The personalization of wedding day details has steadily increased over the years and now personalized proposals are also a growing trend. According to the blog Wedding Pro, nearly one in four proposers feel the pressure to plan something unique. About one in three appointments take place on a planned trip (7% more than last year) and one in five proposers enlist the help of professional salespeople to help them plan or photograph the proposal (an increase from 8 % since 2019). In addition, couples are very likely to share the details of their engagement publicly on social media (90% of couples), with 78% announcing on Instagram and 77% on Facebook.
To meet the growing demand for unique and personalized proposals, hotels and resorts are offering over-the-top engagement packages designed to “stun” that special someone. From a romantic, luxurious picnic to signature Turkish baths, these hotels are rolling out the red carpet for engaged couples-to-be.
Le SerenoSaint Barthélemy, French West Indies
Le Sereno is located on the Grand Cul De Sac of St. Barth’s. This intimate beachfront hotel has become a beacon for modern romance. Le Sereno prides itself on its commitment to privacy and luxury, making it the perfect destination to plan your romantic surprise. Perfect proposal spots include the Grand Cul-de Sac on the white sand beaches as the sun sets. To celebrate, head to Plage to pop champagne. Sit in the shade of the coconut trees and dine with your feet in the sand while enjoying the view of the beach. Each of the hotel’s three villas offers a furnished poolside terrace and private heated pools overlooking the magnificent view of the Grand Cul-de Sac.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia
The hotel recently debuted The Ultimate Engagement package in partnership with Washington, DC jeweler, Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers and Picnic & Peonies, a luxury picnic company. The package includes a customized picnic experience, with custom furnishings, decor, and fresh flowers by Picnic & Peonies in one of DC’s most breathtaking parks, food and beverages by The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, and an on-site photographer working nearby is stationed every now and then. The couple has the opportunity to drive to Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers in style to design the perfect custom ring or ties. When the couple returns to The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for a celebratory evening, they are welcomed to a luxurious suite with rose petals, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and framed photos of the proposal as a memento.
Omni La Mansion del Rio and Mokara Hotel & SpaSan Antonio, Texas
These luxury hotels surround guests with the romance, grace and charm of a large hacienda. The bridge connecting Omni La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel and Spa sets the stage for the most charming proposal in all of San Antonio, right above the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Celebrate the engagement afterwards by booking a room at Mokara Hotel & Spa’s Spa Room with private balcony and explore the Romance Package with a bottle of sparkling wine paired with chocolates, late check-out and more, all specially arranged by the concierge to ensure your stay is the perfect romantic getaway.
Loews Philadelphia HotelPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Loews Philadelphia Hotel offers a Room for romance, perfect for the fall engagement season. Couples can get engaged in one of the city’s most historic hotels in the heart of Center City. The Room for Romance experience includes nightly food and beverage credit that can be used in the room or at the Bank & Bourbon American restaurant. Other features include chocolate covered strawberries and prosecco on arrival and discounts at the on-site spa, Joseph Anthony Retreat Salon & Spa.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Italy
Set on its own private island of Isola delle Rose, this elegant hotel is surrounded by 100-year-old olive groves and rose gardens. It is just a few minutes by private boat from the famous St. Mark’s Square, a popular destination in demand. Guests can imagine through the magic of the Venetian lagoons aboard a classic wooden boat via collaboration with Classic Boats Venice. The resort’s wedding, event and engagement planning team works with photographers such as Stefano Degirmencia who specialize in capturing the engagement moment. Newly engaged couples can enjoy the peaceful grounds away from the crowds, surrounded by olive groves, the lagoons and Venice’s most luxurious infinity pool. Couples can arrange a private visit to local sustainable jeweler Fope for a consultation to discover the brand’s iconic collections and find the perfect ring or jewelry decal of their love.
Cheval Blanc St-BarthFrench West Indies
A pearl in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Saint Barthélemy is the ideal location for a surprising engagement on an idyllic beach, Flamands Bay. Decorated with exotic flowers for the occasion, it is the perfect setting for romantic gestures. Curated in great detail, a private dining experience of your dreams will make this day special and can be captured with a sunset photo shoot. When you return to your villa, the room has been transformed into a romantic cocoon, decorated with petals of red roses and a bathing ritual to symbolize your love. Like finding your own number, Cheval Blanc St-Barth has introduced an exclusive immersive experience with Cheval Blanc Spa’s new Haute Parfumerie Guerlain collection. After some questions about your memories, striking emotions and flavors, the Maison’s Beauty Experts select the perfect fragrance and then customize your own bottle.