffee balsamic vinaigrette. As you move on to a coffee-encrusted beef tenderloin, coffee-dusted chocolate truffles, and romantic tiramisu, she’ll enjoy an elegant dinner full of her favorite flavors.

When the moment is right, ask her to marry you–and celebrate with rich caramel lattes after she says “yes!”

The Heart Bandits has experience planning personalized marriage proposals that capture the things that matter most to you. Contact us today to start planning your coffee-inspired proposal!

If you’re looking for a compact engagement ring box to keep your diamond protected and out of sight, check out Ring Stash!

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Romantic Rooftop Proposal for Travel Lovers

Romantic rooftop proposal

Christian and Fernanda love to travel! Their first date and kiss was in the beautiful city of Cancun, and since then, they’ve traveled to Madrid, Paris, Italy, all across Europe, and more. To surprise Fernanda and make his epic marriage proposal one-of-a-kind, Christian wanted to include some of their favorite destinations from around the world.

With the help of The Heart Bandits, Christian rented out a gorgeous rooftop in Manhattan.  On the day of his proposal, Christian guided Fernanda out of the elevator and to her surprise, a live orchestra was playing a beautiful rendition of “All of Me” to set the mood. When she looked around the room, she was awestruck as she noticed the seven-foot Eiffel Tower made out of twinkling lights and gorgeous flowers–it was the perfect representation of their trip to Paris.

Romantic proposal

Eiffel Tower proposal

Photo wall proposal

Proposal flowers

As they made their way to the rooftop garden, they passed a beautiful faux Parisian grass wall adorned with romantic photos of the two of them during their travels. Hand in hand, Christian and Fernanda walked through colorful ruby-colored rose petals until they reached a gondola that was spilling over with luxurious roses to represent their trip to Italy.

To “wow” her even more, Christian guided Fernanda to a stack of vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases where she gracefully unwrapped a Mexican tote by Christian Louboutin. In the background, a string quartet played romantic music as Christian wrapped his arms around Fernanda and enjoyed the warmth of the candles lining the magical greenery of the garden.

Rooftop proposal

Gondola proposal

Travel theme proposal

When the moment was right, Christian directed her to the pool where she noticed a plexiglass message spelling “Will you travel the world with me forever?” As he dropped to his knee to propose, Fernanda was overcome with emotion as she said “YES!”

Rooftop proposal

Proposal message in pool

Romantic proposal rooftop

After the proposal, the staff served them an intimate dinner for two as Fernanda and Christian reflected on their past–and future–travels!

If you want to plan a personalized proposal that will take her breath away just like Christian did for Fernanda, contact The Heart Bandits today. We can work with you to create romantic proposal ideas that represent your unique relationship. Don’t forget to order your flat engagement ring box, too!  This will help you keep the proposal a surprise until it is meant to be revealed.

Rooftop proposal dinner

Romantic proposal

Proposal Planning: The Heart Bandits
Photography: Michael Justin Films
Florist: Martin Jobes Design

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How Far in Advance Should You Plan Your Proposal?

How long does it take to plan a proposal

If you have marriage on the brain, you might be wondering about the right time to propose. Should you wait a week, a month, or longer? There’s no true answer, because the timeline varies for everyone.

However, one of the best ways to plan a romantic marriage proposal is to build in ample time for finding vendors. When you work with The Heart Bandits, we’ll help you create a personalized proposal and find venues and vendors that can bring your vision to life.

As you begin the proposal planning process and map out your timeline, consider a few of the most important logistics.

The Jewelry Store

As you shop for the diamond of her dreams, most jewelers will have rings you can take home the day you buy them–but that doesn’t always mean they’ll have the exact style you want. You might want to customize the ring or order your diamond in a special cut or color. You might also want to get your ring sized so it fits her finger properly. In any of these cases, your jeweler will most likely have to place a special order which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Talk with a jeweler you trust, and ask them specific questions about the timeline. This is one of the first steps in planning your proposal. Once you have an idea of when you’ll have the engagement ring, everything else will fall into place.

The Venue

Whether you want to propose on the rooftop of your favorite restaurant or rent a limousine to drive you around the city, it’s helpful to include some lead time to get the best deals and options. If you share the date you would like to propose with The Heart Bandits, we can take care of checking availability, comparing prices, and finding the vendors who can make your proposal special.

Consider venues, musicians, florists, chefs, and more. Especially if they work in the wedding industry, all of these individuals typically require advance notice. On the bright side, this gives you plenty of time to come up with the perfect way to truly surprise her!

