Today we are going to one of our absolute favourite places in the whole world as we discuss romance and love, with Wild Roses Photography who are sharing their French Riviera Proposal Guide.
As a seasoned Frenchman and local to the French Riviera, Thiebauld he can help you finding the perfect place, time and setting for you to pop the question.
French Riviera Proposal Guide
Planning to propose your beloved one? Find in this guide information to help you plan the perfect proposal on the French Riviera.
To plan the perfect proposal, think about what would be special for the person so special to your heart. All those elements she/he loves. Tastes, colors, perfumes, surrounding should be the first elements of your plan. French Riviera offers gorgeous locations, great restaurants, and lovely hotels, to help you plan the perfect proposal.
Why propose on the French Riviera?
The lights of the French Riviera and Provence are unique, they bring to your trip both moody and luminous colors. The French Riviera also offers a wide variety of landscapes, located between mountains and sea. Between Menton and Saint Tropez, you can enjoy French art-de-vivre, wines, and multi-stars restaurants for your proposal dinner and travel.
With both luxurious hotels and beautiful nature, you should find the perfect location for both of you. Do not limit your proposal dream to the French Riviera, after it keep up the magic with a trip to nearby Provence or Italy.
Nice also host on of the major international airport of the Mediterranean coasts, with multiples flights a day from Europe and the US. With all you have to plan, finding a flight should be an easy task.
Where to propose on the French Riviera?
Selecting THE location might be the hardest part of the planning (after the selection of the ring). It all depends on what you do prefer. I do advice a quiet place, for more intimacy, with a gorgeous view over the coast.
Those are places couples love the most :
– For a breathtaking view, Nice’s castle hill or Eze exotic Garden.
– For luxurious cityscape Monaco or Cannes
– For typical colorful seaside towns, Saint-Tropez, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes
– For intimate seaside, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat lighthouse, Iles de Lérins, or Cap d’Antibes
– For beautiful garden Villa Ephrussi or Jardin de Saint-Martin (Monaco)
Selecting only one might be difficult, you should plan to visit the others during you “proposal vacations”.
When to propose on the French Riviera?
You can propose on the French Riviera all year long. Even in winter, we do have day around 20°C (68°F). Thus, if you have a special date you would like to propose, it should be perfectly fine.
During summer, avoid mid-day heat and crowed tourist locations. If you still want to propose in a super busy location, like Cannes, Monaco or Saint-Tropez, early morning will be the best way to enjoy an empty place. For me, best times of the year are late spring and late summer (May, June, September), you have the beauty of the summer, without the heat and too many tourists.
Most of the time, I do advice sunset proposal. Golden hour enhances the beauty of the surrounding and helps create stunning pictures. This way, after the proposal, you can enjoy a delightful dinner and champagne.
A default plan for a proposal on the French Riviera?
If it is hard for you to design the plan, a default proposal schedule I can advice is: a lovely location, a great restaurant and a nice evening.
Below is the “default” plan my clients love.
The location & restaurant : Eze, with its view on the French Riviera is fantastic! Get a booking at one of the finest restaurants of the French Riviera, Chateau Eza or la Chèvre d’Or. This dinner will be a good reason to dress nicely.
Timing : Be there early (7PM), use the “spare” time before the dinner to discover the exotic garden. For the top on the cliff you will have a view on Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Proposal : Enjoy the view, take few selfies, and offer you loved on to take a picture of her/him looking at the sea. Once there, knee on the ground, pop the ring, and ask the question.
You can vary from this location to other gorgeous locations on the French Riviera, but planning a dinner in a fancy restaurant will be a good way to continue your proposal evening.
Extra step for an unforgettable proposal
The ring, a nice view, a dinner will already be fantastic. If you want to proposal to be even more outstanding, think about what your beloved one would love the most? You might have heard details she/he loved, this should inspire you. Check with her/his closest friend, it should be a good source of information. Make sure first to say it is a SURPRISE proposal and it should not be revealed!
Those are ideas I have already photographed and LOVED :
– Propose on a privatize boat
– Go for an helicopter ride to or from the proposal location (Monaco, Saint Tropez, Auron)
– Have a candles dinner on the beach
– Lots of flowers