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5 Marriage Proposals trends we are about to see everywhere in 2023

Marriage proposals are getting bigger and are now often referred to as ” mini weddings”. With venue booking, custom decor, and a professional digital team the average cost of marriage proposals increased almost twice compared to the pre-covid times.   Now clients not only want to surprise their partner with a picture-perfect proposal, but they also want to celebrate the occasion.

Here is everything you should know about the top marriage proposal trends that we see rising in 2023.

Wedding Archers

Wedding archers were everywhere last year and in 2023 we can only see more of this trend. Boho archers with pampas grass and dried flowers were definitely a big hit and this year this trend will still remain along with the heart-shaped archers and grounded floral archers.

Heart-shaped archers are perfect for surprise marriage proposals as it’s eye-catching and efficient on their own. A heart arch with a neon sign, rose petals and candles would be a number one trend in 2023.

The horseshoe-shaped grounded floral arrangements are gaining popularity, especially for outdoor proposals in the park or on an open rooftop. With no big frame to assemble, this floral ground archers can be created anywhere. This would perfectly work in a place with significant views such as Brooklyn Bridge park or Gantry Plaza park.

Marquee Letters

The “Marry Me” marquee letters sign is a total hit in the marriage proposal industry for the past 5 years. We don’t see this trend going anywhere, but we can see that new variations are coming along. ” Will You Marry Me’ signs are popping up more often and it is a perfect way to propose when you want to have a more formal proposal. The full phrase looks more mature and less commanding. It is also a perfect backdrop for an engagement photo session. If you don’t want to use the full phrase, consider adding the “?” letter to the ‘ marry me” sign.

The most popular size in 2022 was 3ft tall letters. This year we can see a rise of 2ft letters ( especially if you doing the whole phrase).  5ft tall letters would be a great choice for larger venues with more space for such a big sign, but overall it usually looks too big in the pictures.

Cold Sparkles

Another trend that came to the proposal industry from weddings is the cold sparkles. The cold sparkler fountain will definitely add that “wow” factor to any event. A cold sparkler machine produces non-flammable sparks that are a simulated pyrotechnic experience, not actual pyrotechnics, so it looks great in the pictures and doesn’t create any smoke or odor. Keep in mind that those machines are quite expensive, around $600 for a set of two and they run around 15 minutes.

Note, the cold sparkler machines are legal to use in the state of New York, but some venues might not allow them. Same with the public locations, you need to get a permit and park approval to use the sparkles.

Larger groups

This year we saw the number of guests at the proposal increase twice. During the past two years, the average proposal party consists of 5 guests, this year it was around 20. With the lift of all travel restrictions we now see friends and family flying to the proposal for a surprise appearance. As a result, clients now are looking for larger venues and want to combine proposal and proposal party together. We can see that in 2023 larger parties would be on trend and bigger celebrations would be normal.  The most popular large group proposal option was when the client was renting the whole floor in the restaurant and was proposing on one side while the whole family was hiding on the other side of the venue. The perfect way to have a private moment with your partner and celebrate with the family right after.

Custom neon signs

This trend was popular last year and we can see it staying longer in 2023. Custom signs are everywhere, from baby showers to bachelorette parties to proposals and weddings. This is a perfect way to add a personal touch to your event and keep it later as a memory. Neon signs vary in size and color, so it is absolutely customizable and you can be creative with them. Last year we saw a lot of ‘ It was always you’, ‘ better together, and  ‘will you marry me?’ signs. This year we are expecting to see more funny and personal ones like ‘ you are my fiance now’, ‘ if it’s not you its no one’, ‘ all I want for Christmas is you’, ‘it’s never too late to start all over again’ and so on.

If you planning to propose using the custom sign, keep in mind that you need at least 2 weeks to create one and the price will vary on the size and number of letters you using.

If you are planning to propose and dont know where to start, contact us now at and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable marriage proposal experience in New York.

Tatiana Caicedo

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