The Photographer

Proposal engagement photographs are becoming more and more popular, mainly because photographers have an eye for capturing your authentic emotions and happiness. If photography is important to you, start by doing some research to find a photographer who matches your style. For instance, if you’re proposing in a natural setting, look for a photographer who has experience taking photos in natural light. If you’re proposing in a more urban setting, see if you can find a photographer who knows the area and is familiar with hidden spots that might make for beautiful photo opportunities.

With these types of photos in high demand, The Heart Bandits can help you book a photographer as soon as possible.

The Moment

Even if you have your vendors booked and a beautiful plan created in your mind, make sure you take the time to think about how you’re going to express your feelings. If you give it some forethought, your engagement will be even more magical.

Contact The Heart Bandits for creative proposal ideas and experts who take the stress out of proposal planning. Get started today!

Don’t forget to consider the box for your engagement ring. These slim engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash are proven to be discreet and protective for your diamond!

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Adorable Ski Resort Proposal Ideas

ski resort proposal ideas

With winter just around the corner, proposing at a cozy ski resort with breathtaking views of the mountain seems like the perfect winter proposal idea. Whether you want to propose on the slopes or pop the question in front of a roaring fireplace, ski resorts have so many creative ways to propose.

Check out some of our favorite ski resort proposal ideas, and work with The Heart Bandits to get started planning!

On the Ski Lift

For the adventurous couple who loves to tackle new feats together, why not propose at the highest point of the mountain? As you head to the slopes, consider proposing while you’re on the ski lift–a place where she’ll least expect it! Once she says “yes!” and you begin skiing down the mountain, we can help you plan a romantic celebration at the bottom with a bouquet of roses and hot cocoa!

On the Slopes

As you’re on the slopes, wait until the moment is just right to get down on one knee (and make sure you’re out of the way of other skiers). The Heart Bandits can help you spell out a heartfelt message in rose petals against the snow, or help you plan a surprise gathering of friends and family at the bottom of the slopes. We can even work with a professional photographer who can capture romantic photos of the moment you pop the question.

In the Lodge

There’s nothing like a glowing fire and candlelit dinner to set the mood for the rest of your lives. Many ski resorts will have fine dining options that are ideal for romantic marriage proposals. After you clean up from a long day of skiing, propose over a plate of delicious chocolate and warm apple cider with romantic music and intimate candles flickering in the background.

In Your Cabin

Want to propose in a truly private area? Wait until you get back into the comfort of your cabin. Many ski resorts offer spa-like amenities such as jacuzzis, hot tubs, and even full-length kitchens and mini-bars! As you relax by the fire and reflect on your day, surprise her by asking her to spend her life with you.

During the Off-Season

If she hates the cold weather and you want to wait until it’s a bit warmer, there’s nothing wrong with proposing during the off-season at a ski resort. Some of our Aspen proposal ideas include an adorable picnic lunch overlooking the river and lush greenery, or at a breathtaking overlook at the top of the mountain!

Whether you decide to propose when the snow’s falling or the sun is shining, The Heart Bandits can help you plan a memorable, personalized proposal. And if you’re proposing at a ski resort, it’s extra important to keep your ring protected and hidden until you’re ready to pop the question — check out these compact engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash!

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Breathtaking Malibu Hilltop Proposal

Jeremy and Xiaoting shared their first date hiking to Sandstone Peak at the eastern edge of Malibu.  He wanted to recreate that experience and feeling with a romantic dinner for two on a hilltop in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  On the day of his proposal, Jeremy parked his car at the pre-designated location and began a hike up the mountainside with his beloved.
She was absolutely stunned when she got to the top and found a beautiful white and gold romantic setup created just for her.  There were gold lanterns and chairs draped with flowing white fabric.  The place settings were gold rimmed and the centerpiece was filled with unusual flowers in coral colors to compliment the ocean background.
Jeremy walked her past a sign covered in rose petals that said, “Marry Me” and then dropped to his knee to propose.  Xiaoting said YES!!
After the proposal, the private chef and staff began to serve them a celebratory dinner.  They enjoyed pan seared foie gras with apple puree on warm brioche, squid ink flat noodle pasta with pan seared scallops on a saffron sauce and pistachio and honey Creme brûlée.  Jeremy and Xiaoting spent time enjoying their meal and Champagne, watching the sun set.
If you want to have a fairytale proposal like Xiaoting did, contact us today!  We can help you come up with the perfect proposal idea and execute it, or bring your vision to life like we did with Jeremy.  Don’t forget to get your thin engagement ring box too!
Proposal Planning: The Heart Bandits
Decor: RTTO Events
Venue: Private Estate
Photography: Loie Photography
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5 Exhilarating Proposal Ideas for Thrill-Seekers

Proposal ideas for thrill seekers

If you’re planning a proposal for an adventurous, free-spirited soul, thinking outside the box is the best way to impress her. The Heart Bandits has experience planning unique marriage proposals that are personalized and romantic for every couple.

