How to Propose in Paris

Featured Paris Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in Paris
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in Paris. Explore our customers’ heartwarming Paris proposal stories below.

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Benedict's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met on instagram when my beautiful fiancé randomly followed me and I said "Hey, this girl is too beautiful for me not to take my shot." So I did and here we are almost 3 years later, engaged!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris is Uju's favorite city in the world so it was a no brainer.

What is your proposal story?

I purposely planned a "vacation photo shoot" 3 days into our trip to try and throw my now fiancé off the trail and make think it was a birthday trip. It had rained early that morning but the sun came up perfectly for the time for our shoot and my now fiancé was swept off her feet!

Proposed in Paris in August

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Mark & Stephen's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

OKCupid

What is your love story?

I knew he was the one from the moment we met. It felt like time slowed down when he walked into my life. I think it's easy to enjoy the concept of a relationship when you're constantly doing things together, new experiences and the like. To be sure, those are great things, but they really only break the monotony, unless you're like really rich or an influencer who can travel constantly. For the rest of us peasants, and me in particular, I found the quiet, mundane day to day life just as fulfilling as the fun vacations, day trips, nights out, and all that jazz.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I have always wanted to go to Paris because of how magical a city it is. I wanted to go all out with this proposal, and where better to do that than in the most beautiful city in all the world.

What is your proposal story?

So, there were a bunch of thunderstorms that were supposed to blow in that day. It was the last full day we were going to be in Paris due to traveling to London and beyond for the trip so it was the only day that we could have shot the proposal. Fortunately the storms came in early enough that there was only some fog wreathing the tower which I think created a really lovely effect for the photos. So basically I told my partner that we were going to the museum at the Trocadero and that the museum had a dress code. There is a museum at the Trocadero, whether or not it has a dress code is in doubt. Suffice it to say, he knew something was up, but I managed to achieve an element of surprise since he isn't a morning person.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

The weather is kind of unpredictable at times, so be prepared for it to be too hot, too cold, make sure you are well hydrated. A lot of the more popular locations are usually in use because, well, they are popular locations. If you can, book a photographer, there's a pretty neat website that can help you with that.

Proposed in Paris in September

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Baraka & Jamie's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Local Restaurant

What is your love story?

We met at a bar and chatted a bit, I had to leave early so we exchanged numbers and texted over a week . Planned a date at the same restaurant we met at. I arrived early, the second she sat down, we talked and laughed like we’d known each other our whole lives . Before the night was over , the peace in my heart was all the evidence I needed. We connected on every level imaginable. It is truly a case of spirits and souls being separated by the physical we just knew. Everything came naturally , the conversation , the smiles , the touches. We’ve been inseparable since that night in October and my heart is better of for it .

What made you choose this proposal destination?

When we first met over dinner, I asked Jamie what were some things in life she would like to do before she died. She said travel ( go to Japan ), watch whales swim and start a family. I initially bought tickets for Japan but they never opened up boarders due to the pandemic. I always knew I wanted to give her all of her wishes and let’s just say, Paris was the next best thing.

What is your proposal story?

Lol well it took some doing. I planned the trip successfully without her knowledge and successfully got her all the way to the boarding gate on the even of our proposal without her having any idea where we were going. The rest as they say is history. A few good people helped plan the photo shoot. My darling nice Brianna being one of them. Her friend Jannelle helped to prepare her for a trip without disclosing the destination and Krystal was amazing in suggesting the location and I just had to show up and knock out of of the park , 28 days of rehearsing the perfect knee and hand hold.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

Do it. Maybe during cooler months , but do it.

Proposed in Paris in September

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


Mary & Mary and Kevin's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Mary was traveling to St Thomas to launch her business on the islands. I am a native of the islands and was introduced to her via a friend.

What is your love story?

I met Mary in the United States Virgin Islands, St Thomas when she came to launch her business. After her shoot, that evening she came into the same club that I was in. We talked, she left and went out to the car with her driver and friend. I followed shortly. I saw her in the van, and was bold enough to come into the drivers side of the van and sit right next to her (her driver was attending to another matter). I just could not resist. She looked and me, asked if she could see my face, pulled down my mask and she kissed me, I then told her - let me show you what a real kiss is and I kissed her......she then said - you are going to fall in love with me! We then spend the next 7 weeks together, never leaving each others side. I told her I was going to marry her after 2 weeks of dating. I met Mary in April of 2021 and flew her to Paris in August, 2021 to propose.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I wanted to most romantic place in the world to propose. We have fairy tale story and I just wanted to make it special for Mary.

What is your proposal story?

