December 26, 2019

20 perfect places to propose in Detroit

So, you’ve been dating for six years and the pressure is on. You’ve got that gorgeous ring you bought on Etsy made with ethical stones hidden in an underwear drawer and, let’s be real, they have had the dress/tux/jumpsuit/bodypaint picked out since your first date. Now, it’s time to make shit legit. Lucky for you, the perfect spot to pop the question is close by with these Detroit locations. 

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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
4 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit; 313-821-5428; belleisleconservancy.org
What better way to celebrate your life together than to be surrounded by the very thing that makes life possible? The beautifully curated and maintained conservatory also offers a little taste of a staycation with its tropical and desert collections, as well as the fernery. As an added bonus, your post-engagement glow photo will look like a goddamn oasis.
Photo via Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory / Facebook

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

4 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit; 313-821-5428; belleisleconservancy.org
What better way to celebrate your life together than to be surrounded by the very thing that makes life possible? The beautifully curated and maintained conservatory also offers a little taste of a staycation with its tropical and desert collections, as well as the fernery. As an added bonus, your post-engagement glow photo will look like a goddamn oasis.

Photo via Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory / Facebook
The Highlands
400 Renaissance Center Fl. 71, Detroit; 313-877-9090; highlandsdetroit.com	
One of the newest restaurants on the block just so happens to have the most stunning view of the city that you can possibly ask for. The Highlands, located atop the Renaissance Center on its 71st floor, gives the illusion of being in the clouds while you make your dream proposal come true. 
Photo via Highlands Detroit / Facebook

The Highlands

400 Renaissance Center Fl. 71, Detroit; 313-877-9090; highlandsdetroit.com
One of the newest restaurants on the block just so happens to have the most stunning view of the city that you can possibly ask for. The Highlands, located atop the Renaissance Center on its 71st floor, gives the illusion of being in the clouds while you make your dream proposal come true.

Photo via Highlands Detroit / Facebook
Woodlawn Cemetery
19975 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-386-0010; woodlandcemeterydetroit.com 
If you’re about to commit to someone til death do you part, you might as well face mortality head on as you plot your lives together via this romantic and macabre proposal at one of Detroit’s most iconic resting places. 
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Woodlawn Cemetery

19975 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-386-0010; woodlandcemeterydetroit.com
If you’re about to commit to someone til death do you part, you might as well face mortality head on as you plot your lives together via this romantic and macabre proposal at one of Detroit’s most iconic resting places.

Photo via GoogleMaps
The Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300;  detroitpubliclibrary.org
Yes, libraries are still a thing and Detroit’s main branch is, not only the 21st largest library in the U.S., but also one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. Italian marble and transformative murals make this spot as photogenic as it is romantic. Send your future forever person on a treasure hunt with some help from old Bill Shakespeare and lady Jane Austen.  
Photo by Steve Neavling

The Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300; detroitpubliclibrary.org
Yes, libraries are still a thing and Detroit’s main branch is, not only the 21st largest library in the U.S., but also one of the most beautiful interiors in the city. Italian marble and transformative murals make this spot as photogenic as it is romantic. Send your future forever person on a treasure hunt with some help from old Bill Shakespeare and lady Jane Austen.

Photo by Steve Neavling
Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; downtowndetroitparks.com If public displays of affection are your style, look no further than the heart of Downtown Detroit. Regardless of what time of the year you choose, it’s likely that something aesthetically pleasing is going on at Campus Martius. Fountains, ice skating, Instagrammable public art, a city beach, cocktails, food trucks, and music are all possibilities should you chose to pop the big one in front of hordes of Bedrock employees and suburban visitors. 
Photo by Cody Ross/DetroitStockCity.com

Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250; downtowndetroitparks.com
If public displays of affection are your style, look no further than the heart of Downtown Detroit. Regardless of what time of the year you choose, it’s likely that something aesthetically pleasing is going on at Campus Martius. Fountains, ice skating, Instagrammable public art, a city beach, cocktails, food trucks, and music are all possibilities should you chose to pop the big one in front of hordes of Bedrock employees and suburban visitors.

Photo by Cody Ross/DetroitStockCity.com
The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900;  dia.org
Traditional museum etiquette requires soft-spoken commentary, incessant nodding, and silent reflection. There’s something particularly special about posing a big question that demands a big response while surrounded by the silent dancers of Degas or the melancholic beauties of Picasso. Let’s hope the ring is as much of a work of art as anything else at the Detroit Institute of Arts, otherwise you might be subject to a Vincent Van No-thanks. 
Photo courtesy of the DIA

The Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org
Traditional museum etiquette requires soft-spoken commentary, incessant nodding, and silent reflection. There’s something particularly special about posing a big question that demands a big response while surrounded by the silent dancers of Degas or the melancholic beauties of Picasso. Let’s hope the ring is as much of a work of art as anything else at the Detroit Institute of Arts, otherwise you might be subject to a Vincent Van No-thanks.

Photo courtesy of the DIA
Hart Plaza
1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; 313-877-8057; detroitriverfront.org
It has the word right in the dang name. Hart Plaza speaks to the heart with its Detroit River views and crazy Stargate portal that just might transport you to some freaky planet where you can get your post-engagement freak on. 
Photo by Evan Gonzalez/DetroitStockCity.com

Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; 313-877-8057; detroitriverfront.org
It has the word right in the dang name. Hart Plaza speaks to the heart with its Detroit River views and crazy Stargate portal that just might transport you to some freaky planet where you can get your post-engagement freak on.

Photo by Evan Gonzalez/DetroitStockCity.com
The Heidelberg Project 
3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit; 313-548-8414; heidelberg.org
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art, too, is subjective. Enter the Heidelberg Project. If your proposal has metaphors about time, check out all the dang clocks. Or, if you want to make some comment about, um, like, life being a journey, just look at all the dang shoes! This alternative proposal spot is sure to confuse your boring-ass boomer family members and make your blushing future human stoked to have an original engagement story. 
Photo by Lee DeVito

The Heidelberg Project

3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit; 313-548-8414; heidelberg.org
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art, too, is subjective. Enter the Heidelberg Project. If your proposal has metaphors about time, check out all the dang clocks. Or, if you want to make some comment about, um, like, life being a journey, just look at all the dang shoes! This alternative proposal spot is sure to confuse your boring-ass boomer family members and make your blushing future human stoked to have an original engagement story.

Photo by Lee DeVito
The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700;  thewhitney.com
If feeling like some sort of Victorian ghost is something you’re after, the historic Whitney is the place. Not only does it have some massively elegant staircases to pull your best Jack and Rose from Titanic entrance, but it’s got food, drinks, and dark and cozy corners to, well, you know. 
Photo via The Whitney / Facebook

The Whitney

4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com
If feeling like some sort of Victorian ghost is something you’re after, the historic Whitney is the place. Not only does it have some massively elegant staircases to pull your best Jack and Rose from Titanic entrance, but it’s got food, drinks, and dark and cozy corners to, well, you know.

Photo via The Whitney / Facebook
The Belt
Between Broadway and Library Street and links Gratiot and Grand River in Detroit; thebelt.org
For the mover, shaker, and Instagram couple, there’s the Belt — Detroit’s alley with major attitude. Murals? Check. A black light-themed bar? You got it. A full-on party any day of the week? You bet. 
Photo via The BELT / Facebook

The Belt

Between Broadway and Library Street and links Gratiot and Grand River in Detroit; thebelt.org
For the mover, shaker, and Instagram couple, there’s the Belt — Detroit’s alley with major attitude. Murals? Check. A black light-themed bar? You got it. A full-on party any day of the week? You bet.

Photo via The BELT / Facebook