6 Most Romantic Gardens for Your Proposal

Romantic garden for engagement

Do you want to plan an outdoor marriage proposal that’s romantic, colorful and peaceful? Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply want an intimate place to express your feelings, the following gardens will set the scene for the rest of your lives!

1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden: New York

With 52 lush acres, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the epitome of urban green space. The garden includes over 42 species of cherry trees as well as a Japanese garden. If you love the city but also love nature, culture, and architecture, this might be the perfect getaway for popping the question.

The Heart Bandits can help you take advantage of the space and set up a romantic picnic area that’s perfect for celebrating your engagement!  

2. San Francisco Botanical Garden: California

Want to explore over 8,000 species of plants as you walk arm and arm with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? San Francisco Botanical Garden has a gorgeous magnolia collection, tropical palm trees, and intimate wooded areas that can’t get any more romantic. We’ll help you find your favorite spot in the garden to pop the question!

3. Longwood Gardens: Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens boasts over 1,000 acres, making it one of the more sprawling gardens in the United States. If you’re interested in proposing over the holidays, Longwood Gardens is known for its beautiful seasonal displays. The Heart Bandits can help you set up a breathtaking proposal spot that matches the beauty of the plants and flowers around you.

4. Fairchild Tropical Garden: Florida

If you love the beach and want to be surrounded by colorful blossoms during your proposal, check out the Fairchild Tropical Garden. Known for its orchids and cultural festivals, your proposal can be elegant and romantic or lively and entertaining. We’ll help you manage the details, so you can propose in a way that matches your unique bond.

5. Balboa Park: California

When Balboa Park was developed in 1902, it was only the second park of its kind in the United States–New York’s Central Park being the first. If you’d like to propose in a place that’s full of history and animals (after all, the San Diego Zoo is also located in the park), Balboa Park gives you a variety of options.

Can’t decide which area of the park is best? The Heart Bandits can help you find the most intimate spot and set up a romantic area to propose.

6. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: South Carolina

Located in the vibrant city of Charleston, this garden is full of romance, color, history, and emotion. The calming environment makes it an ideal spot to express your love– it even has a Nature Train that takes you through various landscapes. If you’re in love with a southern belle, these gardens are a refreshing place to propose in the heart of South Carolina.

If you’ve chosen a garden and are ready to plan your proposal, The Heart Bandits has the expertise and connections to create a magical proposal you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Whether you want a live musician, professional photographer, or champagne and chocolate, we can transform the gardens into a beautiful space that celebrates your unique love story. Contact us today!

Want to keep your ring protected and hidden throughout your proposal? Ring Stash has compact engagement ring boxes for the ultimate protection.

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Most Romantic Napa Proposal Idea

Romantic vineyard

I had such a good time planning this Napa proposal idea with Candice.  Candice and Heather had been dating for 8 years and they were planning a trip to visit Napa.  As you can imagine, the two shared many special memories within that 8 year period so we used the number 8 as the proposal inspiration.

Romantic setup in a vineyardRomantic table in a vineyard cave

Candide and Heather checked in at the winery for their “private tour.”  After getting a private tour of the entire facility, Heather was completely shocked when she walked inside the most gorgeous room.  In there she found 8 rustic framed photos.  Inside each frame was a picture from each year of their relationship.  The framed photos were highlighted with 8 rustic candles and beautiful orchid arrangements.

Setup with frames and flowers for engagement

Candice lead Heather to a photo memory book she made for her and after they looked at it together, Candice proposed.

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After their romantic proposal, they explored the winery taking stunning engagement photos that would make anyone jealous!

Happy couple after proposalHappy couple at a beautiful vineyard

We are so honored to have been a part of Candice and Heather’s magical proposal.  If you want to get started planning your Napa marriage proposal or a proposal anywhere in the world, contact The Heart Bandits today!  With over 2,000 proposals under our belt, we can certainly work with you to create your version of a dream proposal.  Don’t forget to check out www.ringstash.com and get the perfect slim engagement ring box for your proposal.

Unique proposal idea at a vineyard

Proposal Planning: The Heart Bandits

Flowers: Melody Raye Flowers

Photographer: TJ Salsman




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Why You Shouldn’t Let Rain Ruin Your Proposal

New York rooftop proposal in the rain

How Kumail proposed to Fatima with a rooftop marriage proposal planned by The Heart Bandits Photo credit: © Petronella Photography http://bypetronella.com

Have you planned an outdoor marriage proposal only to find the forecast is pointing toward rain? Don’t stress! The childlike wonder and cleansing spirit of rain could very well be the secret component that’s missing in your proposal (Hint: Pretend you’re re-creating the rain scene in The Notebook.)

