5 Romantic and Budget-Friendly Proposal Ideas

Written by Monica Luhar | March 19, 2021

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With National Proposal Day right around the corner, step up your proposal game and create a memorable experience that you and your better half can cherish for years to come.

National Proposal Day falls on the spring equinox of March 20 and symbolizes fresh new beginnings and a chance to pop that much-anticipated question.

Whether you’re planning an intimate proposal at the beach or driving to the place where you first met your significant other, you can find plenty of original DIY decor and location ideas. Remember that you don’t have to splurge or go over budget to host or plan the perfect proposal. Sometimes, the best surprises are crafted with love and original planning ideas.

If you are looking for pandemic-friendly proposal ideas, look no further. We’re here to help you stay within budget and create an experience that will leave your significant other speechless (after they say “yes," of course).

1. A Romantic Candlelight Dinner at Home

Romantic Candlelight Dinner

If you prefer an intimate proposal, consider hosting a romantic candlelight dinner in the comfort of your own home or backyard. You’ll have more creative freedom to set up the perfect romantic dinner complete with string lights, your music and meal of choice, and a scenic background.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about getting interrupted if you were to visit a restaurant. You’ll have everything you need at home and won’t need to handle all the complicated logistics that are involved when planning a proposal at public locations.

For romantic dinner ideas, Snake River Farms has delicious, savory options like Filet Mignon and Manhattan NY Filet to help you celebrate your proposal and fill your stomach with hearty meals before popping the question. And, if you’re not big on cooking a fancy meal, that’s okay. There are plenty of restaurants that you can support with takeout orders. Sushi or tacos, anyone?

Pro Tip: Plan ahead and place the ring in a dessert entree if you’re feeling adventurous. Or, you can always work with the restaurant to see if they can customize your order and spell out the question in the form of a cake.

2. Rent an RV or Airstream Overlooking a Vineyard

Rent an RV or Airstream

My boyfriend and I booked an Airstream through Airbnb a few summers ago. The Airstream overlooked a vineyard in Paso, Robles, CA, and it was quite breathtaking. We enjoyed several glasses of wine and cozied up in an Airstream that provided all the amenities we needed. If you’re feeling adventurous, plan a road trip proposal. We recommend finding a creative outdoor destination like a vineyard or a scenic route down the coast where you can safely park your RV before springing the question.

Pro Tip: If you find yourself frequently traveling or on the road, now is the time to invest in an RV for future travel. Camping World has monthly payment plans for RVs for less than $149 per month. You can also buy all the gear you need to maintain your RV for camping and other adventures post-proposal.

3. Plan a Proposal on the Slopes

Plan a Proposal on the Slopes

What better way to ask, “Will you marry me?" than skiing or making a snowman with the person you love? Get creative and spell the words out on snow before surprising your better half with a ring (and some hot cocoa).

Right now, Backcountry has great outdoor gear and apparel for 50% off during their Winter Yard Sale. Enjoy a day out in the snow by hitting the slopes with ski and snowboard gear before asking the much-anticipated question once you reach steady ground. There might still be snow out there (depending on where you live) to make your proposal extra special before the snow melts.

4. A Camping Trip Disguised as a Proposal

Camping Trip Disguised as a Proposal

There’s nothing quite like driving away from the city and enjoying a perfect night sky free from light pollution and traffic. Admire the constellations with your one and only before proposing to the love of your life. You can set up a tent and purchase all the gear you need to make your proposal truly memorable under the night sky. Gander Outdoors has tools for camping, boating, fishing, and other great outdoor activities year-long.

Nature is the perfect backdrop for any proposal. If you want to propose at your own pace without any distractions, driving to an intimate location ideal for camping or hiking is a great idea.

5. Picnic Proposal

Picnic Proposal

If food is the way to your heart, a picnic proposal can be the perfect romantic gesture. Before organizing a picnic proposal, find a picnic location or undisclosed location where you won’t be interrupted by nearby hikers or families. We’d recommend nearby parks, streams, lakes, or other areas with trails and benches.

Keep fruit, cheese, and all other food essentials fresh in these handy, spill-proof glass and plastic containers from ZWILLING. You can even buy this lightweight vacuum lunch box to store heart-shaped sandwiches inside. How romantic is that?

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