I told Mary we were going to Paris to spend some time together. I told her that I had hired a photographer to capture some of our moments and wanted to her to dress the part for this special day. She had no idea that I was about to propose.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

Olga was fabulous and kept us updated on the weather. We were suppose to have the shoot on Sunday however rain was predicted. We ended up having the shoot at 7:20 am on Saturday morning which turned out to be the perfect time. No crowds, beautiful sky and breeze and the sun was at a perfect angle. Trust your photographer!

Proposed in Paris in August

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


Grant & Dori's Proposal Story in Paris

How did you meet?

Friends/Family

What is your love story?

We met right on a blind date right before COVID in Feb 2020. First date we sat and had cocktails and apps for 3+ hours and just learned about each other. One month later I knew she was the one. We call it our COVID romance.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Dori and I have each been to Paris 15-20 times over the last 20 years and the city has given us so many amazing places and memories. I wanted to start making some of our own memories and figured Paris was the perfect place to propose.

What is your proposal story?

We went to Sacre Coeur and had dinner around the basilica. We left with a bottle of wine and went to the square behind the basilica away from the crowds. Krystal, our Flytographer, was taking pictures of the basilica and I asked her to take our picture. She did and then I got down on my knee to propose to Dori.

Best tip for proposing in Paris

Do some research and pick the perfect place for you. So many options, but it depends on how crowded an area you want.

Proposed in Paris in July

Photo Shoot Location: Sacré Coeur & Montmartre

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


Teni's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met when a friend forced me to download Bumble, and helped in matching me to this gorgeous engineer. I knew she was the one when I invited her to a cooking class as our third date, and I had the time of my life just being with her.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris is the city of love, and even though my now fiancee, I wanted to experience our love in this vibrant city together. From the champagne to the croissants, this is a city in which you are encouraged to treat yourself and your loved one.

What is your proposal story?

We were on our third day in Paris, and we planned to visit Trocadero Gardens at sunrise. I woke my now fiancee at 5am because traffic had been significant due to recents public transport protests. We were waiting and ready to leave for over thirty minutes before we took an Uber to our spot. Rachael was texting me about the best place to ask since the crowds were plentiful, and I wanted a nice quiet area to ourselves. The proposal was everything I dreamed it would be, and my fiancee was so excited she screamed "YES!!" before I could finish asking. All in all, it was a dream, and a cherished memory we will never forget

Proposed in Paris in December

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Ventzislav's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met while working abroad on a cruise ship in the entertainment department. I’m a musician/singer from the U.S. and she’s a singer/dancer from the U.K. We only really got to know each other during the last month of our contracts. We weren’t together for 6 months but kept messaging each other. We finally decided to make it official and visit each other on our respective ship. We then decided to do a contract together on the same ship. During that time, things got really serious. It was then that I knew that I wanted to marry her. I wanted to propose to her in either New York or Italy. But then we started planning for our holiday in Paris over the New Year.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

It was our planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris!

What is your proposal story?

The proposal was on the morning of New Years Eve at sunrise. It was perfect! We met our photographer Maria, and she explained what she had in mind for us. Mind you, my fiancé didn’t know it was a proposal, she just thought it was a photo shoot. 15 minutes into the shoot, we find the perfect spot for the proposal. Our photographer let me know it was the spot by telling me the secret code! I take my time in making sure that every moment of the proposal was captured! And we couldn’t have been more happy with how the photos turned out!

Proposed in Paris in December

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Maria in Paris for Flytographer


Michael's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

Mike and I met while serving together in Peace Corps Benin back in 2013. I was dating someone else at the time so we remained very good friends for almost two years before I realized that he was the one I was in love with, broke up with the other guy, and we've been together ever since. We both have careers in international development and have maintained our relationship across four different continents during graduate school, internships, and work opportunities. We plan on pursuing many future global adventures as a married couple.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

When I was growing up, I become infatuated with the idea of moving to Paris. I began studying French the first year it was offered in school and made plans to study abroad in Paris once I reached college. My dreams came true when I spent six months living and studying in Paris in 2012. Since then, I do my best to go back for short trips any chance I get. Mike visited Paris for a long weekend in 2013 while he was interning for the US State Department in Frankfurt, Germany and absolutely fell in love with the city. Once we met, we always spoke about going back together. Due to its personal significance in both of our lives, we selected Paris as our proposal destination. We also know that it is a city we will return to again and again, making it a nice excuse to revisit our proposal location.

What is your proposal story?

