Proposing on vacation – Anyone ever done it?

Reader question: We are traveling to Europe in a bit and I thought it would be a good time to pop the question. I’m a bit nervous traveling with the ring – it is insured, but still. Also anyone know if I can bring it through customs? Anyone have similar experiences?

My answer: Personally, though I have no experience, I think this is very doable. Keep the ring on you at all times. Of course, make sure it is well-insured in case something does happen. Another concern would be the wife seeing the ring as you go through customs/ security/ etc. I don’t believe you have to declare expensive jewelry that you bring into a foreign country (normally you declare what you bought abroad when you return home) but that is certainly worth double-checking.

Congratulations and good luck!

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  1. Robert G says:

    Yes I done it in the Caribean in St-Barthelemy

    I was on a beach and said to my girlfriend at the time who is my wife now that pirates visited that beach and it’s seem they lost some gold. ¨Let’s dig¨ I said

    . She was thinking I was joking but I start to dig and I said to her , I found something.

    I put before hand the ring in a small wooden box and put it in the sand.

    Then she saw that I found something, she want to open it and Bingo , what a surprise !! She have no clue , I will ask her the big question

    We still remember that moment and when my wife mention that to other women , they think I am the best romantic guy

  2. Gary says:

    I proposed to my wife on New Years Eve on the beach in Mazatlan, Mexico. Since we both knew it was coming….she just didn’t know when….no ring was involved right then. We waited until we returned back to the US to pick out the rings she wears to this day. It was still a magical event and we remember it fondly….even without the ring being there…. 🙂

  3. J says:

    I certainly was not going to check in the ring and was concerned that customs might be interested in looking at it so brought a note with me saying that I was intending to propose and to please look at it out of sight of my then girlfriend. I never needed to use it but probably no harm to have.

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