As Valentine’s Day draws closer, some of you might be thinking about popping the question. Well, maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, but now seems like the best time to put it into action. Your proposal doesn’t need to be a flashmob broadcast on YouTube or national television to be effective or memorable. In fact, unless you know for absolute certain your partner wants a very public proposal (how? by them saying, “I want a very public proposal!”) chances are a more simple and private one will work just as well.
Here are some admittedly low-key, but romantic and thoughtful ways to propose in the Las Vegas area. Be sure to check back Thursday for our list of tips on how to make sure your proposal is polished, personal and, well, perfect!
1. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride A good one for early birds and morning lovers, the hot air balloon ride (priced from $199) includes a one hour ride, light champagne breakfast and stunning views of a sunrise over the Vegas valley. And of course: the perfect opportunity to ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage.
2. Play Tourist
This is a great one to involve a photographer as the moment happens. Book a limo (I recommend Presidential Limousine) or a walking tour guide and have the driver or guide bring you to a spot where you’ve arranged a photographer to be waiting for you to ask the question. Suggestions, depending on how private your partner is, might be the base of the Eiffel Tower, Welcome to Las Vegas sign, downtown on Fremont, the Brooklyn Bridge at New York New York or outside the Mirage Volcano.
3. Foodie Proposal
Much along the same lines as the walking or limo tour, book a food tour with The Walking Gourmet on The Strip. The tours take a few hours, with four to five restaurant stops and several tastings and drinks at each location. At a pre-chosen restaurant venue, have a photographer there to capture the moment!
4. Delicious Delivery Proposal
Arrange to have breakfast delivered to your hotel room one morning, and ask for an extra plate and plate cover dome, and perhaps a bottle of champagne. Slip the ring and box under the extra plate cover and wait until it’s uncovered. If you know your partner isn’t a morning person arrange for breakfast for dinner instead.
5. Wild Kingdom Proposal
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage offers private VIP tours three times a day. Book one, and learn about the exotic animals there like panthers, leopards, white lions and tigers, before proposing as the majestic creatures look on.
6. Capture it in a Caricature Las Vegas has a number of options when it comes to caricaturists, so why not turn the proposal into a piece of art of the moment? Working with a caricaturist, arrange to have them appear or approach their booth a bit ahead of time to give them the heads up on your proposal. When it comes time to sketch you after you suggest getting one while “walking by,” they can add in a speech bubble saying “Will You Marry Me?” and that’s when the magic happens. Caricature booths are available in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, New York New York and on the observation level of Stratosphere. However, I like the idea of hiring Las Vegas-based caricaturist Jessica from Girl Who Drew You. She’s helped dozens of couples get engaged over her career. When I asked her about caricature proposals she wrote: “I’ve never seen a bride say no, I’ve never seen anyone be surprised in a bad way. And every single one of those couples still has their drawing framed and hanging on their wall today.” Perfect, if you ask me!
7. Bellagio Fountain Proposal
The area around Bellagio is iconic and photogenic, making it a very popular spot for getting down on one knee. However it’s also noisy, very popular and very public. Instead scout out one of the more private spots: a table in Hyde lounge, a spot to the south of the fountains just before the moving walkways, at the top of escalators that are under the Bellagio marquee just before Cosmopolitan. Also the private spot just outside the main Bellagio valet doors on a balcony is a slightly better spot than right in front of the fountains. If you visit concierge, they will let you know what songs are playing that day and when, or you could use this list to narrow down the options (click on “fountain music list” in the middle of the page)
Bellagio also runs more “official” proposal packages with more privacy. Taking place on the secluded Terrazza Di Sogno, the $1000 package overlooks the fountains and includes roses and rose petals, champagne, chocolate and a tote bag.
8. Scenic Proposal at Stratosphere
Level 112 of the Stratosphere (the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River) hosts this private proposal package on their balcony. Not only does it include stunning views of the Vegas valley but champagne and a red rose, for $375.
