How to Plan the Perfect Beach Proposal


There’s something inherently romantic about beaches. Maybe it’s the front row seating to swoon-worthy sunsets, or the sound of waves kissing the shore, or the caress of the sea mist against your face. Either way, there’s no denying these beautiful spots where the sea meets the shore are some of the most popular question-popping places for good reason. 

What do you need to know before getting down on one knee in the sand? We turned to the experts to collect all the dos and don’ts for the ultimate guide to beach proposals. Here, Todd Gehrke of Florida’s iconic The Don CeSar St. Pete Beach shares his insight from the shores of one of the best beaches in the U.S.

Meet the Expert

Todd Gehrke, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Don CeSar, has over 25 years of experience in hospitality from the slopes of Telluride, Colorado to the beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Pros of a Beach Proposal 

“Couples from all over the world retreat to beach destinations for relaxation and reconnection,” says Gehrke. “As a result, the beach is the perfect environment to utilize a healthy and romantic setting to create memories that will last a lifetime.” Beaches offer plenty of space to get creative with your proposal and make the perfect backdrop for gorgeous engagement photos to share with family and friends, he adds.

Cons of a Beach Proposal 

As with most outdoor activities, the weather will be the most important factor to consider when planning a beach proposal. Gehrke cautions those doing the proposing to consider the time of year, research any rainy seasons in the destination, and check whether high temperatures may be predicted during that time. One more thing to remember: “Many beaches are public, so I would encourage couples to try and secure a permitted or private arranged location,” Gehrke says.

How to Plan a Beach Proposal 

Having a local expert or events professional on your side can help calm nerves and create a contingency plan for surrounding risks. “Many beach resorts and coastal communities offer specific packages or services which can be arranged in advance to ensure a smooth proposal experience,” Gehrke shares. “We find that sometimes the proposer is a bit nervous about the process, so having someone who can assist with logistics is a wonderful benefit.” 

Whether you decide to go it alone or enlist the help of an expert planner, keep these tips in mind to ensure your beach proposal will go off without a hitch. 

  1. Scout the perfect place. Check for privacy, look for an aesthetic background for photos, and most importantly prioritize any locations that have special or sentimental meaning to you and your partner. 
  2. Mark where you’ll make your move. It’s a good idea to plot out where you’ll guide your partner before you pop the question. Try not to get too close to the water – nervous hands and emotional gestures could knock the ring into waves. 
  3. Hire a photographer to capture the moment so you can share it with friends and family and look back on the occasion with your fiancé over the years. 
  4. In the days leading up to the big question, check the weather for any impending storms, high winds, or uncomfortable temperatures. Be sure you have a plan B in place should your original idea get rained out. 
  5. Plan for Mother Nature as best you can and bring bug repellent, or try to incorporate citronella candles so that you and your other half aren’t distracted by pesky insects. 
  6. Think about what your better half might be wearing and if you’ll need to coerce them into an outfit change. They may be less inclined to take a walk on the beach if they’re wearing their favorite heels or a pair of pants they don’t want to get dirty.
  7. When traveling with an engagement ring, be sure to keep the ring in your carry-on as opposed to your checked bag to ensure you don't have to deal with a lost luggage scenario. 

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