Marriage Proposal Tipping Guide

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In a marriage proposal, when should you tip and how much?

People always ask us if you should tip your proposal vendors. Tipping is never expected but if you felt that someone went over and above, use this proposal tipping guide.


If the photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, you could consider tipping each person or giving a lump tip with a note to disperse among the staff. About $10-$50 is more than enough, depending on how extensive their photography/videography was.


Tipping musicians, whether it be an a cappella ensemble or a full band, is completely optional, depending on the quality of their performance and whether your expectations were met. If you do decide to tip, about $25 per performer is standard.


Did you hire a limousine or towncar to chauffeur you and your beau around the town? It is considered normal to tip drivers 15% of the total service fee.


It is not expected for you to tip the florist, but if they have done an exceptional job and you would like to show your gratitude, a 10-15% tip will do the trick!

Delivery and Set-Up Staff

If a team came in to set-up your proposal location, whether it be decorations or moving furniture, consider tipping $5-10 per person as a thank-you for their hard work.

Have more questions? Stressing out about getting everything right for your perfect proposal? Contact the experts at The Heart Bandits and let us take care of all the details, leaving you free to enjoy your romantic day! Contact us today to get started on putting together your stress-free proposal!

Maggie Tietz
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Marriage Proposal at the Griffith Observatory

Proposing at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is impressive enough.  But you are never going to believe the lengths that one of our recent clients went through to make sure his proposal was over the top.  Patrick contacted us and he knew exactly what he wanted.  His plan was to take his girlfriend to the famous Griffith Observatory.  He would walk her over to the telescopes and he would point to a white object on a rooftop and ask her to look through the scope and see what it is.  When she did, she would see that it was a huge banner that said “Michelle, Will You Marry Me”.



Why did he hire an Engagement Planner if he already had the idea?  Well, because bringing the perfect proposal idea to life can often be difficult.  First, most of the homes around the Griffith Observatory are mansions or close to it.  Patrick had no idea how he could get one of the owners to agree to let us put a banner on their rooftop.  Also, he wanted a romantic picnic setup in front of the Griffith so that they could celebrate after.  He obviously wouldn’t be able to do that if he was with his girlfriend at the time.



No job is too big for The Heart Bandits.  We were able to find a home owner that allowed us to climb on her roof and put the proposal banner on the top of it.  And of course, we rushed right over and setup their romantic picnic.  The day was gorgeous and she said yes.  We are so honored to have been a part of such a romantic marriage proposal.



If you have a great proposal idea and you just need help executing it, or if you have no clue how you want to propose, we can help!  Contact us today!

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How to Incorporate Her Nickname in a Proposal

Honey, boo, sweetpea……..whatever you call your girlfriend behind closed doors is likely very special to her.  You may want to incorporate her nickname into the proposal but you aren’t sure how.  Well The Heart Bandits – Proposal Experts have a few ideas for you!

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Sideshow Sign Co.’s Broadway Theatre Marquis Lettering

Put Her Name in Lights

We stumbled upon the cutest thing on (fellas, I told you this site is a great resource when planning your marriage proposal). You can purchase these or you can hire The Heart Bandits to make them for you. Either way, they are sure to impress.

Spell Out Her Name with Objects

We get a lot of requests to spell out the girlfriend’s name with rose petals. Just keep in mind, rose petals can blow away so sometimes it is better to use heavier objects.

Use a Frame

Sometimes simple can be just as cute, as long as you add some personal touches and flare. Use a computer program and print out her name on paper and then put it in a cute frame.

Have People Shout It

Last year we coordinated a marriage proposal which involved paparazzi style photographers popping out of bushes shouting “Nancy, Nancy” and asking her questions. You can watch it here but it is a proposal that everyone loves!

If you need help with figuring out how to incorporate sweet details into your marriage proposal, or you just need help planning the entire thing, The Heart Bandits are here for you. We will work with you to come up with a fresh proposal concept and then execute it flawlessly. Contact us today!

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How to Add Romance to Your Proposal Idea

Romantic Marriage Proposal Idea

Romantic marriage proposal. Photo courtesy Chloe Moore Photography

To many guys, the idea of romance is a foreign concept. Creating a romantic marriage proposal is even more foreign to them because there’s a lot of pressure these days to create a good proposal and they don’t have a clue about romance to begin with. Romance isn’t actually that hard and there are several factors that you can include into your proposal to make it more romantic. Here is a list of ways to add romance to your proposal idea.


This is the centuries old tradition that will never cease to be romantic. Providing your partner, or the venue, with flowers gives it a beautiful look and smell. Flowers like roses, lilies, tulips, and hydrangeas are great ways to add romance to your proposal. Another option is rose petals sprinkled around your setting.


When you think of a romantic setting, is the lighting usually florescent? Of course not! The lighting is usually dim. The best way to get this effect is to have your event in a darker setting (at night or indoors) and use candles. Not only do candles create the perfect dim setting, the fact that they flicker and sometimes smell nice give the setting the perfect romantic atmosphere.

