It’s that magical time of year again – full of fairy lights, warm mulled wine and cosy nights in by the fire. With all the joy that the festive period brings, it’s no wonder that so many happy couples get engaged between Christmas and the New Year. Amongst all the memorable moments you share at Christmas, there are so many chances to pop the question – but how do you make this year extra special?
To help you to plan a perfect, unique and memorable proposal this Christmas, the team at Charles Nobel have put together 10 Christmas proposal ideas to get you started.
The run up to Christmas includes some of the most romantic moments that couples share together. What better way to get in the festive spirit than to put up your Christmas tree together. Make sure that you have your favourite Christmas playlist on in the background and you’re wearing your best Christmas jumpers (for the perfect engagement photo opportunity). Just as your fiancée-to-be is placing the final decoration on the top of the tree, get down on one knee to propose.
Twist: If you are extra organised, you can take this one step further with a clear engagement Christmas bauble. Place the ring inside, hand it to your loved one as you’re decorating the tree and wait for their surprise when they notice it! By then you’ll be ready on one knee.
Everybody loves a treasure hunt. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, the excitement of what’s at the end of the last clue builds so much anticipation, you can hardly wait to find it (or say yes!). Christmas makes this treasure hunt proposal idea extra special. With every location draped in lights and decorations, you can easily hide your clues. Try to lead your loved one to places which are special to you, such as where you had your first date. End the hunt at the perfect proposal spot and be ready on bended knee.
Tip: Don’t make the clues too difficult, you want to make sure you are found!
If you’re looking for a creative Christmas proposal idea, why not make your own Advent calendar? Fill each envelope or pocket with a thoughtful gift. By the 24th day, your partner will be wondering if you could be any more thoughtful and they’ll find the best gift of all; the engagement ring.
Tip: If you think your partner will take a sneak peak, place a dummy present in the calendar until that morning. That way, they’ll be even more surprised!
If you and your partner love the full Christmas experience (and we’re guessing you do), what better place to propose than a Christmas market. With the smell of roasted chestnuts, Christmas drinks and pine, there are few places full of as much festive spirit. Ask your loved one to take a look at a present idea you found at a stall. While they are looking, get ready on one knee.
Twist: If you have some more time to prepare, you can arrange an extra special proposal with a stall holder by asking them to place a ‘Will you Marry Me’ sign on the stall before you visit it.
A crisp Winter walk in the forest is a simple yet romantic way to propose to your loved one at Christmas. Far away from the hustle and bustle of family and Christmas shoppers, a wild Winter walk can be the perfect intimate proposal setting that you’re looking for.
Twist: If you want to plan this a little more, bring some blankets and a flask for a surprise winter-picnic.
Hot drinks are a big part of the Christmas season. Whether you enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte, a hot chocolate or a mulled wine, there’s something for everyone. Why not get creative with your proposal by incorporating it with this? You could write a special message on their coffee cup or buy a personalised chocolate dusting stencil. There are so many unique ways you can propose with this classic Christmas experience.
During the Christmas period, we often hear the backdrop of a local choir singing carols. Why not ask them to help you to create your perfect proposal. Imagine your partner’s surprise when they turn up at your door serenading them with their favourite carol as you go down on one knee.
Twist: Why not turn this proposal into something straight out of a movie and create some Love Actually style placards to pop the question.
Lights are an integral part of Christmas, whether they are draped around a tree or towering over a city square. From writing out “Marry Me’ in fairy lights across your roof to buying a custom made sign, including lights in your Christmas proposal is a simple yet effective choice which is guaranteed to result in some wonderful engagement photos.
Tip: Setting up this kind of proposal can take time. Try to organise something to get your partner out of the house for a while so you can prepare!
A Christmas cracker is an essential accessory on every dining table on Christmas day. When your loved one is waiting for the standard miniature pack of cards and cheesy Christmas joke, you have the perfect opportunity to surprise them with something a little more impressive. This may require a little bit of creativity to make your own cracker, but it shouldn’t be too difficult for even the most inexperienced of crafty types!
Tip: Be prepared for both instances – if you win the Christmas cracker or if they do! If you win, remove the ring and get down on one knee. If they win, be ready to propose when they find the special gift.
Perhaps a more traditional Christmas proposal idea, the ‘box within a box’ proposal will at least throw your future fiancée off the scent more than an engagement ring box under the tree. Hide the ring in a bigger box, then place that box in a bigger box and so on, wrapping each layer as you go. Watch their frustration (and excitement) build as they reach each layer. Be prepared to propose when they reach the final layer.
Tip: If you want to make this moment more intimate (rather than surrounded by family on Christmas day), suggest that you open one present on Christmas Eve together.
With all the magic surrounding Christmas, it would be hard to say no to even one of those proposal ideas! Now you have chosen your idea, you need to get planning! If you’re still searching for that perfect ring to go with your unique proposal, we have a range of engagement rings to suit all budgets and tastes.
Alternatively, you can visit the Charles Nobel jewellery store in New Milton for some professional advice from our diamond experts.
Whatever method you choose, we hope that your engagement is everything you wished for.