Atlanta is a beautiful and eclectic city. It’s filled with parks, historic buildings, and a thriving arts scene that makes it the perfect place to pop the question. Getting engaged might seem simple enough, but there are so many logistics to get in place before you ask. To plan a weekend getaway in Atlanta to propose, make sure you do these things first.
Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring
You don’t want to show up to your proposal without a ring. Diamonds are still the most popular center stone for an engagement ring. The nice thing is you can choose something simple like a single stone princess cut ring or from a variety of halo engagement rings.
Whether you love something that sparkles from every direction or one that’s a little more subdued, there are infinite possibilities. To narrow it down, you can visit a local jeweler like Kay or Zales or an online jeweler like Diamond Nexus. Make sure you order early as it can take weeks to get a ring ready.
Book a Great Hotel
Atlanta has several beautiful boutique hotels that set the scene for the perfect engagement weekend. Whether you want something ultra-modern or chic and stylish, here are some cool options.
With a Spanish-style exterior, the Artmore hotel is hard to miss. It’s pretty, sweet, and charming all rolled into one. High-end touches are found throughout the building and include marble bathrooms and high thread count bedding.
Comfort and beauty doesn’t begin to describe this charming gem. The Ellis hotel boasts sleek and modern rooms with softness in all the right places. They are known for their buttery high thread count sheets that people rave about.
When you love color, the drab décor at many chain hotels just won’t do. Located in downtown Atlanta, Aloft offers rooms that are bright with color and filled with comfortable amenities.
For those couples who love the eclectic and intriguing, this hotel offers the best of all worlds. It blends boutique hotel with dive bar and hostel all in one curious building. As a historic building it creates a funky vibe that defies the traditional glam hotel.
Pick a Unique Spot
If you’re staying downtown, there are plenty of places to ask for her hand in marriage. I spent a day just driving around the city and found so many spots I think would be perfect for a memorable proposal. I love the view of the city and many restaurants offer a rooftop option. The city lights even add to the ambiance. My favorite restaurant is a rooftop sushi bar called O-Ku. It’s surrounded by fun shopping options and walkable streets.
If you’re looking for an outdoor spot in the city, be sure to check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden. For more adventurous couples who want to stretch their legs outside the city, Stone Mountain Park has hiking trails and amazing views. You can climb to the top of the mountain together or take the skyride up. I think the skyride would be a fabulous and unique spot to propose.
Consider Hiring a Photographer or Videographer
This might take some James Bond-esque style of sleuthing, but Atlanta has many great photographers and videographers who could pull this off. Make sure they know your plans if you want them to capture the proposal or if you simply want them to create stunning engagement photos or videos. It’s the perfect way to help you remember your engagement weekend.
Plan a Unique Engagement Party
Who doesn’t love a good party? There are countless restaurants that could hold an intimate engagement party. A party is the perfect way to celebrate your coming marriage with your closest family and friends. Some locations book up fast, so it’s important to plan ahead if you want a party at a restaurant or venue. The boutique hotels I mentioned earlier all have meeting rooms and dining areas that could easily host a small gathering.
If you’re just planning to spend the weekend in Atlanta and want to close it out with a party, you better know for sure that she’ll say yes when you propose. Inviting family and friends to a special dinner or venue takes a lot of logistical planning. With the right steps, you can create the perfect start to the rest of your lives together.