Lockdown Engagement Ideas: Romantic Ways to Propose at Home
At first glance, getting engaged during coronavirus may not sound like the most romantic idea. But for many, the alternative of waiting it out is even less appealing!
When you’re certain that you want to spend the rest of your life with another person, you don’t want to wait around and let external circumstances dictate your actions. Everyone dreams of that “perfect moment” for a proposal, but all you really need is the certainty that both of you are ready to begin your life together.
Private proposals have always been a favourite option for more introverted couples, but given the circumstances, even the more flamboyant among us are now looking for romantic ways to get engaged at home.
In this post, we’ll be listing our top ideas for getting engaged during lockdown, with plenty of inspiration for a romantic at-home proposal.
Ready to take notes? Then let’s dive in…
How to Propose at Home during Lockdown – Our Top 5 Ideas
Proposing at home can be seriously romantic, as it’s an intimate moment that just the two of you will share and treasure forever. You also have the ability to make it incredibly personal by considering your future fiancé’s preferences and basing your proposal entirely around that, without having to worry about anybody else.
Looking around the living room and feeling a lack of inspiration? Read on for our favourite private proposal ideas, all guaranteed to lead to a truly unforgettable moment!
1. Create an at-home cinema experience
Okay, we’re not saying that proposing at the cinema was ever a good idea (unless you do it like this guy). But at home, you get to decide exactly what gets shown on the big screen, and we have a very special idea on how to make it super romantic!
All you need to do is gather together your favourite photos and/or videos from your time together, and use them to create a slideshow (or film) of your relationship. They’re sure to be teary-eyed by the time the credits roll, and that’s when you make sure to include a special bonus slide… asking them to marry you.
To really make this idea work, make sure you’ve got everything you need for a cosy home cinema experience: blankets, cushions, fairy lights (or candles) and maybe a few snacks. If you have access to a projector then that’s perfect, but the TV will do!
2. Recreate your dream proposal destination at home
Had you been planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to somewhere across the globe in order to pop the question? Or perhaps you had a special place in mind that holds special memories for the two of you.
Your travel plans might be squashed for the time being, but there’s no reason why you can’t bring that romantic destination to your doorstep and get engaged at home! Whether it’s Venice, Niagara Falls, Paris or New York City… you can recreate that romantic location with a little creativity.
All you have to do is embrace the five senses: play some local music, draw inspiration from the cultural cuisine, light some scented candles. Hang up the appropriate flag and decorate your house with any other props you can find, and make sure that you’re dressed appropriately!
3. Send them on a romantic treasure hunt
This idea involves an extra dose of creativity, but trust us, it’ll be worth it! Every single clue should reference an inside joke, memorable date or cherished memory. Scatter these around your house and send your partner off on their quest for treasure!
The beauty of this home proposal idea is that you can perfectly tailor it to create a uniquely thoughtful and personal experience. As well as including personalised clues, you can make it as simple or complex as you want, depending on your partner’s preferences. Perhaps they enjoy a challenging puzzle, or maybe they value sentiment over complexity – make sure to consider what would be best while you’re creating your treasure hunt!
Oh, and don’t forget the treasure itself: whether it’s a ring buried in the back garden or simply you waiting on one knee, make sure everything is perfectly set up for when your partner finds it!
4. Recreate a romantic dinner date at their favourite restaurant
We think it’s safe to say that many of us have missed dining out during lockdown, so this makes for an especially desirable home proposal idea right now!
Perhaps there’s a special eatery that you’ve been dining at together for years, or it’s a luxurious restaurant that gets reserved for special occasions only. All you need to know is her favourite dish, the right ingredients and a rough recipe to go off.
And remember, the restaurant experience doesn’t stop at the food: make sure to create the perfect atmosphere by setting the table, lighting some candles and playing a little background music. You can even tell your partner to get dressed up, and make sure they don’t lift a finger when it comes to doing the dishes!
Just as you would in a restaurant, you can pop the question in a number of ways: make it a surprise course by serving them the ring on a plate, hide it in the dessert, or simply get down on one knee following a heartfelt speech at the end of the meal.
We promise that you don’t need to be an amazing chef to pull this off – what really matters is the effort you put in. Of course, burning down the kitchen doesn’t make for a super romantic engagement dinner, so perhaps don’t go for this option if you think you’ll get too distracted with nerves!
5. Surprise them with breakfast in bed
Sometimes you don’t want a huge build-up to the moment you pop the question. For many couples, simplicity is the best option.
Treat your partner to their favourite breakfast in bed (don’t forget tea or coffee!), and give them enough time to wake up and get over their morning grogginess.
How you choose to present the ring is up to you: perhaps it’ll be hidden on the tray under its own cover, complete with a note that says “Save me till last”; or maybe you’ll keep it in your pocket, ready for when the moment is right to get down on one knee.
Top tips on preparing for your at-home proposal
Once you’ve settled on an idea, you might be keen to start planning your private proposal. But there are just a few other things which you mustn’t overlook – whether you’re preparing an elaborate scavenger hunt or a simple breakfast in bed.
Make sure the house is tidy
We can’t stress this enough – nothing kills the romance like dirty dishes and an unmade bed!
Your other half might be a little suspicious if you suddenly go on a mad cleaning spree, so you’ll probably want to tidy while they’re out of the house. Of course, this is a little trickier if you’re planning your engagement during lockdown, but you can get it done while they’re locked in the home office on a work call.
Alternatively, concentrate your efforts on any chores in the preceding weeks and you’ll hopefully just need to do a little touch-up on the day!
Time it right
You know your partner better than anyone: do they get the Monday Blues? Are they a morning person? Do they need alone time to decompress after finishing work? Think carefully about the best time to put your proposal plan in action. You don’t want them to be stressed or overwhelmed!
If you’re planning on getting engaged during coronavirus, you’ll want to keep an extra close eye on how the situation is affecting your partner’s mood. If the circumstances are taking a toll on them, or the news is turning particularly sour, it might not be the best moment to pull out the ring.
Want to capture the moment forever?
Having someone else video your proposal is becoming more and more popular. For many couples, it’s about capturing that moment on camera so that the two of you can watch it back in years to come; for some, it’s also about sharing that special event with close friends and family who couldn’t be there in person.
If you’re getting engaged during lockdown, you obviously don’t have the option of asking a bystander to take photos or videos. But you can easily set up a phone or camera to record your home engagement: just make sure the placement is absolutely perfect before you go about your plan!
Plan a post-proposal celebration
Leading on from the last point, getting engaged during coronavirus means that you might not be able to celebrate with loved ones as you normally would following the big moment. Many people like to plan a post-proposal party in order to celebrate and share the news with friends and families – but why not still do it online?
A virtual celebration might be a little unconventional, but with today’s technology, it’s so easy to gather everyone together on a group video call. Tell people to get dressed up, pop some champagne, and listen as your other half tells them all the romantic story of how you popped the question!
And there we have it! We hope our ideas for a romantic home proposal have inspired those of you looking to get engaged during lockdown. We know it’s a stressful and uncertain time, but for many couples it’s an opportunity to cherish those special private moments.
Remember to check out our Engagement Ring Buying Guide if you’re still in search of the perfect ring, and have a browse of our blog for plenty more proposal and wedding advice!
And did you know…
93% of people surveyed in our Instagram poll said they thought that private proposals are more romantic! What do you think? You can let us know your answer by doing our quick survey below!