9. Love on the Canals
Venetian offers gondola proposals starting at $500, including roses, photography and a planner to help you work out the details.
10. For Outdoors Lovers Arrange for a short hike around the gorgeous scenery at Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes off Strip, easily reachable in a rental car or with a town car and driver. Pack a bottle of bubbly, the ring and pop the question surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and nature.
11. Make it Magical Hire a local magician, then arrange for them to be at a certain spot along The Strip as you are out walking as a “surprise.” Have them turn a magic trick or illusion into a proposal for you, by making the ring box appear, where you then get down to ask the question.
12. Surprise Delivery
Have hotel concierge find a large box for you to fit in, and wrap it up. When you are ready, step out of the room for a minute to “run an errand,” and get into the waiting box. Have a bell boy “deliver” you to the hotel room a few minutes later where you pop out and pop the question!
13. Romantic Scavenger Hunt
Set up a scavenger hunt where your partner has to complete a number of tasks such as collect a chip from a certain casino, buy an item from an Art-o-Mat machine at Cosmopolitan, take a photo with the wax figure outside Madame Tussaud’s at Venetian, collect a brochure from any wedding chapel and so on. Finally, provide instructions for meeting you back at a restaurant or your hotel suite, which you have used the time during the hunt to get all decorated up (see below for examples.)
14. Such a Suite Proposal
After you’ve sent your partner out on a scavenger hunt or they return from shopping or being out of the hotel room, turn off all the lights in the room and put on some soft music, perhaps a mix of your partner’s favorite songs. Make a trail of candles (probably best to go LED or flameless while you are in a hotel) and a mix of sentimental mementos from your relationship together you brought with you (think love notes given to one another, photos of each other from key moments and other memorabilia.) At the end of the trail is you…with the ring.
15. Flight of Love Proposal
Sky Combat Ace offers flights for two over The Strip in their 50 Shades of Vegas tour. For $599 per couple, this 30 minute flight in an open-cockpit vintage 1930s-style biplane takes you on an unforgettable night flight filled with stunning aerial views of the neon-illuminated city. Includes limo transport to the airport, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Pop the question when you get back to earth in this amazingly memorable option.
16. Picnic in the Park There are so many gorgeous parks in and around Las Vegas that are perfect for a proposal. Sunrise Picnic Area in the Wetlands Park, Spring Mountain Ranch, Lorenzi Park, Floyd Lamb at Tule Springs, Sunset Park by McCarran Airport and the area around Lake Las Vegas are fantastic spots to set up a romantic picnic and ask the big question. What to include in the picnic basket? Some sandwiches, favorite chips or snacks, a bottle of wine or fancy sodas and of course a sweet treat: cupcakes or cookies from Retro Bakery perhaps? Just don’t forget the ring!
17. Pampered Proposal
Arrange a spa visit for your loved one with a massage, makeup application and hairstyle or manicure/pedicure and then have the room decorated and ready for their return.
18. Take it Downtown The Mob Museum (coincidentally celebrating its two year anniversary on February 14) has an absolutely awesome option for a proposal: their custom dot screen! This historic building in downtown Las Vegas can give you a great opportunity for a memorable date as you tour the museum and learn about mafia history, ending with a personalized proposal question on the dot wall on the first floor.
19. Just Say Oui!
Although some people propose 46 stories up at the top of the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas, that has the same problems any public proposal on The Strip does: lots of people and little privacy. Luckily, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant has a proposal package including a spectacular view of the Strip and Bellagio fountains from the comfort and privacy of a windowside table, a French tasting menu with wine pairing and roses, priced from $500 per couple. (Lunchtime proposals are available from $250 per couple.) They can also throw in a surprise delivery for the ring in a dessert or a souvenir Eiffel Tower ring box for an additional fee.
If All That Fails to Inspire
Stuck for ideas? That’s okay, Las Vegas is a service-oriented town and there are many planners and concierge staff who will help you do almost everything…except for ask the question itself! If you are still running dry on ideas for the perfect way to propose, Las Vegas wedding planners Lilian Goh and Andrea Eppolito specialize in proposal planning. They are certain to offer some romantic ideas and can do all the planning and execution for you, taking care of the stress!
