By Sharon Lehew, General Sales Manager at Robbins Brothers Scottsdale
The holiday season is undoubtedly the most popular time to propose. If you’re thinking you may want to pop the question during the holidays, the time to start planning is now! Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store made a list for you to check twice and has tips for planning out the perfect proposal.
Holiday Proposal Checklist
Have you chosen a ring?
Start shopping around and browsing rings immediately. More often than not the ring you choose will need to be adjusted, altered, or customized. This takes time and you need to allow for it. If you’re stressing about picking out a ring your significant other will want to wear forever, it’s not always a bad idea to ring shop together. That is unless you want them in total shock, in which case ask a friend or family member.
Speaking of friends and family…
You need to loop them in on your plans if you want them there for the actual proposal or afterward to celebrate. Holiday travel can be costly and often books up quickly, so give them as much notice as possible to make travel arrangements.
Do you know how you’re going to pop the question?
This is the single most important item on this list, besides maybe the ring. You only have one chance to create a proposal that is memorable, sentimental, and something they will truly never forget. Again keeping in mind it will be the holiday season: if you are planning to propose at a restaurant make your reservation now, if you’re going on a horse-drawn carriage or trolley ride book that now, or if you’re planning to propose in either their hometown or yours make the proper arrangements now.
Holiday Proposal Ideas
If you aren’t sure how you want to propose, here are a few unique holiday proposal ideas.
At Thanksgiving dinner
When you all sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, ask each of your family members to say something they’re thankful for. Make sure you go last and when it’s your turn tell your partner why you are thankful for them then get down on one knee and ask for their hand in marriage.
Wrap the ring as a present
You can wrap the box itself or throw your significant other off by putting it in a larger wrapped box. Save this gift for last and when they open it and turn to you be down on one knee ready to propose.
On New Year’s Eve while you’re getting ready for the night
This one is a little more casual and intimate, but it’s at a moment when they’ll be least expecting it. Before you head out the door for the evening, let them know there is one thing they’re missing. Then take out the ring and pop the question. You can spend the night popping champagne with friends and family while ringing in your engagement and the New Year!
After hanging Christmas lights
Spend the day together decorating the house for Christmas. Once sunset or nightfall hits, walk outside to admire your work for the day and ask your love to marry you. Christmas lights make the perfect engagement backdrop.
Cozy up by the fire
Light your fireplace, grab some snacks and hot cocoa and turn on holiday movies. When it comes time to refill your hot cocoa or the snack bowl, surprise them by instead getting down on one knee and proposing.
While decorating holiday cookies
This can be done any day during the holiday season or on Christmas Eve with all of your family around. While decorating cookies, decorate one with a ring and hand it to them. Before they have time to ask about it, ask them to marry you! Don’t forget to give them the actual ring.
These are just a few ideas to spark your creativity! Let the magic of the holidays be your guide. Don’t forget to follow our checklist, and if you’re really stuck with planning stop into our North Scottsdale location and one of our customer experience representatives would be more than happy to help. Happy planning and happy holidays!
Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store specializes in proprietary and designer engagement ring settings and loose diamonds. The company also carries an extensive selection of wedding bands, promise rings, anniversary bands, three-stone and stackable rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. To learn more about Robbins Brothers, visit our Scottsdale store located at 7435 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd or online at www.robbinsbrothers.com.