As you prepare to get down on one knee, don’t let the rain scare you away from making one of the biggest, and best, decisions of your life. If you feel a few droplets, follow our advice to make your rainy proposal as romantic as possible.

Rain looks gorgeous in your photos.

Nobody can deny the romantic quality of rain, especially photographers. If you hire a professional photographer and it starts to rain during your proposal, he or she should be experienced at thinking on the fly and capturing the most spontaneous shots. Whether you’re wrapping your arm around her under a colorful umbrella or gazing at each other through the reflection of a puddle, rain can add dimension to your photos and make them pure, cozy, and romantic.

Rain can be romantic.

Think about the surge of emotion you’ll feel as you kiss her in the rain, or the adrenaline you’ll feel as you lose control and let the rain fall down your shoulders. A stroll through the park can even be more intimate when you’re sharing an umbrella. The bottom line is, when you’re asking her to marry you, rain can add some passion and spontaneity to the moment!

It teaches you to roll with the punches.

Think about it — you propose, she says “yes,” and you begin creating a life together. If one of your first moments doesn’t go as planned, you’ll learn early on that marriage is about compromise and rolling with the punches. Learning how to embrace the unexpected is a great trait for you and your partner to share!

Your proposal will be more of a surprise.

Most people won’t expect to get engaged in the rain, so if the forecast looks dreary and you’re planning a surprise proposal, rain will be the perfect cover-up! It will be the last thing she expects if she sees the clouds rolling in, so capitalize on the rain and use it to your advantage.

Are you ready to continue planning your marriage proposal without fear of rain? The Heart Bandits has you covered. We’ll help you manage the details, arrange a photographer, and even check the radar for you. Contact us to get started!

To keep your diamond hidden and protected through the wind and the rain, check out these thin engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash.

Happy couple after rainy day marriage proposal

How Kumail proposed to Fatima with a rooftop marriage proposal planned by The Heart Bandits Photo credit: © Petronella Photography http://bypetronella.com


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Top 6 Millennial Proposal Trends

Marriage proposal trends by millennials

Millennials (age 18 to 34) can sometimes get a bad reputation for being entitled, trendy, and detached and opinionated at the same time. Always one to try a new beauty regimen or diet fad, millennials are anything but conventional.

However, when it comes to planning a marriage proposal, millennials are proving to be surprisingly traditional. That doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up and throw in a few creative ideas, but aim for a balance of old and new.

Take a look at some of the traditional, and nontraditional, proposal trends that are sure to wow your favorite millennial!


1. Planning a unique, detail-oriented proposal. Remember, this is the generation that came up with prom-posals. Millennials are impressed by over-the-top proposals that are full of romance and personality, including helicopter rides, rooftops, limos, and sunset picnics. When you work with a proposal planner like The Heart Bandits, you can create a personalized proposal she’ll always remember.

2. Sharing your engagement on social media. Can you say #weddinghashtag? Millennials have created the term “ring selfie,” and they’re likely to focus on photography with optimal light and angles to show off their sparkling diamond! It’s fun to work together to come up with a creative way to share your engagement announcement with your friends and family on social media.

3. Buying the engagement ring online. Whether you buy your engagement ring online, or go shopping together, millennials are nontraditional when it comes to ring shopping. Instead of making you guess what they want, they’re open to sharing the shopping experience–which can be less stressful and more exciting!


4. Getting down on one knee. According to Business Insider, millennials are twice as likely to get down on one knee when they pop the question compared to people over the age of 44. This timeless tradition is a symbol of love and respect for the sometimes unconventional millennial.

5. Asking a parent for their blessing. The same study found that 63 percent of millennials asked for a parent’s blessing, compared to 20 percent of their older counterparts. Including her family in your proposal is an important part of making sure your proposal is meaningful and from the heart.

6. Including spirituality. Many millennials are including spirituality in their engagements and weddings, whether it’s traditional religious themes or other forms of spirituality. Talk with one another to determine which traditions you’d like to honor on your wedding day.

Millennials are anything but dull, and your marriage proposal should follow suit! To plan a creative marriage proposal that’s traditional and modern at the same time, contact The Heart Bandits. We can help you personalize your engagement to help celebrate your love.

We also love these skinny engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash! They’re a modern twist on the traditional ring box, so your diamond is sure to stay safe and hidden until the minute you pop the question.

