Amsterdam Proposal Ideas: Best Places for an Epic Engagement

Everywhere you look in Amsterdam, it’s beautiful. This makes it a great place to pop the question, but since there are so many great places in Amsterdam to propose it can be hard to choose the perfect place! First, you want to make sure the place you choose compliments you as a couple – whether it is amongst the tulips or on a bridge in the heart of the city. Lucky for you, we are here to help you get some inspiration for your proposal in Amsterdam.

Whether your style is uber-romantic, unique and eccentric, or private and intimate, we have some great suggestions to help you pick the perfect (and most photogenic!) proposal spot. Below we list some of our favorite marriage proposal ideas, the best places to propose in Amsterdam, as well as our tips on hiring a proposal photographer to capture it all.

Amsterdam Proposal Ideas

We’ve helped so many couples just like you plan and capture this momentous occasion, so we’d like to think we have learned a thing or two along the way. Allow us to give you some pointers.

Your proposal moment is not the best time to wing it. You want your future fiance to feel like some serious thought went into it – it’s a big deal! You have probably already been stressing about the big moment, but take a deep breath and start with our 4 tips to pulling off the perfect Amsterdam proposal:

  1. Choose a special location. Our favorite places to propose in Amsterdam are listed below! You have probably already daydreamed about the big moment, and it’s important to imagine the type of proposal you want to have – romantic, intimate, adventurous, unique, or casual. Most importantly, your proposal should reflect you both as a couple. Once you have your proposal vibe in mind, you can start thinking about locations.
  2. Ensuring that your proposal remains a complete surprise is all about having a solid backstory. If you are going somewhere you wouldn’t normally go, make sure you have a story in place to explain why you are going there.
  3. Consider hiring a secret proposal photographer to snap professional photos of the special moment. Tell your photographer all your proposal ideas and goals, and they can help you plan the location, where to stand, and the ideal time for the best photos. On the big day, your photographer can be ready at the designated spot to capture the moment, paparazzi-style. If your partner has no idea that the proposal is coming, you’ll capture all the joy, the tears, and most importantly, the yes!
  4. Practice getting down on one knee beforehand and think about what you will say. You don’t need to have your speech memorized, but spend a little time jotting down what you’d like to say. Stick to an idea, not a script. Of course, don’t forget to finish with: Will you marry me?

Best Places to Propose in Amsterdam

Choosing a gorgeous destination is a great way to start, so you are already on the right track! We see a lot of engagements every week and know the best places to propose in Amsterdam. Check out our list below to start getting some Amsterdam proposal ideas.

Groenburgwal bridge

This bridge overlooks the Zuiderkerk, a 17th-century Protestant church in the Nieuwmarkt area. This is a picture-perfect location on top of an 18th-century stone bridge, and it has to be the most romantic place to propose in town.

Bloemgracht Bridge

The Bloemgracht Bridge is over the Flower Canal which is a relatively narrow canal through the Center District. It is in the Jordaan neighborhood which is full of boutique shops, art galleries, and coffee stands.

The Bulb Region

Bollenstreek, or the Bulb Region, is more than 30 km of colorful flowers, which makes for amazing photos! The Keukenhof gardens in Lisse are one of the most popular attractions in the entire country.

Magere Bridge

Legend has it that those who passionately kiss on this bridge (also known as the Skinny Bridge) will stay together forever. Make sure to check it out at night to see it illuminated.

Begijnhof Courtyard

If you are looking for a quiet, secluded spot away from the city hustle and bustle, this is it. The Begijnhof Courtyard dates back to the early 14th century… You will feel like you are in a fairy tale!


This is the largest park in town which has a few lakes, streams, and walking paths which means there are tons of opportunities to pop the question. Although it is very famous and welcomes about 10 million visitors every year, there is enough space for everyone.

Private Places to Propose in Amsterdam

Maybe you are looking for more intimate Amsterdam engagement ideas? Or you may prefer something simple yet creative? Finding a proposal spot in Amsterdam that is private, quiet, and intimate can be challenging, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Private picnic in a quiet area of a park.
  • Cater a private dinner and celebration at a luxury Airbnb.
  • Rent a scooter, motorcycle, or maybe even a boat to cruise around until you find the perfect engagement spot.
  • Book a private table at your restaurant of choice and get help from the staff to pull it off.

How to Hire a Amsterdam Proposal Photographer

The moment you reach for the ring, adrenaline and emotions start to kick in and you might not even remember the moment! Hiring a secret Amsterdam proposal photographer for your surprise engagement will allow you to capture and relive that moment again and again.

Your marriage proposal is a story you will never tire of telling, so it definitely deserves better than selfies! Capture it with Amsterdam proposal photography that you’ll look back on for years to come.

How does a proposal photoshoot work?

Before choosing a photographer, we recommend having some Amsterdam proposal ideas in mind first! There are two ways a proposal photoshoot usually happens:

  1. Hire the photographer for a “normal” photoshoot with your partner, but let the photographer in on your secret proposal plan! This is the best way to ensure the photographer captures the moment perfectly, usually at a closer distance and better positioned.
  2. The photographer can be waiting at the designated spot to secretly capture the moment, paparazzi-style. After the big moment, the photographer can introduce themselves and proceed to capture that post-engagement glow.

After your photo shoot is booked, you will be able to plan and coordinate with your photographer directly.

What’s included in a Amsterdam proposal package?

With every proposal photography package, you’ll get high-resolution engagement photos that are professionally edited and delivered by email in a private online gallery within 5 business days. In your gallery, you will be able to see all the photos from your proposal photoshoot and get to download a certain number of your favorites, depending on your package. It also includes:

  • one-on-one planning with your proposal photographer
  • photos of the big moment and post-engagement
  • private online gallery
  • high-resolution photos that are professionally edited
  • photos delivered within 5 days

How much does a Amsterdam proposal photographer cost?

We have photographers on our team that specialize in capturing proposals and engagement photoshoots. Check out our list of the best Amsterdam proposal photographers to see pricing, compare portfolios, read customer reviews, and check date availability.

Below are our 3 different Amsterdam proposal packages & pricing:



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