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5 ways to propose during a lockdown

The heart wants what it wants, even in a lockdown! So, if you’re planning to propose during this pandemic and don’t really know where to start, well, here are a few ideas on how to pop the question

As the world fights its way through the pandemic, couples across the world are not letting the rules of social distancing hold them back from making romantic overtures. If this lockdown has reaffirmed your love for your partner and you simply can’t wait to take your relationship to the next level, then don’t let social distancing stop you from making the big move. In fact, here are a few ways to make this a truly romantic proposal.

 

Say it on video

Many couples are making the best use of technology and are proposing over video chat applications like Zoom, Hangouts, FaceTime, etc. Meha Bhargava, wedding stylist and Founder of Styl. Inc, states, “To make this interesting, you can rope in a few close friends to hold up cards with words that read, ‘Will you marry me?’ while you pop the question to your unsuspecting partner.”

Become a wordsmith

You might have planned an Instagram-worthy proposal, but with limited options available in this lockdown period, one thing we know for sure is that words never fail to strike a chord. A handwritten note or letter expressing your feelings is a sure-fire way to get her attention. Nisha Kundnani, Founder and Creative Director, Bridelan, suggests, “Write a short fiction story and let the climax be a FaceTime reveal, where you pop the question virtually. You can also pen down an account of your love story and employ the help of your tech-savvy friends to design and present it in the format of a local newspaper.”

 

Make a flash video

If there’s one thing the lockdown has given us, it’s time. Use this time at home to create a montage of all the photos and videos you’ve taken together. Kundnani suggests, “Make a video compilation of the many photos and selfies, and set it to her favourite song. Upload it on a private Vimeo album. The final scene in the video should be a proposal from you.” Alternately, Bhargava suggests enlisting the help of professionals to create and edit your video proposal. To add an element of surprise, title the video with an ordinary subject line such as ‘I think I lost my wallet’.

Flip the book 

Flipbook proposals are a unique way to convey your feelings. Personal moments customised into animations that tell your journey together as a couple—a flipbook can be ordered online or made at home. Bhargava shares, “Even though you can’t send your beloved the flipbook (unless you live with them), you can definitely record the process and surprise them with this fun idea.”

 

Written in the cards 

If you still want to propose in person while abiding by the rules, then Bhargava suggests taking inspiration from the movie Love Actually to plan a placard proposal. The old-school style of proposing from outside your partner’s apartment will never run out of charm, and in times of social distancing, is the perfect way to your beloved’s heart. Make sure all that you want to communicate is concisely displayed on the placards, which are set in correct order—lest you mix them up and find yourselves playing charades.

If you’re still unsure about an at-home proposal, then take comfort in the fact that there is no clear roadmap yet or for that matter, the perfect moment. Stay true to who you are as a person when you propose, as it is an intimate expression of moments and memories of your relationship.

Photos: iStock

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