By: Maria Jose Meneses
You’ve probably seen countless videos where someone gets on one knee in a crowded restaurant to ask for their partner’s hand in marriage. While public proposals are undoubtedly romantic, a home proposal can be just as memorable and special. If you’d rather perform a romantic proposal at home, there are many ways to get creative. Check out this helpful guide featuring the benefits of a home proposal, how to do it creatively, and a whole lot more.
Benefits of a home proposal
Getting engaged is exciting, and there are lots of benefits to proposing to your better half at home. Here are some of the perks to popping the question in the comfort of your own home.
Intimate (private) While proposing in public is certainly romantic, doing so at home is much more intimate and private. Asking someone to marry you at home allows you to express yourself more openly, too. Consider a home proposal if you’d rather ask someone’s hand in marriage without all of the extra fanfare.
Money-Saving You can still propose to someone in a fun, creative way without spending a lot of money. A home proposal can save you the cost of a fancy dinner or a night out on the town. You can always celebrate your engagement later with a special date or another romantic moment.
Safety When you propose at home, you won’t have to worry about losing the engagement ring. It’s also much safer to do this at home, where strangers won’t be watching you, too.
Shyness If your future fiancé is shy and doesn’t like a lot of attention, proposing to them at home is a good option. This will keep them from feeling overwhelmed, and you’re more likely to get a sincere “yes” if you choose to do it privately.
A bigger surprise If you propose to your partner at home, you’re more likely to take them by surprise even more than if you were to do it on a date night out. This is a great way to really surprise your better half since they’ll never expect it while you’re sitting on the couch watching a movie or wearing your pajamas.
Creative home proposal ideas
Check out these sweet and creative home proposal ideas to make the moment unforgettable:
Scavenger hunt/treasure hunt Plan a fun scavenger hunt and include the engagement ring and proposal on a piece of paper. Have your future fiancé look for items until they find “the one.” This is a guaranteed way to surprise them and get them excited about saying yes.
Pet proposal If you have pets at home, attach the wedding ring to their collar and have them enter the room. This is an adorable way to propose at home, and it gets your furry family members in on the action.
Create a movie trailer If you’re talented at video editing, why not make a custom movie trailer that includes your proposal? Schedule a couple’s movie night, then play your trailer at the beginning to surprise them in a sweet and meaningful way.
Kid-friendly If you or your fiancé have kids, you can have them take part in the proposal, too. Have your little one enter the room holding a sign asking for your partner’s hand in marriage. You can also create a custom t-shirt for your kids with your special proposal printed on the front.
Boardgame/game Enjoy a fun game night and use a board game for popping the question. Scrabble is an excellent choice since you can arrange the letters to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage. You can also write the proposal on a game card and wait for your fiancé to pick it out of the pile for an awesome surprise. Romantic dinner. You really can’t go wrong with a romantic, candlelit dinner. Make your dinnertime proposal unique by arranging candles with the letters “will you marry me?” for a fantastic moment. Another great way to do this is to serve cake for dessert and use the icing to write out your proposal (or have a professional baker help you).
Decorating a certain room A sweet and simple home proposal can be made by decorating a room with flowers, balloons, or photos. Pick out letter balloons to pop the question, arrange flower petals on the floor asking, or decorate the walls with pictures of you two together. When your partner comes home and enters the room, they’ll be amazed and surprised at your intimate proposal.
Getting loved ones involved If you want friends or family involved in the big moment, invite everyone over for a planned dinner. Just make sure that you tell the guests ahead of time, and make sure they promise to keep it a secret. When you pop the question, your loved ones will have their cameras ready to capture the unforgettable moment in time.
Who to hire to help with your proposal
You might need a little help from the professionals to make your proposal unforgettable. Here are some suggestions for services to hire, so you can sit back and enjoy the moment without the stress.
Proposal planner Similar to a wedding planner, a proposal planner can help you create the perfect moment. They’ll ask for details about your partner to help you develop a memorable, meaningful, and creative way to pop the question and get a yes. (Check out WPIC for some great certified planners!)
Musicians If you want to make your home proposal even more romantic, consider hiring professional musicians. A violinist or acoustic guitar player will add a romantic element to your dinner, while a singing trio is a fun and creative way to propose with a bit of humor.
Photographer If it’s just the two of you at home when you propose, a photographer can help you capture this special moment in time. Consider hiring a photographer if you’re using pets, kids, or family members to help you. That way, everyone can focus on what’s happening while the photographer captures the reactions.
Catering For those who aren’t into cooking, a caterer can be a great help for your home proposal. This is especially helpful if you’re planning a big dinner with lots of people since it will take the pressure off you to prepare a delicious meal.
Private chef An intimate romantic dinner for two is a perfect time to hire a private chef. These professionals can whip up your partner’s favorite meal, and it saves you from doing all of the cooking and cleanup.
Keep these pro tips in mind when you’re planning the perfect proposal home.
Clean the space You definitely want your home to be clean before you pop the question, so it’s a good idea to do some cleaning before the big day arrives. Declutter and get rid of stuff lying around, vacuum your floors, and make sure you clean the kitchen. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and just do a general cleanup so that your home is pristine on the big day or night.
Have a backup plan Sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan, which is why it’s essential to have a backup in place. If your future spouse needs to reschedule your date, make sure that you have a way to do what you want another time. If you cooked or hired a professional, you might need to bring the food and the musicians to your future fiancé if you already paid for everything or cooked a meal. Whatever you decide, it’s crucial to have a plan B just in case.
Practice before the big event
Write down your proposal on paper and say it aloud a few times This will help you feel confident and keep you from making mistakes when you pop the question.
Have a to-do list Write down everything you need to do before you propose at home. Whether it’s hiring a private chef, writing down your scavenger hunt clues, or creating a custom sign, it’s always good to have everything written down on paper so you don’t forget anything.
Let close ones know to avoid interruptions If you want to have the perfect home proposal, you can’t afford any interruptions. Let your friends and family members know about the big day in advance so they won’t end up showing up at your doorstep or calling you right in the middle of the big moment.
Don’t forget the ring No marriage proposal is complete without an engagement ring, so make sure you have it with you and somewhere secure. Since you’re proposing at home, you’re much less likely to lose the ring, but give it to a trusted friend or family member until the day arrives if you’re worried that you might misplace it.
Stay calm Remember to take deep breaths and stay calm when you’re ready to propose. This is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life, so relax and remember to have some fun when you pop the question. Your better half will love you no matter what, even if you stumble on a few words along the way.
A home proposal is a beautiful, intimate way to ask for someone’s hand in marriage. Keep these creative tips in mind when you’re getting ready to plan the day, and always remember that your other half will be thrilled, no matter where or how you choose to pop the question. With a bit of planning and some creativity, you can have an amazing proposal at home that you’ll both remember for years to come.
*Originally posted in Porch.com