Romantic marriage proposals you can pull off even at home


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A proposal is one of the biggest moments in a couple’s life, however, one size doesn’t fit all! Having a huge proposal in front of a big crowd just isn’t for some people, so we are here to offer some alternatives for romantic wedding proposal ideas at home!


You are likely to have been saving for a ring, so there is no pressure to spend lots more money on an extravagant trip or meal for the proposal. Keeping things simple is the right choice for many couples, so prepare to be inspired to create the perfect moment with one of these wedding proposal ideas at home!


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Candlelit Dinner

A traditional, affordable, and very romantic choice as a wedding proposal idea at home is a candlelit dinner. If you can, book the afternoon off work and set up a table covered with candles (safely!), create place settings, get a bottle of wine and arrange some flowers. Adjust the lighting, get a romantic playlist on, and then it’s time to start cooking!


Impress your partner by preparing a special three-course meal of their favorite foods. If you aren’t a confident cook, you could order your partner’s favorite food from a takeaway, as you don’t want to get all stressed before the proposal trying to cook something new. To prevent suspicions arising, you could plan this around Valentine’s or their birthday so they don’t expect a proposal as soon as they walk in!


This is such a romantic and intimate moment if you are a more private couple that you will both remember forever.

Create A Theme!

The next wedding proposal idea at home is to create a theme around your proposal. This could be inspired by your first date, your favorite holiday location, or the engagement ring. Let’s look at a few examples!

Home cinema

Say your first date was at the cinema … you could set up a home cinema with the film on the TV and all of your favorite snacks and drinks. At the end of the film, you could then show a slideshow of all your favorite memories as a couple, before getting down on one knee and popping the question! This is a really lovely way of reminiscing over your time together before starting a new chapter following your proposal.

Your favorite holiday location

The next idea is to create a theme based on your favorite holiday location. Take some time to think about the most memorable elements of that place and bring it all together in your own home! This could be your favorite cocktail, some of your funniest photos, and a delicious meal based on that cuisine. You could also dress up in your favorite outfit from the holiday. When the time feels right, you can talk about your favorite holiday and how you want to continue to make memories like that for a lifetime! Romantic, right?!

Don’t forget the ring!

Last but not least, you could inspire the proposal with the engagement ring! For example, if you’ve chosen an art deco engagement ring from the 1920s, you could decorate the room with Gatsby-style decorations, have an outfit ready for your partner and make sure family and friends are free to come and celebrate with you after your proposal at the 20’s party! If you’ve opted for a traditional diamond ring, you could buy some cupcakes with bright sprinkles before bringing a special one out with the ring. You can really get creative here with these wedding proposal ideas at home, and tying together the proposal with the ring is a great way to make the moment even more special.

Set Up A DIY Spa

If you want to fully relax with your partner before popping the question, you should create a DIY spa at home! You could run a bath with tealights and petals, buy some face masks and body scrubs and have fresh towels at the ready. You could even book a mobile nail artist so they have a perfectly prepped manicure ready for the big moment!


After a few treatments, you could prepare (or locally buy) an afternoon tea. When you get to the sweet course, you can finally ask the big question! If a traditional spa day isn’t quite your thing as a couple, but you want to make the moment relaxing and zen, then a DIY spa in your own home is the perfect solution.

Fill The Room With Balloons

To create a real wow factor, you can’t beat a room full of balloons as a wedding proposal idea at home!


Fill half the balloons with helium so they float up to the ceiling and then fill half with air so that they are on the floor. If you’re going for this option, make sure you commit to it and really fill the room, as it won’t have much of an impact with just a few floating around!


You could even have “Will You Marry Me” written in balloon letters on the wall. This will make for some great engagement photos, it won’t cost much, and it will certainly be a moment your partner remembers for all the right reasons.

Plan A Scavenger Hunt

If your partner is adventurous, then planning a thoughtful scavenger hunt is both  fun and memorable wedding proposal idea at home! You could either do this in your own home or you could start it and finish it at home, but go out to some of your favorite local locations during the day.


When planning it at home, you could simply hide clues that take your partner around different rooms in the house, finally leading them to a spot for the proposal (you could include the balloon room idea here!).


For a scavenger hunt that starts and ends at the house, you could write hints about which location is next and visit some of your favorite places. This could be going for breakfast at your favorite cafe, taking a relaxing stroll through a beautiful local park and then going to the cinema where your first date was. When you are out and about, you can ask family and friends to help create a romantic setting for when you arrive back at the house, where you can then propose. This is certainly going to be a proposal to remember, as well as involving some of your favorite spots as a couple!

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! Making your proposal romantic, memorable and fun is simple with these wedding proposal ideas at home. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and for some couples, a proposal at home is the perfect scenario. We wish you the best of luck with your proposal and we are sure that you will create memories to last a lifetime. For some tips on how to plan a wedding on a budget, read our blog on $1000 weddings!


