By Maya Kachroo-Levine
Updated March 22, 2019

We’re used to the same old tired, pre-wedding narrative: Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy proposes to girl. These days, however, more and more women are taking matters into their own hands and popping the question to their S.O, rather than waiting around for an engagement ringa trend that is currently up 336 percent, according to Pinterest’s March 2019 data. Women are more interested in “creating their own rules” and even though they appreciate tradition, they no longer think the traditional proposal route is the only way to go, the data further reveals.

So what actually happens when you search for “ways to propose to him” on Pinterest? First, you’ll find stock photos of women proposing to men—a refreshing treat—and that one classic image of Sandra Bullock proposing to Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal. And of course, you’ll find great proposal ideas for ways to get down on one knee and ask your man to marry you—like these ones:

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1 Arrange a scavenger hunt featuring all of your classic spots.

For example, this woman in Canada led her boyfriend to all of their favorite fast food restaurants. The scavenger hunt finally ended at the spot where they first met, where she had an acoustic guitar player serenading them as she got down on one knee.

2 Take your S.O. on a trip to a place neither of you have been.

If you’re going to propose on a trip, it’s all about waiting for the right moment. And choosing a spot that's new to both of you gives you the opportunity to create a special place that you can visit for years to come. Because you’re in a new place, you’ll want to make sure you choose a spot where you will both feel comfortable. If you’re both on the introverted side, you may want to seek out a private place. On the other hand, if you think he’d like more of a spectacle, you could propose right in the center of a stunning European town square.

3 Get your pet involved.

If you and your S.O. have a dog you both love dearly, why not let your furry friend in on the proposal? At least you can trust them to keep your proposal a secret until the big moment. Chances are you won’t be presenting him with a ring, but putting a diamond ring on your dog’s collar isn’t the only way to get your pet involved. Instead, you could get him to a beautiful spot under the guise of taking your dog on a hike, and then pop the question overlooking a beautiful vista.