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How to Include “Marry Me” Signs in Your Proposal

Marriage proposal sign

Do you like the idea of including a “Marry Me?” sign in your proposal? This is a fun trend that’s gaining momentum across the country, but it’s important to determine how heartfelt you want your marriage proposal to be. Sometimes, relying on a sign can take away from the magic of the moment.

To go from cheesy to romance, we’ve gathered some of our tried and true tips for proposing with signs.

Don’t use obnoxious signs to spell out a proposal message

Whether you want to propose in the middle of the city or surprise her at an intimate restaurant, “Marry me?” signs can sometimes diminish the significance of your emotions. Instead of focusing your energy on an elaborate sign, consider investing that same amount of attention into the message you’ll share with her when you get down on one knee. Your words will be more impactful and memorable than any sign you could ever create!

Make your sign subtle to blend in with the decor

If you choose to use a sign, subtle touches can help make the sign a romantic part of your proposal instead of being over-the-top. Are you proposing on the beach with a blanket, roses and romantic music? Consider spelling “Marry me?” in the sand or with flower petals along the shore. Your sign will be a nice complement to the emotions you’re expressing, instead of being the center of your proposal.  

Include a hint with your sign–not the whole message

Do you still like the idea of including a sign in your marriage proposal? Instead of relying on the sign to ask for her hand in marriage, try introducing the proposal with something clever like “I have a question for you” or “Look here.” This gives you an opportunity to say something from the heart, and she’ll also be able to hear you say “Marry me” out loud.

Incorporate family or pets

If you have children or pets, you can make it a family affair by including them in the proposal. This is also a great way to savor the magic of your proposal without relying too heavily on signs. Ask them to hold a cute “Will you marry my mom?” sign, but then take the initiative to express yourself as you’re down on one knee. Your family members will help create a sentimental introduction to your proposal, but you’ll still have a chance to flesh it out with a heartfelt message.

If you’re ready to plan your romantic marriage proposal, The Heart Bandits can help you create an engagement you’ll always remember. Don’t forget to think about how you’ll hide the ring! These skinny engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash can keep your diamond safe and protected.

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Broadway Style Flash Mob in New York

There is a reason why The Heart Bandits are known as the #1 Proposal Planners in the world…..we make proposal dreams come true.  Allison contacted us because she wanted to create a memorable marriage proposal for her partner Heather. While she considered doing a Flash Mob, she wanted it to really stand out and be worthy of her partner.  After interviewing Allison, we learned that her partner Heather is a lover of the arts.  She is a performer herself and a huge fan of Broadway, especially Rent.  Since the couple already planned on visiting New York, home of Broadway, we came up with a Broadway style flash mob that will not soon be forgotten.

We previously worked with the very talented choreographer Danielle Quisenberry so we knew she was the perfect lady for the job. Our vision was executed in a way that even surpassed our own expectations.  First, we rented out a portion of the Gramercy Park Hotel and made it look like a bar area that was serving food.  Every single person in the bar area were actors/dancers we hired for the Flash Mob.  The actors were so much in character, that when my photographer arrived she thought they were really just people brunching.  There was a little girl “celebrating her birthday,” complete with gifts and a cake.  The waitress was part of the flash mob.  I mean, everyone had very defined roles and stuck to their characters.

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Setting the scene for a unique proposal idea

Creative proposal ideas

Actors before a Broadway style Flash Mob in New York

Heather, Allison, and her 4 friends arrived for brunch, and were told their seats weren’t ready yet but they could wait in the bar area.  Heather had no idea what was about to happen.  All of the sudden, “Seasons Of Love” from her favorite Broadway show Rent came on and all of the people who she thought were just eating brunch, began dancing!

Amazing Broadway Flash Mob performance

Emotional significant other during creative proposal idea

Broadway Flash Mob proposal idea

Dancers during flash mob in New York

Slowly, Heather began to realize that this was all for her.  Suddenly, signs started popping up from behind the bar which talked about her and Allison’s relationship.  Yes, the bartender was in on it too!

Marriage proposal sign

Romantic sign for engagement

Allison brought her beloved front and center and finally revealed that she put this whole thing together so that she could ask her to be her wife.

Marriage proposal speech in front of flash mob

Marriage proposal kiss

Heather said YES!!!  We are so honored to have been a part of this beautiful couple’s special day.  If you want to plan a dream proposal for your partner, you have come to the right place.  Contact The Heart Bandits today, we won’t let you down.