At breakfast one morning, Mike told me that he had booked us tickets to see The Nutcracker Ballet at Le Palais Congrés at 2 pm and suggested we walk to the theatre from our hotel in the 15eme arrondissement. We went back to the hotel, dressed up for the theatre, and began our walk to the ballet. Along the way, we walked across the Bir Hakeim bridge which boasts an absolutely gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower. He suggested we take a selfie but after seeing the quality, said it would be best if we asked a nearby "tourist" to take our photo, which turned out to be Rachael, our Flytographer photographer. Once she snapped our photo, Mike got down on one knee and proposed to me with his grandmother's ring from the 1940s while Rachael captured everything in the background. It truly exceeded all of my expectations for my proposal and it was a moment I will never forget. And don't worry, we eventually got to The Nutcracker as the showtime was actually at 4 pm. ;)

Proposed in Paris in December

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Jason's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met at Epcot at Disney World. She worked for Disney, and I am a former cast member myself, making the fact we met at Disney even more magical. We quickly fell in love even though we lived hours apart, so I moved in with her as soon as I could and there was no looking back from there.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris is the city of love, I couldn’t imagine traveling to Europe and proposing elsewhere.

What is your proposal story?

Originally I was supposed to take the train into Paris Thursday morning and the shoot would be in the early afternoon. With all the strikes, the train was cancelled leaving me scrambling for airfare despite the fact there was a sizable chance the flight would be cancelled to, instead it was “only” delayed three hours. Thankfully my photographer James, rescheduled to another day with my at the last minute. The day of the proposal was the best weather of the entire trip, you could easily see the whole Eiffel Tower unlike Thursday when it was extremely foggy. My now fiancé admits she was frustrated because she thought I was going to propose on the trip, but it was the last day of the trip and I had yet to propose (sorry!). The moment was surreal, she was sobbing and technically never said “yes”, but was nodding pretty vigorously so I guess that counts as a yes. James was an amazing photographer, and was extremely friendly. He wasn’t intrusive at all, and captured plenty of great photos during the special moment, and afterwards when he walked us around to continue the shoot at several spots. The entire proposal and shoot could not have gone any smoother.

Proposed in Paris in December

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

James in Paris for Flytographer


Isaac's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met through some friends. Once our dates started being more than eight hours long, I knew I just didn't want to be apart from her anymore.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

I asked early in our relationship what her "dream proposal" would be and she told me it was in Paris, so I knew I had to live up to that.

What is your proposal story?

I was very nervous. I knew she would say yes, but I wanted everything to be as perfect as I had planned. I got down on one knee, and she started crying. She was so happy, and once I saw her smile I knew I had done a good job.

Proposed in Paris in November

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Alex's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

Joey and I met a year and a half ago. After about 5 months of dating I absolutely knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He helped me come out of my introverted shell and try new things I would never have considered. He teaches yoga and other fitness activities for his profession and as I got to continue going with him as he taught , I was able to see a side of him that was so in love with what he did. He is passionate and always so in tune with his interpersonal side with others. He always knows when someone needs a helping hand or just a shoulder to cry on. Since I was there to see all of these experiences , it made me realize very quickly that this is who I wanted my life to be spent with. I just had to wait patiently for him to realize the same 🤣

What made you choose this proposal destination?

With my fiancé’s birthday coming up, he decided that he wanted to celebrate the birth of a new decade for himself in Paris. He has always wanted to go and has been intrigued by the French and their culture since a young age. This was the perfect opportunity to really cement the importance of Paris for us by also making it the place where we professed our love and promised our forever commitment to each other and our future (including our adorable little Boston Terrier Remy , who unfortunately could not be there!

What is your proposal story?

The proposal went better than could be ever hoped. We were at the basilica of Sacre Couer enjoying the beautiful panoramic view of Paris. We could see the whole city in every direction we looked. Then I centered in on Joey and told him that I had followed him up to Paris to tell him I wanted to follow him my entire lifetime. In the moment all I could do was focus on him. His face had a little bit of confusion for what was happening in the moment, which finally led to his question “what do I say here?” All I could think of was “well hopefully it’s a yes” to which he laughed that infectious laugh I love and said, “of course it’s a yes!” The experience with Rachael was phenomenal and I am so happy she was there to capture this moment so special for us.

Proposed in Paris in November

Photo Shoot Location: Sacré Coeur & Montmartre

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Dan's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We became friends at work and then a year or two later started dating. I knew she was the one when I first met her though.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were going on vacation and it was the best time to propose.

What is your proposal story?

Oh man, it was amazing! She was so surprised - even though she shouldn’t have been. She was totally shocked and sooooo happy.

Proposed in Paris in November

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

Maria in Paris for Flytographer


Thomas's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

From the moment I met Paola, I knew I was going to marry her. We clicked so effortlessly, and became best friends instantly.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We had been planning to take a trip together to Europe, and decided to travel to one of the most romantic places in the world: Paris, France!

What is your proposal story?

I intercepted the emails my partner had been sending to her concierge and photographer shortly before our trip to Paris, France. I solidified my plan to surprise my partner during our planned photo shoot and propose! My concierge and photographer, Olga, kept my secret and also made my partner believe she was the one making all the plans! She was completely surprised when I popped the question!

