How to Propose in Lockdown

A woman proposing to her girlfriend on a rooftop.

The coronavirus has forced many couples into lockdown. Whether you ended up together or separated, the situation may have caused you to discover potential rifts in your relationship—or, if you’re lucky, you may have decided that you’re more than eager to spend the rest of your life with your partner. Thus, comes the next step: you’re ready to propose. In which case, you’re likely asking yourself if you should wait until the chaos is over or if now is the time to pop the question.

You might be thinking most couples would want to wait—at least until things calm down a bit. But you may be surprised to know that proposals during lockdown have become quite a thing. Given the crazy world we’re living in right now, there’s no time to waste if you’re sure you’ve found the one. So, if you’re set on becoming engaged, here are a few tips for how to get it right.

Stay Simple

If you’re like most people, the lockdown has made your day-to-day lifestyle rather casual. And there’s no need to stray too far from that when you pop the question—unless you want to, of course. Not to mention, it may be hard to organize something over-the-top if your partner is literally in the other room. Instead, work it into your daily routines, such as over breakfast or on your evening walk. Or, turn one of your regular date nights into a romantic moment neither of you will ever forget. One of the top suggestions from other couples is creating a treasure hunt for your partner, with a once-in-a-lifetime surprise at the end!

Take Advantage of Technology

A young woman looking at her laptop.

While this is an option even if you’re living together right now, it’s the main means to go by if you’re stuck apart. Some have chosen to post a TikTok or YouTube video with a heartfelt message, a song, or even a choreographed dance. Some have also prepared a photo slideshow or video montage. Now, this doesn’t mean your plan is to go viral. You can be as private or public as you want (hint: a password-protected link). And if you definitely don’t want the risk of an audience, you can do the same via a Zoom or Skype video call.

Lighten Up

There’s so much drama in the world that you definitely don’t need any more stress. So, don’t be too serious, and don’t worry too much about the circumstances. Feel free to be as funny or as silly as you want. Use the marriage proposal as a way to distract you and your partner from the monotony of the everyday.

Be Yourself

A young man proposing to his girlfriend in the park.

The most important thing is to stay true to yourself. You’ve probably been walking around in your PJs every day, so (unless they’ve expressed distaste for that) remember that it’s the moment that matters more than the special effects.

Don’t Rush on the Ring

Buying a ring online can be risky, which is why it’s not recommended. You don’t know what you’re going to get or if it’s going to fit. Instead, it may be better to get something temporary just for the gesture. Then, once the shops reopen, go out (perhaps together) and buy something more legit!

What About Witnesses?

Lockdown presents a perfect opportunity for a private proposal, which are becoming increasingly popular over the last few years, anyway. But something to consider, if it’s important to you or your partner, is whether you want anyone to be there for the occasion. This may mean, again, publicizing your “marry me” on social media, or scheduling a “random” Zoom call with your families one night.

Take Two

If the moment is right but not perfect in your eyes, remember that you can always redo your proposal when the lockdown is lifted. There’s no rule book that says you can’t propose twice!

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