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So, it's safe to say that asking someone to marry you/ being asked to marry someone is probably one of the most important moments of your entire life. 

Apart from worrying about whether or not they'll actually say yes, there's a lot of planning and logistics that go into making the perfect proposal – after all, you're going to remember it forever, so it's worth pulling out all the stops.

Stepping away from the traditional 'make a show of you in front of a restaurant full of diners approach', more and more people are opting to pop the question at some of the world's most famous locations. 

In an effort to find out where people are most likely to get down on one knee, hitched.co.uk analysed 10,000 hashtags, such as #bridetobe and #engaged, and used the information to compile a list of the 10 most popular proposal spots across the world. 

1.Disneyland, Paris

Often dubbed the happiest place on planet earth, it's hardly surprising that one in 500 proposals take place inside the gates of the theme park. 

2. Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, Florida

It looks like nothing cam stop the magic of Disney with one in 555 questions popped at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

3. Centennial Lakes Park, Minnesota

24 acres of stunning greenery located in the heart of the USA. A firm favourite for happy couples with one in 625 proposals taking place here. 

4. Eiffel Tower, Paris 

The city of love strikes again, with one in 679 couples getting engaged at one of Europe's most romantic locations. 

5.The Hollywood Sign, LA

Adding a bit of showbiz to the nuptials, one in every 1,000 proposals takes place in the Hollywood hills. 

6. Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge, New York

A double whammy for NYC with two of it's most iconic landmarks sharing the number six spot. One in 1,111 proposals respectively. 

7.Niagara Falls, Ontario

Without a doubt, one of the most stunning sights on planet earth, Niagra Falls acts as the backdrop for one in 1,250 proposals. 

8. Walt Disney's Epcot Park, Florida 

A third appearance for Disney, with Epcot playing host to one in 1,428 proposals. 

9. Big Bear Lake, California 

With chilled vibes and stunning views, it;s no wonder this picturesque location sees one on 1,666 take place here. 

10. Bondi Beach, Sydney

One in 2,000 proposals happen on the sandy shores of one of the world's most iconic beaches. 

 

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James Middleton has confirmed his engagement to girlfriend Alizee Thevenet. The businessman proposed in the Lake District this week.

He took to Instagram to reveal the joyous news. James posted a photo of him and Alizee, who look as loved up as ever.

He captioned the snap, “She said OUI.”

News of the couple’s engagement was reported yesterday, but James waited until today to comment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added, “Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news.”

The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother has been dating Alizee for over a year. They just moved in together in West London in September.

Alizee had no idea who James was when they first met. She was unaware of his connection to the royal family until a friend told her before their first date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A source said, “It wasn’t until after they’d met for a drink that Alizee realised who he was — one of her friends had to tell her.”

Alizee’s father said his daughter is ‘deliriously happy’ with James.

Huge congratulations to the happy couple.

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Huge congratulations are in order for Princess Beatrice who has just announced her engagement to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the joyous news in a statement this morning:

“The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York to Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

“Her Royal Highness and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month.”

The couple’s wedding will take place in 2020.

Commenting on their joyous news, Beatrice and Edoardo said;

“We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Beatrice and Edoardo have been dating since 2018 and made their first public appearance in March 2019.

The lovebirds attended their first official royal family event together, the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in May 2019.

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Our former teenage hearts are breaking over this news. Popstar Jesse McCartney is engaged… and it’s not to us.

The singer just announced his engagement to longtime partner Katie Peterson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple recently celebrated their seven year anniversary so it’s safe to say Jesse got Katie the present of her dreams.

The 32-year-old got down on one knee on Friday at CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to E! News, "The couple were with a group of friends as McCartney got down on one knee. The whole restaurant fell silent as he asked her to marry him and went into a loud applause and cheered when she said yes! Chef Wolfgang Puck himself was also at the restaurant making his rounds when it happened. The couple celebrated with drinks as the night went on."

The Better With You singer shared a snap of his bride-to-be showing off her ring on Instagram. “Katie McCartney has a nice ring to it.”

If anyone needs us we’ll be listening to Beautiful Soul and sobbing for the foreseeable future.

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Ariana Grande has been spotted holding hands with rumoured boyfriend Mikey Foster, of Social House, who she's set to score her sixth number one with for their latest song Boyfriend.

Romance rumours are increasingly being fuelled, Us Weekly reports. The pair were out at Siena Tavern with a group of pals as well as the singer's mum, Joan.

According to Us' source, some PDA occurred and we are GASPING. Ari was performing at Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago, but hasn't confirmed the speculation about herself and Foster's relationship.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Ariana and Mikey were holding hands at one point while they were there,” a source told the publication. The two "arrived separately," the source continued.

