The 13 Best Places to Propose in LA

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Congratulations on finding the love of your life and deciding it is time to pop that big question. 

Let the search for the perfect proposal spot begin!

Stunning beaches… scenic gardens… and glamorous rooftop bars boasting some seriously spectacular views. Los Angeles is brimming with breathtaking locations.

Read on for the inside scoop on LA’s heart-fluttering hidden gems and top tips on making the big moment extra special.

Get ready to fall head over heels for the most enchanting places in the City of Angels!

What to consider before proposing:

Expert Tips:

  • Timing is key:  Sure, there’s ‘no time like the present’, but there’s also no harm in checking the weather, entry times, or when the sun is due to set to ensure maximum romance.
  • Have a backup:  No matter how idyllic the spot is, if it’s stormy or swamped with tourists, you’ll be so glad you had a plan B!
  • Hire a photographer:  The look on your partner’s face will be priceless, and a selfie simply won’t cut it. Capture the moment and cherish the memory forever. 
  • The little things:  Personalize the moment and show just how well you know them, whether it’s your special song or their favorite bottle of wine. 
  • Practice makes perfect:  Rehearsing your words will calm your nerves and ensure those oh-so-heartfelt words come out just right. 

According to a 2022 survey by The Knot, 15% of couples get engaged in December.

With so much festive cheer, we’re not surprised it’s the season of love!

The survey also revealed that half of those popping the question wisely put their plans in place up to 3 months in advance. 

Be smart like them. Let’s get to it!

Proposing in LA

From the Hollywood sign to the secluded trails of Vasquez Rocks, we’ve seen countless love stories unfold against myriad backdrops in our time.

And to save you time and a whole lot of Googling, we’ve curated 13 of the best - plus a bonus location you simply MUST add to your list.

Without further ado, here’s a list of top proposal spots in Los Angeles.

The 13 Best Places to Propose in LA

Griffith Park Observatory:

Incredible views of the city, iconic architecture, and an awe-inspiring glimpse into the universe - Griffith Park Observatory is ideal for starry-eyed adventurers!

Enjoy a scenic hike, and make your proposal one to remember with a private planetarium show.

Santa Monica Pier:

Does your partner love being by the water?

Soak up Santa Monica Pier’s stunning ocean views, explore the charming shops and independent eateries, and add a touch of nostalgia straight out of The Notebook by taking a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel. 

The Queen Mary:

If glamor tops your list, The Queen Mary is your gal! With several delightful onboard restaurants, this elegant ship is one of LA’s most luxurious dining destinations.

Keep the romance going after they say ‘Yes’ with a romantic stay in one of the opulent suites.

Crystal Cove Park:

For those seeking a little privacy, Crystal Cove Park is home to some of LA’s most secluded and tranquil beaches.

Take a gentle hike through the park soaking up the ocean views, followed by a picnic, bonfire, or spot of stargazing.

Utter bliss!

Disneyland:

Need we say more? This iconic location is full of epic scenery, magic, and wonder. So give them the perfect fairytale proposal and invite their favorite Disney character along for the ride!

Or why not arrange a private trip to one of the famous attractions? So begin your forever fairytale fit for a king and queen by choosing Disneyland as your proposal spot.

Just be sure Disney is their thing!

Getty Center:

If your first date was a gallery trip, this one will rekindle the magic.

This sophisticated spot is home to some of the finest gardens and views in the city, and there’s truly something for everyone in the many exhibits.

Proposing is hungry work, and the onsite restaurants are elegance personified!

Huntington Botanical Gardens:

Where better to get down on one knee than a lush garden surrounded by beautiful architecture?

This tranquil spot would make the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic and bottle of the good stuff!

Vasquez Rocks:

With its towering rock formations and breathtaking vistas, Vasquez Rocks are genuinely one-of-a-kind.

Explore all it offers on a guided horseback ride, or set out on foot for an epic, romantic adventure fit for a Hollywood romance.

El Matador Beach:

Enjoy a picnic on the hilltop, explore the nearby tide pools and caves, and take a leisurely stroll along the beach as the sun sets.

