Society places a lot of pressure on engagements. Romantic movies, sitcoms, books, magazines, blogs, and even social media tend to highlight lavish, grand, and out-of-the-box proposals over smaller, simplistic, yet intimate engagements. From rose petals and candlelight at a five-star restaurant to luxury vacations and cruise ships filled with loved ones, people spare no expense to put their love on display. While all engagements are worth celebrating, these grandiose ideas aren’t always possible for everyday couples.
Keeping Up With The Joneses
Grand engagements have become such a widespread expectation that some people will go into debt trying to keep up with the trends. Although you want nothing more than to make your partner feel just as special (if not more) as everyone else, ruining your finances isn’t ideal. The last thing you want to do is start your lives together with money troubles.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Instead of wearing yourself and your finances out, why not consider an intimate engagement at home? The home is one of the most precious spaces. It’s where you spend most of your time. Your house is where you go for shelter from the outside world; it’s your place of peace, tranquility, safety, and comfort. As “home is where the heart is,” it’s the perfect space to propose. Continue reading for tips on how to make your at-home engagement a moment to remember.
A Ring Designed With Love
Don’t let society, family, or friends pressure you into purchasing a large carat diamond ring that you’ll spend years repaying. Bigger isn’t always better. If your significant other truly loves you, they wouldn’t want you to break the bank. It’s the thought that counts, and nothing shows how much effort you put into this proposal than to build your own engagement ring.
You can select the metal type, setting, and diamond (or gemstone) from various selections to create a ring that your partner will love. The best part about customizing an engagement ring is it’s unique, personal, romantic, and affordable.
Select The Best Room
The next step is determining where you’d like to pop the question. As you lull over your options, consider the type of scene you’re trying to capture. For example, proposing in the living room, dining room, or backyard would be ideal if you plan on inviting friends and family. However, the bedroom or bathroom might be more fitting if it’s just a quiet evening at home.
Once you’ve selected the appropriate room, remove the clutter and thoroughly clean the space, so you have a blank canvas to set the tone.
Setting The Mood (Decor)
You want the atmosphere to be just right when you ask your partner for their hand in marriage. Start thinking about decor and the type of mood you want to set. Flowers, candles, and string lights are perfect for any romantic experience. However, you should also use what you know about your significant other and your imagination to create the right setting.
You could hang pictures of happy moments in your relationship like your first date, a previous trip, or a family celebration. You can also incorporate their favorite color, movie, book, game, travel destination, or sports team into the decor. Remember, whether you’re inviting guests or not, your engagement is about you expressing your love for your partner. The moment is about the two of you and no one else.
The final step is figuring out the activities for the evening. Do you want a full-course dinner, appetizers and cocktails, or dessert? Would you like to simply enjoy a meal together, or are you interested in something more intimate like an at-home spa treatment, movie under the stars, or dancing the night away to your favorite jams? You could hire a personal chef, host a game night, sing karaoke, or just enjoy the company of your guests. As you come up with ideas, create a list of things you’ll need to ensure your proposal goes off without a hitch.
Deciding to get engaged is a significant and special time for couples. It’s an intimate moment that culture, family, or friends shouldn’t influence. Don’t allow yourself to bite off more than you can chew trying to keep up with the Joneses. As you can see, you can create a magical experience where your heart resides – at home.