It’s that time of year again, the Christmas lights are on, the mulled wine is flowing, and people all over the world are preparing to pop the question! A romantic time of year, Christmas is an amazing time to propose, and the possibilities of how to do it are endless. Really, all that matters is that your other half says yes (and that you’re head over heels in love, obvs!) but at the same time, you want to make it special, right? From simple and personal ideas, to gestures that are little more elaborate, we’ve gathered 15 of our favourite Christmas proposal ideas to help you make this Christmas one to remember. Don’t forget to thank us when you get your yes!
1. In the Snow
If you’re proposing at Christmas, you and your loved one more than likely adore winter, and what could be more wintry than snow? We can’t plan the weather (if only!) but if the forecast is chilly, have your ring ready to go and surprise the one you love in one of their favourite outdoor spot under a blanket (or a sprinkling) of snow. Super simple but totally romantic!
2. On the Doorstep
A classic proposal idea, especially around Christmas. This is a particularly sweet and simple idea if you want to make sure it’s just the two of you there for the big moment. (Would pre-written signs in a Love Actually-style doorstep proposal be too much? Nah!)
3. A Series of Gifts
Who doesn’t love presents? For added brownie points, buy your partner a series of gifts, they don’t have to be big or flashy, instead opt for thoughtful little things that reflect your relationship. Then end the unwrapping with your engagement ring as the last present. Take inspiration from One Fab Day groom Allen who surprised his bride Orlaith with this romantic Christmas proposal idea.
4. Under the Christmas Tree
Unwrapping gifts under the Christmas tree is as exciting as it gets and the perfect opportunity for a Christmas proposal. A real classic idea that both One Fab Day grooms Paul and Craig pulled off perfectly. You could always hang the ring on the tree for your other half to spot or tie it to a special bauble to mark the occasion. Burying it at the bottom of their stocking is another fun touch.
5. A Big Christmas Night Out
Going for dinner at a high-end restaurant or to the ballet provides the perfect setting for a proposal. Get really dressed up – we’re talking tuxes or full-length gowns – and find the perfect moment with some bubbly in hand, to pop the question.
6. Keep it Traditional
Most families have Christmas traditions, and blending your proposal with one of these can be really sweet and sentimental. For you, it might be a Christmas morning swim, fighting over the turkey wishbone, or at the bottom of a box of Quality Street!
7. The Classic Christmas Experience
Plan a day of activities (go to a Christmas movie, ice skating, take in a Christmas market, listen to some Christmas carollers, go for a nice meal or afternoon tea) and then end your festive-filled day with your proposal. Perfect!
8. Make Each Day Count
If you and your partner are a bit crafty, why not make an advent calendar? Each door they open could reveal their favourite chocolate, a sentimental memory or a reason you love her or him. Then, for the 25th day, hide your proposal behind the door. Just make sure you’re there for the moment they open it!
9. Christmas Treasure Hunt
If your partner likes fun and games, plan a Christmas treasure hunt like One Fab Day groom like Marshall, who planned his Christmas proposal hunt around Dublin. Keep the clues simple (you want your other half to be able to work it out!) and have the last one finish up somewhere special.
10. Spell it Out
Dark Christmas nights lend themselves to romantic lighting. Write out your proposal with wire and lights as a sweet proposal surprise. Take your cue from our groom Kyle and make sure it goes off without a hitch by keeping your partner out of the house (or wherever you plan to propose) for a while beforehand, to allow you to set up.
11. Enlist Help
If you’ve got pets or kids, your partner will love if you include them in the proposal. For pets, put the ring on a ribbon around their neck. For kids, give them the box to present! Don’t forget to pop a Santa hat on your (hopefully cooperative) little loved one’s head. Cheesy yes, but undeniably adorable all the same. Check out Ray’s proposal story with the adorable Borris for inspiration.
12. Stay at Home
If you’re not a fan of the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties and shopping, then plan the ultimate night-in proposal at home. Whatever you like, do it to the extreme. If you’re foodies, don’t settle for wine and cheese – think caviar and Champagne. Make a special playlist, light a million candles, and how about a special little bauble on the tree?
13. At a Christmas Tree Farm
Start your Christmas season off with a sweet December afternoon at the Christmas tree farm. Pop the question while you’re out picking the tree together. Cutting down your ‘proposal tree’ to take home is a total must!
14. Hot Chocolate Proposal
Grab a flask and a picnic blanket on a fresh winter day and go for a walk. When you find a good spot snuggle up and hand your love a mug of hot chocolate with a special message at the end.
15. New Year Countdown
Not exactly a Christmas proposal but a festive one nonetheless. New Year’s Eve is another opportune time to pop the question. Bend to one knee as the fireworks begin or as the countdown ends. For some inspiration, read all about James’ proposal.