Planning An Intimate Proposal

There’s no denying Covid 19 has presented us with a whole host of challenges this year not least couples who had chosen 2020 as the year to marry or become engaged to marry.

And as we approach engagement season I’m sure many of the Christmas and Valentine’s proposers will be adjusting their plans, getting creative and thinking of ways in which they can still pop the question despite the global pandemic.

In the ever changing situation we are currently in keeping things personal and close to home is the perfect way to ensure all runs smoothly. So today I’m very excited to share a whole host of inspiration and top tips to ensure your romantic and personal proposal is every bit as special as the public declaration you may have originally planned.

Candlelit dinner

It doesn’t get much more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two, so prepare your other halves favourite meal, or re-create a dish they love from a restaurant that holds special memories for you both. Just add candlelight, a romantic playlist and a bottle of bubbles to create the perfect atmosphere in which to pop the question.

Over breakfast

This simple and original idea is just perfect for a relaxed romantic proposal. Prepare a breakfast fit for royalty on a beautifully styled tray including all their favourite breakfast dishes. Add a small vase of delicate flowers, a glass of champagne and simply place the ring on the tray for them to stumble across. Or maybe write the all important question on a napkin for your partner to find once unwrapped. Which ever way you choose to actually ask the questions this is sure to be an idyllic proposal straight from a fairytale.

Involve your children or pets

If your pets play a big part in your life why not get them involved. You could attach the engagement ring or a tag engraved with your proposal message to their collar. Or if you have children what could be cuter than including them in your proposal. Maybe dress them in an item of clothing with your proposal printed on it. Or, for the extra cute factor ask them to draw a poster including a special heartfelt message in your child’s own unique way.

Treasure hunt

Keep your proposal light-hearted and fun by setting up a treasure hunt. Include thoughtful clues hidden within your house, such as leading them to a special picture of you both, or looking inside their favourite cup for further clues, with them eventually finding the engagement ring or you on one knee ready to ask for their hand in marriage.

If you’re planning to propose throughout the Christmas break consider incorporating the special season within your treasure hunt plans by hiding an engagement ring in a personalised Christmas bauble then discreetly positioning it amongst the other decorations on your tree, for them to find at the end of the hunt.


Go for the WOW factor and fill a room full of balloons. You can choose your fiancé to be’s favourite colour scheme or a metallic scheme to match their new piece of bling.

Balloons are on trend at the minute so you will be spoilt for choice from a balloon arch or garland, ceiling coverage or balloons spelling out Marry Me. Whichever colour and style of balloons you include proposing in this way will be sure to create a visual impact and the perfect backdrop for an abundance of photos to send to family and friends.

Secret photo shoot

If you’re willing to venture outside why not incorporate a secret photo shoot into your proposal plans. Plan a romantic stroll at your favourite beauty spot, arrange a champagne picnic, or suggest a seaside stroll. Whichever you choose arrange for a photographer to be secretly snapping away capturing each precious moment for you both to treasure forever.

I hope that my ideas have provided you with a little inspiration on how to propose to your partner in a romantic and understated way and if you have taken inspiration from this blog post please do get in touch and share your proposal story, it would be amazing to hear how this blog post helped you.

Image Credits: Terri & Lori Fine Art Photography & Film


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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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