Known for being a bit naughty, Las Vegas is a perfect place to pick up the perfect pair of panties or a brazen new brassiere. Several internationally known brands have set up shop in Las Vegas, making it a fun place to browse for something special for Valentines Day, or even a bachelorette party/the wedding night. Or, for some of us – for whenever!
Ranging in price point from “high roller” to “mall budget” there is something for every size of wallet and every level of sexy. Hosiery to thongs to pasties to toys, edible panties and handcuffs – these stores cover it all!
A thong on a hanger means it’s got to be pricey, right? (Kiki de Montparnasse, Crystals)
Kiki de Monteparnasse at Crystals is the largest of the US Kiki boutiques, and shopping in the store is like unwrapping a present with lots of little surprises to be discovered. A mix of high end lingerie and loungewear, toys made of natural materials, fragrance and beauty lines are in the boutique, as well as a jewelry bar. There is also a couples dressing room with “before, during and after” lighting to get a peek at your outfit will look at all stages of the evening…
Other than window shopping, this is probably the only store I’ve ever set foot in in Crystals, and I enjoyed the service I got there. I was also fond of the way they have displayed their items and laid out the store, with a “bedroom” in the back and several secluded alcoves. It is an extremely welcoming environment, and you are invited to explore and spend as much time as you like viewing the wares and trying them on.
A sheer skirt not for a night out with the inlaws… (Agent Provocateur, Forum Shops)
This British brand known for its saucy ad campaigns and retro lingerie lines has a little boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The store feels like a sumptuous closet and is very intimate (read: tiny), but the staff have been nothing but helpful when I’ve gone in. Velvet lined curtains, mirrors and glass cases display the goods here.
The lines all have names, and various pieces make up the options, often ranging from various style of panties to bras and garters.
Another store located in the Forum Shops, La Perla is well known for fantastic workmanship and quality fabrics on its couture lingerie – and its jaw dropping prices. It’s a daring store, dressed up in black and red, very appropriate for Vegas! A great feature of the shop is there is a seating area which makes it suitable to show off to your partner what you are trying on, if you dare…
This storefront on Sahara west of the Strip near South Valley View Blvd offers an entire shop of custom corsets, hosiery, shoes and burlesque and pinup fashions. The corsets are excellent quality and the fabrics are beautiful (silk and leather make appearances), but best of all the staff is friendly and helpful. To top it off, there is a great “exotic” shoe boutique next door – Red Shoes, making this strip mall a great one stop shopping location for your next special gift.
For those of you who are a little on the shy side and are staying at Hard Rock, you can shop at Love Jones via phone and have a “room service” set with handcuffs, panties and other assorted fun sent to your room without even setting foot in the fun, brightly colored and well merchandised boutique. The store stocks sexy outfits, marabou slippers and thongs you can customize with someone’s name – but also erotic books, lubricants, condoms and all form of adult toys, from tame to risque. The store carries various name brands including the Eberyjey line of intimates, too.
La Vogue offers naughty bachelorette goods and flouncy bridal numbers at Paris Las Vegas. Mall mainstays Fredericks of Hollywood and Victorias Secret hold court at various shopping centres up and down the Strip. I also have to say that the flagship H&M at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has an excellent lingerie section with many special lines that may not be available at your regular local store.
Boudoir photography is popular with brides as a pre-wedding gift to their husband-to-be, but also for events like Valentines Day or a birthday. Some women even use the sessions as a reward for recovering from surgery or illness, or for a move towards a healthier lifestyle. Shanna from Davista Photography recently held a pre-V day boudoir session at the sleek and stylish Rumor Boutique Hotel shared a few photos with me. The shots, the hotel and the model are gorgeous!