Personalized Pictures

Adding your own pictures to your proposal will make the event personalized. If it’s personalized then that shows that you are being thoughtful and have made the event more special. This is especially true if you have a surprise element and have the event in an unexpected area like a beach or rooftop.

Amazing View

Speaking of beaches and rooftops, a great way to add romance to your proposal is simply by choosing a romantic view. Some good locations are hilltops, rooftops, hiking trails, waterfalls, beaches, and open parks. The better and more serene the view, the more romantic it is.

Thoughtful & Meaningful Items

This is the more difficult part but it has the most impact. If there is something meaningful to your partner and you include it in your proposal, it will be extremely romantic. For example, if she loves a certain type of jewelry, and you include it in a way that surprises her, it will go perfectly with the mood.

If you’re still having trouble or need a second opinion on how to make your proposal romantic, contact the experts at The Heart Bandits. We are the world’s premier proposal planning company and have the answers and know-how to make your proposal as romantic as you would like. Make your proposal story as perfect as it should be. Contact us today!

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Simple and Sweet Chicago Proposal

I love, love, love this Chicago marriage proposal that we are sharing with you today.  Desmond knew exactly what he wanted when he came to us for some proposal help.  He had seen our many a cappella proposals online and he knew he wanted one too.  He wanted the group to surprise his girlfriend with the song “Marry Me” by Train.  He just needed some help from The Heart Bandits with the planning, venue, and special touches.

For the venue we recommended the gorgeous Crystal Gardens which Desmond quickly fell in love with.


They were doing the typical tourist activities when Desmond suggested they go check out Crystal Gardens at the Navy Pier.  They headed over to the area we designated for the proposal and Elizabeth was a bit surprised to see her favorite flowers, blue hydrangeas, in a box on a bench.


Desmond sat her down and little did she know, the biggest surprise was yet to come.  Suddenly, the singers came and began singing the song.  They all got on one knee one by one and Desmond followed suit.  Congrats to the lovely couple and thank you for letting The Heart Bandits be a part of this special day.




If you want to create a unique and memorable proposal, contact Chicago Proposal Planner- The Heart Bandits.  We will interview you to learn details about your relationship and then create ideas for you and bring them to life.  Contact us today.

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The Importance of Location in a Marriage Proposal

One of the most important decisions when it comes to marriage proposal planning is deciding on the actual proposal location. The proposal location is one major important factor because it could potentially make your proposal meaningful or confusing. There are several things that you need to think about while deciding because the best location depends on many factors.


Griffith Observatory was a meaningful location for a marriage proposal for one couple.

What Has Meaning to You

This should be the first question that comes to mind. If you have a location that is meaningful to you and your partner, then seriously consider that. In the above picture, we helped a couple that had their first date at Griffith Observatory by setting up a very cute and meaningful picnic at the park. The location was perfect for them because of the significance of that location.

Is it a Scenic Location?

If for some reason, there is no such place that would work for your meaningful location, try to choose a place that is scenic. It would be even better if it has some meaning too of course ;). The reason you want it to be a nice location is that this is a happy time and you want a beautiful setting associated with that. People don’t choose to have weddings in alleys, they choose them in gorgeous locations. The same should go for your proposal.

Is there a Crowd Around?

Another thing to consider is how crowded your location is. You may think that you have the perfect location in mind but if it’s a nice well-known location, the crowds that are around may not make it as romantic as you initially thought. Consider this when deciding. If you still want to do it there, try to go on a date/time when it won’t be as crowded.

Can You Build a Story or Proposal Plan Around It?

Sometimes a location with history won’t work for you because maybe you’re traveling, new to an area, or the places with meaning just don’t fit well for a proposal. In that case, the best thing to do is to have a location that you can build your story around. For example, if she likes to dance, consider choosing a location such as a dance studio where you are “taking her on a dance date” but secretly plan your propsoal setup there in a private room. You don’t want to take your partner somewhere out of the blue when she’s expecting something else because she will suspect something is up.

If you are still not sure where to propose, then we can definitely help you. We have helped hundreds of guys select the perfect proposal location. The locations have been perfectly in-line with their proposal idea and backstory so the entire event went off seamlessly. To make sure that this is the case for you, contact the proposal experts at The Heart Bandits. We can help you create the marriage proposal of your dreams.

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Atlanta Proposal Ideas


If you have never been to Atlanta, you should go. It is a really beautiful city and there are many fabulous places to propose there. If you are planning on proposing it Atlanta, you should first come up with a unique proposal idea. Once you have the perfect proposal idea, consider where you should have your proposal. Here are some beautiful locations for your proposal in Atlanta.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Atlanta are really nice. Not only do they have gorgeous flowers as you would expect, but they also have art in the garden! Imagine proposing next to a sculpture or fountain surrounded by greenery. If you have a nature-loving girlfriend, this could be perfect.

Fountain of Rings

A beautiful tribute to the Olympics, the Fountain of Rings is to Atlanta what the Bellagio fountain is to Las Vegas. At night, it is beautifully lit up and of course, there is a water show. This could be a perfect proposal location to your athletic girlfriend.

