Bridal Proposals

How to make an at-home proposal special

How to make an at-home proposal special

Planning a marriage proposal is a special occasion, and a super exciting one at that! And while grand gestures and exotic locations are, of course, a lovely option, there’s something profoundly intimate and personal about an at-home proposal. It’s the perfect setting for those seeking a meaningful and private moment to pop the question and is budget-friendly to boot. Here are some tips to ensure your at-home proposal is as special and unforgettable as any lavish affair.

Setting the scene

Create a romantic ambience

It might be the home you live in every day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform it for the evening. Use soft lighting, candles, and even decorations and fairy lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Play your partner’s favourite music in the background to personalise the experience further. If planning a summer proposal, you could even opt for a back garden ‘night under the stars’.

Incorporate personal touches

Personalise your proposal by incorporating elements that are unique to your relationship. Create a photo montage of your journey together, write love notes, or set up a treasure hunt that leads to the proposal spot. They may not cost a lot, but these little gestures will make the moment even more memorable.

Plan a special meal

Whether it’s a homemade dinner of your partner’s favourite dishes or a gourmet meal delivered from a restaurant, food plays a key role in setting the mood. Set the table beautifully, perhaps with a bouquet of your partner’s favourite flowers, to elevate the dining experience. A cute idea is to create your first date dinner, or any special, meaningful meal you’ve experienced together – went out for tapas on date one? Re-make that dinner at home!

Choosing the ring

Understand your partner’s style

Before you head off to buy the ring, pay attention to your partner’s style preferences — what do they wear, do they favour classic, modern, or unique designs? Consider the type of metal they wear (gold, silver, platinum) in their other jewellery pieces, and whether they prefer diamonds or gemstones.

Quality over size

When selecting the ring, remember that the sentiment behind it holds more value than the size of the gemstone. Focus on the quality and craftsmanship of the ring, rather than just opting for the biggest stone available.

Presentation is key

The presentation of the ring can add an extra element of surprise to your at-home proposal. Consider creative ways to present the ring, such as hiding it inside a keepsake box, attaching it to a cherished pet’s collar, or incorporating it into the décor of your proposal setup. Alternatively, present the ring the traditional way, but opt for a brand that provides beautiful, luxurious packaging as standard – such as The Diamond Store.

Capturing the moment

Hire a photographer

Consider hiring a photographer to capture the moment discreetly. Obviously this is tricky as you’re in your own home, but try to find a way for them to stay hidden until the big reveal. If this isn’t an option, set up a camera or smartphone on a tripod with a timer to ensure you capture the proposal with photos you can look back on for a lifetime.

Celebrate with loved ones

After the proposal, consider sharing the news with close family and friends through a video call or by inviting them over for a small celebration, prepping them ahead of time. It can be even more special to have your engagement party directly after the engagement!

Looking for the perfect ring for your at-home proposal?

An at-home proposal can be just as special, if not more so, than any other setting. So ensure the ring matches up to the task. Take a look at our selection of beautiful engagement rings here, and find the one that speaks to you.