Don’t have an epic proposal and have a cheesy engagement ring box. Check out the stylish and skinny engagement ring box at www.ringstash.com

Group shot after Broadway Flash Mob proposal

Proposal Planning: The Heart Bandits

Choreography: Danielle Quisenberry

Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

Video: We Cinemas

Photo: Petronella Photography

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5 Ways You Should Never Propose

Couple holding hands with engagement ring

Have you been browsing the web for creative ways to pop the question? If you’re hoping to plan a marriage proposal that truly surprises her, good, old-fashioned romance is the way to go. While you might be tempted to catch her off guard by scaring her in a “fun” way, these types of proposals rarely turn out the way you want.

Before you propose, think about what she likes. After all, if you’re expressing your love, you want to make her feel comfortable with the thought of spending her life with you–not scared. As you work with The Heart Bandits to plan a memorable marriage proposal, we’ll help you avoid these common proposal fails.

Fake Arrest

You might think it sounds fun to roll up in a police car and scare your girlfriend into thinking she broke the law right before you propose. But your big moment shouldn’t be rooted in fear. If she’s already feeling the intense emotions of being pulled over, how do you expect her to divert her full attention to your proposal? Dressing up as a police officer is cute for Halloween, not your proposal.

Fake Plane Crash

Do you really think she wants to fear for her life before you propose? Many viral videos show guys asking a girl to marry them after pretending the plane has a malfunction, but fear is never romantic. An intimate plane or helicopter ride can be a beautiful way to pop the question, so if you’re eager to propose from the clouds, this is a much better option.

Fake Medical Emergency

Similar to above, do you really think she wants to fear for your life before one of the biggest moments of her life? It may seem fun to test her devotion by faking an ambulance ride or hospital visit, but this can seem manipulative and depressing when she realizes you’re leading up to such a happy moment.

After a Fight

Making up after a fight can be fun–we know–but do you really want the negative emotions from your fight to carry over into your proposal? Try waiting for a time when your moods will match the magic of the moment.

On a Roller Coaster

Proposing on a roller coaster sounds like a great idea for thrill-seekers, but pulling the ring out of your pocket can be risky when you’re racing down a steep hill and whipping around turns! Keep the ring in a safe place until you’re off the ride, and then get down on one knee.

Your marriage proposal should be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for both of you. Instead of relying on scare tactics, try thinking about her favorite hobbies or her idea of a perfect day and transform them into a magical proposal. The Heart Bandits has professional experience with planning proposals, and we can help you amp up the romance.

Don’t forget to consider a compact engagement ring box to protect the diamond! Ring Stash has a great option.

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6 Clever Ways to Hide Her Engagement Ring

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If you want to pull off a romantic marriage proposal, keeping the surprise in tact should be your top priority. Finding a place to safely, and secretly, store the ring can be nerve-wracking–but it’s essential! Are you traveling to a fancy destination for your proposal? Or are you proposing in your backyard?

No matter how you decide to pop the question, we’ve come up with some clever places to hide your engagement ring until the moment you’re ready to get down on one knee:

1. Your dog’s collar. Dogs are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend, so why not include them in the proposal? There are so many creative ways to incorporate your furry friend into the biggest moment of your life. You can wrap the ring box lightly around his collar with a ribbon, or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, train him to walk the ring box to you when you’re down on one knee!  

2. Your suitcase. If you’re traveling to the beach or your favorite city, make sure to stash the ring in a place she won’t find in your suitcase–especially if you’re sharing one. Try rolling the ring box into one of your socks or the pocket of a pair of pants.

3. A box of presents. While there are pros and cons to proposing during the holidays, one of the benefits is that you can surprise her by wrapping up the ring. To make it extra fun, put smaller boxes into a big box so she has to open them one by one before finding the diamond.

4. A bouquet of flowers. Consider attaching the ring box to a string and tie it around the bouquet. You could include a romantic note that hints at your engagement, and then surprise her by getting down on one knee and telling her to open the box!

5. A necklace. Did you hear about the woman who spent a year wearing her engagement ring around her neck without knowing it? Her boyfriend was an artist and created a beautiful wooden necklace with a secret hiding place for the ring. This can lead to an exciting surprise, but make sure you consider how long she should wear the necklace before proposing–you don’t want her to accidentally lose it!

6. Your pocket. Whether it’s your pants or jacket pocket, this is a classic hiding spot that never goes out of style. And with Ring Stash’s skinny engagement ring boxes, she won’t be able to tell you have an engagement ring in there.  

If you’ve determined the best hiding place for your engagement ring and want to plan the perfect marriage proposal, contact The Heart Bandits. We’ll make sure your proposal is stress-free, romantic, and truly personalized!

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How to Facebook Live Your Marriage Proposal

Learn how to Facebook Live your own marriage proposal

Are you a techie, or do you just love sharing special moments with your friends on social media? As technology advances, there are creative ways you can incorporate social media into your marriage proposal!

