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5 Unique Washington DC Proposal Ideas

The nation’s leading proposal photography company gives its pick for 5 unique proposal ideas in the nation’s capitol!  From stately marble monument engagements to delicate garden proposals, there are countless ways to pop the question with style and grace in DC.

Working out how and where to propose in DC in a way that’s perfect for the two of you can be a challenge. Luckily, we’re here to help! Paparazzi Proposals has planned and photographed hundreds of incredible proposals, and that no two proposals are exactly alike. So, to help get the ideas flowing for your one-of-a-kind moment, we’ve put together five unique DC proposal ideas.

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For the ultimate proposal inspiration, be sure to check out our DC proposal guide.   Browse beautiful proposal photography from engagements we’ve helped plan and capture in DC and check out our easy to book, customizable proposal photography packages!  Check out these unique proposal ideas for an absolutely picturesque DC engagement.

Marble Steps Proposal

Skip the crowds and get a picture perfect moment with an engagement on the steps of your favorite monument in DC.  Tell your honey you’ve planned for a romantic meal at your favorite restaurant, but would like to go for a stroll first.  With your proposal photographer disguised as an camera happy tourist, capture her complete surprise when you drop to one knee!  Check out the proposal photography package John selected to capture his engagement, paparazzi style.

DC Monument Proposal

Cherry Blossom Proposal

Pop the question amongst the delicate cherry blossoms that bloom once a year in DC’s Tidal Basin.  The blossoms are the perfect cover for a surprise engagement, and your partner will appreciate that you’ve done your research and planned ahead to create the perfect moment.  To help you out, here’s the Blossom Watch website to let you know exactly when the flowers will be at their best.  Plan your proposal for the spring and let it be the start of a beautiful tradition of the two of you returning each year!

DC Cherry Blossom Proposal

Vineyard Proposal

This is the perfect summer proposal idea.  Schedule a day to escape to a nearby vineyard like Chrysalis Vineyards, located an hour outside of downtown DC, for a wine tasting.  Wander through the grapevines until you come across the picture-perfect spot– then surprise your partner by popping the question!  Have a bottle of your favorite wine from the day waiting for the two of you to share a toast after they say, “YES!”

DC Vineyard Proposal

Museum Proposal

The perfect proposal idea for history buffs!  DC is home to some of the country’s most incredible museums.  Disguise your engagement plans with a trip to your favorite museum.  Tell your special someone there’s a new exhibit you know he or she will love.  Right before you’re about to go in, whisk them away to a spot a little off the beaten path and pop the question! Watch Taylor propose in front of the Smithsonian, and his fiancée’s amazing reaction, in their proposal slideshow.

DC Smithsonian Proposal

Mount Vernon Proposal

This is the perfect proposal idea for a couple that values their privacy!  Drive 30 minutes outside of DC for a romantic day wandering the grounds of Mount Vernon.  Take a stroll down to the gazebo, tucked away on the banks of the Potomac River.  While your partner admires the views, drop to one knee and propose!  Read up on Karah and Allison’s Mount Vernon engagement for inspiration!

Mount Vernon Proposal


For more DC proposal inspiration, head check out our post on the Best DC Proposal Ideas!  If you’re ready to pop the question and want to discuss your ideas with your own engagement concierge, contact us today.  We’re ready to help you plan and capture the DC proposal you’ve been dreaming of.