On March 20th, not only does the world celebrate the first day of spring, but also celebrated is National Proposal Day! Didn’t know that was a thing, huh? As warmer months approach, frost begins to melt and so are some hearts in preparation of that oh-so-special day. When it comes to planning, understandably, high expectations need to be met. Let us relieve some anxieties and share a few special locations throughout Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime moment.

1. Bandywine Park 

Known and loved for its picturesque views, Brandywine Park is the heart of Wilmington State Parks. Running alongside the Brandywine River, it entrances visitors and lovers alike with its formal gardens, fountain area and, of course, the beautifully crafted Sugar Bowl! After a walk in the park or before a picnic lunch, get down on one knee to ask that important question with a beautiful backdrop setting the scene.


2. Newark Reservoir

A hidden gem in the City of Newark, Delaware is the Newark Reservoir. Overlooked by many, this serene and gorgeous landscape can easily become a new favorite spot for couples. A walk around the water to the lookout creates a gorgeous setting for the perfect drop-to-a-knee moment.


3. Rockford Park

Another secret in Wilmington’s back pocket is Rockford Park, a beloved gem of the city featuring a 100-year-old stone water tower, Rockford Tower. The tower is perfectly set to create a fairy tale scene amid rolling hills and views of the city. Take a quick climb up to the observatory deck to set up a stunning view of the Wilmington skyline perfect for those Instagram worthy shots.


4. Hagley Museum

Hagley Museum is where the du Pont story began for the First State. With its gorgeous landscape and water views setting the scene, the next stage in a blooming relationship can also begin. Whether it be in front of the mansion, beside the beautiful river or with the garden as a backdrop, the estate is set to make that question pop.


5. Longwood Gardens

The beauty of Longwood Gardens is enjoyed by thousands throughout the year. In spring, outdoor gardens fill with gorgeous daffodils, azaleas, wisteria, and more. Lilies and hydrangeas take center stage, filling the Conservatory with fragrance and color perfectly setting up as the perfect setting for that special someone to drop to one knee.


6. Winterthur Museum

Last up is Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, a fan favorite for engagements and weddings. Make the day unforgettable by exploring the grounds, mansion, and picturesque gardens. Stop by the kissing tower, perfectly placed to create a truly fairytale like experience.

Woo! They said yes! Congratulations, first step complete!

Now what? Once the initial shock has worn off and all the congratulations have been said, let us help you in the next stages of planning the wedding! Visit www.visitwilmingtonde.com/weddings