4 romantic Christmas proposal ideas

21 Dec 2021

Glean some inspiration from these four Pinterest-worthy proposal ideas this Christmas 

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The festive season is a wonderful time of year, especially for engagements. According to Statista, 19% of proposals take place in December.  

Claire Beaston, general manager of independent and ethical jeweller Nightingale explains: “The festive period is so popular for proposals because it’s an extremely sentimental time. People are surrounded by their nearest and dearest meaning they can often share their special moment with loved ones, not to mention that the Christmas break allows plenty of time for fizz-filled celebrations.” 

If you’re looking to propose this Christmas, consider these imaginative and ingenious ideas. 

A Christmas tree surprise 

Give your partner the perfect gift this holiday season. A simple, yet sweet idea that your partner might not spot straightaway is hanging or tying the engagement ring to your tree on Christmas morning. This way, it’s ready when you’re starting to open Christmas presents.  

Alternatively, you could always create a Christmas-themed treasure hunt for your partner and have the engagement ring on the Christmas tree as the final clue, or your partner could find you at the end on bended knee. 

Love Actually style 

If your partner loves a good old fashioned rom-com or a big romantic gesture, re-enact one of Love Actually’s most famous scenes. Like Andrew Lincoln’s character, use cue cards and stand outside your partner’s door. Add a few embellishments and make the proposal unique to you and your partner. Then, you can finish the re-enactment with ‘will you marry me?’.  

Propose with lights 

There’s nothing better than seeing Christmas lights adorning the neighbourhood on a cold, dark December night. With this in mind, adorn your backyard or a secluded outdoor space with festive string lights. Create a warm, cosy atmosphere by decorating with a soft blanket and pillows with a glass of bubbly or hot chocolate close by. You could even get a ‘will you marry me’ neon sign to complete the decorations.  

For a backyard proposal, remember to relax and have fun. “Try to be as low-key as possible by taking their hand and nonchalantly telling them you have something to show them outside,” says Claire.  

With your nearest and dearest 

If your partner is close with their family, see if you can pop the question after the big family Christmas dinner. Speak with their relations beforehand so they know what to expect, or ask a family member to take a photo or film the surprise proposal. Doing this allows your future fiancé's nearest and dearest to witness the special moment with the both of you.  

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