Perfect Home Proposals
If you like the idea of an intimate proposal in the sanctuary of your own home, here are a few ideas to make this special:
Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off and wait!
Fill a favourite room in your home with photo memories from your relationship; you can hang them from balloons or cover the walls
Turn off all the lights and make a trail of candles that leads to a circle of candles positioned around the ring.
Tie a red ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. Wait for your partner at the end of the ribbon with the ring in hand.
Cook a five-star-worthy meal or hire a personal chef for the night (he or she can also capture the moment!). Propose over dessert.
Make a jigsaw puzzle with your picture and the words "Marry me?" When you've finished enough that you can clearly see the photo and read the words, it's time to propose!
Create a web page declaring your love and proposal, and leave a clue with the web address written on it—don't say a word. After the proposal, announce the good news by sending the link to family and friends.
Put together a gift basket of yummy treats – chocolate or exotic fruit are always a favourite - and hide the ring among the presents (in its box, so it doesn't get lost!).
On a dinner date at home, write "Will you marry me?" in chocolate sauce around the rim of a dessert plate.
Make your partners favourite cake with the proposal written in frosting.
Cut out the bottom of a big cardboard box, wrap it with pretty paper and ribbon, and attach a card that says, "What's inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime." Then, "deliver" yourself to the doorstep.
Pick a spot in the garden for some summer stargazing and propose under the night sky.
Tips for making your 'home proposal' work
1. Don't worry that proposing at home means you won't be able to capture the moment on film. If you're proposing with no one around, set up a tripod to take a photo of you and your partner but "accidentally" hit record on the camera to capture the whole proposal.
2. If you are capturing the proposal yourself, be sure to test your camera angles prior to the big moment. No one wants to watch a video with your heads cut off.
3. Having a party at your home? Designate specific friends and family members to photograph and videotape the moment. Sure everyone will whip out their phone as the moment happens, but you want to make sure someone is there with a legit camera as well. Want to go professional? Invite your "new friend from work" aka your photographer to your party.
4. Keep time in mind when getting ready to propose. If you want to propose at home make sure it's not after a late night out when you are both tired or when either of you has somewhere to be. You want to leave enough time to enjoy the moment and be able to celebrate after.
5. Want to incorporate your family while still having an intimate moment? Have them waiting for you in another room at home or have your laptop secretly set up, Skyping the whole proposal to your family.
6. New home or renovating? Paint a wall with your favourite love quote and set up a romantic surprise (candles, roses, background music).