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What do I say when I propose? A guide to romantic words for an unforgettable proposal.

Updated: Oct 29, 2021


Getting down on one knee is one of the most nerve-wracking moments you’ll ever experience. Here’s our guide to rid your brain of nervous fog and create the proposal Prince Charming would be jealous of.

If you’re reading this, you’ve made the decision that you’re ready to propose. Congratulations! That’s a milestone that everyone adores reaching. You’ve acknowledged that your partner is ‘the one’. And that feeling can’t be tainted.

But, the pressure to create the perfect proposal? It can tarnish the elation of asking your partner to spend the rest of their life with you.

We totally get it. So, we’ve created a list of prompts to help you write, rehearse and deliver your proposal speech.

And we know that every couple is unique. What one person would say, the other would never. Because of this, we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone in this week’s post.

Let us know which proposal lines you liked best in the comments section below.


If you’re a real Romeo and love romance

Caution: some of these lines may make you feel slightly queasy if you’re not a complete romantic at heart.

(It’s worth remembering who you’re proposing to, as well. Think carefully about how they would respond to each proposal line.)

  • There is no one else on the planet that I can imagine growing old with.

  • When we’re together, time stops. I want to stop time for the rest of eternity with you by my side. Will you marry me?

  • We are so incredibly fortunate to have found each other. Think about it: there are 7.6 billion people on our planet and I’ve fallen in love with you. And now that I’ve found you, I don’t want to ever let you go. So, what do you say? Will you marry me?

  • It’s strange. I have this feeling inside me that just tells me that we’re going to be together. It doesn’t matter what we face. It doesn’t matter about the storms. Because I have you. And, I can’t explain why but I know that I’m going to be there with you. To look after you. To love you. I’ve never been so sure about anything in my entire life. And, to prove to you how sure I am…

(-Drop to one knee and bring that diamond ring out!)

  • When I look at you, I see the future. And there are so many versions of that which show different possibilities. Different ‘potentials’. But, one thing is constant. And that’s you by my side. For the rest of our lives. Forever.


If you’re a person of few words

Sometimes, we can say a million words but mean one thing. If you’re someone who is direct and doesn’t mince their words, these prompts are for you. (Also, they’re a great way to end a longer proposal speech).

  • You are everything I’ve ever wanted and more. Marry me?

  • What’dya say? Wanna get hitched?

  • I love you to the moon and back. You know what? Forget the moon. I’d give you the whole galaxy.

  • I’m totally and utterly head over heels in love with you.

  • At the end of the day: I just want to spend the rest of my life with you. It’s as simple and complicated as that.

  • I promise I will love you always.

  • I want to share everything with you. Including my last name.

  • {your partner’s first name}, I love you. Marry me?


If you don’t want to be traditional

Saying the words ‘will you marry me?’ are some people’s dreams, whereas others prefer to take a less traditional route.

  • Will you grant me the honor of being my wife/husband/spouse?

  • How about we tell our kids 5 years from right now about how I proposed to you?

  • You look beautiful in your {item of clothing}. You know what else you’d rock? My last name. Do you want it?

  • I want you by my side for the rest of eternity. Will you be my perfect piece of forever?

  • When I first met you, there was something in my core that just knew I’d marry you. Was I right?


Do I need to plan my proposal speech?

If you’re reading this, you’ve accepted that there needs to be a certain degree of planning. If you don’t want to plan your proposal speech, you absolutely don’t have to. But, we highly recommend it.

This is one of the biggest moments of your life. And your partner has probably been dreaming about it since they’ve been a kid. (Not to add to the pressure or anything).

This is something you’re likely to only do once. And, as such, you need to make sure it’s a moment you can tell your children and grandchildren about with pride.

So, while you don’t need to plan your proposal speech, we absolutely do recommend it.

The 5 proposal speech rules

If you’re struggling to find the right words, our 5 proposal speech rules will help to reduce those pre-proposal jitters.

1. Make it personal

Each and every relationship is beautifully unique. As such, you shouldn’t be buying proposal templates off the internet.

(Yes, they really do exist).

That’s why we suggested using our proposal lines as prompts or add-ins.

You need to keep the proposal speech directly related to your relationship. Whether you do this by describing the exact moment you knew your partner was ‘the one’ or listing the specific things you love about them, it needs to be heartfelt and specific to the love between the 2 of you.

2. Don’t be afraid to get emotional

What you’re about to do takes a lot of courage. It’s not something people do lightly. And, once you’ve decided you’re going to propose, you’ll feel a whole wave of emotions. Allow them to come to the surface.

Don’t bottle them up.

You’ll find that writing your proposal speech is emotional. Actually delivering it? It’s ramped up in emotional charge.

And, that’s okay.

Don’t let your emotions put a filter on how you express them. This is one key moment to be totally vulnerable.

3. Listen to your partner when they talk about proposals

Some people can think of nothing more romantic than their partner dropping to their knee and saying ‘will you marry me?’.

Others would turn their nose up at tradition.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you know exactly what she wants based on her personality. I’m a feminist through and through, but I’d want my partner to get down on one knee, hold my hand and propose.

He wouldn’t guess this, though. So, I’ve been dropping hints and tips all around the house. (Literally).

If you’re going to propose to your partner, watch them closely when they watch a television proposal. Talk to them about it. Pay attention. They’ll tell you what they want. You just have to be open to hearing it.

4. Practice makes perfect

Now that you’ve written your proposal speech, you’ll need to practice it.

Just like you would practice a presentation for the board for work, this requires the same, (if not more), amount of rehearsal.

Just because there’s only one other person listening to you, (depending on the proposal location), it doesn’t mean that you should freestyle.

Pre-proposal nerves can cause stage-fright, which is made worse when you don’t know your ‘script’ in the first place.

While you don’t want to sound robotic and like you’re reading off a piece of paper, you want to show your partner that you’ve really thought about this moment and you’re not totally winging it.

Rehearse in front of a mirror. And, if you’re up for it, ask a friend to listen to your proposal speech for feedback.

5. Make sure your proposal speech flatters your proposal style

If you’re about to pop the question during a sky-dive, your 15 pages of proposal speech may not be appropriate.

We suggest that you pick a way of proposing before you write your speech. If you’re going for a themed proposal, you can work some specific language into your proposal speech.

For example, if you are planning on proposing in Disney World, you can incorporate terms like “Princess”, “once upon a time” and “happily ever after”.

Allow the method of your proposal to influence the words you say.

And most of all? Enjoy it.

Proposing to the person you love is the clearest declaration of love that we, as human beings, have. We’ve been showing each other this love since the 1800’s.

And, now it’s your turn.

Let us know which proposal lines you liked best in the comments section below.

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