Proposed in Paris in October

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


George's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met when were toddlers but lost touch around 3 or 4 years old. Her parents were professional dancers and taught my parents how to dance. They became friends over the years. Unfortunately life happened and they lost touch. One day about 6 years ago we reconnected by chance and fell in love.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Passerelle Debilly, Paris was the location I choose for this special moment. Paris is a very romantic city, so it felt like the right place. With the Eiffel tower in the background it was a picturesque scene.

What is your proposal story?

We made our walk along the Siene river enjoying the city back drop and the beautiful weather. At 5:00 pm we made our way to the Passerelle Debilly. Maria, acting like a tourist was in place ready to go, right on time. At 5:00 pm the moment came and Maria caught the special moment just as planned.

Proposed in Paris in October

Photo Shoot Location: The Seine & Eiffel Tower

Maria in Paris for Flytographer


Michael's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met about 10 years ago - friends back then. Occasionally we would cross paths and casually chat, but never really thought to see where a relationship would go. 10 years pass and we have a few dates. Then one day, we headed up to Bottlerock and knew I didn’t want to live my life without Amy. Loved every song, every Artist and shared every drink with me - btw... never shares anything. She had me at “So you want the Whiskey cocktail or the wine” haha. In reality, I knew she was perfect long before we dated. It was only time before we pulled the trigger.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Amy loves Paris! Literally has 5 shirts with a French Pun.

Proposed in Paris in July

Photo Shoot Location: Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Brandon's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

Victoria and I worked together at a restaurant. It had been a month before we even spoke to each other. From the first night we spoke sparks flew. They continued to fly through a year of long distance and just about a year of living together. I knew she was something special from day one.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris has always been on the bucket list of places to go. It was our first big trip together and I wanted it to be one to remember.

What is your proposal story?

The proposal couldn’t have been any better. It was the perfect setting, in the romantic city of Paris. We had the debilly footbridge all to ourselves on a lovely morning. I wish I could do it over and over again.

Proposed in Paris in August

Photo Shoot Location: The Seine & Eiffel Tower

Rachael in Paris for Flytographer


Demarcus's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met each other through mutual friends and we immediately had a connection on our first official date . We worked opposite hours through the week and connected through early morning walks and breakfast. We have been connected ever since and plan this to continue for the rest of our lives.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were already traveling there .

What is your proposal story?

It was fast , I guess while we were already at the Eiffel tower the photographer wanted to get the shot . The key word was " romantic" and when I figured out when the cue was coming . I slowly approached the ground while she was looking away and when she looked my way again , I was down on one knee . Professing my everlasting love and intentions.

Proposed in Paris in July

Photo Shoot Location: Champ de Mars & Eiffel Tower

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


Philip's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We went to the same university, met at Grad school and have been dating for over 2 years.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We recently had to start a long distance relationship because of visa issues. We love travelling and decided we wanted to do Europe. From there I knew it was the place to propose to her!

What is your proposal story?

We chose the surprise / bystander and it worked perfectly. Krystal (our photographer) pretended to be an aspiring photographer taking pictures of the view. As soon as Krystal gave the codeword, "Perfect! This is Perfect", I proposed and my fiance forgot all about the photographer in the background. Thanks so much for being there.

Proposed in Paris in July

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


Tristan's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

I met my now fiancé the first day of college and we became best friends for the following 4 years before we started dating. We always had fun but also grew alongside one another and pushed one another to be our best selves. I always feel supported and loved with her, and I can’t imagine anything better than being with my best friend for the rest of my life.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Paris had always been her dream city, and she had always dreamt of seeing the Eiffel Tower, so proposing at trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background resulted in the perfect photos of the moment.

What is your proposal story?

I took her to trocadero, telling her we were going to a fancy breakfast restaurant in the area. I proceeded to call her over to the stairs for us to take a selfie which was the cue for Krystal (our flytographer) to be a friendly tourist and ask if we’d like her to take the photo of us and then ask if it would be okay to take some photos of us for her portfolio. I then kissed my now fiance, told her I loved her, and then proposed. She was completely surprised and immediately burst into tears of joy.

Proposed in Paris in June

Photo Shoot Location: Trocadéro & Eiffel Tower

Krystal in Paris for Flytographer


Zach's Proposal Story in Paris

What is your love story?

We met in college in a photography class. Later that year I attended her final art show and the next day she sent a thank you letter with a donut!

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Meg is such an amazing person, I felt she deserved the perfect place. She had never been to Paris and had been wanting to go for a longboard time!

What is your proposal story?

The morning of the proposal we got up early and went for a walk down to the Seine. I had to try and come up with a cover because normally I bring a camera and I didn’t that morning. We paused at the location because I told her I wanted to see how it would look for photos. I had her turn around to “model” for me and that’s when I popped the question!

Proposed in Paris in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Olga in Paris for Flytographer


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