Check out our top ten private proposal ideas, perfect for romantic, intimate marriage proposals. Want to pop the question when it’s just the two of you? Read on for our range of charming ideas for a private proposal, from low key to luxurious!
Whether your proposal plans are elaborate or simple, popping the question can be daunting. Therefore, you might prefer the idea of proposing in private rather than with an audience (whether they’re people you know or passers-by!) These kinds of proposals create a lovely sense of intimacy and are still super romantic. Our expertly curated list of private proposal ideas will provide all the inspiration you need to plan it to perfection.
Also, it’s worth noting that a private proposal doesn’t have to be a lowkey idea. Fewer eyes on the proposal doesn’t have to equal less style or expense if you don’t want it to – private proposal ideas can still be luxuriously brought to life!
Our top ten private proposal ideas
Intimate picnic proposal
The first on our list of private proposal ideas is a romantic picnic. Pack a nice blanket, a few cushions, and a hamper with all of your favourite food and drink – top marks if they have some significance for you as a couple! Then head to a secluded spot to enjoy it. This could be in a local park if you don’t mind the idea of strangers seeing you from a distance. Or, for even more privacy, why not pop the question in your backyard?
Propose with a video
If you would prefer the big moment to be kept between the two of you but still want to get your nearest and dearest involved, a video is the perfect middle ground. Work with your family If you would prefer the big moment to be kept between the two of you but still want to get your nearest and dearest involved, a video is the perfect middle ground. Work with your family and friends in advance to create a video you can then play in private, which finishes with the big question. Perhaps they could all share their favourite memory if you as a couple or give a reading about love. If your friends are natural performers, they could even do a skit or a sketch on camera!
Plan a romantic trip away
Maybe you like relaxing holidays filled with sunbathing and cocktails by the beach. Or perhaps you prefer adventurous holidays, including hiking to see beautiful views or going on a sightseeing trip. Whatever your vacation style, they’re a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together and reconnect, without all the pressures and chores of everyday life.
And all of this makes a holiday ripe ground for turning a destination proposal into a private proposal idea! For example, while your future fiancé(e) is busy elsewhere, you could fill where you’re staying with decorations. These could be flowers (bouquets or petals), candles, photos or bigger focal pieces, like giant light-up letters. Alternatively, you could make arrangements to stop off at a particular place on your sightseeing tour, which, unbeknownst to your partner, you’ve hired out to pop the question privately.
Proposing at home
And, of course, you don’t have to leave your own home to pull off an epic private proposal idea. Instead of hiring a venue, you could set up a space on your building’s rooftop or your flat’s balcony – get creative with the space you have!
Similarly, instead of decking out your hotel room with romantic trinkets and sensational decor, why not transform your living room? Just make sure your intended is out when you’re doing it!
Out in nature
Another option could be staying a bit closer to home, and using your local countryside to form Another idea involves staying a bit closer to home and using your local countryside as the beautiful backdrop of your private proposal. Maybe you’ve wandered through some luscious woodland, taken a long walk around a nearby nature reserve or walked the dog on the beach before. These could all be the perfect setting to ask the question with only mother nature and the elements as your witnesses!
Hot air balloon proposal
This might be our favourite of all our private proposal ideas: a proposal in a hot air balloon. Floating through the air, miles above anyone else with not only your whole future ahead of you but the whole horizon too – what could be more intimate and special? (Plus…think of that ring selfie!)
Even if you live with others, the chances are that you’ll be alone when cosied up in bed. Make the most of this by proposing with breakfast in bed! Prepare a delicious spread of their favourite breakfast foods – banana pancakes for me, please – and bring it up on a tray with the engagement ring boxhidden among the dishes.
Propose with a board game
You could order a custom board game or, if you’re using a classic game, slip the engagement ring in the box when your partner’s not looking. If you’re playing a word game, like Scrabble, you could even spell out “MARRY ME” inthe tiles!
…Or any date night activity
This applies to anything you do on date night, too. Whatever the activity, you can turn it into a romantic, private proposal idea!
In a gift, just because
As we said above, private doesn’t have to mean low-key, but if you’d prefer an understated proposal, why not use a gift to propose? Pretend you’ve picked up a box of chocolates, or perhaps a bouquet, just because, and nestle the ring inside.
More private proposal ideas
We’re constantly posting fresh proposal planning suggestions at Ready To Ask, so make sure you keep up-to-date with our blog. And if any of these private proposal ideas have inspired you, then best of luck – we hope they love it!