How to Pop The Question This Festive Season

It’s Christmas time, everyone is celebrating something – apart from the birth of baby Jesus, naturally and now you have something else planned to (hopefully) celebrate. You’re about to propose. 

Brave you! Welcome to the legion of many who choose to pop the question this time of the year! Let’s unwrap some interesting stats and tips to help you nail your proposal, while keeping it as cheerful as a Christmas carol.

The Stats: Engagement Season Unboxed

Top Dates for Proposals: Our first revelation comes wrapped in tinsel – the most popular dates for proposals are December 24, 25, January 1, December 18 (today!), and February 14. Basically, if it’s a date you can attach a festive song to, it’s prime proposal time​​.

Engagement Season Popularity: About 37-40% of proposals happen between November and February. If engagement seasons were buses, they’d be arriving every few seconds unlike the 110 from Wakey to Leeds..​​​​.

The New Proposal Trend: Proposals today aren’t just about the ring; they’re experiences. About a third happen on trips, and one in five involve professional planning. It’s like planning a season finale with a director and a scenic location​​; think Christmas market in Germany where they really do it well. 

Ring-a-Ding-Ding: When it comes to rings, 75% of proposees are involved in the choice. And while diamonds are still a proposer’s best friend, other stones like moissanite are making a sparkling entrance. Budget-wise, think about £3,000 – £5,000, with a fair number of folks going over their budget – maybe it’s the holiday spirit, or those dazzling ring designs​​.

From Bended Knee to ‘I Do’: Post-proposal, 89% of couples dive into wedding planning almost immediately, with an average engagement lasting about 15 months. Think of it as a long holiday season dedicated to love, planning, and tasting too many cake samples​​.

Common Mistakes: The Naughty List

Now, let’s talk about the pitfalls. First, oversharing on social media. While it’s tempting to broadcast your love to the world, maybe give your inner circle the news first. Then there’s under-planning – remember, this is not the time to wing it like a last-minute holiday shopping spree. And lastly, ignoring your partner’s hints about the ring. If they’ve been eyeing a specific design or stone, take note. It’s like ignoring their holiday wishlist – not cool.

What if They Say No? (Ho-Ho-No!)

So, what if your sleigh hits a bit of turbulence and they say no? First, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world, just a plot twist in your holiday rom-com. You could always laugh it off with a joke like, “Well, guess I’m on Santa’s naughty list this year!” Then, regroup and reassess. Maybe it’s just bad timing, or perhaps Santa’s got a different plan for you – like, “get the hell out of there” plan! 

Proposing during the festive season can be as magical as the holidays themselves. Armed with these stats and tips, you’re well on your way to creating a memorable proposal that’s as special as the season. Remember, it’s about love, joy, and creating a moment that reflects your unique bond. So go ahead, plan that perfect proposal, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be the one unwrapping the ultimate gift this season – a joyful “Yes!”

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