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Anyone planning to propose to their partner hopes to make the moment special. Overseas proposals offer the perfect opportunity to pop the question in a once-in-a-lifetime setting. And, of course, many are now sharing their happy news on social media
.To uncover the world’s most popular proposal landmarks, we’ve analysed over a million Instagram posts from the past 12 months with the hashtags #shesaidyes, #hesaidyes, #isaidyes and #proposal to pinpoint the specific places people are heading to in order to pop the big question. From the bright lights of New York to the towering Taj Mahal, these incredible sights serve as an inspiration for hopeful lovers planning a romantic backdrop for their big moment.
Central Park is a peaceful haven of green nestled amongst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan, making it a popular spot for Big Apple proposals. Iconic Bow Bridge and Bethesda Fountain are some of the most romantic parts of the park, offering views across the lake and a truly classic New York experience.
It makes sense that the city of love would feature highly as a popular proposal destination, and where more iconic in the French capital than the Eiffel Tower? The top of this landmark grants brave visitors outstanding views across Paris and impressive sunsets to match. If your amour doesn’t have a head for heights, the bottom of the Eiffel Tower still makes an incredible backdrop for any proposal. Even better, many hopeful proposers will wait until after sunset and time the big moment for when the the tower starts to twinkle (this happens on-the-hour).
The skyline of Manhattan is one of the most iconic and breath-taking cityscapes in the world, so it’s no surprise that the Brooklyn Bridge is a popular spot for romantics. Some take a stroll across the bridge and go down on one knee half way over the water, while others choose to propose once they’ve reached the Brooklyn waterside, taking in the view of the bridge with all the landmarks of the city as a backdrop. At night the silhouette of the bridge against the lights of Manhattan makes for a particularly romantic view.
Where better to get engaged than one of the most amazing geological landmarks in the world? Many loved-up couples choose to say ‘yes’ perched (safely) on the cliff edge, with the world’s largest canyon and one of the world’s seven natural wonders stretching as far as the eye can see (some 277 miles!).
With its steep coastal cliffs, whitewashed buildings and iconic blue domes, Oia makes an undeniably beautiful setting for any proposal, which explains its popularity with lovers. Sundown in particular, with the oranges and pinks of the sky contrasting with the clean white walls of the town, creates a perfectly romantic ambience for this important moment.
It’s not just history lovers that flock to the Colosseum in Rome – hopeful proposers regularly pick this favourite spot to declare their dreams of marriage, making this impressive Roman structure one of the most romantic parts of the city. The curves and arches of this ancient site have drawn visitors for thousands of years and, at night, the Colosseum’s lights create a hauntingly beautiful setting that’s primed for proposal perfection.
The lights of London have been the backdrop of many an Instagram proposal pic, with Tower Bridge serving as the most popular London landmark for lovers. From the banks of the Thames, the bridge is a beautiful sight, and overlooks some of the city’s most iconic attractions.
With its white curves standing out against the blue of the harbour, Sydney Opera House is one of Australia’s most famous spots and serves as a stunning scene for a huge number of Instagrammed proposals. Whether couples choose to pop the question from beneath this incredible building, gazing across the bay or viewing the Opera House from a boat on the waves, this unmistakeable edifice’s appeal is undeniable.
Popular with lovers, the Louvre Museum in Paris is another of the city’s most iconic proposal spots. The contrast of the reflective glass angles of the entrance pyramid works beautifully against the 13th century surrounding palace walls, adding a touch of historic romance that couples can’t resist.
Nature fans flock to the Rocky Mountains to soak up some of the world’s most remarkable scenery. It’s no surprise then that Lake Louise is one of the most popular places to propose – the surrounding snow-capped mountains, Victoria Glacier and the turquoise water of the lake make a backdrop that’s hard to beat. Many couples choose to hike to the Fairmont Viewpoint for their big moment – a wooden platform raised on a hill, overlooking the lake from above.
Offering some of the best views of the city, The Shard is another of London’s most popular proposal destinations. Towering 95 storeys above the Big Smoke, this modern skyscraper offers bars and restaurants, with the lights of the city stretching below; that the perfect setting for that celebratory bottle of champers.
Another favourite for proposals in The Eternal City is the Spanish Steps. From the top couples can soak up views across the whole of Rome, while the steps themselves create a beautiful setting for dropping to one knee. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, couples can enjoy a celebratory meal for two to toast the happy news.
Agra’s Taj Mahal is an astounding structure built as an immense white marble mausoleum by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. The Taj Mahal’s romantic past, teamed with its stunning domes reflected in the iconic pools that sit below, has loved-up couples travelling from all over the world to propose in front of this famous landmark.
Perched high above the city of LA on Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is one of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions. Not only does it offer incredible views of the city (particularly at night) but it also provides an opportunity to learn about astronomy, so serves as the perfect place for couples to swear their love on the stars.
In joint 14th place is another iconic Rome landmark. The Trevi Fountain, with its impressive cascade of clear blue water and carefully sculpted figures, has long been one of the city’s most popular proposal spots. However, couples hoping for that perfect romantic moment need to get here early in the morning… its popularity make it a busy spot every day.
Rising spectacularly above the Cape Town, Table Mountain offers incredible views across both the city and the ocean. Whether it’s moodily draped in clouds or boasting clear blue skies, couples regularly choose this as an ideal proposal spot thanks to its lofty position.
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