Facebook Live is an exciting new tool that allows your friends and family to experience your proposal the second it’s happening. The Heart Bandits has experience planning creative marriage proposals, and we can help you add Facebook Live to your engagement–without ruining the surprise. Start with these tips!

Ask Someone for Help

Depending on how you want to propose, asking for friendly (or professional) help can make all the difference. If you’re proposing over a romantic dinner, talk to the wait staff beforehand and see if someone is willing to Facebook Live from across the restaurant. Not only will they be part of your romantic moment, but it’ll be great promotion for their restaurant.

You can also consider planning your engagement around a professional photo shoot. Your photographer most likely has assistants who can help record your engagement on Facebook Live, and your girlfriend will be too busy smiling at the camera and swooning over you as you get down on one knee to notice the live stream!

Share the Love with Friends and Family

No matter who you ask to help stream your proposal, make sure to give your friends and family a heads up. If you know the exact time you hope to propose, they can tune in specifically to watch your proposal in real time.

Facebook Live is perfect for the couple who wants an intimate proposal without a large crowd–but might enjoy a virtual crowd who can share heart emojis, comment with well wishes, and see the moment unfold just as you do! The beauty of social media is that long-distance relatives can also feel connected to your special day.

Watch It Back

Do you want to be able to re-live the magic of your proposal for years to come? By recording it on Facebook Live, you’ll be able to keep the memory alive for both you and your followers. And who knows? Depending on how creative you get with your engagement, Facebook Live could even help you go viral.

To get started planning a romantic marriage proposal, contact The Heart Bandits today! We’ll make sure every detail goes off without a hitch. We also love these compact engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash–they’ll keep your ring safe and hidden so your followers are just as surprised as your future wife when you pull it out of your pocket!

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8 Best Beaches for Romantic Marriage Proposals

It’s the summer, and nothing is hotter than a romantic marriage proposal along the beach! Whether you’re a fan of the Atlantic or the Pacific, proposing with the soothing crash of waves and the sun freckling your faces is pure magic.

No matter what city you’re in, The Heart Bandits can help you plan a romantic beach proposal. Take a look at a few of our favorite hidden gems across the U.S.

1. Folly Beach, South Carolina

Located 10 miles from the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, Folly Beach is playful and laidback–the perfect place for an intimate proposal! It’s a 12 square mile barrier island, which means you’ll have plenty of restaurants for a candlelit dinner along with miles of sand for the perfect Folly Beach marriage proposal.

2. Carmel Beach, California

Catching rays in Monterey? Carmel Beach is located on the southern end of the Monterey Peninsula, which boasts breathtaking views of the California shoreline on all three sides! Carmel Beach is known for its white sandy beaches and vivid sunsets, so there’s no better place to pop the question.  

3. Rialto Beach, Washington

Do you and your girlfriend love state parks and beaches? Rialto Beach proposals offer the best of both worlds! Located in Olympic National Park, you’ll be surrounded by scenic rocky beaches, rugged sea caves, and otters when she says “yes” to spend her life with you!

4. St. Augustine, Florida

As the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine is historic, family-friendly and charming. If you’re planning a St. Augustine marriage proposal along the water, try setting sail on a cruise boat at sunset, a romantic sailboat, or an adventurous pirate ship!

Romantic beach at sunset to be used for proposal idea

5. Ocracoke, North Carolina

Looking for an East Coast proposal spot that’s secluded and intimate? Ocracoke is the most southern island in the Outer Banks, and you can only get to it by ferry, private boat or plane. If you want a magical getaway to pop the question, Ocracoke is as authentic as it gets.

6. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Located just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard proposals are known for being captivating and fairytale-like. With lighthouses, quaint churches, and miles of sandy beaches, Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect mix of sophistication and relaxation.  

7. La Jolla Cove & Shores, California

Is she an active adventure seeker? When you plan a La Jolla marriage proposal, you’ll be surrounded by exotic San Diego reefs that are known for snorkeling, swimming and diving. Propose in the cove with views of native sea lions before beginning an afternoon of adventure in La Jolla Shores!

8. Padre Island, Texas

If you imagine your proposal under the stars with glasses of chilled champagne and flannel blankets, you can’t go wrong with the solitude of Padre Island. Less touristy than South Padre Island, this is the ideal spot for intimacy–it’s also the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world!

As you plan an intimate marriage proposal at your favorite beach, work with The Heart Bandits to capture the romance of the moment. Don’t forget to keep your ring safe with a skinny engagement ring box from Ring Stash!

Romantic and calm beach

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