People originally reported the two were dating over the weekend, but The Blast broke the news of their relationship, writing that multiple sources told them that Grande and Foster's "professional relationship and friendship has taken a passionate new turn in the recent months."

The outlet wrote that they have been "seriously enjoying each other's company, and have quietly been elevating their relationship. However, they are far from boyfriend/girlfriend and are apparently just feeling things out."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Foster shared a birthday tribute with his Instagram followers for Grande two months ago, gushing about her talent;

"You're one of the most incredible people the universe has to offer. I hope this year offers u nothing but the joy you deserve. Love you. Happy Birthday" he wrote.

Grande commented on his Instagram, "Love you sooooo much." Despite the lyrics of their tune denying their boyfriend/girlfriend status, Ari doesn't seem to be saying Thank U, Next just yet,

Feature image: YouTube/Ariana Grande and Social House: Boyfriend

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Ashley Benson has officially made her love for girlfriend and suspected fiancé Cara Delevigne known in a permanent way: Ink.

The 29-year-old showed off a 'CD' tattoo inked below her armpit in a photo shared on Instagram, announcing the launch of her new Privé Revaux X Benzo sunglass collection.

“So excited to share this with you guys,” the Pretty Little Liars star captioned the photo, adding a heart emoji. “My new collection with Privé Revaux is here.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Benson sports a pair of shades from the line in the image, posing with her arms in the air in order to expose the gorgeous tattoo.

While the actress didn't confirm that the initials are a tribute to her 26-year-old supermodel girlfriend, fans couldn't help but get excited.

The lovebirds sparked engagement rumours this month after being spotted wearing bands on their ring fingers in St. Tropez.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Delevigne and Benson keep their relationship status pretty quiet since being first linked in August 2018, but they did confirm their romance in June 2019 for their first anniversary.

“I don’t know because it is Pride, it’s been 50 years since Stonewall happened and I don’t know,” she revealed to E! News. “It’s been just about our one-year anniversary so, why not?”

Delevingne was honoured with the Hero Award for her commitment to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.

The star thanked Benson for her support during her acceptance speech;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are,” she told the audience, according to E! News.

“She’s one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought.”

The pair have been snapped piling on the PDA since they were first seen kissing in late 2018. We are LOVING the romance between the pair. True gay icons.

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Holly Hagan is going to be a wife – and she is shouting it from the rooftops.

The former Geordie Shore star has taken to Instagram to announce that her boyfriend Jacob Blyth proposed – and she said yes.

The 27-year-old has been in a relationship with Jacob for two years, since meeting him on holiday in Ibiza.

The pair went back to the same place and that's where the Barrow football forward got down on one knee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Holly posted a snap of the happy couple and the video of Jacob asking her to marry him. 

We genuinely cried tears of happiness for her when we watched the clip.

She captioned it, ''IM GUNNA BE A WIFE. I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, or that we and everybody else managed to keep it a secret for the last couple of weeks. But on our second anniversary on the island where we first met, the love of my life asked me to be his WIFE!!''

She continued, ''I was honestly in shock, I believed for such a long time that I didn’t deserve to be loved, But I was so wrong. Jacob is everything I was told I didn’t deserve and more. His mental strength is something I’ve never seen in any person on earth, and he’s obviously a fucking 10!!''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added, ''Thank you for accepting every single part of me, past, present and now future. Thank you for seeing how fucking fabulous I actually am and for telling me every single day. And thank you for making me the happiest girl in the world, I didn’t think it was possible to love you any more than I already did but Jesus this feeling is overwhelming!''

She also said, ''I'm going to spend my life making you the happiest man on earth because you deserve nothing less. I never believed in happy endings but I guess I got mine. I cannot wait to be your wife.''

Her fans went wild with happiness for the TV star. 

One said, ''HOLLY!!!! Congratulations I’m so happy for you.''

While another wrote, ''I don’t think anyone else quite deserves the happiness I’m sure you’re feeling right now hol. A roller-coaster you thought you’d never get off until you met @blythy9. All the best to you both and the most love from an old friend.''

We're delighted for her and we can't WAIT to see the hens and wedding because we just know it's gonna be a proper Geordie Shore reunion. 

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Well, just when we thought we'd seen it all, something else comes along and knocks us off our feet.

Speaking of feet, an absolute fashion atrocity has been committed, and someone needs to call the police before this crime to humanity gets out of hand.

An Etsy shop owner is now selling custom Crocs for your special wedding day, which are covered in sparkling sequins and come in a range of colours. We feel attacked.

The company renowned for their comfortable, but controversially ugly shoes tried to change its footwear up with fanny packs and individual designer's 'Goth Crocs'.

This latest attempt to modernise their audience and cater for brides who don't want to be hobbling down the aisle in painful shoes may actually be successful, but they're fairly expensive.

