Got a sparkling ring and planning to pop the question to your special someone but in desperate need of ideas? Want it to feel as magical as the movies? Tap into your inner romantic with the help of some awesome proposal inspiration from some of the best romantic movies of all time, bound to help you propose in the sweetest most tear-jerking way possible!

1.   The Notebook

Ask any woman to name her all-time favorite romantic movie, and The Notebook is bound to be one of the very first names to be uttered. And if you want to make her heart skip a bit, do like Noah (Ryan Gosling) did for Allie (Rachel Mc Adams) and take your beloved on a magical row boat ride in a lake filled with swans. Ok, you may not find the swans, but a lake and rowboat aren’t that hard to come by! There was no proposal in this scene, but you can take things to the next level and add your own twist to your dreamy lakeside rendezvous.

2.   Love Actually

Possibly one of the best romantic comedies ever made, we love the way Jamie (Colin Firth) surprises Aurelia (Lúcia) at work to propose in broken Portuguese, proving that love truly is a universal language. Aurelia works as a waitress at a busy restaurant, but you can surprise your other half wherever they may be – and if there are plenty of onlookers, it will simply add to the drama of an occasion to be remembered for a lifetime!

3.   When Harry met Sally

Got a knack for words? Then maybe you’ll want to follow Harry’s (Billy Crystal’s) lead when he tells Sally (Meg Ryan): “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!”  Don’t copy him word for word, but do let your partner know how important it is that you spend the rest of your life with them when you’re slipping a ring on their finger. You’re bound to melt their heart.

4.       The Wedding Singer

If you really want to pull at your better half’s heartstrings, let music be the food of love! If you play the guitar, strum on it like there’s no tomorrow as you outrightly declare your feelings. Want something more dramatic? Do like Jason (Adam Sandler) did in The Wedding Singer, telling a teary-eyed Julia (Drew Barrymore) that he wants to grow old with her with a song he had written as they were soaring on cloud nine onboard an aircraft.

5.   Sex & The City

Any woman who claims she doesn’t like Sex & The City may well be lying! Just mention the name ‘Big’ to anyone, and chances are they’ll remember Carrie’s (Sarah Jessika Parker’s) commitment phobic passionate love interest. And the fickle businessman may have almost broken Carrie’s heart by getting cold feet at the altar, but quickly realized his mistake and later proposed to Carrie while slipping on a pair of Manolo Blahnik beauties on her feet. We’re not encouraging the gents to act like Big first did, but if your girlfriend is a fashionista, do buy her a pair of designer shoes alongside the engagement ring!

6.   Sweet Home Alabama

Dreams came true when Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) was taken to a famous New York jewelry store after-hours and told to pick any ring she wanted by the tux-clad heartthrob, Andrew Hennings (Patrick Demsey).  This grandiose gesture will surely put you in good stead, and with everything available online in the digital era, you don’t even need to leave the house to impress your other half. If you know that your beloved is slightly fussy and think that she would love to pick her own ring, pour her a glass of fine champagne and lead her to Barkev’s online shop. The world truly is your oyster!

7.   Gone with the Wind

The epic historical romance film based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel is one of Hollywood’s most epic films and sets the perfect scene for lovers of all things classic. And who can forget the moment when Rhett (Clarke Gable) gets down on one knee to propose to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh)? With the right ring in hand, you can re-enact the famous scene just about anywhere, be that in the comfort of your own home, or in a lovely park or beachside location near you.

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