A Guide to Proposing at Home and Making It Super Special

Plus, 15 romantic ideas that will get an enthusiastic "Yes!"
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated May 21, 2020
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If you're stuck at home because of COVID-19, you're probably thrilled to get uninterrupted quality time with your S.O. But if you've been planning a proposal, social distancing guidelines may have thrown a wrench into your scheme. Not to worry, though—there are plenty of proposal ideas at home that will make for a memorable engagement.

If you're wondering how to propose at home without blowing the surprise, know that it's becoming an increasingly popular option. According to The Knot 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which surveyed over 20,000 couples who got engaged last year, 21 percent of all proposals happened at home, making it the second most popular location just behind a scenic spot. Proposing at home doesn't have to be difficult—all you need is a great hiding spot for the ring and a clever idea to take your S.O. by total surprise. Below, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite proposal ideas at home. Keep reading to get inspired and learn how to make your engagement an unforgettable experience.

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Sweet Ways to Propose at Home

Hopeless romantics, this is for you. If you have a penchant for all things heartfelt and sentimental, you'll adore these sweet ways to propose at home.

Have a "Photoshoot"

Professional cameras aren't required for this fun proposal idea. Grab a Polaroid or your phone and tell your S.O. you're having a photo shoot. (If they question your intentions, play it off by telling them you simply want to capture the moment.) As you're snapping away, pull out the engagement ring for maximum shock factor. If you set the camera up on a self timer, you'll be able to capture their reaction—and the photos will be priceless.

Get Your Loved Ones Involved

If your loved ones can't physically be there when you pop the question, have them waiting on a Zoom call or Google Hangout to celebrate the happy news immediately after. Or, if you're feeling creative, have them submit video messages for your partner—then, put the clips together in a sweet video to play before or after the proposal.

Make a Fancy Meal From Scratch

Pamper your S.O. by making their favorite meal from scratch. Play it cool by telling them you're simply planning a special date night at home. (If cooking isn't your forté, order their go-to dish from your favorite local restaurant.) The rest is up to you—whether you propose before or after the meal, they'll be thrilled to enjoy their favorite food with your relationship milestone.

Decorate Your Space

Proposal ideas at home aren't complete without decorations. Sites like The Knot Shop and Etsy are great for sourcing "Just Engaged" décor. Deck out your space with signs, streamers, balloons or confetti—not only will this make it feel much more special, decorations will be the perfect accompaniment to your first selfie as fiancés.

Involve Your Pet

Getting your pet involved is one of the best ways to propose at home. Dress them up in a fancy outfit, or tie a note around their collar with a proposal written on it. Send the pet to your partner, and follow closely behind with the ring in hand. Not only is this great if you both have a soft spot for animals, it'll make for cute pictures once your partner says "Yes!"

Clever Way to Propose at Home

Looking for an out-of-the-box idea? You can certainly pop the question with at home in a way they'll never expect. Below, find the most clever ways to propose at home.

Update Your Letter Board

If you've got a letter board somewhere in your house, change the message to say, "Will you marry me?" Surprise them by holding it, or let it sit until they notice it. Once they catch on to your plan, pull out the ring and take it from there.

Make a Scavenger Hunt

Make your partner work for the proposal by planning a scavenger hunt throughout the house. No matter where the game takes them, the last spot should lead them to you holding the ring (or the ring box in a secret hiding spot). This proposal idea at home is a must for adventure-loving couples.

Play a Game

The specifics of this proposal idea are up to you. Play a game you both love, or make up your own game from scratch. (We love the idea of creating a trivia game about your relationship history.) Once you've started playing, get down on one knee and ask them to marry you—they'll never see it coming.

Pretend You're Doing a Social Media Challenge

If you both love challenges that are popular on apps like TikTok and Instagram, pretend you're doing one to post online. Little do they know, you'll actually propose during the challenge. Not only is this a great idea for tech-savvy duos, it's a clever way to capture the whole moment on video without them catching on.

Go Outdoors

If you're not totally sold on proposing inside your home but still want a private moment, propose while in your backyard or on a walk around your neighborhood. If you both enjoy the outdoors, this simple proposal idea is a great way to involve nature if you aren't able to make it to a scenic trail or lookout spot.

Unique Ways to Propose at Home

Looking for engagement ideas that stand out from the rest? Consider these unique ways to propose at home.

Make a Special Playlist

Make a playlist of songs that spell out a proposal. Have your S.O. listen and see if they catch on to the surprise—if not, make them read the song titles to get the hint. Not only is this a fun way to pop the question, it's celebrity approved. (George Clooney proposed to Amal Alamuddin at home with a curated playlist.) From then on, you'll have a sentimental set of songs to remind you of the day you got engaged. Plus, it'll give you a head start on making your reception song list.

Pretend to Travel

If you can't travel for your proposal, you can still bring the ambiance of your dream destination to your living room. Set up a playlist of songs inspired by the location, and enjoy your favorite authentic cuisine from a nearby restaurant. To take it to the next level, create a fake boarding pass with your proposal written on it. This inventive idea is sure to get an enthusiastic "Yes!"

Get Local Businesses Involved

There are plenty of ways to involve local business in your at-home proposal. Hire a florist to decorate your space with fresh flowers, order food from your favorite restaurant, or hire a local band to Skype in or record a musical performance to enjoy right after you get engaged. To make it extra sweet, place an order at a bakery to enjoy dessert after you pop the question. (Bonus points if you get your treat decorated with the words, "Will you marry me?")

Use a resource like The Knot Marketplace to source local businesses—not only will this make for a memorable engagement, it'll give you a head start on finding potential wedding vendors.

Write on Your Walls

If you want your proposal to be a grand affair, write it out in big letters on your walls. While you might not want to take a marker straight to a bare wall, write out the words on large pieces of paper or cardstock to make a spectacle. Or, if you have time, consider getting a custom banner. You can also invest in a large chalkboard or a projector to display your message as big as you possibly can. Add in some more decorations, and your partner will be shocked to walk into a room with a proposal on the walls.

Make Them Breakfast In Bed

Need to keep your S.O. out of a certain room to carry out your surprise proposal? Say you're making them breakfast in bed. They'll never suspect a thing—if anything, they'll be thrilled by the promise of having pancakes and coffee in their pajamas. While you're cooking, put the ring on the tray with a sweet note and fresh flowers if you can get them. Of all the ways to propose at home, this might just be the sweetest (especially if they're a brunch-lover). A post-engagement mimosa celebration is highly encouraged.

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