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9 funny proposal ideas for couples who know laughter is the key to a great relationship


There are so many ways you can propose to your partner, and the fact you’re here suggests you’re looking for something more creative than the usual run-of-the-mill ideas. But you also want to make sure your proposal is a good fit and suits you both as individuals and a couple. So if you’re a couple who like to laugh – a lot – together, then these funny marriage proposal ideas will be right up your alley!

Perfect for couples whose secret to success is “find someone who makes you laugh”, here are our nine favourite funny marriage proposal ideas:

Proposals involving wordplay and puns

Including witty wordplay or puns that make you smile are perfect funny marriage proposal ideas. So often, tongue-in-cheek gags are left for asking someone to be your bridesmaid or groomsman – but why shouldn’t your partner get the benefits of just how hilarious you are, too?

This works particularly well when doubled up with a gift: for example, if you and your partner both love baseball, you could put a ring inside a baseball together with a note saying, “When we’re together, we have a ball – will you marry me?”

Alternatively, maybe wine plays a big part in your relationship; why not gift them a bottle of expensive wine with a tag reading, “As if we need another excuse to day drink…will you marry me?”

Hopefully, this gives you some inspiration to start with, but you can, of course, make the pun your own.

Funny marriage proposal ideas involving pizza

Though this is related to the point above, we think it deserves its own section too: proposing using pizza. Pizza and pyjamas might be more your jam than expensive meals and black tie, so a takeaway pizza could be the perfect funny marriage proposal idea for you! If you want to add an element of humour, get the pizza company to write “Marry me…if this isn’t too cheesy a way to ask!” on the pizza box lid.

Proposing to an adrenaline junkie

Does your partner love the thrill of a rollercoaster? If so, a great funny marriage proposal idea would be to incorporate that into your proposal. Take some card(s) with “Will you marry me?” written on them for you (and some friends, if you want to rope them in too) to hold up for the photo opp. Make sure your partner is sat at the front of the carriage, so they don’t suspect a thing when you hold the cards up, spelling out your question. In fact, they’ll be completely in the dark until they check the photo at the end of the ride, by which point you can be down on one knee ready! (Our top tip for this? Pick a dry ride, so the paper doesn’t get wet, and the ink doesn’t run…)

Proposing right in front of them, without them noticing

The next in our list of funny marriage proposal ideas is a plan that takes a bit longer to execute but is well worth it. Hold up a card or piece of paper reading “Will you marry me?” every time you take a selfie or photo with or of your partner, without them having any idea (for example, when their back is turned, or when it’s safely hidden from view by your phone in your hand.) Then, when it comes to finally popping the question, you can show them the gallery of times you’ve technically already asked and wonder what took them so long…

Funny marriage proposal ideas in unusual settings

And by this, we don’t mean a physical location necessarily, but an unexpected domain: perhaps to do with your job. For example, if you’re a scholar or author, you could include your marriage proposal in the references of your paper or the acknowledgements of a book. Then, when it’s published, you can casually ask your partner to check out the page where it features.

Or, perhaps you’re an avid runner. If you use a running app to track your routes, devise a route near you that spells out ‘Marry me?’, run it, then screenshot your heatmap and show it to your partner!

PowerPoint presentation proposal

Of course, all of these funny marriage proposal ideas are funny because they’re endearing, not embarrassing. With that in mind, there’s something simultaneously hilarious and heart-warmingly cute about a jokey PowerPoint asking your partner to take your hand. If you’re used to spreadsheets, pie charts and keynote speeches at work, bringing those slides home to present to your partner could be an ideal way to get them to say yes.

Flipbook proposals

Alternatively, if you’ve got a creative streak, another great marriage proposal idea would be to turn to cartooning your proposal? Flipbooks – where a story is depicted by a series of pictures that ‘move’ as you flip through the pages really quickly – are a cute, quirky way to propose to your partner. Plus, the book itself will make a lovely keepsake to have forever.

Funny marriage proposal ideas for fandoms

Maybe cartoons aren’t your bag, but science fiction has your partner’s heart. If this is the case, including their favourite fandom into your proposal is the ultimate way of showing them you love them exactly the way they are! (Bridget Jones, anyone?) Some fandoms or universes will have readymade elements that are easy to add: for example, swapping out a ring box for a Pokéball makes a perfect Pokémon-themed proposal or presenting the ring in a Tardis for a diehard Whovian. But if you’d like to go for a slightly more subtle nod to something, why not include a meme inside the ring box? Captain Jean-Luc Picard saying “engage”, for example, or Yoda’s “Do or do not, there is no try” are easy ways of adding elements of humour and personality to your proposal.

Funny marriage proposal ideas including jokes

And what list of funny marriage proposal ideas would be complete without a funny proposal joke, too? Here’s our favourite:

You: Knock knock

Them: Who’s there?

You: Marry

Them: Marry who

You: Me, please?

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