Winter is a very popular time for proposals, with around 40% of proposals happening between November and February, the most frequent month to propose being December. One of the reasons for this is that it allows newly engaged couples to celebrate with their families and the people who matter most to them. One third of UK couples opt for a Christmas proposal! We like to think it is also because of the magic of the season, with twinkling lights everywhere and the possibility of a snowy wonderland.
Christmas Tree Farm
While shopping for a tree you can choose this scenic location, filled with Christmas spirit, and surrounded by beautiful evergreens. Any Christmas tree farm would be a brilliant option if your partner is a Christmas enthusiast as during or post proposal you get to pick your perfect Christmas tree to remind you of your magical proposal throughout the holiday season. The backdrop is gorgeous, nature filled, and the maze of trees makes it easy to hide a friend (or professional) with a camera to capture the moment.
Cosy Night In
You can opt for a cosy night at home or on a romantic staycation, either way this is the perfect romantic proposal for anyone who wants to keep this initial moment to themselves. There are many ways to propose in the comfort of being indoors with each other’s company, but my recommendation would be to get your favourite loungewear on, plan a movie day/evening with hot chocolate or a mulled wine, light a fire if you have one then pick your perfect moment.
This classic winter activity is perfect for a proposal whether you’re a pro at skating or you and your partner just enjoy it as much as the next person. The setting is magical with glistening ice, fairy lights and even a stunning view depending on the ice rink you choose. You could hire out an entire ice rink for a truly magical build up to your special moment or you could avoid suspicion by surprising them on an ice-skating date, you could even hide a photographer amongst the public or invite friends/family to witness and capture the life-changing moment.
Originating in Germany, beautiful Christmas markets are everywhere. They’re filled with twinkling lights, mulled wine, street food, all kinds of entertainment, and gift stalls of course. Perfect especially if your soon-to-be fiancé loves all things Christmas as they are surrounded with Christmas cheer. Locally, or abroad there are thousands of Christmas markets that people wait all year to enjoy. The sparkling stalls supply the perfect location to get down on one knee and to celebrate after you put the ring on. Some well-known Christmas markets include London’s winter wonderland, Birmingham’s “Frankfurt” Christmas market, Poland’s Christmas markets in Krakow, and many of the original Christmas markets in Germany and Austria.
A winter walk is a lovely way to propose with a level of privacy and surrounded by nature. You can choose a park or area you frequently go or maybe even somewhere near where you had your first date to make it that bit more romantic. Another way to heighten this proposal would be to write your proposal in the snow, you could lead your partner to an area that’s more secluded, to a pre-written message adding a wow factor and you could even have a winter picnic set up or someone waiting with two hot drinks for you to celebrate with.
On Christmas day or during another winter holidays event is a great way to involve their family if that’s an important factor for your partner. One way to really surprise your partner would be to say you can’t come in advance, especially if you usually split up for part of the holidays to see family individually, then surprise them on the day by turning up and proposing. Alternatively, you could put the engagement ring in their stocking or under the tree as a present for a lovely surprise. You could do this before heading to see family if you want the proposal itself to be more private but to still celebrate with family.
Winter Snow Holiday
A skiing/snowboarding holiday is the perfect romantic place to propose, even if you or your partner don’t partake in the activities you’re still surrounded by glittering snow, stunning mountainous views, and cosy cabins with real wood fires. Whether you propose at the top of a mountain you’ve just hiked, the bottom of a ski slope, or indoors with an amazing view through the window, your diamond ring will sparkle along with the scenery making it an even more magical moment.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is the perfect day to surprise your partner with an engagement ring. Not only are they already dressed up and excited for the evening, but you can also celebrate surrounded by all your favourite people and champagne at the ready. The scenery will be beautiful with everyone dressed up, fireworks going off, fairy lights and sparklers. A midnight proposal is lovely for those who can wait that long to pop the big question, or an earlier proposal allows the entire night to celebrate and a possibility for a more private moment.
However you choose to ask your partner to marry you, winter is the perfect season to do so encompassed in glittering evenings, Christmas lights and winter cheer.