Boudoir is more about the suggestion of nudity, rather than outright gettin’ nekkid. Shanna says her favorite part of shooting sessions like this is that she is helping women feel even more beautiful, and that having them see the finished images helps them envision how others see them: gorgeous. The intimate shoots have helped her make fast friends with not only the model, but with the crew helping her do hair and makeup that day. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Shanna thinks Rumor is a great place for such photographs because it’s quiet and has a boutique feel. That’s certainly reflected in the photos – although the decor is certainly clean and modern, it has a certain old Hollywood glamor, no?
Shanna was kind enough to share some tips for choosing the perfect boudoir outfits:
she recommends starting the session with a cozy, comfy outfit like a favorite t-shirt or even a sports jersey
high heels are a necessity!
props like a chunky necklace of string of pearls helps hands be more relaxed and can give nervous models something to hold onto!
a mix of daring and conservative lingerie so that you have some good photos for around your home, but also for your partner’s eyes only…
And how does she know this? Well, she was on the other side of the camera to see what it felt like. You can read about her experience doing her own boudoir shoot on her blog.
Davista Photography holds sessions year round for women looking for a boudoir shoot, and the price ranges from $240-415 depending on what package you get. Here are a few more photos from the day spent shooting at Rumor.
One of the things I enjoyed the most in the lead up and wind down for my own wedding were the Blurb guestbook and photobook I laid out and created myself. I loved the control I had over the book, from the type of paper I used to what I wanted printed on the spine and what momentos I scanned and where I wanted them placed inside.
Ever since then, I’ve been itching for an excuse to make another book. With Valentines Day approaching, I got the idea to do a mini-book of photos from all the places my husband and I have spent Valentines Day together, from Thailand to Japan to, of course, Las Vegas. Since he doesn’t read the blog often, I can share a little preview of what one of the internal pages from the 7×7 book looks like as seen in the Blurb BookSmart editor:
Blurb has a great offer leading up to February 14 – 20% offyour entire order. Perfect for publishing a gift for Valentines Day, for a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband. You could publish a mini-Valentines Day photo memory book like I am, or a collection of scanned notes you’ve exchanged through the years, for example. There are even tools for publishing Instagram feeds or Facebook albums if time is running short. If you make and order your book by January 31, they promise delivery for Valentines Day.
The site has easy to understand software and tutorials that make laying out the photos, text and borders super easy and you have a lot of control over many aspects of the design. The finished books make beautiful gifts for anyone at any time of the year and are so fun to create. I can personally attest to the quality of the printed hard cover books with heavyweight paper. They look and feel amazing!
Just use code MYBOOKLOVE to score your 20% discount!
The lead-up to Valentines Day in Vegas continues with an amazing opportunity. Now that the Neon Museum is complete, the famous Vegas “Neon Boneyard” is available for weddings on February 14.
Already a favorite place for unique engagement, elopement or post-wedding photos, the Boneyard at the Neon Museum offers a look in the history of Las Vegas through its legendary signs. The collection is now home to over 150 donated and rescued signs from various businesses, hotels and casinos dating from the 1930’s up until today, all located in a large two-acre outdoor lot. These produce a beautiful array of imagery, from the iconic and nuptial photo friendly red and white “Wedding Chapel Information” sign, the robin’s egg blue curlyqued El Cortez sign to the more quirky genie’s lamp from “Aladdin” with all sorts of bulb festooned signs with amazing typography in between. It really is one of my favorite places in Las Vegas!
Dramatic lighting, unique dress and beautiful signage at the Neon Boneyard, images by Mike L Photos
The wedding option is a first for the Neon Museum, and for $777 includes a ceremony inside the Boneyard itself, which is normally closed off to those who have pre-reserved and cleared photo shoots or booked tours only. Also included is a photography package with 30 minutes of exploration and photo-taking time (that’s the “walk-thru” part), a champagne toast, floral bouquet and boutonniere and a bunch more edible and wearable swag. The couple may bring along four guests. You can read more about the details here.
For more information on the Valentines Day wedding special, or getting married at the Neon Museum any other day, contact Event Coordinator Cynthia Behr Warso: cynthia AT neonmuseum DOT org