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8 Proposal Ideas Without a Ring

Last updated on March 09, 2023

No ring? No worries! 

Marriage traditions are constantly evolving as more people now go after what resonates with them, rather than what society has laid down as the norm. Proposing without a ring is one such way of deviating from the norm.

Whether you’re on a budget or simply don’t believe in the symbolism of rings, there are many other ways to propose that are just as romantic (if not more so). 

In this blog post, we will explore some of the best no-ring proposal ideas out there. So, if you’re looking for a unique way to propose, read on for some great ideas!


8 Proposal Ideas Without a Ring

So, you’ve decided to propose without a ring? That’s fine. Here are some ways to still have a magical proposal, regardless. 

1. Use An Heirloom

If your family has a sentimental heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation, consider proposing with the heirloom.

Proposing with a family heirloom is the perfect way to ask your partner to join your family. This shows that you’re ready to do forever with them and share your family legacy. The family heirloom could be anything from a hair brooch, wristwatch, to antique jewellery. And no matter what the heirloom is, it’s the most beautiful way to join your families and continue the historical legacy.

2. Propose With a Memento

What’s the most memorable moment in your relationship? 

Was it the first date? The first trip together? Or the first picture at that iconic walkway? Whatever your special moments were, frame them in a canvas or picture frame and propose to your partner with it. This is a thoughtful proposal. It walks your partner down memory lane and gives them all the reason(s) to continue making memories and do forever with you!

3. Propose With a House

New family, new house? Yes, please!

Since proposals are about starting a future together, why not propose with a house? If you’ve never thought about it, this is your sign to. Take your partner on a date (not far from the house), then take a walk down the street where the house is. 

Right there in front of the house, or the opposite, propose to your partner. As they say yes (chances are high that they will), walk them into the house. Your partner couldn’t have guessed!

4. Propose With a Pet 

If your partner has a thing for animals, consider proposing with their favourite pet. 

Pets are a lifelong commitment, and so should your love be, too. This proposal shows how committed you are to starting a family with your partner. But not only that, the pet will forever remind you of the day you got engaged. Try it.

5. Purchase A Piece of Art

Art lover? Get in here!

Proposals represent an affectionate display of love and affection. If your partner is a die-hard lover of art, ask them to marry you with a piece from their favourite artist. Or better still, spice things up and have the artist paint something specially curated for your partner that symbolises a new beginning.

Propose with this art piece and watch your partner scream that yes you’ve been longing for!

6. Propose With a Necklace or Bracelet

Do forever with me, with this necklace? Yes.

Who says a ring is the only jewellery you can propose with? Imagine asking your partner to do forever with you, with their favourite type of jewellery. It could be a stunning necklace, bracelet, earrings or any other jewellery. If you’re both unconventional, this is the perfect proposal.

7. Propose With Plane Tickets

You’re down on one knee with plane tickets to your partner’s favourite location. Who wouldn’t say yes? 

It’s not compulsory to propose with a fancy ring. If your partner has always wanted a vacation to an exquisite location, try proposing with that instead. Tell your partner how much they mean to you, and give them all the reasons why you’d like to do forever with them. It’s either a yes or a yes. Take it from us.

8. Musical Performance

You don’t have to be Ed Sheeran to propose to your partner with a musical performance. Write a heartfelt song that brings together all the beautiful memories you’ve made. Take your partner out on a romantic date, and perform the song right then and there.

But if you find it difficult to sing, put your words in a romantic letter instead. Ask your partner to do forever with you in beautiful words written in ink. 


Reasons Why You May Not Want to Propose With a Ring

If you and your partner are not the traditional type, a ring proposal may not be best. Here are a few other reasons why you may not want to propose with a ring:

  1. You're not into jewellery: If your partner doesn’t wear jewellery, a ring may not be the most meaningful way to propose.
  2. You want to save money: An engagement ring can be expensive, and if you're looking to save money on your wedding, opting out of a ring proposal can help.
  3. You want something unique: If you're looking for something unique and personal, consider proposing without a ring.


Final Thoughts

An engagement ring is not a requirement for a proposal. If you're looking to propose without a ring, you can use any of the ideas above. 

If you decide to propose to your partner with an heirloom or other jewellery pieces like a bracelet or necklace, consider getting jewellery insurance to protect them from loss or damage.

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