For the thrill-seeking couples who love to be active, try some of these jaw-dropping proposal ideas.

Bungee Jumping

There’s nothing like testing your limits as you ask her to spend her life with you! Bungee jumping not only gives you a huge rush of adrenaline, but you can make it romantic as you help each other overcome your nerves.

After you make the leap together, try proposing at the end of the bungee jump as you’re hanging in mid-air! The Heart Bandits can also work with a professional photographer who can take breathtaking photos of your heart-racing proposal.


Similar to bungee jumping, skydiving allows you to literally take a leap of faith–just like marriage. The Heart Bandits can make sure you have a romantic set-up when your feet hit the ground. Whether you want to spell out a message in rose petals or propose with a picnic blanket and bottle of champagne, we’ll take care of the details so all you have to do is pop the question!

Helicopter Ride

If you want to plan an adventurous proposal but want something a little more intimate, a romantic helicopter ride can be the best of both worlds. You can soar above the city skyline and explore new heights together. Once she says “yes!” and the helicopter lands, The Heart Bandits can make sure a bouquet of roses is waiting for you to celebrate your engagement!

Hot Air Balloon

Love the outdoors and want to propose in the clouds? A romantic hot air balloon ride can be a relaxing and exciting way to pop the question. We can send you off with a basket of cheese, wine, and chocolate. Depending on the size of the hot air balloon, we may even be able to coordinate a professional photographer or musician to make your proposal even more magical.

Rock Climbing

If you love to exercise together and explore the outdoors, a rock-climbing proposal can be a fun-loving way to propose! As you make the climb and reflect on your life together, wait until you get to the top to pop the question. As you overlook the beautiful views and celebrate the end of the climb, she won’t be able to resist saying “yes!”

Are you ready to plan an exciting proposal for your favorite thrill-seeker? The Heart Bandits can work with you to create a one-of-a-kind proposal. Get started today!

Don’t forget to keep your ring protected and hidden, especially if you’re going to be active, with a compact engagement ring box from Ring Stash.

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Candlelight Marriage Proposal Ideas

candlelight marriage proposal ideas

If you want to take advantage of the cozy fall weather and plan the proposal of her dreams, there’s nothing more romantic than a candlelight proposal. Whether you want to pop the question in the middle of the woods or the middle of the city, The Heart Bandits has creative ways to incorporate candles into your proposal.

Check out some of our candlelight marriage proposal ideas to get started!

Spell It Out

While twinkling candles are the way to her heart, a romantic message can make your proposal more meaningful. Whether you’re proposing in a public park or your own backyard, The Hearts Bandits can help you spell out your proposal with small candles.

You can choose something traditional like “Will you marry me?” or something unique like your favorite song lyrics. Just make sure you don’t overcomplicate the message, so it’s easy for her to read in the sea of candles!

Give Her Your Heart

For a truly romantic proposal, try arranging the candles in the shape of a heart. As you get down on one knee and ask her to spend her life with you, we’ll help make the moment sweeter with a bouquet of flowers or her favorite song playing in the background!

Light It Up

If you want to shower her with warmth and golden light, plan a romantic, candlelit dinner. Fill the room with small candles and calming scents like lavender, teakwood, and rose. Whether you’re cooking a home-cooked meal or leaving it to the professionals at a local restaurant, candles can help you create a warm and romantic ambiance that’s perfect for your marriage proposal.

Guide Her

Want to enjoy the colorful leaves and crisp autumn weather? Plan your proposal when the sun starts to set and begins to shine through the trees. Not only will this make for beautiful photography, but it gives you plenty of freedom to plan an intimate outdoor proposal. You can create a trail lined with rose petals and candles that guides her to you on one knee!

Float On

If she loves the gentleness of water, you can add a romantic nautical theme to your proposal by filling mason jars with water and floating tea lights. This is a great idea if you’re proposing on a patio, gazebo, or dock along the water.

To get started planning your candlelight marriage proposal, contact The Heart Bandits! We have experience incorporating candles into proposals, and we’ll help you capture your love in a way she’ll remember for years to come. Contact us today!

Don’t forget to order your compact engagement ring box to protect your diamond and keep it out of sight until your proposal.

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