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The average cost of a wedding in 2020 was $20,300, a $4,400 per-wedding decrease from the year before. Many factors combine to determine the cost of a wedding, including the size and location of the venue, the number of guests, the food and entertainment — not to mention additional costs that are up to the wedding party’s preferences.

Below, ValuePenguin lists the average cost of a wedding by state and metro, along with per-guest costs. Depending on location, the cost of a typical wedding varies by $18,063. Researchers also broke down the most and least expensive features that are commonly included in the overall cost of a wedding.


Depending on where you get married, the cost of your wedding can vary significantly. Across the country, the average cost of a wedding was $20,300, but the cost can vary by as much as $18,063 depending on the state in which the ceremony and reception take place.


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The most expensive state to get married in is Massachusetts, where the average cost of a wedding is $30,489. Along with New Jersey, these two states are the only places where the average cost of a wedding is more than $30,000. Conversely, the cheapest state to get married in is Arkansas, closely followed by West Virginia.

Many of the most expensive states to host a wedding are on the East Coast. Four of the five most expensive states — aside from the District of Columbia — are in the Northeast. California and Hawaii, the eighth and ninth most expensive states for a wedding, are the only states in the top 10 that are west of the Mississippi River.




Even among the 20 largest U.S. metros, the average cost of a wedding can vary significantly. The difference in the average cost of a wedding in the most and least expensive of the largest metros is $13,653.

Here are the 20 most expensive metro areas for average wedding costs:


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Average cost: $21,158


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Average cost: $22,894




Average cost: $23,593


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Average cost: $23,726




Average cost:  $23,856


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Average cost:  $24,087


Average cost: $25,752


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Average cost: $25,786


Average cost: $26,456


Average cost: $27,278


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Average cost: $27,984


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Average cost: $29,467


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Average cost: $30,118


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Average cost: $30,492




Average cost: $31,895




Average cost: $32,451




Average cost: $33,401




Average cost: $33,446




Average cost: $33,697




The overall cost of a wedding depends on the scale of the ceremony and reception. While the average cost of a wedding in 2020 was $20,300, this cost can quickly rise as the wedding becomes more extravagant. The most expensive parts of most weddings are costs associated with the reception venue, including the cost of renting materials, including tables and chairs, and serving food or alcohol.


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The reception venue isn’t typically a single, large cost but a series of above-average expenses that add up quickly, especially if the bridal party opts for a package deal from their venue. Taken in sum, the costs of renting a venue, catering the event and providing other related necessaries makes this feature of weddings the most expensive. Common costs associated with a wedding reception venue include:

  • Venue rental: With thousands of dollars typically spent to reserve a venue for a wedding, it’s often one of the priciest components of a reception. The typical cost of a venue amounts to $9,261, making it among the most expensive costs related to weddings. When couples have to rent tables and chairs and other furniture to fill out a venue hall, the cost increases.
  • Catered food and drink: Making sure that guests are well-fed is one of the most expensive parts of any wedding — particularly if a wedding venue requires the couple to hire their own caterer. Expect to spend an average of $4,075 for a wedding of 66 guests — $62 a plate. As wedding sizes return to pre-pandemic sizes, the cost of food (per plate and in total) will rise. Of course, the cost of food is likely to increase for more extravagant weddings. But hosts could save on the cost of the venue by offering a cash bar as opposed to an open bar.


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There may be more variability in price with engagement rings than almost any other wedding-related expense. The cost of an engagement ring averaged $5,204 per wedding, but the cost of a ring depends on the size and type of stone used, the cut, the manufacturer and other factors that could easily catapult the price of a ring into the tens of thousands of dollars, or even higher.


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Musical entertainment is a mainstay of most wedding receptions. The decision to hire a band or a DJ for the reception can have sizable effects on the overall cost of a wedding. Hiring a band for a wedding reception can be one of the most expensive parts of the entire party. The average cost of having a band play at a wedding is $3,263. A DJ, by comparison, is typically more than $2,200 cheaper than a live band. Hiring one could be an efficient way to reduce the total cost of a wedding.



Having photos taken is expensive — researchers found that the cost was $2,117 on average per wedding. That’s not even including the cost of a videographer, which can cost an average of $1,588. Together, these services make up a combined $3,705.





Flowers and other decorations can quickly add up in terms of cost. The average cost of a florist is $1,764 per wedding. This figure can grow as the number of flowers needed for an event increases. Make sure to ask your venue what comes free so you don’t end up unknowingly doubling up on purchases or paying for a more expensive version of what they have.




ValuePenguin researchers used data from The Wedding Report on the overall cost of a wedding over time. Researchers determined the average spend per wedding feature using per-item spending data from The Knot. Data related to the total number of weddings per year is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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