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Popping the question at Christmas

It might seem surprising that the most popular day for someone to pop the question is Christmas Eve.

Most of us assume that it’s Valentine’s Day – but that trails behind Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve!

So, what might you need to think about if you’re going to propose on Christmas Eve?


Do you really want to make the proposal in a house filled with family and friends? You might do, but most people would prefer for this to be a private, intimate moment. Think ahead, perhaps you can go out for a romantic walk on a nearby beach. It’s maybe not such a good idea to propose in the pub!


If you’re going to be enjoying a big dinner with friends or family, don’t propose beforehand. The host may have spent hours preparing the meal, so don’t steal their thunder. The same is true if you propose on Christmas Day, of course. Propose after the meal, taking a quiet moment with your loved one.

Be prepared

Have a stash of fizz to allow people to toast the engagement, rather than deplete the supplies laid on for Christmas Day. Push the boat out on the bubbly and get some Champagne. If you’re proposing amidst the guests (and you’re sure you’ll get a ‘yes’), you could prep a close family member or friend to take a video or photograph of the moment.

Element of surprise

An ornament on the Christmas tree might have the words ‘Will you marry me’ written on it – ask your partner to put the ornament on the tree, making sure they see the words. Get a friend in on the act to dress as Santa and hand out a special gift. Freeze the ring into ice, or make a bespoke Christmas cracker with the proposal as a favour. Or rope in the family pooch, with a ring attached to their collar. You can have lots of fun but have a think first about whether a particular gesture will be appreciated.

Don’t go into detail

Guests may get overexcited and start to discuss when, where, the guest list, the honeymoon or what you’re going to call your first child! But now is not the time so try to divert the conversation – your new fiancé or fiancée will want to have these discussions with you on another occasion.

Think ahead

What is most important is to think about what your loved one would prefer; the quiet proposal, a fun one or a public one. You want to start off on the right foot.

Whatever way you decide to propose on Christmas Eve, when the time is right, we would be delighted to show you around Escot House, our beautiful wedding venue in Devon.


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