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How To... Plan an Insta-worthy proposal

Say yes to a picture-perfect proposal courtesy of Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort’s expert wedding sales manager, Hernán Arenas Prado. | By Leanne Philip | November 22, 2022

Fun fact: According to a recent survey by Wedding Wire, nearly 40% of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Which means your Instagram feed is about to be overflowing with happy “she/he/they said yes!” posts and stories featuring expertly placed rose petals and candles. But not to worry, you too can have the perfect proposal. Just talk to Hernán Arenas Prado, the wedding sales manager at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, who is an expert at turning marriage proposal ideas into a romantic reality.

Says Arenas, “My job is to make [proposing] chic, unique and as stress-free as possible. I love being able to plan and design so I can bring [a couple’s] dream to life.”

One look at the sparkling ocean and golden beach in Puerto Vallarta and it’s easy to see what makes the resort such a dreamy destination for a surprise proposal. “Our beach club has the most spectacular views — on one side you have the mountains and on the other, the ocean.” Arenas continues, “trust me, these are the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see.”

Now that the scene is set to get down on one knee, the only question left is: what exactly makes an Insta-worthy proposal? Follow along as Hernán takes you from dating to engaged with five easy steps.

Plan your perfect proposal

Hernán Arenas Prado, Hilton Vallarta All-Inclusive Resort's wedding sales manager, gives us the inside scoop on planning a picture-perfect proposal.

How to plan an Insta-worthy proposal at an All-Inclusive resort:

Step 1: Location, location, location. Set the scene for your special moment with nature’s beauty as your backdrop. Guests at Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort can choose between an intimate evening for two in the Zen garden, on the beach or on their balcony — stunning ocean view included.

Step 2: Add bubbles. Via a sparkling Champagne toast or jacuzzi for two.

Step 3: Table for two. Up the romance factor with delicious nibbles made for sharing. You can’t go wrong with some chocolate-covered strawberries or an elegant cheese plate.

Step 4: Strike a pose. Get down on one knee (if you want, that is) and ask your significant other a very important question.

Step 5: Capture the moment. Be sure to set up a tripod (or have the hotel arrange a photographer) to snap pictures of the special moment, for your own keepsake — and Instagram, of course!

Leanne Philip is a content marketing manager at Hilton. She has written for numerous print and digital platforms, including Travel + Leisure, The Atlantan and Barneys New York.