Bridal Crocs are currently about €91 if bought online, minus shipping, due to the fact that they are custom made for the wedding day. 

Image credit: Etsy

If the exorbitant price doesn't bother you, and you're seeking unbeatable comfort and sparkles for your special day, grab yourself a pair online now.

Maybe prepare yourself for the legions of people who will undoubtedly slag you all day though, just sayin'.

Feature image: Crocs

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Huge congratulations are in order for Hilary Duff who has announced her engagement to Matthew Koma.

The actress confirmed the news on her Instagram account by posting a photo of her and Matthew.

The mum couldn’t help but smile as she showed off her stunning ring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned the snaps: “He asked me to be his wife.”

The duo have been on-off since early 2017. They briefly split up but reunited later that year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hilary and Matthew recently welcomed their first child together. The former Disney star gave birth to their daughter Banks Violet Bair on October 25.

Hilary is also a mum to six-year-old son Luca, who she shares with former husband Mike Comrie.

We couldn’t be happier for the lovebirds.

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing for one Strictly Come Dancing star. 

Pro dancer Graziano Di Prima has gotten down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Giada Lini.

The Italian dancer, who celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow, asked the big question during a performance of Burn The Floor in Watford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He produced a stunning ring after the pair performed an intimate routine.

Fellow Strictly pros Kevin Clifton and Dianne Buswell cheered them on from the audience. 

Giada took to Instagram to post a gorgeous snap of the pair and wishing him a happy birthday. 

She wrote, ''YOU…never stop making me fall in love with you every day…! HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little BIG LOVE."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Graziano joined Strictly in 2018 but he has garnered a rake of fans.

He spoke to OK! magazine about his relationship with Giada.

He said, ''We love each other so we have to be together. I’m alone in this big new world and I need her. We live together so it’s like we’re married. Marriage is very important to both of us.''

He continued, ''We want to start our life as husband and wife and have our own family. We’ll see when. I just knew from the first day – she changed my life."

Huge congratulations to the happy couple. 

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are set to tie the knot later this summer after they got engaged in October 2017.

The lovebirds had been dating for a little under a year before Joe got down on one knee and although fans were over the moon for the pair, many admitted they were quite surprised by the news.

At the time of their engagement, the Game of Thrones star was only 21-years-old. The actress recently  opened up about getting engaged at such a young age in an interview with Rolling Stone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Getting engaged and married in your early 20s was the norm back in the day, but these days, people are waiting longer to settle down.

This didn’t phase Sophie because she said that she doesn’t feel like a normal 22-year-old.

“I was fully preparing myself to be single for the rest of my life,” she admitted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I think once you’ve found the right person, you just know. I feel like I’m much older a soul than I am in age. I feel like I’ve lived enough life to know.

“I’ve met enough guys to know—I’ve met enough girls to know. I don’t feel 22. I feel like 27, 28.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There’s no doubt the 23-year-old actress is head over heels in love with Joe. She recently gushed about her beau to Glamour magazine: “A lot of [my happiness now] is to do with being with a person I’ve fallen in love with, who loves me more than he loves himself, and who wants to see me find my own happiness.”

She added: “That was probably the biggest thing that pushed me to find who I am and find my happiness in things other than acting.”

Power to ya, Sophie.

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X Factor and I'm A Celebrity star Fleur East is set to walk down teh aisle.

The 31-year-old was surprised when her boyfriend Marcel Badiane-Robin asked the question while they were on holiday in Tokyo.

The couple, who have been together for nine years, opened up to Hello! magazine about their exiting news.

Fleur took to Instagram to post a snap from their shoot. 

She captioned it, ''I’ve literally just landed back in the UK from Japan and I can’t believe I can say that I’m engaged to be a WIFE!! My boyfriend Marcel proposed to me while we were in Tokyo. What a trip to remember!''

She continued, ''You can read all about my surprise engagement shoot exclusively in @hellomag on sale tomorrow! And you can meet the man that I somehow convinced to want to spend the rest of his life with me! So happy to share this news.''

Her fans went wild for the happy news.

One said, ''Amazing amazing news!!! Congrats you fabulous pair.''

While another wrote, ''So happy for you girl Mega Congrats.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marcel got down on one knee in their hotel room, after sprinkling rose petals all over the bed.

Fleur said, ''I said yes immediately! How Marcel did everything was just wonderful.''

She continued, ''We’re in a really traditional Japanese hotel and there were petals on the bed and champagne…Then I turned around and he was there, with the ring. He said: 'Fleur East, will you be my wife?'''

She added, ''I couldn’t believe it. The ring is so beautiful and yellow is my favourite colour.''

Massive congrats to the gorgeous couple – we can't WAIT to see the fab wedding.

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