While “pandemic proposal” doesn’t exactly ring with romance, there are many reasons it may be the perfect time to get engaged and plan your future together.
The pandemic brought widespread uncertainty and tested us all in new and unexpected ways. For couples on the brink of engagement, it added more stress to an already nerve-wracking question: Will you marry me? And while there’s light at the end of the tunnel, many are deciding whether to pump the brakes on getting engaged or take the plunge with the proposal of their dreams.
The good news is: You have options. A pandemic isn’t part of anyone’s dream engagement or wedding scenario, but it gives you the opportunity to think about what’s really important to you. While getting engaged isn’t a one-size-fits-all decision, love truly is unstoppable. Some questions to ask yourself if you’re deciding whether or not to move forward with planning a proposal and wedding:
- Did this extra time together cement your commitment to one another?
- Are there aspects of the proposal or wedding you’d have to rethink that you’re not ready to compromise on?
- Do you want to have an intimate celebration or something bigger? Are you willing to entertain a longer engagement — or get creative with your plans?
- How do you feel about taking extra safety precautions, so you can have the proposal or wedding of your dreams now?
Ready to put a ring on it? Here are a few ideas to consider:
Embrace a Long Engagement
Delaying your dream wedding doesn’t mean you have to put off popping the question. Consider moving forward with your engagement plans and then taking your time planning the wedding. It’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement of wedding planning that you forget to revel in the joy of being engaged and the commitment it represents. Chances are, you’ll be glad you had a little extra time to enjoy being fiancés and to carefully plan every detail of the big day.
Opt for a Private Ceremony & Fabulous Honeymoon
Maybe a big wedding hasn’t ever been on your wish list — or maybe you simply decided you like the idea of something more intimate. Many couples are opting to elope or exchange vows at city hall, so they can splurge on rings and a dream honeymoon. Set aside some of your budget for a custom engagement ring, matching wedding bands or a diamond enhancer that shows off your ring to its fullest advantage. Use the remaining savings on accommodations, food, entertainment and other amenities to plan a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon for a later date, when you feel comfortable traveling.
Say “Yes” and “I do” Now with a Celebration Later
Can’t wait to pop the question and say, “I do?” Plan a private proposal and vow exchange. Celebrate with a wedding reception later. Family and friends will appreciate having the opportunity to celebrate your love, and you’ll appreciate having a little extra time to plan the event. Send out Save the Dates as soon as you firm up your plans, so guests have time to make arrangements. And be sure to capture photos and video of the proposal and wedding ceremony, so you can share them with guests at the reception.
Proceed with Added Safety Precautions
Not ready to rethink your big day? Many couples are moving forward with proposal and wedding plans with added safety precautions in place. Toast to your engagement with an intimate alfresco dinner party, giving family and friends the option to join by Zoom. When planning your special events, consider scaling back the guest list and booking space outdoors. Temperature checks, preventative COVID tests, and requests that guests wear face shields and masks are also commonplace. Talk with family and friends to gauge their comfort levels. Also, be sure to discuss safety protocols with your venue and vendors.
There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate your love. Just what’s right for you. Take this time to focus on what you really want, even if it means rethinking your plans. However you decide to move forward, make sure you discuss your options with your partner openly and honestly, so there’s no question about your timeline or commitment. Whatever your celebrations look like, you’ll always cherish memories of the day you got engaged and the day you said “I do.”
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