You’ve found “the one,” received the blessing, shopped for a brilliant ring, but now you have to find the perfect place to pop the question. Of course, your proposal is going to be memorable no matter where you take a knee but choosing a locale with a little extra wow-factor is the icing on your multi-tiered cake.
Lucky for you, the world is your oyster and Irving your pearl when it comes to idyllic locations worthy of a proposal. The five destinations we love are places where you can make an everlasting memory and come back to visit on your anniversary. Plus, they double down as dreamy Insta-worthy backdrops for the perfect engagement announcement post.
Bridges of Mandalay Canal
Judging by the number of happy couples that have sealed the deal amidst the old-world architecture, tree-lined cobblestone walkways, romantic bridges and Canal Clock Tower along the Mandalay Canal, it’s safe to say that the canals are definitely worthy of a spot on the list of best places to propose.
The locale is picturesque, tranquil and right in the heart of the city! Yet, the water and nearby waterfalls drown out the noise of the city and create serene atmosphere.
Message in a BottleGondola Adventures 357 West Fork | 972.506.8037
Transport yourselves to Venice when you glide through the Mandalay Canal and experience true romance amidst scenic waterfalls, vine-covered bridges, and old-world charm. At Gondola Adventures, authentic gondoliers, proficient in everything engagement, will help you create a seamless event… um, if your love says yes! For a unique proposal twist, you can personalize a “Will you marry me?” message that Gondola Adventures will print on parchment scroll paper in a beautiful font, roll it, tie it with a ribbon, slip it into a clear wine bottle and cork it. On your cruise, the gondolier will covertly slip the bottle into the water and create a story to convince the unsuspecting recipient to pick it up and read the message… and voila, you’ve popped the question!
To make the engagement experience even more romantic, your gondolier can serenade you or play romantic music. And Gondola Adventures offers customized options including dinner cruises catered by the Omni Las Colinas, long-stemmed roses and or scattered rose petals in the gondola, a professional photography package, videography or whatever your little heart desires.
Lock in Your Love
Nothing says I want to lock in my future with you more than a love-locked Parisian-style proposal. The “Love Lock Ritual” has become a popular expression of devotion and a romantic way to ask the one who holds the key to your heart to be your happily-ever-after. So, when you’re ready to ask for their hand in marriage, buy a pretty padlock, engrave it, and affix it to the love-lock bridge right here in Irving on Lake Carolyn Promenade. Then, take a knee, pop the question and throw away the key.
Unbridled LoveMustangs of Las Colinas (renovation opening February 2022) 5221 N. O'Conner Blvd. | : 972.869.9047
When wild horses can’t drag you away from the one you love, bring the one you love to the horses for an unforgettable marriage proposal. The Mustangs of Las Colinas, the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, depicts nine larger-than-life bronze mustangs galloping across a river, appearing to splash water in the middle of Williams Square Plaza. This breathtaking illusion is created by small fountains strategically placed beneath the horses’ hooves. These beauties have captured many hearts. And the plaza and sculpture have often been the location choice for celebrations and photographs and are best experienced at night, when the horses are magnificently lit up.
Although it’s forbidden to climb on the horses, plenty of romantic proposals have happened along the edge of the stream. One such romantic question-of-a-lifetime came in the form of a poem by Pat Curtis who repeated his proposal to Helen while reminiscing at the Mustangs 30+1 Year Anniversary Celebration. So stinkin' sweet!
For years, the mustangs have been the iconic Texas backdrop for engagements, as well as bridal party photos and weddings. The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum’s Director Mary Higbie recounted to me “the timber topper of all stories” about how one lucky couple even got married in the Mustangs Museum when rain dampened their wedding day. Mary anticipates that many more love stories will begin in the plaza among her beloved mustangs.
Engagement Party of Two, PleaseFour Seasons Resort at Las Colinas 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd. | (972) 717-0700
If it’s a taste of luxury you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the glitz and the glamour of the Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas. From the stunning building to the oasis-like grounds, perfectly manicured gardens and fairway, firepits, and twinkle lights, the entire property exudes romance. At the Four Seasons, they will happily assist with all things engagement: flowers, pre-placed in-room amenities, rose petals, champagne, special dinner arrangement at their signature restaurant LAW, even fireworks! The sky’s the limit.