For those involved, any marriage proposal is definitely memorable. An experience unlike any other, asking someone to marry you requires a great deal of thought and attention and is not a decision which should be entered into rashly.

The public loves a good wedding and there have been plenty of proposals which got our hearts in a flutter over the years. Here are five of the most memorable:

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The public anticipated the marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with baited breath for so long that when Brad did pop the question last year we all knew it would be a big event. Having brought all six children together, Brad proposed to Angelina with a tablet shaped diamond engagement ring custom made for $500,000 (£310,000). “Angelina smiled and cried” sources said, which is hardly surprising!

2. Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller

Despite his erratic and sometimes bizarre behaviour, when Charlie Sheen proposed to Brooke Mueller in 1997 he did so surrounded by the beauty of a Costa Rican beach and with an 11 carat yellow diamond engagement ring. The ring was made to order by the much celebrated and exclusive jeweller Lord Alon Barak and set Sheen back a cool $500,000 as well (£310,000).

3. Jordan Bratman and Christina Aguilera

In 2005 Jordan Bratman won the hearts of women everywhere by proposing to Christina Aguilera in a hotel room filled with rose petals, balloons and gift boxes of poetry. After she opened the last box which contained the engagement ring, he got down on one knee and asked the pivotal question. She of course said yes and the couple had an elaborate celebrity wedding, although unfortunately it all ended in the divorce courts in 2010.

4. Prince William and Kate Middleton

Second in line to the British throne, Prince William is believed to have chosen the hot climate of Kenya to ask Kate Middleton to marry him. The engagement ring was that which belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana, and the two got married in 2012 to great fanfare. They are currently expecting their first child; a real fairy tale marriage for the Royal Princess!

5. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel in January 2012 by taking her to the top of a mountain in Wyoming. The central stone of the engagement ring is a square hearts and arrows diamond surrounded by round diamonds with one aquamarine on each side. As impressive as the ring would have been on its own, the remarkable view from the mountaintop vista certainly added extra gravity to the occasion.

Personal proposals

Although we might frequently wish otherwise, not everybody has the same budget as those mentioned above when it comes to buying an engagement ring – but that shouldn’t mean your proposal should be any less special. There are many ways to make the moment special, including finding the right time and place and choosing an appropriately beautiful engagement ring. So take your time when planning and ask that special lady one of the most important questions there is.