Proposals During COVID-19: Top Engagement Ideas
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting events in a person’s life. For many couples, this happy milestone ignites excitement in wanting to share the news with family and friends. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we still need to find ways to celebrate and be happy. We tapped the following experts for their tips on how to navigate and make proposals during Covid truly special.
After months of adapting to a “new normal” and working from home, it may be time to reconsider how you originally planned to propose in a fancy restaurant on a romantic vacation. However, that does not mean that your proposal will be any less special or memorable.
- Proposal during Covid: top ideas
- How to announce your engagement during Covid
- Tips for Covid proposals
Proposals During Covid-19: Top Marriage Proposal Ideas
Love continues always; however, getting engaged during a pandemic might look a bit different than originally planned. Couples are getting more creative than ever, using different tactics to pop the question. Here are some fun ideas on how to make your quarantine proposals during Covid extra special, while also still connecting with your friends and family.
- Pop the question on a scenic walk: Along the river, on a hike or by the beach. Choose a location where you can safely socially distance from others but still create a surprise proposal and a special moment.
- Plan a romantic meal at home: While you may not be able to visit your favorite restaurant, you can still pull out all the stops and create a memorable at home dining experience. Champagne, home cooked food (rely on home delivery kit meals if cooking is not your strong point!), candles, rose petals – with some creative thinking you can easily create a romantic atmosphere from home.
- Plan a scavenger hunt: If you and your partner enjoys games, why not tie that into the proposal? This can be a fun and unique way to propose from the comfort of your own home.
- Surprise breakfast in bed proposal: Start the day off on the right foot with breakfast in bed and a diamond engagement ring. This is the perfect proposal if you are looking to take your partner completely by surprise. Add champagne and flowers to your breakfast tray for extra romance.
How To Announce Your Engagement
- Have fun with your engagement photos: Include costumes, your pets, props, and choose interesting scenery as your backdrop to really reflect your personality as a couple. Make snail mail fun again and pop these photos in the mail; for an extra bonus, create custom stamps with some outtakes from your engagement shoot.
- Use Facebook and Instagram Live: a great way to announce your engagement simultaneously to your friends, family and co-workers. Be sure to share details with everyone you want to share the big news with, including how and when to tune in. Once everyone is online, announce your big news and celebrate altogether.
- Make a TikTok video: This is a fun way to incorporate “your” song together, create a unique dance routine, use those filters and have fun. Your friends and family will surely get a kick out of this 15 second video announcing your engagement.
- Host a virtual engagement party: Use social networking sites like Zoom, House Party or Google Hangouts. Prior to your event, send a “party in a box” to your guests so they can also celebrate with you. Fill your box with mini bottles of champagne, a cheese and charcuterie platter, or party ware like confetti, streamers, and balloons. This will allow you to celebrate and spend time with your loved ones virtually.
- Share your engagement story: you can do this through photos and videos that you can email out to friends and family with a special note about how happy you are to celebrate your love.
Tips for Covid Proposals
1. Shop Engagement Rings Online
Andrew Brown, CEO of WP Diamonds offers the following tips on engagement ring shopping during Covid:
“Not only does shopping for the engagement ring onlineallow you to buy the ring while social distancing, you will also benefit from lower prices and greater choice. Online jewelry stores have lower overhead costs compared to traditional jewelers, which translates into more affordable engagement rings.”
“In addition, online jewelers can show you a much broader selection of styles and diamonds that they can sell to you. All of this makes shopping online both the safer and financially smarter choice for buying an engagement ring during Covid!”
2. Celebrate Digitally
Celebrity wedding planner, Marcy Blum, suggests that despite quarantine and long distance, you can still celebrate an engagement with your friends and family, albeit digitally.
She reminds couples that if using Zoom as their streaming platform of choice for any virtual parties, “Just make sure you upgrade to a Pro account, because the free service cuts out after 40 minutes.”
“If you are having a small number of socially distant guests at your engagement party, ask one of them to worry about the live stream, check the audio, and stay on top of everything. That way, those guests who are not in attendance and watching from afar from a safe distance won’t miss any of the fun.”
3. Hybrid Events
Renowned event planner, Bryan Raffanelli of Rafanelli Events, and author of A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration, weighs in, “We see couples planning hybrid events. For engagement parties, they are having a small gathering in person (number determined by what their state legally allows), and then setting up a Zoom for those guests who cannot be in attendance because of travel restrictions, health, etc.”
“One area we have spent significant time with is supporting our clients with effective and creative communication tools to relay to their guests and keep those guests informed and excited for all the pre-wedding events.”