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October 2020

8 Easy Proposal Ideas You Can Try At Home

We’ve got eight romantic proposal ideas you can execute straight from the comforts of your home right here.

You’ve found the girl of your dreams and you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship but before you can pop the question with a ring in hand, you’ve got to figured out how you’re going to propose to her.

Contrary to popular belief, most couples prefer their proposal to be a low-key and private moment between the two of them or with close family and friends. So, why not propose to the love of your life at home – a place that means the most to the both of you? Not only do you have full control to create the perfect proposal for her and savour this precious moment with no audience and all the intimacy you desire, it is also one of the safest way to ask for her hand in marriage with COVID-19 still very much a health threat.

But just because you’re proposing at home doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. It takes more than simply getting down on one knee with an engagement ring in hand. To give you some ideas on how you can make your at-home proposal more special, romantic and memorable, we’ve got eight ways you can say ‘Will you marry me?’ privately within the comfort and safety of your four walls.

1. Spell it out

Letty and Benjamin’s Incredible Myanmar Pre-Wedding and Stylish Wedding by Super Panda Presents

You can’t go wrong with this at-home proposal idea, especially if your girl prefers a more straight forward approach. Decorate the place with bunting, balloons or tea lights that spell out the words ‘Will you marry me?’ and wait for your love to walk through the door. If you want to up the romance factor, set it up inside one of the rooms or your bedroom, and decorate the pathway with flower petals, and ask her to follow it to find you on one bended knee with her ring in hand.

If you’re planning to do it over dinner, you can either spell it out with scrabble tiles on her plate or send her to the fridge to fetch a drink and wait for her to squeal in delight as she sees the words spelt out in alphabet magnets.

Once she has said ‘Yes!’, you can bring out the champagne and celebrate over dinner and dessert.

2. Enlist the help of your furry companion

Janice and Glenn’s Stunning Pre-Wedding Shoot in Cappadocia, Turkey by Kursat Acar

If you need help with your proposal, why not seek the aid of your four-legged friend? Involving your pet in your plan adds an extra sweetness to your proposal that is guaranteed to win your girl over. You can attach the ring to its collar or, if you’d like to hand the ring over to her personally, hang a customised collar tag that reads ‘Will you marry me?’ or pen the question down on a piece of paper or card and have your pet deliver it to her the moment she walks through the door.

While she is occupied with reading the message on the tag or card, you can prepare for the big reveal by getting down on one knee before her and ask for her hand in marriage.

3. Over Breakfast in Bed

Amelia and William’s Dreamy Destination Pre-Wedding Adventure in Indonesia by Fire, Wood & Earth

It cannot get more endearing than being served breakfast in bed by the man you love, just like how it is in the movies. So, whip up her favourite breakfast dishes, plate them nicely and serve them to her on a beautifully decorated tray, where her ring is either openly placed for her to see it or hiding underneath an empty dish, waiting to surprise her.

If you are planning to propose over breakfast, do remember to include activities that you may want to do for the rest of the day in your plan. You may want to share the good news with family and friends, spend the day out alone to celebrate the proposal or spend a lazy day at home cuddling to savour the moment.

4. The Good Old Candlelight Dinner

A Passionate Romance After Dusk Styled Shoot at Lewin Terrace by Stanstills Photography

Now, if your girl is not a morning person or breakfast is not her favourite meal of the day, but you really want to pop the question over food, there’s always the good old candlelight dinner you can go for. Instead of heading out, tell her you’d like to stay in and cook her something nice for date night. You can choose to re-create one of her favourite restaurants meals or prepare some of her favourite dishes. Don’t worry if cooking is not your forte! Simply order in some of her favourite food and plate them nicely. Once she grasps the purpose of the elaborate set-up you’ve put together, the type of food won’t matter as much.

Set the mood by decorating the table with some candles and flower petals, and hang up some of your photos together with love notes penned by you and fairy lights for an extra romantic vibe. Dim the lights and play soft, romantic music in the background, and voila, you’re all set.

5. Get her family involved

Cindy and Stan’s Stunning Wedding at Changi Cove Hotel’s Command House by Ivan Seah Photography

If you know your partner will love the idea of having her family roped in for the proposal, then go ahead and let them in on your idea. You can choose to involve them by having them present at your home, holding on to balloons or a banner with ‘Will you marry me?’ or ‘Say yes!’, or hiding in a room, waiting to surprise her after she has said ‘yes’. However, do remember to keep safe distancing measures in place and have no more than five members of her family present at your home.

You can still involve more family members in the proposal without breaching safe distancing measures by having them join in the moment through a video call via Zoom or Skype. After the proposal is over, you can keep the video as a treasured keepsake of this special moment for the rest of your life.

6. Pop the question with balloons

Melisa and Brice’s Botanical Andaz Singapore Wedding by Androidsinboots

There’s just something really romantic about being proposed to in a room full of colourful balloons. Intimate, whimsical and visually pleasing, this proposal idea hits all the right buttons and is guaranteed to leave your girl impressed and floored by the amount of thought and time you’ve put into the proposal.

Once she has said ‘yes’, the romantic and colourful set-up quickly transforms into an Instagram-worthy backdrop for your post-proposal selfies.

7. Give Her a Movie Night To Remember

Jacelyn and Sherman’s Wild and Free Pre-Wedding Shoot on Punggol Beach by Joy De Vi

This is the perfect proposal idea for you if you and your partner have a habit of watching drams or movies together on a regular basis. Instead of the movie or drama you agreed to, play the video slideshow you’ve prepared beforehand of your years together with “your song” or one of her favourite love ballads playing the background.

Then, as she is watching the video, you can record her reaction using your smartphone so you will always have a video of this special moment.

8. Create a proposal playlist or serenade her

Hashy Yusof and Marc Than’s Stunning Pre-Wedding Shoot and Inspiring Story of Overcoming Paralysis by Chris Ling International Photographers

If your girl loves a good guessing game, then this proposal idea is for you. There’s nothing more subtle about a proposal than creating a playlist of love songs that talk about getting married, and you can create one for your love and play it as part of your proposal plan.

Wait and see if she catches on to the message hidden in the songs on the playlist, and if she doesn’t, then drop a hint or two and see if she picks that up. Once she is on the same page as you, you can then go down on one knee and propose with the ring in hand.

Alternatively, you can choose to serenade her instead of putting together a playlist. If you are able to, you can create a mash-up of some of her favourite songs or simply sing her favourite song to her. Better yet, write her an original song if you’re able to and serenade her with it. Then, wrap up the romantic gesture by asking for her hand in marriage at the end of the song.

Once you’ve successfully proposed to the love of your life, take some time to savour the day before you plunge into wedding planning madness.

Feature Image from Cara and Andy’s Ethereal, Blue-Hued St. Regis Singapore Wedding by Antelope Studios.

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8 Easy Proposal Ideas You Can Try At Home