Love is in the air! For many, this is the season to propose and create a lifetime of memories. We understand proposing to the love of your life requires courage, effort, and preparation, and we are here to help you pick the perfect backdrop for your Ann Arbor area proposal.   

Be sure to visit the many shops and jewelers to help you find the perfect engagement ring, such as Arcadian Antiques and Schlanderer & Sons. These jewelry shops provide several options to find the ring as wonderful as your partner.   

Here are 14 out of the box proposal sites to consider in the Ann Arbor area:  

1. Law Quad 

U-M Law QuadHave you ever heard of the picture-perfect proposal? Well, the U-M Law Quad achieves just that. Whether you’re giving your partner a heartfelt speech or sealing it with a kiss, saying those magical four words (“Will you marry me?”) will feel grand as you stand at this deep-rooted campus highlight.  

2. The Michigan Theater  

Night view of Michigan Theater downtownDo you want your proposal to feel like it came straight out of a movie? Then consider one of Ann Arbor’s most iconic locations, the Michigan Theater. Having a marquee sign asking your special partner to complete your “happily ever after” is a tried-true formula for proposals. And for the Michigan Theater, you can achieve this request for around $375, giving you and your partner a moment to remember.  

3. Nichols Arboretum 

overlooking Nichols Arboretum peoniesNichols Arboretum, also known as The Arb, offer scenic trails and a variety of flowers constantly in bloom all year. For those looking to propose away from the public, encompassed by peaceful nature and your lifelong partner, stroll along the nature trail and the peony gardens (blooming in late May) before creating a magical moment surrounded by the lively atmosphere of nature’s blossom.  

4. The Circ Bar  

Along with great food and beverages, the Circ is also one of Washtenaw County’s premier karaoke bars. During your visit, take the stage with your partner and sing one of their favorite songs, and add a few extra lyrics at the end as you pop the question.  

5. Nickels Arcade 

Couple kissing at Nickels ArcadeFor over 100 years, Nickels Arcade has defined the standard of beauty associated with Ann Arbor’s architecture. Pop the question in the heart of the historical arcade for maximum impact. 

6. The Diag

The diag on U-M CampusThe diag is one of U-M's most iconic locations, nestled in the heart of Central Campus. This section of campus is beautiful any time of year. Create a breathtaking moment by popping the question on one of the country's oldest institutions of higher education. 

7. Blue LLama Jazz Club 

Couple at Blue LLama Jazz ClubJust imagine: you and your partner at the Blue LLama Jazz Club enjoying a curated 3-course chef's tasting menu while music from an award-winning band sweeps through the venue. Afterwards, you and your partner hit picturesque Main Street where street lights illuminate the night. Your partner drops to one knee… Wouldn’t you say yes? 

8. County Farm Park 

Ann Arbor’s County Fark Park is a colorful and vibrant space to propose in the public eye, or a secluded yet intimate area along the park's pathways.  Whether you want to ask the question on the trails or near a bouquet of sunflowers, there is no wrong decision. You and your special partner can enjoy the blissful moment together with its range of dynamic beauty.  

9. U-M Museum of Art  

UM museum of art inside two women poseInnovatively ask for the hand of your love in front of an Ann Arbor creative institution.  Make a declaration as beautiful as the Mona Lisa on the steps of the U-M Museum of Art, and make an artful memory for your special day.  

10. Planetarium & Dome Theater 

Dome theaterIs there anything better than finding your forever partner under the stars of the planetarium? Take a trip the Planetarium & Dome Theater inside of the U-M Museum of Natural History and see the stars while sending your partner a message from the universe. 

11. The Depot Town Alley (Ypsilanti)

Couple in Depot Town alleyRomantic lights illuminate the passageways between historic buildings in Depot Town. Show your commitment to your special someone under a sparkling night sky. 

12. The Nest (Chelsea) 

The next in chelsea michiganThe Nest is located on the campus of Robin Hills Farm, one of Chelsea’s premier wedding venues, and could become the prequel to your romantic story. With over 120 delicious drinks on hand, a scenic courtyard, and an outdoor patio, the perfect setting for this moment is created. Let one of Chelsea’s beautiful venues be the symbol for this lifetime moment. 

13. Purple Rose Theatre (Chelsea) 

The Purple Rose Theatre is an intimate space offering a unique setting for your proposal. You can watch an unplugged performance by your favorite artist or enjoy a play beside your partner, becoming locked in a compelling tale. Finish your story as you take to the lobby to propose and begin the adventure. 

14. Mindo Chocolate Makers (Dexter) 

Mindo Chocolate Makers, located in Dexter, allows you and your partner to complete the exciting life cycle of chocolate. Beginning with a chocolate-making class, whether it's milk, truffle, or sweet German chocolate, take some time to craft the perfect message in your sweet treat. Use the unique message to say what your heart feels. 

The proposal begins a lifelong adventure of love and newfound memories. No matter how you propose, these places around the Ann Arbor area offer plenty of beautiful visuals that exude a romantic aura. To those proposing, we wish you the best in your new chapter.   

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