When it comes to popping the question this Christmas and New Year, remember: location, location, and location
While there are numerous ways to avoid proposal clichés and make your approach unique, a lot of it is down to where you do it. For starters, most women would prefer a romantic city break as the venue for their engagement, rather than their local Aldi.
Here are some of the most famous proposal locations - with a unique twist - if you're planning to get down on one knee over the festive period…
The world and his wife, pardon the pun, have heard about majestic proposals aboard The London Eye, on a river-boat cruise along the Thames or while carving up the ice atop one of the city's many winter outdoor rinks. But for that extra-special, secluded affair, that hasn't been done a million times over; visit Primrose Hill for a gentle stroll, hot chocolate and a picnic. Under a crisp blue winter sky, there are few more romantic settings. Hop off the tube at Chalk Farm (northern line) and the park is just a short walk away. It may be a bit on the chilly side, but if you wrap up warm and take in the spectacular view of central London beneath the hill then you won't even feel the cold. Opt for a night-time picnic on New Year's Eve itself and you can watch the spectacular firework display in Embankment without the crowds.
Planning your proposal for the spring? Move your picnic to Hyde Park and propose on a rowing boat in the Serpentine. Very Jane Austen.
It's all about Manhattan. With the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the Empire State Building on offer, thousands of people flock to New York City to propose every year. But many forget that this iconic city is surrounded by some equally romantic places: The River Café in Brooklyn, for example. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, the restaurant offers breathtaking views of the NYC skyline and the city harbour. What better backdrop for a marriage proposal than the Big Apple? That way, you can still bask in the beauty of the city without being swamped by gigantic skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
Want something even more low-key? Try the beautiful Steinhardt Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Admission is $10pp (£6.20).
Paris is frequently billed as the 'City of Love', so it's no surprise that many a romantic will whisk their partners away to the French city to pop the question. And why not, when there are numerous landmarks to choose from: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame? One location that is rarely mentioned however, is Ile St Louis - the lesser known of the city's two islands. Many artists and other bohemians found their way to the island, including famous figures such as Hemingway, and it is covered in examples of striking 17th century architecture. Peaceful and beautiful, Ile St Louis is a welcome reprieve from the fast-paced feel of Paris itself and the perfect way to propose without technically leaving the most romantic city in the world.
It's difficult to get more unique than Venice: a bewitching city built on stilts above a romantic lagoon. Likewise, it's difficult to get seclusion in Venice - but we've found the perfect spot. Take a Vaporetto (waterbus) for a few minutes to the Roman-Catholic church of Il Redentore, in the Giudecca neighbourhood. Here, you can escape the tourist trap while still enjoying views of the city. The church's podium of wide steps is the ideal place to get down on one knee, without having an audience of fellow tourists there to cheer you on.
Fancy following the Venice proposal trend, but want to do it some place quiet? Try hiring your own private gondola at sunset from £25.
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