When it comes to marriage proposals, the world's largest video sharing site has a lot to answer for. Thanks to YouTube, your girlfriend is expecting an elaborately-choreographed set-piece involving all her friends and family – maybe even a celebrity cameo. You'll need to shoot and edit it to professional standards and then hope it goes viral so you can both get on Sunrise.
Marriage proposals should be all about the romance (and perhaps a little domestic or international travel to keep them interesting). So if you don't fancy yourself as a global internet sensation, try travelling to one of these pulse-racing destinations that will have your special lady weak at the knees…
Romance and Riesling in the rainforest
A great proposal needs a great bottle of wine. You can get the toasting started early against a beautiful backdrop with a wine tour along the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. Book a stay at a bed and breakfast and hire mountain or road bikes to take to the trail, which has nearly as much history as it has grapevines. The cafes, restaurants and wineries along the way give you dozens of potential spots to ask the big question. Bending down to retie your hiking boots is a great decoy when the moment comes.
Beautiful scenery (and more wine) on Waiheke Island
Another great location where you won't struggle to get your hands on a decent bottle of wine is Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Just a short hop on the ferry from downtown Auckland, Waiheke has the 3 main ingredients for a successful proposal: excellent food, great wine and stunning landscapes.
You'll have the choice of putting your future wife on the spot in one of the popular restaurants or finding a private spot on a long, picturesque walk between wine-tasting sessions. For some ideas on where to go, check out this handy Waiheke wine guide.
Get physical with the Sydney Bridge Climb
Boiler suites don't often get the pulses racing, but one exception is when you're climbing one of Sydney's most notable landmarks with an engagement ring in your pocket. The effort and expense (peak time climbs will set you back around $600) will be worth it when you have a unique view of Sydney Harbour as your proposal backdrop.
When it comes to swapping stories with your mates, the top of the Harbour Bridge certainly beats the old romantic meal option that most guys still go for. So if you want to make your better half work for her ring, check out Bridge Climb Sydney for details on how to make your booking.