We love the idea of a proposal at home. In fact, an at-home proposal can even enhance the romance! "What we have seen more of is people caring less about the 'showiness' of the proposal, and instead, just being able to experience the moment with their loved one," says Megan Bicklein of The Yes Girls, a team of professional proposal planners.
And if you haven't found the perfect ring yet, consider online ring shopping. "This can be tons of fun," says Ria Papasifakis, vice president of revenue at Ritani. "We have lots of couples shop together and we find that it doesn’t take away or ruin the element of surprise for the proposal."
Meet the Expert
- Megan Bicklein is a proposal planner and designer for The Yes Girls, a team of experts who plan marriage proposals and anniversaries.
- Ria Papasifakis is the vice president of revenue at Ritani, a fine jewelry company specializing in engagement rings and bridal jewelry.
We rounded up some of the most romantic and creative ways to propose at home. How will you be popping the question?
Play a Slideshow of Memories
Few things are more romantic than reminiscing on your history together. Compile old photos and videos from throughout your relationship and play the slideshow on your TV. Gather your comfiest pillows and blankets to snuggle on the couch and perhaps even light a few candles, too. No movie theater date could ever top this!
Cook Your Favorite Restaurant Meal
Since you can't dine at your favorite restaurant, cook your favorite dish on the menu instead. Craving the cozy Italian spot down the street? Whip up spaghetti bolognese and pour a glass of wine. Missing the Mexican spot across town? Make flavorful tacos and homemade guac to enjoy.
Host a Virtual Cocktail Party
More and more couples host a private proposal immediately followed by a larger celebration with friends and family. But, while large gatherings are discouraged at the moment, you can still celebrate your engagement with loved ones online! Invite your closest friends to a video call and ask that they all pour their favorite drinks. Have everyone raise a glass and cheers!
If you host a virtual reception, ask your guests to get dressed up. While no one is leaving the house, putting on a nicer outfit will feel refreshing for everyone (especially those working from home) and will make your celebration feel more formal—and normal!
"Travel" to Your Favorite Destination
When actual travel isn't an option, do the next best thing! Recreate your favorite destination inside your home by cooking the specific cuisine, playing cultural tunes and decorating a room to fit the aesthetic. If you can't propose in Paris, you might as well bring the City of Love to you!
Hire a Local Band to Serenade You Online
Supporting local businesses is crucial now more than ever. Since you can't go listen to your favorite band at your local bar, hire the group to sing you a few songs via Skype or Zoom. They'll appreciate the business and your partner will be elated by the surprise.
Take a Private Walk
In today's world, there are still safe ways to get out of the house and avoid others. Take a walk around the block, to your favorite park or a local landmark that is special to your relationship. If you have a car, go for a drive but keep the destination a secret to your partner. Find a private spot to watch the sunset and then pull out the ring!
Project a Movie in the Backyard
This one is perfect for a spring, summer, or fall night. Project your favorite romcom (or any theme really, you do you!) in the backyard accompanied by personal touches that make for an extra special moment. From string lights, candles, cozy blankets, or a couple glasses of wine, a sky full of stars is the cherry on top that requires no planning necessary!
Share a Dance Together
What's more romantic than a slow dance in the kitchen? We'll wait—that's what we thought. So, light a few candles for some extra intimate ambience and turn on your favorite love song. Wait until the last verse of the song to drop to one knee and pop the question.
Create Your Own Wine Tasting
If you and your partner are the type to spend an afternoon exploring the newest winery, create the same interactive yet relaxing experience in the comfort of your own home. Find the perfect spot (indoor or out!) and create a spread of cheeses, grapes, and hors d'oeuvres before pouring a few glasses of wine. Bonus points if you buy a few extra bottles of your favorite to share every year on your anniversary.
Enjoy a Picnic in the Living Room
There's just something so simple yet special about sitting on the living room floor with with your best friend. So, lay out a blanket, turn on your favorite playlist, snack on an array of munchies, and enjoy a conversation for an hour (or a few) before asking your partner to spend forever with you.