21 Totally Cool Engagement Ideas


Cool Ways to Propose Don’t Get Much Hotter Than This!

There are tons of cool ways to propose. You don’t have to do the traditional spiel if that’s just not your style. Take a cue from these ideas and find the cool ways to propose that will rock his or her world!

In Another Language


So you’ve been studying together for weeks to get ready for your big trip to France. Now you’re in the City of Light, one of the most romantic places in the world. This is a great moment to ask “Veux-tu m’épouser?” In the second it takes her to translate it in her head, get down on one knee and show her the ring. She’ll figure out what you mean.

Leap Year Proposal

A girl can propose to her guy any day of the year, but there are a few days considered traditional. In the UK, the leap year day (February 29) is a popular time for the female proposal. In the United States, some people do so on “Sadie Hawkins Day,” or the first Saturday of November!


This may be difficult to pull off, but if you’re both the adventurous sort, try proposing during a scuba diving trip.  Anyway, to avoid losing the ring, propose instead with a waterproof picture of it, and then hand her the ring once you’re both back above the waves (or be prepared to wrestle it back from Nemo). Cool ways to propose don’t get much better than this!

Make a Crossword Puzzle

This can be as simple or complex a puzzle as you’d like. Bonus points if the clues are all for things special to your relationship, though that might give it away too fast if you’re not careful. The longest answer space should be saved for your message!

Invisible Ink

Write a message in glow in the dark ink on a wall or a T-shirt that will only become visible after you turn off the lights. Make sure you’re there waiting with the ring for the wall one- she might get a little creeped out if she sees a message scrawled on the wall when she turns the light out alone!

Propose in a simple code

Something like a substitution code with a key, or something you thought up yourself. This is great, especially if she’s a logic or crypto buff If she really likes solving puzzles, make it a little more challenging, but always make sure she can solve it!

Propose Via Radio

Cool ways to propose can take a cue from the days before video killed the radiostar! Request that your favorite song play right after your message, along with a message from the DJ saying why it’s being played. Bonus points if you recorded your voice and sent it in, and they play it while you kneel with the ring! Cool ways to propose like this can always be pulled off with a little planning (take it from a former radio show host!)

cool-ways-to-proposeIn a Fortune Cookie

It’s easy to get a fortune cookie that says, “will you marry me?” and it’s a fantastic surprise! It’s one of my favorite cool ways to propose. An even better idea is to have the ring inside the cookie as well…this will take some planning. It’s actually pretty easy to make your own fortune cookie just for this purpose. Check out an easy step-by-step guide by visiting this site.

There’s an App for that! 

If you’re particularly tech savvy, make a simple phone app that will display your message on her phone. A clever spouse-to-be might figure out a way to make her download it herself in the store (and in doing so make a couple dozen random users very confused).

Special Ring Tone

Set her phone to play a unique ringtone when you call her. Tell her to meet you somewhere, and then call her when you arrive. Have the song that plays be something special for the moment!


Magicians aren’t the only ones with the tricks to master cool ways to propose. If you know your science, put on a show off the different things that chemical reactions can do, like change colors, fizz, spark or fume. Have your big finish involve the wedding ring.

In An Alternate Reality Game (ARG) 

An ARG is, according to wikipedia, “is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants’ ideas or actions.” Go nuts with this one; get your friends, family, and even actors to craft an alternate-reality game where your girlfriend must find and save you so you can propose to her (or whatever story you’d like!)

On a Motorcycle

Well, if you’re looking for cool… invite your girl out somewhere, but be just out of sight when she shows up. Wearing your best leather jacket, jeans, and Aviators, roll up on your motorcycle, park it, and ask her to marry you! Bonus points: Ride off into the sunset with her on the motorcycle! Cool ways to propose don’t get much better than a motorcycle and leather jacket!

While Spelunking

Spelunking is the practice of exploring caves; perfect for the adventurous couple! Some of these caverns have breathtaking natural formations, formed of crystals, stalactites, and more. Find one of those gorgeous rooms that has light reflecting off the natural, smooth surface and you’ve got yourself a winning place to propose!

While Skydiving

Nothing gets the blood pumping like hurtling at terminal velocity to the ground. If the two of you are adrenaline junkies, she’ll get an extra kick out of seeing that ring in the air! Remember, though, you can’t propose verbally; try a sign on your clothes / helmet, or a huge sign on the ground you can point to. Also attach the ring securely to your person (You don’t want that flying out to Neverland).

At a Wine-Tasting

Cool ways to propose can take a cue from tradition. Wine-tastings are the cream of the crop as far as fine dining goes. For a great twist, go to a trendy wine-tasting and kind of frown a bit. When she asks what’s wrong, tell her there’s some sort of crystalline flavor to the wine. Proceed to pull the ring out of your mouth and propose to her right then and there!

On the Stage Of Her Favorite Movie

Did she love Lord of the Rings? Visit New Zealand, where the two of you can poke around the hobbit holes where Peter Jackson filmed the movie! Whatever movie she’s into, many of them were filmed in public areas. Get to the area from her favorite movie and propose to her there!

In A Shipwreck

Are the two of you the type to go diving? Proposing under plain old water too lame for you? Go off the coast and find a shipwreck (after obtaining your PADI wreck diving specialty card, of course). While you’re plumbing its depths, bring up a laminated card with your question on it and pop the question right there in the deep (being careful, of course, not to lose your ring to an enterprising fish or octopus)!

Secret Agent Zipline

If you really want to wow her, consider this trick! Set up a zipline at a predetermined spot, and ask her to meet you there. Make sure the zipline’s not too obvious, and when she’s looking around for you zipline down the wire, drop down, and pop your question (For bonus points, do a flourish as you jump off!)


Propose while rock-climbing! If you’re really organized and know the route well, hide the ring in a crevice. As you get closer to the hold with the ring in it, complain that someone stuck something inside of it. Pull out the ring and dangle on your cord (having explained to the person belaying you what you were going to do beforehand, of course) and propose to her up on the air on the cliffside!

Laser Marry Me

For a fun proposal, consider proposing in a game of laser tag! Arrange a laser tag meeting for just the two of you, and let her win (or just lose, if she’s better than you). Once she gets that final shot off at you, fall down on your knees in surrender; as you raise your hands, reveal the ring that you palmed out of your pocket!