Trevi Fountain Proposal: How to Plan a Surprise Rome Engagement

There’s nothing quite like a Trevi Fountain Proposal… such a life-changing question at one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Over the past few years, we have helped capture the question for so many love birds. Therefore, we decided to put together a guide with all our favorite Trevi Fountain proposal ideas, spots for engagement photos, and how to hire a Rome proposal photographer to capture the moment!



What is the best spot to propose at Trevi Fountain?

There are many nice spots to propose near the Trevi Fountain for an epic engagement. If you want to avoid crowds, early is best… but sometimes the crowd acts as a natural background and makes it easy for a photographer to hide among all the other people with professional cameras. Another plus to having more people around is that they will applaud and celebrate along with the couple the moment they hear the YES!

What is the best time for lighting and to avoid crowds?

In order to avoid crowds, the best moment would be very early in the morning, around 7 – 8 am. After that, it is always busy. However, even if there are people around the proposal can turn out great. All the people around get excited and participate by applauding or congratulating the couple!

Where are the best Trevi Fountain proposal spots?

The Trevi Fountain is a beautiful proposal spot and makes for great photos! After the proposal, I usually suggest to hang around the Spanish Steps and then head towards Pincio Terrace that has a lovely and romantic view over the city. This is the perfect place to capture the post-proposal glow.


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Hiring a Rome Proposal Photographer

Adrenaline starts to rush the second you reach for the ring, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with emotions… so much so, that some people can’t even remember their engagement moment. Hiring a photographer for your surprise proposal will allow you to capture and relive that moment again and again.

We asked our Rome proposal photographer to help answer a few frequently asked questions about capturing a Trevi Fountain proposal. Below are their answers:

What do you think about surprise proposals at the Trevi Fountain?

I have helped capture dozens of surprise proposals at the Trevi Fountain. It’s a very fun job that I like because the challenge is to capture their surprise moment and expression that will always be with them forever.

How do you coordinate the proposal time?

In my opinion, there are 2 ways to pull off a Trevi Fountain proposal:

  1. The other person knows that they hired a vacation photographer
  2. The other person doesn’t know about the proposal photographer, so the proposal photographer must hide.

Case #1 is very simple. We do a normal Rome photoshoot, and at the agreed spot I’ll give a secret hand signal so that he/she knows it is time and that I am ready.
Case #2 is we agreed on a spot. I’ll send my photo so he/she can recognize me. Then we’ll discuss where he/she should stand and where the photographer’s location will be. In Rome, it’s easy to follow people without being noticed since all the tourists are carrying professional cameras too.

How do you set up the meeting spot?

After deciding on the exact proposal spot, we usually discuss the details and logistics. The best way to keep track of our locations, especially if it is a surprise proposal, it to use share our live locations on WhatsApp to make sure we can find each other.
I usually ask for a photo of the couple and set an exact meeting point. We’ll also discuss how we will be dressed on that day so that we recognize each other easily. After the proposal, Trevi Fountain offers many different spots for post-proposal photos.





Is there a secret signal to give the proposal photographer?

As there are usually a lot of people with professional cameras, it is easy for me to blend among them. During the planning process, I ask for pictures of the couple so that I can recognize them on the day of the proposal.

One of my favorite options is the “stranger” photo. On the day of the proposal, I’ll make visual contact with the one who is preparing the surprise. He or she will then walk up to me and ask if I can take a picture of them as if we do not know each other. Then I tell them, “That is a nice spot over there!”

And that is the moment of the proposal!

Are there any additional costs to be aware of?

Good news: There are no additional costs!



Do you have any other general tips?

Plan to arrive with enough time so that you are not rushed. If you have to tell your soon-to-be fiancee to hurry, they might begin to suspect something is going on. Also, don’t worry about the “perfection” of the moment. This will only stress you out, when in reality you should be enjoying the entire moment.

Take your time while proposing, tell her/him why you love her/him, and wait for the answer before standing back up. Wait for people to walk away from you so that you are alone in the frame. Also, dress well and try to avoid dark colors.



How much does a Trevi Fountain proposal package cost?

High-resolution photos are professionally edited and delivered by email in a private online gallery within 5 business days. Choose between 3 different photo packages:

  • 1 hour – Includes 30 digital photos
  • 90 minutes – Includes 45 digital photos
  • 2 hours – Includes 60 digital photos

How are the proposal photos delivered?

All photos are professionally edited and delivered in a free online private gallery where you can download your favorite photos in high-resolution jpg format. Additional files and high-quality prints from our professional partner labs are also available for purchase. You will receive an email with your gallery link within five business days, but usually sooner.


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