Do you have an elaborate proposal plan that got ruined due to COVID-19? Or maybe your proposal plans didn’t get ruined, but the thought of proposing publicly somewhere makes you quake in your proverbial boots. In both cases, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone! Anyone that had a proposal plan during this crazy time has experienced the same disappointment as you and there are many people that feel uncomfortable sharing such a deeply personal life moment with anyone except the one that they love. The good news is, whether you’re reading this article for ideas to substitute an out of home proposal or for ideas to keep this special moment personal, these are all great ideas to consider.
Thankfully, you don’t have to cancel getting down on one knee or feel uncomfortable about doing it! You can still do a romantic proposal privately, right from your own home. The cool thing about proposing at home is that you can be as creative and romantic and even as silly as you want to be. When you propose at home, you don’t have to worry about rules, regulations, or interference from the outside world. You are the king (or queen) of your castle, and you make the rules! Below are our top proposal ideas at home that will help you get down on one knee for your fiance!
Ways to Propose at Home: Our Top Tips
Decide Your Locale
The first thing to do before proposing to your fiance is to decide whether you want to make your proposal inside your home or outside. It can be in any room of your house, or in the front or backyard. The sky's the limit as long as it's on your own property.
Decide Who’s Involved
What kind of proposal do you want to do? Just a sweet, one-on-one private moment with no one around but you and your sweetheart? Or do you want to get a handful of select friends and/or family members involved to witness the big moment? When considering this, think not just of your own preferences, but what your soon-to-be-bride might most appreciate too. If she’s close with certain relatives, she may really love having them there (whether that be via zoom during the pandemic or in person once this is all over) to be a part of the proposal.
Whatever you do, just make sure it’s a surprise, and don't forget to do your research on engagement rings! Whether your future fiance has small hands and you need to look at rings for small fingers, or they have a preference between statement and small engagement rings, check out Diamond Nexus to find their perfect fit.
Decide on Any Props
Make sure to get all your props together if you plan on using any. This includes the engagement ring, of course, but if you plan on any other proposal props, make sure to have them on-site, ready to go. Some props to think about might be flowers, candles, champaign or wine, chocolates, custom signs related to your proposal, and a great playlist for mood music! Remember, this is a very special occasion; make it unforgettable. Adding these small touches will pull the entire event together.
Decide the Perfect Time
Timing is key! Popping the question while your girlfriend is just stepping out of the shower or in the middle of burning dinner is probably not the best moment. Do you guys like to watch the sunset from your rooftop? Do you guys transform your living room into a movie theater on Friday nights? Also, if you know your soon-to-be-bride is not feeling well, or if she’s in a bad mood, that means you should probably hold off until things look a little cheerier. Think of your bride’s personality. If you know she would hate being proposed to when she looks like a hot mess, honor her by making sure to wait until she is dressed up and looking her best, even if you feel she looks amazing 24/7. If you’re currently in quarantine, suggest having a date night where you both get dressed up for fun! We can promise you she won’t turn down a chance to get ready for something after wearing nothing but loungewear and pajamas for the past month. Everyone needs something to look forward to and get excited about during this time!
Clean and Decorate
Making it special is not just about props or finding the right moment but about the little things too. Clean the house and decorate the room or area you intend to propose in. It's not exactly romantic to pop the question right next to a sink full of dirty dishes. Granted, you may have to be a bit sly if you don't want to tip her off, but we have faith in you.
Set the Mood, Baby
Don’t forget to set the mood using things like music and candles. Remember those props? This is the time to use them! Make a playlist of some of your favorite songs you both love, the more romantic, the better. You can even plan a small house party or zoom party after if you intend for your proposal to be just the two of you, but you still want to include friends and family to participate in the big moment. Make your proposal one-on-one and join together with everyone to celebrate it.
5 Romantic Home Proposal Ideas
Old School Dinner Proposal
Though some might say you can’t have a dinner proposal without the fancy restaurant, we say who says? You can wine and dine her right from home! The best part is that it can be just as romantic, if not more so. Make a few of her favorite dishes—don’t forget dessert—pour a couple of glasses of wine or bubbly, and when it's time to break out said dessert, that means it’s time to pop the question! However, we don't recommend trying that whole, “hiding the engagement ring in the wineglass,” trick, as that could get a little dangerous, choking hazard and all.
Let Your Pet Do the Honors
Many couples have pets that are an integral part of their little relationship unit. If you do, you can enlist the help of your sweet fur baby to make the most of the moment. One idea is to tie the engagement ring to your pet’s collar so that your lady love can discover it on her own. Another idea, if you know your bride to be won't mind being woken up for the proposal, is letting your pet wake her up.
Then as she opens her eyes, you can present your engagement ring to her and pop the question. Afterward, you can both enjoy a romantic breakfast in bed together. Pro tip: make sure you prepare breakfast ahead of time! Or you could make breakfast together, with a lot of happy loving and snuggling in between.
Of course, those aren’t the only ways to get a pet involved. You could even get your pet a cute shirt with the big question printed on it and not even have to say a word. Well, at least until she starts squealing and demanding to know whether you’re serious or not!
Make a Slideshow Movie
If you know your lady love is a sucker for grand romantic gestures, creating a slideshow of your history together is a great way to tug at her heartstrings and make her feel all melty inside. You can use videos and photos of your times together and compile them into a montage to play on your TV.
At the end of the slide show, you could have an extra slide appear that pops the big question. Be sure to set the mood ahead of time with candles, plenty of comfy blankets and pillows to snuggle in, and perhaps a bowl of popcorn to share. Stash a bottle of bubbly on ice behind the couch so that when she says yes, you can clink glasses and celebrate!
Create a Graffiti Wall
Obviously you don't want to ruin any walls in your house or cause permanent damage, but you can use custom wall stickers as your “graffiti” to pop the big question. The only real obstacle with this plan is deciding which wall you want to use to surprise her with.
If you know she gets up early in the morning and hops in the shower first thing; you could get up during the night and arrange your decals on the bathroom mirror. Alternatively, if you know that the first place she goes when she wakes up is to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, you could arrange the decals on a kitchen wall instead.
For those of you overachievers, if you really want to be creative, why not use glow-in-the-dark stickers to spell out what you want to say? You can get glow-in-the-dark hearts or stars or even letters if you want to make it a little easier. Once you shut the lights off for the night, your big proposal will appear out of nowhere. This makes a great idea for a bedroom wall or the ceiling above the bed!
Backyard Picnic Proposal
This is a fantastic idea if you live somewhere scenic and have a pretty backyard. Or at least have a pretty area in your backyard! You can put together a special meal, picnic-style, and spread out a soft blanket with a bottle of champaign. Think finger foods, crusty bread, strawberries, and of course, chocolate.
Play some soft tunes in the background and plan the picnic and proposal to happen closer to sundown, when the weather is cool, and the shadows are deepening. You can even light a few tiki torches around the picnic area to cast some firelight and add to the romantic vibe.
There are many ways to be creative during quarantine and plan a romantic marriage proposal right from the comfort of your own home. The key takeaway is to make it special and unique to the two of you, and nothing else matters. At Diamond Nexus, we’re always excited to be a part of your unique story. Tag @diamondnexus on Instagram and share your proposal story with us!
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