When asking for your partner’s hand in marriage, the location is just as important as the speech. If you’re ready to pop the big question but don’t know where to do it, look no further than your favorite Hollywood A-listers, musicians, and reality stars.
These famous faces planned surprise vacations, took to the sky, and also revisited the places where they first fell in love. The great news is that many of the delightful destinations they chose are widely accessible and available to hire for your own magical proposal.
Read on for a curated list of celebrity engagement venues around the world from blinged-out private island resorts to intimate beach picnics.
Rosewood Miramar Beach, California
Famous Couple: Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
Kourtney Kardashian accepted Travis Barker’s proposal surrounded by red roses and the Pacific Ocean on the beach at Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
To keep up with the Kardashian bride-to-be, you can book one of the ultra-luxury resort’s Bespoke Picnic Experiences featuring world-renowned wine and champagne brands. You’ll have your pick of scenic outdoor locations across the hotel’s 16 beachfront acres. When all is said and done, toast to your future at the award-winning Caruso's oceanfront restaurant, a celebrity favorite.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Famous Couple: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly
It was all about the little details when rapper Machine Gun Kelly (real name Colson Baker) proposed to actress Megan Fox in January 2022. He presented Fox with a custom ring featuring their two birthstones (emerald and diamond) and chose a location with special meaning for the couple.
"In July of 2020, we sat under this banyan tree. We asked for magic. We were oblivious to the pain we would face together in such a short, frenetic period of time," Fox wrote in a social media post announcing their big news. "Somehow a year and a half later, having walked through hell together, and having laughed more than I ever imagined possible, he asked me to marry him."
The understated proposal took place at the lush Spa Botánico at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico where MGK gushed that they first fell in love, proving that picking a place that’s romantic as well as symbolic is never a bad idea.
Lake Como, Italy
Famous Couple: Sophia Bush and Grant Hughes
"So it turns out that being your favorite person’s favorite person is the actual best feeling on planet Earth," wrote "One Tree Hill" alum Sophia Bush on Instagram when her now-fiancé, Grant Hughes, proposed. Hughes enlisted a local photographer and a boat company to whisk Bush away on the famous lake—where she said yes.
Lake Como oozes romance and has no shortage of magical spots to pop the big question. For lodging in Lake Como, StayOne’s villa Argegno sits on the site of a former medieval watchtower and boasts a 72-foot-long infinity pool with enviable views from almost 3,000 feet above the lake and a piano to serenade your forever love.
Catalina Island, California
Famous Couple: Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa
Tarek El Moussa pulled out all the stops to propose to "Selling Sunset" star Heather Rae Young on a private beach in Catalina Island off the coast of California. The "Flipping 101" star chose their one-year anniversary in July of 2020 to don a sharp suit and propose on bended knee with an 8-carat emerald-cut stone.
To recreate the couple’s beachside engagement, dress to the nines and create a rose petal-lined aisle on the beach, and surprise them during a special occasion you’re commemorating.
Famous Couples: Justin and Hailey Bieber, Martha Hunt and Jason McDonald, and more
The Bahamas might just be one of the hottest destinations for celebrity proposals. Justin and Hailey Bieber got engaged there over dinner at a beach bar in front of happy onlookers in July 2018 and Alex Rodriguez also chose the archipelagic state to take his relationship to the next level with Jennifer Lopez in March of 2019. A year later, Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt’s Bahamian vacation in Harbour Island turned into a trip she’ll never forget when her photographer boyfriend Jason McDonald proposed with the help of their dog in January 2020.
For a touch of A-list glamour, choose a romantic beachfront boutique hotel like Caerula Mar Club on South Andros, one of the Bahamas’ largest but least inhabited islands. There are hiking trails for active couples, picture-perfect sands, and endless blue holes to discover hand in hand with your beloved.
The Bailey Wine Cellar, Atlanta
Famous Couple: Cynthia Bailey and Mark Hill
Cynthia Bailey and Mark Hill took the first step to officially becoming "Chill" when they got engaged during the grand opening for her latest business venture, The Bailey Wine Cellar. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" veteran and the sportscaster got engaged in front of their friends, family—and a film crew. The wine-filled proposal aired during season 12 of the Bravo reality show. Oenophiles can take a page out of Hill’s book with a party at a winery with loved ones in tow.
In The Sky
Famous Couple: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
If Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are your idea of couple goals, take your love to new heights with a mid-air proposal. The British actor surprised Perry during a helicopter ride on Valentine’s Day in 2019 and asked her to marry him with an Art Deco flower-shaped ring.
To get your beloved dizzy with excitement, look for a hotel with a dedicated helicopter proposal offering like Southernmost Beach Resort in Key West, Florida. Guests who book the resort’s "Love Is In The Air" package can pop the question while in the sky and receive discounts on accommodation. There is also a bevy of romance-centric activities back on solid ground like salsa dancing and sip-and-spill painting classes.
Famous Couple: Carlson Young and Isom Innis
Foster the People musician Isom Innis proposed to his now-wife, "Scream" actress Carlson Young, as the sun rose following a snowstorm in Iceland amid scenery that looked straight out of Lord of the Rings. Located in Hella, Iceland, Hotel Ranga is one particularly picturesque spot to enjoy the land of fire and ice’s epic dream-like landscapes and the Northern Lights. It is even equipped with its very own stargazing observatory. The hotel’s aptly-named Hella Yes! proposal package includes a stay in the lux lodge’s Master Suite, breakfast in bed, a romantic dinner as well as a helicopter ride for a sky-bound proposal à la Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Famous Couple: Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler
Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler’s Valentine's Day engagement came four years after meeting in 2010 on the set of her film, Burlesque. While we aren’t quite sure if Aguilera’s fiancé said, "you are beautiful in every single way" when he proposed to her, we do know that he popped the question in Punta de Mita in Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit.
W Punta de Mita is one stunning hotel in the region that will be your genie in a bottle and make just about any fantasy a reality. The colorful resort’s "Whatever, Whenever" 24/7 concierge service will certainly come in handy when you’re planning a proposal of Hollywood proportions.
Famous Couple: Ciara and Russell Wilson
Ciara and Russell Wilson’s proposal story is almost too romantic for words. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback planned a game of "travel roulette" for the singer to choose from 30 possible destinations. She landed on Seychelles where he whisked her away for a surprise vacation to North Island, the private resort where Prince William and Kate Middleton honeymooned.
Even if you won’t be jetting off to an idyllic Indian Ocean retreat though, Ciara and Wilson’s engagement story reads like a fairy tale and shows how a little bit of play can go a long way to make your engagement one of the most cherishable days of your lives.