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Here, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery shares his top tips for planning a lockdown proposal that will still be just as special as you imagined.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown has scuppered a lot of plans, which means holidays, festivals, and even fancy restaurant meals have been put on hold for the time being. This means, if you were planning an extravagant summer-time proposal, you might have to accept that things won't go quite as you had hoped.
You have two options in this situation: you can either wait until things start to get back to normal, whenever that might be. Or, if you just can't wait any longer, you could propose during the lockdown — it would certainly make for a great story! If this is the route you decide to take, you'll still want to make it a special occasion. So, here, I'm going to give you my top tips for planning a magical proposal at home.
It's easy for lockdown to get quite boring: we're stuck at home for most of the day, and have very limited options of how we can spend our time. But, if you and your partner have been bored and isolated for the last few months, it gives you the perfect excuse to plan a nice day together without raising any suspicions.
As I've mentioned, your options are definitely limited when it comes to what you could do, but that doesn't mean it's going to be impossible to plan the perfect day — you're just going to have to get creative. For example, while you might not be able to go to your favourite restaurant, you could plan a picnic for just the two of you, and then go on a nice walk around your local area (just make sure you adhere to the relevant lockdown and social-distancing guidelines). You could even let your significant other know you would quite like to make a nice meal and have a few drinks at home. Encourage them to dress up and really make an event of it.
You might have dreamed of proposing on an exotic beach or at a recognised landmark, but don't get too down about these plans that can no longer go ahead. There are sure to be local spots that mean a lot to you and your partner. Perhaps there's a trail you often walk along or a viewpoint that you like visiting every once in a while.
You could even decide to propose in the home you've been able to create together — especially if you've come to love it more during the lockdown. Although you might not be able to jet off to a dream location, there's sure to be somewhere special that's going to be the perfect place to pop the question.
The most important thing is that your proposal is as personal as possible, so you need to put some thought into the details. For example, it's a good idea to plan your proposal speech in advance so you can make sure you say everything that's on your mind. As I've discussed above, choosing a spot that means something to the both of you will also make the occasion extra-special.
Choosing the right ring is important, too. Listen out for any hints your partner might have dropped or if you think you can trust them to keep your secret, speak to their friends and siblings to get an idea of what they would like. You could also look at the jewellery they already have to get an idea of what they most enjoy wearing. For example, do they tend to go for simpler jewellery, or do they like to make a statement? Putting plenty of thought into choosing the ring will certainly show.
While you might have dreamed of proposing in the most perfect setting and situation, your partner will also have looked forward to the day you get down on one knee. You definitely don't want them to be disappointed with your lockdown proposal, though, so make sure you explain that you just couldn't wait any longer to get engaged. This will make it clear how special they are to you, and will remind them that you being together is the most important thing.
If you're planning to let some of your friends and family know that you plan to propose ahead of time, why not arrange a video call so you can all celebrate together afterwards? While you might not be able to plan an engagement party until all of the lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines have been lifted, this will give you the chance to still make an occasion of this special life event.
Ask everyone to dress up for the video call, and let them know you'll all be having a few drinks, just as you would if you were able to meet up in person. Just make sure you stress that this all needs to be a surprise, so nobody tells your significant other about your plans.
Your partner will be so happy that you put this bit of extra thought into your proposal and, after not being able to meet up with their friends and family for a few months, they'll be so excited that they get to hang out with them all — even though it's only virtually.
A lot of plans have been upended by the coronavirus crisis, but your proposal doesn't have to be one of them. Of course, you might not be able to travel to your dream location, but the whole point of a proposal is to show your partner how much they mean to you. And this is something you can still do at home. Take these tips on board to ensure your lockdown proposal is extra-special.
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