Sure, a location that holds meaning (the place you first met, your favorite restaurant, the site of your first kiss) makes for an especially poignant proposal story. But if you're looking to create a memory at a special new spot in San Francisco, I'd consider the historic Top of the Mark. Located on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill, the lounge has a drop-dead gorgeous, near-360-degree view of the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Alcatraz, and Fisherman's Wharf. What could be more dreamy and romantic than a backdrop of sparkling city lights, a couple glasses of Champagne, and live music? To make it easy, the Top of the Mark recently introduced a proposal package that includes an intimate table for two (with amazing views, natch), a bottle of bubbly, a chocolate ring box, a photo and keepsake frame, an announcement by the band post-engagement, and an additional table for inviting friends and family to join after the question popping. To make a reservation, call 415-616-6916.
And for more ideas of where to propose, read our round-up of fabulous locations to pop the question. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Northern California