The Sundial Restaurant

Propose with an amazing view of the city at the Sundial Restaurant. Located at the top of the Westin Hotel, you will get atmosphere, romance, and a killer view of the city. Just make sure to think of a creative way to propose here because a standard restaurant proposal is a little boring.

If you want to have the perfect Atlanta proposal, contact The Heart Bandits today. We will work with you to come up with a creative and unique proposal idea. Once you have the idea you love, we bring it to life for you! Contact us for your stress-free proposal.

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How to Use Artwork in a Marriage Proposal

Artwork in marriage proposal

Beautiful piece of art we helped a client with in a proposal

Here at The Heart Bandits-Marriage Proposal Planners, we’ve helped hundreds of guys with unique proposal ideas and planning. Today, I would like to talk about a pretty cool aspect that has been incorporated into some of the ideas we’ve helped clients with. It’s the use of artwork in the actual marriage proposal.

Artwork is Romantic

When people want to use artwork, there’s something about it that makes the proposal stand out. The fact that art, such as a painting, took time to create, gives it more meaning. This meaning and the fact that it’s being used in a marriage proposal makes the event romantic.

Artwork is Timeless

Something about artwork really just makes it timeless. There’s a reason why museums have pieces of art that are really old; it just never really goes out of style. You can look at it 30 years from now and it would still have the same effect on you as if you saw it for the first time.

Artwork Can be Displayed in Your Home

One of the best things about art is that it’s meant to be looked at and admired. In the picture above, we helped a client with a painting that had a love note he had written. The painting was beautiful and what made it more special was that it could forever be displayed in the couple’s home to remind them of when they got engaged.

Artwork has Limitless Styles

You can incorporate a painting, sculpture, song, or dance into your proposal and still consider it art. Art is beautiful and comes in whatever form your imagination can dream up. If your own proposal is filled with art and you can consider it beautiful then you know you’ve done a good job with it.

If you would like your own proposal idea with artwork, then contact us. We can help you figure out the best way to incorporate it into your proposal and therefore have an amazing proposal story and a timeless piece of art to keep forever. Contact us today to get started!

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Proposal Ideas for the Boat Lover

Marriage proposal ideas for the boat lover

The Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls is a great marriage proposal location

Throughout my experience in marriage proposal planning, I’ve surprisingly found that there are a lot of boat lovers out there. Both men and women seem to like to flock to ways to be on the water. There is just something calming yet adventurous about being on a boat.

I like boats myself (and I actually proposed on one) so it’s no surprise that I think these are all great ideas. If your partner is a boat lover, then you may want to consider these wedding proposal ideas.

Cruise Boat at Scenic Location

What I’m talking about here is a cruise or ferry tour of a romantic or scenic location. A prime example is the Niagara Falls Maids of the Mist tours. These tours take you on scenic locations and because these tours are usually well-known, you can always go back on these years from now and remember that this is where your engagement began. If you want something more private and intimate, then these other ideas may work better for you.

Row Boat on Quiet Lake

This is truly a romantic and private setting for your proposal. You can propose on the boat itself or have something special set up on the shore. Try to do it around sunset for the extra special touch.

Sailboat Sunset Cruise

Speaking of sunset, this type of cruise is a sure fire romantic idea. If your partner loves boats, then you can make it romantic by having a nice dinner on the boat then view the sunset as you propose.

Surprise Sail Proposal

If you want to create a great surprise, then try having a banner or large sail with your proposal right on it. We actually have this as an All Inclusive Package in San Francisco. You can check it out here.

Gondola Proposal Under a Bridge

This proposal will always be timeless. Gondola rides are just very romantic because they go slow and bring lots of charm. We have this proposal as well in several cities.

If you are ready to propose marriage and are not sure whether to do it on a boat or not, then contact us. We are the world’s premier proposal planning company and we’ve helped hundreds of clients create the marriage proposals of their dreams. They now have amazing engagement stories that they love sharing over and over. Do yourself a favor and make your engagement worth it. Contact us today!

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Inspiring Marriage Proposal in New York City

Last month we were so thrilled to help Ashish propose to his beautiful girlfriend Toral.  One thing was clear when we interviewed him about his girlfriend and that was that she really pushed him to be a better man.  He really wanted to make sure that she felt adored on the day he proposed marriage so he contacted The Heart Bandits.  We had a professional poet write her a poem on blue cards……….blue……the color of Santorini rooftops, a place she had always wanted to go.  She was shocked to find out that he had rented out the entire lounge at Alison Eighteen where he displayed pictures on canvases of them throughout their relationship.  As a pianist played romantic music, she strolled by each photo which were separated by her favorite hydrangea flowers.   He proposed to Toral amongst the blue candles and then their friends and family joined.  And then he said the most special and inspiring thing about love at 3:03 into the video below!

How amazing is it to hear what love can do for someone?  I just know this couple is going to stand the test of time and I am so proud to have been a part of this super cute marriage proposal.

If you are looking for a way that you can make your proposal stand out from the crowd, contact The Heart Bandits- New York Propoal Planners.  We will see to it that you have an amazing proposal story to tell and that it is executed perfectly.

Florist: Spina di Fiori

Videographer: Chris Fig Productions

Venue: Alison Eighteen

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