Since we got engaged I’ve had more requests for wedding content, than I can count! I’m excited and grateful that so many readers want to go on this wedding planning journey with me, with plenty of you planning to propose soon, also in the process of planning a wedding or just interested in this sort of content.
Therefore, I give to you a whole new category on my website, titled the “Wedding Diaries”, here I will talk about all things wedding and wedding travel related.
We’ve not started properly planning our own wedding yet, so we can go on this exciting planning adventure together, from start to I do.
Let’s start with the most romantic places in the world to propose; perfect for those planning to pop the question in the near future or those that simply want to plan a romantic trip.
I’d also like to take this time to say a massive thank you from Lewis and me to everyone that has reached out with such kind words during this exciting time! Thank you.
Lake Garda, Italy
We got engaged here last month (on the 18th of August), so of course, Lake Garda is number 1 on my list! The day my other half proposed to me in Sirmione will forever be one of the most romantic days of my life, and the setting sure did add to the romance of it all.
Based in Northern Italy, the lake is known for its crystal clear blue water and home to Scaligero Castle, a charming ancient fortress, that is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re living in a fairytale. Take a boat tour around the lake and through the castle to make the day extra special; or if budget allows, hire out a private boat and pop the question on the lake or in the castle.
Lake Garda, Sirmione, is also home to one of the most incredible and picturesque Roman villa’s dating back to 1st-century AD. Complete with teetering stone arches and tumbledown walls, some three stories high, the Grotte di Catullo is the largest Roman palace ruins in Northern Italy and sits on the cliffside, offering the best views of Lake Garda.
I’ll never forget the moment the love of my life got down on one knee under one of these magnificent ancient arches, with a view of the lake in the background, and asked me to be his wife.
To read all about our perfect proposal, click here.
Where to stay?
Check into the majestic Locanda San Vigilio for the ultimate romantic stay. The charming 16th-century locals have one of the most unbelievable locations on Lake Garda, offering a peaceful and romantic Italian setting right on the water.
Spend your time relaxing by the hotel’s dreamy swimming pool set amid olive trees and lemon groves, before enjoying an aperitivo on the lakefront.
Loc. Punta San Vigilio, Garda, 37016, Italy.
00 39 045 725 6688
Are you and your loved one lovers of all thing nature and the outdoors? Then Hawaii is the perfect proposal spot for you! Heck, even if you’re not into the outdoors, it’s still magical.
In a versatile destination such as Kauai, couples have plenty of unforgettable actives to choose from; helicopter rides, white sand beach walks or picturesque waterfall hikes and bike rides.
If you’re looking for a stunning setting then the island of Fern Grotto, one of Hawaii’s hidden gems and best kept secrets, is for you.
Where to stay?
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort is the perfect place for couples to indulge in the most luxurious setting. You’ll feel spoiled from the minute you walk into the lobby, complete with chandeliers and jaw-dropping ocean views.
The hotel has four swimming pools and features the island’s largest waterslide, a sprawling mint-scented spa with lava rock rain showers set amid jungle waterfalls. There are also seven restaurants, including Tidepools, located atop a series of Koi ponds.
1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii, United States.
00 1 808 742 1234
The European city is without a doubt one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Packed with culture, art, delicious food and stunning architecture, Barcelona provides you with limitless proposal spots to choose from.
If you don’t mind proposing with others around then Parc Guell, known for its mosaics, and located on Carmel Hill provides some of the best views across the city. Although, do keep in mind that the UNESCO World Heritage Site can get busy with tourists, so it might be worthing taking a trip earlier in the morning to avoid crowds.
If you’re after views on an even larger scale then take a visit to the mountaintop of Tibidabo Basilica. This spectacular cathedral looks down on Barcelona the city’s tallest peak, Mount Tibidabo, and can be seen from all over the city and for just €2, you can access the viewing platform.
By night, you also have the option of asking that all-important question, during at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which performs the most sensational water show set to music and lit by every colour of the rainbow.
Where to stay?
The Almanac, Barcelona is the epitome of luxury travel at its best and ideally located right in the heart of Barcelona, connecting guests with all of the city’s most famed cultural charms and attractions.
This sleek 5-star hotel has it all; central location, trendy and lavish amenities and rooms with a view, all to make for the perfect setting for a romantic and memorable trip, for couples that love the finer and more modern things in life.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 619-621, Barcelona, Spain.
00 34 930 187 000
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
This breathtaking lake in Canada looks like some sort of CGI Hollywood film back-drop – its world-famous bright turquoise glacial lake has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, and rightfully so.
For those wanting a picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy setting, then you’ll most definitely want to propose at Banff National Park.
The beauty of the scenic lake, surrounded by snowcapped Canadian Rockies can be experienced, however, you wish, whether its by aerial-view hiking path, ice skating during the winter, or most popularly, by canoe ride.
Where to stay?
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park and provides those that love the outdoors with plenty to do.
The year-round luxury mountain resort offers guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and canoe activities in the summer. On top of this, there’s a luxury spa and culinary offerings. The sensational snowy backdrop will make you and your loved one feel like royalty.
111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, Canada.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
A truly magical place, the Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.
The island has countless ways to enchant you and your sweetheart and offers plenty of fantastic settings for that exciting engagement. From mountain ranges to miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history, the Isle of Skye is bound to leave a lasting impression on the happy couple.
The island’s village also makes for the perfect place to relax over a whiskey by the fireplace, cozy up and spend some quality time together in the most romantic of ways.
Where to stay?
When visiting the Isle of Skye, you’ll mostly find BnB’s (bed and breakfast boutique hotels) and Mint Croft is one luxurious find that you and your fiancé will want to hole up in and never leave.
For those that love to learn, the owners will be happy to share the hotels history and tales of its renovation and life in the Isle of Skye, but for those wanting a little more privacy and alone-time, you can curl up in your suite or take a walk down the path to a small pebbly beach to spot whales, dolphins, and seals.
31 Geary, Waternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
01470 592 701