If you’re lucky, you may even spot some dolphins - simply gorgeous! 

Beverly Gardens Park

This peaceful and charming location is packed with greenery and punctuated with beautiful fountains.

Put on your walking shoes and take a romantic stroll through the gardens, enjoy a picnic on the grass, or go the extra mile and arrange a private concert.

Just be sure to get a vocal warm-up if you plan to do the serenading!

Inspiration Point:

If the panoramic views of the city and mountains weren’t enough, you could really push the boat out with a magical hot air balloon ride.

Pop the big question up amongst the clouds to make their heart soar!

The Art District:

Combining colorful street art, hip galleries, and heaps of urban charm, The Art District is perfect for a unique and unforgettable proposal.

Fancy a celebratory drink or dinner? You’ll be spoiled for choice with all the trendy bars and restaurants! 

Point Dume:

Don’t just enjoy the views. Arrange a private boat ride to make the moment even more magical.

And once back on dry land, the scenery will lend itself to a truly magnificent sunset!

Bonus: Propose During a Concert at the Hollywood Bowl 

Okay, this one would take little extra planning, but we couldn’t resist!

Picture this: your loved one’s favorite band is playing. You’re in your own private box. The first notes of YOUR song - the one you always have a lil’ dance to in the kitchen after a bottle of red - start to play.

They turn to you and smile, and the words appear on the jumbo screen: ‘Will you marry me?’ 

Proposing during a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl is one of the most exciting and surprising ways you could pop the question. 

And don’t forget the best part of any proposal (other than the love and commitment of eternity) - THE ENGAGEMENT RING!

Ben Garelick is here to help you find the perfect ring regardless of your proposal's location.

Our engagement specialists will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, and we love discussing proposal plans. 

Here’s some of our favorites to get you thinking about the perfect proposal for your angel:

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So, visit us at our showroom for a glass of fizz and a day of planning. If you can’t make it to our showroom, chat with us online, and we’ll help you get the ring checked off your list!

Not Ready to Propose? Make a Promise Instead

If you’re not yet prepared to become engaged but wish to express your dedication to one another, a promise ring serves as an excellent choice. 

A promise ring represents a pledge of devotion and loyalty, embodying various commitments between the two of you as a pair.

It may symbolize exclusivity, a shared future, or simply the promise to love and cherish one another.

Promise rings provide a meaningful avenue for couples to demonstrate their devotion without the expectations associated with proposals or engagements. 

They can be exchanged at any stage of a relationship, signifying a strengthening bond between two individuals.

A promise ring reflects the seriousness of a relationship and the readiness to advance in commitment.

Selecting a promise ring should involve finding one that captures your partner’s unique style and personality.

The ring can be a basic band or feature a modest gemstone, crafted from materials such as gold, silver, or even silicone and cubic zirconia.

The ring's symbolic value takes precedence, representing the affection and dedication shared between the partners.

So maybe you want to visit LA and make it that lifetime moment where you show your love you mean forever - it’s all about being ready and knowing what you want!

Take a look at these gorgeous promise rings to get an idea for what’s to come:

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Gabriel Blue Sapphire & Diamond Round Cut Five Stone Band

Ben Garelick Forever Day Chevron Milgrain Diamond Promise Ring

 

Gabriel Two-Tone Gold Bujukan Stackable Ring

 

Propose to your angel in the city of angels.

Whether you choose the iconic Griffith Park Observatory or during a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, one thing is sure - Los Angeles offers some of the world's most romantic and unique proposal spots. 

So take your time. There’s no need to rush! Though we’re sure you can’t wait to start forever with the love of your life.

Choose the perfect spot, and enjoy this special moment with your loved one.

Try to calm those nerves and savor every part of the proposal. Then, hire a photographer to capture the exact moment they say yes so you can remember it for a lifetime.

Speak to our engagement ring specialists to find your perfect engagement ring and get ready for your life-changing moment!

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby? Not to worry - chat with our engagement experts online 24/7, call us on (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966. Let’s find the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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