New Orleans is one of the world’s most interesting cities because it’s steeped in a history of various influences which originate from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond. Indeed, it’s a melting pot of food, music and culture that includes the brilliant Mardi Gras and French Quarter. So if you’re planning to pop the question to your loved one then there are fewer better places in the US. As such here are five places I’ve picked out as spots that would have worked for me!
Places to Propose in New Orleans 101
1. Jackson Square
Jackson Square used to be known as Place d’Armes and is a well known historic park which can be found in the famous French Quarter. It was declared as a National Historic Landmark back in 1960 and the design of it was inspired by the 17th century Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Because the architecture is very French, this is an ideal spot to get down on one knee, especially at night when there are not as many tourists. During the day there are regular sessions of live music and it’s perfectly normal for the square to be flooded with artists.
This timeless attraction is surrounded by the Presbyter, St Louis Cathedral, Cabildo and the lower and upper Pontalba apartments which feature shops, museums, restaurants and galleries. Because Jackson Square is found in the heart of New Orleans, it makes the perfect place to give your heart to your beloved.
If you’re thinking about proposing in Jackson Square, why not follow this video by way of example?
2. St Louis Cathedral
New Orleans is instantly recognizable by this distinctive building which overlooks Jackson Square. The Cathedral is considered to be the oldest Catholic cathedral which is still in use in the USA but it appeals to all faiths and you don’t need to be a practicing catholic or overly religious to enjoy this place. It is the tallest structure in the French Quarter and was built in 1718 and when you see it you may experience a strong sense of déjà-vu as it has featured in hundreds of TV shows and movies over the years. At the rear of the Cathedral is St Anthony Garden which features a stunning statue of Jesus which is illuminated at night. The front of the Cathedral is also highly illuminated during the evenings and would make the ideal place to ask for your lover’s hand in marriage. Its ethereal quality will leave your girlfriend feeling very special and blessed.
Why not make your proposal a musical one, as this couple did in the following video:
3. The French Market
The French Market is set in the French quarter of New Orleans and stretches inland from the Mississippi River downriver from Jackson Square. It’s famous for its constant live music, street artists and dancers as well as the varied bustling market place. It provides an amazing atmosphere and has sights, sounds and smells that you will remember forever. If you don’t fancy eating any of the Cajun delights on offer, you can take your girlfriend to the upriver end and dine at the famous Café Du Monde. There are many hand crafted goods on offer at the market including beautiful jewellery. You could use one of these jewellery stalls to drop to one knee and offer your hand in marriage. Nothing goes unnoticed in the French Quarter though so you should expect applause and cheering.
4. City Park
City Park is the sixth largest and seventh most visited urban park in America. It regularly hosts functions such as weddings throughout the year due to the fact that it offers the ideal setting to tie the knot and then have your photographs taken. For fun loving types there’s numerous rides including a miniature train and roller coaster inside the amusement park. You also have the chance to rent boats and bicycles, visit the museum of art, and admire the sculptures or stroll through the botanical gardens. The Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden offers a tranquil space to make a marriage proposal, or alternatively you could amble over to Popp’s Bandstand and get down on one knee for a more dramatic gesture.
5. New Orleans Museum of Art
This is the oldest fine art museum in New Orleans and is situated in City park. It was originally built as a temple of art for the rich and poor alike and features French and American sculptures and paintings. It’s certainly worth a visit as it ranks among the top 25 % of the nation’s most significant museums. There are exhibits to suit every taste including ‘The Quest for Immortality’, ‘Treasures of Tutankhamen’ and ‘The Art of The Muppets’. The entire building has a lavish feel and this helps to create the opulent setting for your proposal.
Proposal in New Orleans Conclusion
Although New Orleans is a major tourist attraction, don’t let this deter you from choosing this city as your proposal destination. It will provide a fascinating break for you and your partner and will ensure that your proposal will always be remembered with much fondness.