Los Angeles is full of romance, from the natural beauty of coastal and mountain views to the fantasy worlds of Hollywood and Disneyland. But when it's time to propose marriage to the one that you love, its not easy to pick the best location to create a truly memorable moment.
There are certainly plenty of romantic restaurants if you're the conservative type, but for more creative suitors, we have some romantic, quirky, and unusual places to propose that will be sure to make an impression. If you're not sure of the outcome, private places will be better than public places. There are plenty of both in Los Angeles.
Be sure your partner actually likes horses before planning a romantic horseback ride in the Santa Monica Mountains or Griffith Park to pop the question.
Los Angeles Horseback Riding arranges proposal rides at sunset, sunrise, or under the moonlight, with or without food. All rides are guided, so coordinate with your guide for the setting and space you need. You can also book a private sunset horseback ride in Griffith Park.
The Heart Bandits offer a Hollywood on Horseback Marriage Proposal experience where couples ride to the top of Mt. Hollywood, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean, and the Griffith Observatory. Propose within view of the Hollywood Sign for a true Hollywood proposal.
In a Gondola
You don't have to travel to Italy for this classic bit of romance. Gliding through the water in a graceful gondola with a gondolier singing Italian classics is a popular set up in the LA area for popping the big question.
With six companies offering gondola cruises from Marina Del Rey to Newport Beach there are plenty of options. Present your ring in a special treasure box or propose via a message in a bottle.
With a View of the Hollywood Sign
There's nothing that gives a sense of place in Los Angeles like the famous Hollywood Sign on Mt. Lee. If the highlight of your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Los Angeles is going to be a marriage proposal, and you want to impart that sense of place, there are several locations where you can propose with the Hollywood Sign as a backdrop for your magic moment.
There is a trail on Mt. Hollywood near the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park where you can get a good view. You no longer can hike up to the sign.
In a Romantic Garden
The Los Angeles area has some amazingly beautiful and romantic gardens, from huge botanical gardens with multiple ecosystems to intimate Japanese meditation gardens.
You can stroll traditional botanic gardens, California native plant gardens, and tranquil Japanese Gardens. Some gardens are in historic settings and one even is co-located with the popular Los Angeles Zoo.
If your partner has a green thumb or just an appreciation of nature or garden splendor, there is a garden to create the mood you desire.
On Top of the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier
For those with no fear of heights, the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier is a popular spot to propose with a view of the coastline at sunset. The world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel takes the romantic couple more than 130 feet above the Santa Monica Pier.
In a Tea Cup at Disneyland
Disneyland is a popular place to propose. The spot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle where the Disney photographers hang out is a popular location, but a teacup at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party would be a nice semi-private spot to make your love's world spin. The ride theme is inspired by the Unbirthday Party scene in Walt Disney's Alice In Wonderland.
Not for those who tend to get motion sickness, there are 18 decorative cups that swirl atop three separate turntables which are mounted on one larger turntable. Hold on tight to the ring!
On a Helicopter Picnic or Sunset Air Tour
A sunset helicopter or small plane tour over the coast or landmark of your choice is actually a very popular place to pop the question in Los Angeles. There are a bunch of companies and options available to make that happen for you, from a relatively budget-friendly 20 or 30-minute flight to elaborately orchestrated and catered proposals on a mountaintop or skyscraper.
OrbicAir, for example, offers a package including the helicopter tour (approximately 45 minutes), complimentary Champagne toast, dessert, and a souvenir photo.
On the Ribbon Board at Dodger Stadium
It's totally cliche by now, but still appropriate for couples who are big baseball fans to propose on the electronic ribbon board at Dodger Stadium.
Ribbon boards are located behind first and third bases. At least a dozen proposals are featured on the ribbon boards each year.
Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the game, you will receive a digital image via email of the message on the DodgerVision Screen in Left Field.
In a Romantic Restaurant With a View
For foodies, a sensuous meal of aphrodisiacs by candlelight is the perfect setting for a romantic proposal. Los Angeles has plenty of amazing food, but don't miss out on the added fantasy of a stunning view.
Romantic restaurant ideas include Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant with Cal-Asian cuisine offering a fine dining experience perched high above the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are beautiful gardens and views from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean.
The restaurant at the Getty Center in Brentwood has a beautiful view of the Santa Monica Mountains, perfect for a sunset dinner. They are open Friday and Saturday nights.