PUBLISHED: April 04, 2024

Planning a proposal can send your mind awhirl with so many questions. When is the right time to propose? Should I get a custom or ready-made engagement ring? Do I really need an engagement ring for the proposal? And, of course, where is the perfect place to pop the question so that my other half and I can share a beautiful memory that we’ll treasure forever?

If you’re planning for a destination proposal overseas, one idea to consider is to plan it during the cherry blossom (or sakura) season. Here are just a few compelling reasons why:

  • One-of-a-kind setting: The beauty of cherry blossoms creates a dreamy and romantic backdrop you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Meaningful symbolism: The fleeting, ephemeral nature of falling sakura blossoms symbolises the transient nature of life and the importance of seizing the moment to express love and affection.
  • An auspicious start to your next chapter: Cherry blossom season coincides with the onset of spring, symbolising new beginnings and fresh starts – perfect for welcoming the next stage of your relationship!
  • Easily combined into your holiday experience: Many popular Singaporean holiday destinations have a cherry blossom season, allowing you to seamlessly integrate your proposal into your itinerary.

To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to uncovering the magic of cherry blossom season, complete with tips and ideas for planning the perfect romantic proposal – and where else to see the blossoms apart from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan!

Tips and Things to Remember Before Proposing Under the Cherry Blossoms

1. Choose the perfect destination – and remember, it doesn’t have to be Japan!

Selecting the right location is crucial for a memorable cherry blossom proposal. Japan is the first destination that often comes to mind when thinking about Sakura season, but it’s not the only place to head to if you’re hoping to catch the beautiful blooms in action. Popular cherry blossom spots around the world include:

  • Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido, Fukushima, Nagano, Ehime, Kumamoto)
  • South Korea (Jeju Island, Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju, Jinhae)
  • Taiwan (Taipei, New Taipei City, Yilan, Taichung, Nantou, Chiayi, Taitung, Hualien)
  • China (Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan)
  • USA (Washington, D.C., New York City, Newark)
  • Spain (Jerte Valley)
  • France (Paris’ Parc de Sceaux)
  • Turkey (Istanbul’s Japanese Garden)
  • Sweden (Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården)
  • Germany (Hamburg)

2. Research the right time and location for your Sakura surprise.

Before setting the date for your proposal, research the peak bloom period for cherry blossoms in your desired location. Cherry blossom season varies from region to region and can be affected by factors such as climate and weather conditions. 

For example, in parts of Taiwan, cherry blossoms can be spotted as early as mid-January, lasting all the way until April. However, in Japan – easily the most popular cherry blossom destination worldwide – forecasts estimate the first blooms will only appear between mid-March and late April, with the actual blooms arriving between the end of March and early May, depending on which end of the island you plan to visit.

Websites, local tourism bureaus, and social media platforms often provide updates and forecasts on cherry blossom bloom times, helping you plan your proposal with precision. Keep an eye on these resources, but try to be flexible with your proposal date to align with nature's schedule.

3. Settle the right location to pop the question.

Selecting the right location is crucial for a memorable cherry blossom proposal. Consider the ambiance and aesthetics of each location, opting for spots that combine privacy (if you’d like it) and tranquillity with stunning views of the cherry blossoms.

Scrolling through Instagram or TikTok feeds can alert you to potential proposal locations without needing to physically scout it beforehand. Look for natural archways, scenic pathways, or serene ponds framed by cherry blossom trees, providing an idyllic backdrop for your proposal photos. Parks, botanical gardens, or waterfront promenades also typically offer picturesque settings with an abundance of cherry blossom trees.

4. Plan a romantic gesture – and not just as a backup.

If you haven’t gotten the message already, remember that the Sakura season can be notoriously finicky. Even if you arrive when the blossoms are out, it can be hard to find a quiet, secluded spot away from other Sakura spotters to pop the question. Or you may not be able to get to the exact spot you have in mind due to crowd or access issues.

One way to ensure the proposal is still unforgettable is to infuse it with romantic gestures and personal touches that reflect your relationship and shared memories. Write a heartfelt letter expressing your love and commitment, or arrange a surprise serenade with your partner's favourite song playing softly in the background. 

You can also pack a picnic basket filled with gourmet treats and sparkling wine and set up a cosy blanket beneath the cherry blossom trees for an intimate al fresco dining experience. Alternatively, plan a sunset stroll hand-in-hand, pausing at a scenic spot to ask the most important question of your life.

5. Pick the right ring.

The engagement ring is the centrepiece of your proposal, symbolising your love and commitment to your partner. Take the time to choose a ring that reflects your partner's style, personality, and lifestyle. Consider factors such as ring metal, gemstone type, and setting style when selecting the perfect ring.

One standout option for the classically romantic is the Say Love™ Diamond. Crafted with exquisite precision and attention to detail, each stone design engagement ring embodies the essence of everlasting love and timeless elegance. 

From the classic solitaire of the LVC Say Love™ Classic Plain Diamond Ring to the LVC Say Love™ Destiny Diamond Ring’s intricate pavé setting, it seamlessly blends a fairy-tale heart-shaped inner silhouette with a classic round cut for everyday wear. Additionally, each diamond is painstakingly selected from only the best lab-grown diamonds available – making the Say Love™ Diamond an ethical and eco-friendly choice for conscientious couples. Cater enough time for the ring shopping and also time for the ring production, which will take around 1.5 to 2 months. So before you buy the air ticket, remember to ensure you confirm the arrival of the engagement ring. 

Plan the Perfect Proposal with Love & Co.

By following these tips and guidelines, you can plan a romantic cherry blossom season proposal that is as magical and unforgettable as the moment itself. And to make planning for this big day a little easier, Love & Co. offers a diverse range of proposal and engagement ring styles and settings, so you’ll be sure to find the ideal ring to sweep your partner off their feet.

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