Plan the Perfect Proposal

Planning the perfect proposal can be intimidating. You’ve only got one chance to make the memory you’ll both remember for the rest of your married lives. Deciding whether to plan a proposal that’s simple, extravagant, or somewhere in between is a lot of pressure, but there are a few ways to ensure you’re planning the best possible proposal for you and your partner.  The key to a perfect proposal is really understanding what the person you’re proposing to loves in life.

If you are proposing to a quiet, low-key person who doesn’t like the spotlight, plan a proposal that is intimate and private, perhaps somewhere in nature. If your partner is extroverted, you may want an Instagram worthy proposal or to propose in an active or adventure-based outing. Some suggestions to consider:

Pack a Picnic

We’d be glad to pack a romantic picnic for you—just let us know your partner’s favorite foods and we can pack it for you, along with a bottle of bubbly and a couple of champagne glasses you can keep as a memento of your special day! We can even prep a white tablecloth picnic for you at the Overlook picnic site if you want to upgrade your picnic setting!

Take a Hike

Proposing at the end of a hike is an intimate, memorable, and picturesque experience and lets you pick the perfect time and place to pop the question. Moreover, it gives you a fun, physical activity to distract yourself from nerves before you pop the question. And we have lots of scenic hiking trails to choose from!

Create an Instagram worthy moment

Go all out and hire a photographer, spring for flowers and champagne, even work in lighting and signage, like “Will You Marry Me?” and “She Said Yes” signs. We can recommend local photographers who are familiar with our location that can ensure you get the best setting, or just use your cell phone to snap selfies to share with friends and family back home.

Sweets for your sweetie!

The answer has to be “Yes” if you ask using a cake iced with “Will You Marry Me?” or place the ring atop a cupcake or her favorite dessert. Our local baker  can even make a birchbark cake with your initials in a heart for the two of you!

Include your pet in the plan

For couples with pets, including your fur baby in your proposal will be the “aww” moment you’re hoping for. Get a customized dog tag or bandana that has the big question printed on it. Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters is always pet friendly so you can include both your best friends in this special day.

Bring your family or friends along

Share this moment with the people who mean the most to you.  Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters has accommodations for every group, from Romantic Cabins for the two of you to larger cabins for friends or family.  So bring the people you care about most and plan a celebratory dinner together after you and your partner make it official.

Sunrise and Sunset

When the sun starts to peek over the bluffs or drop down over the lake you get the most beautiful colors. Time your proposal for sunrise (best for a morning hike at Lookout Point or High Cliffs) or sunset (the best colors are off the dock or patio) for a picture-perfect proposal.

Once you’ve popped the question, check out these other helpful tips from to help you plan. When you’re looking for an engagement party destination, a wedding venue in Minnesota, or the perfect all-inclusive honeymoon don’t forget us and where it all started. Want to elope? We have those packages too! We’d be honored to share the adventure with you.