DC and the surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia is a huge place, there are so many amazing spots to surprise your partner and propose marriage. Popping the question is hard enough with finding the right engagement ring or gift and keeping it all a secret, Janice of Bellwether Events is here to help you out; she came up with a list of unique proposal locations here in DC and we are obsessed with all of her ideas! Whether you are from out of town or are just needing some ideas to get the juices flowing, here are some suggested marriage proposal locations in the Washington DC area.
Rebekah Hoyt Photography via Nationals Park Engagement Session
For the Sports Fanatics
Why not propose during a sports game here in DC? We have so many great, local teams in the DMV. If you and yours are sports fans, what about during a Nationals, Wizards, Spirit, DC United, Capitals or a Redskins game? I can see the Kiss Cam now!
Proposal Tip: If you do want it to be on the camera or post a scrolling message, many sports arenas have that option, you’ll need to call or email in advance to make the arrangements.
For the Classic DC couple
Just like the monuments, there are the DC classics, the iconic things that really make this city. There are the Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in the spring, the Georgetown campus for the many alumni still in the area, over dinner at Cafe Milano, or in the Panda House at the National Zoo.
Proposal Tip: Figure out a way to make these classic ideas your own! Hire a flash mob. Set up gorgeous bouquets of flowers and special decor. Hire a strolling musician. Have one of our amazing DC area wedding photographers secretly capture the moment on camera.
For the History Buffs
If you and yours are into history, well then you are in the right city! From monuments to parks, Washington DC is full of historical landmarks that would be ideal for a wedding proposal. Do you have a favorite monument that you both like to visit? Well, then that’s the one to propose at! In Georgetown, the C&O Canal is a gorgeous and romantic spot to go for a walk and pop the question. And, in Alexandria, Virginia you could consider Mount Vernon as a place to propose.
Proposal Tip: Many of the iconic DC spots, like the Lincoln Memorial, get really crowded, so just be prepared for that, or try going early in the morning or late at night for a surprise proposal.
For DC Foodies
For a delicious proposal, book a table for two and enjoy the tasting menu at Pineapples & Pearls, or for the big spenders, try the iconic Inn at Little Washington for a night. Do you have a favorite restaurant in the DC area that was your first date? Or where you like to go for brunch? Well, then that special restaurant between the two of you is an ideal place to propose!
Proposal Tip: If you are going to propose over a meal, be sure to pick a place that you’ll be able to come back to over and over again on anniversaries. Restaurants are an easy, go-to spot for wedding anniversaries and date nights! If you are going to propose at a restaurant, be sure to call ahead and let them know of your plans. They might be able to hook you up and make your proposal extra sweet!
For the Sweetie Pies
Does your soon-to-be betrothed love to bake or cook? There are lots of great new bakeries, like Buttercream Bakeshop in Shaw, and chef’s kitchens, like Union Market, in the DC area that you could work with to set up a special cooking class or cake baking workshop that ended with a proposal. Then you can go back to them for your wedding cake! An interactive date like this would certainly make your proposal extra sweet!
Proposal Tip: Before rushing to hide a ring inside a food item, you must also be prepared to clean off the ring so that your partner can put it on!
For the Wanderlusters
Are you into travel and looking for an unexpected place to in the DC area to propose? What about a location that is travel inspired like Gravelly Point? Or, does Union Station with its iconic architecture and incredible renovations have a special place in your heart to propose? Did you meet on the Metro? If so, I dare you to propose there!
Proposal Tip: Places like monuments and transportation spots in the DC area are crowded and they are also noisy with trains and airplanes zipping by, honking horns and more. If it is romance that you are after, keep the noise factor that in mind as you plan your proposal.
For the Nature Lovers
Is nature your thing? Do you and yours love to go for hikes and get outside? Well, then consider a secluded spot at one of the many parks and hiking trails in the Washington DC area. Some ideal spots to get outside and propose are Constitutional Gardens on the National Mall, or Great Falls Park in McLean, Virginia, or Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Proposal Tip: If the spot allows, pack a picnic and plan to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet together after the proposal. No need to rush back into reality after popping the question!
For the Romantics
Ultimately, the best place to propose is the one that means the most to you. If that is your living room or while riding the bus, wherever you decide to pop the question will be special because you picked it to propose marriage! Even though I provided a great list of places to propose here in the DC area that would be ideal for people needing to brainstorm proposal ideas or those from out of DC, I strongly encourage you to pick a proposal spot that has meaning to you and your relationship – that will be the most romantic choice and have a lasting memory for you and yours! And bonus points for a spot you can return to time and again in the future!
What is your favorite marriage proposal spot in DC? Where will you propose in the Washington DC area? What did we leave off of this list? Leave a comment and let us know!