10 Tips for a Flawless Holiday Proposal

The most popular time to pop the question is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, when the mood is festive, vacations are planned, and families have gathered to celebrate. Keep the focus on executing your perfect proposal with some of our favorite, season-specific tips.


Chances are you’re going to be nervous, so write down what you want to say and rehearse it a few times before the big moment.


If your soon-to-be fiancé has a close-knit family, consider including them. If you’d like the proposal to be just you two, have your loved ones close by, with champagne at the ready.


Instead of proposing in a crowded restaurant, consider hiring a chef for a romantic, home-cooked meal.


If you’re taking a plane, pack the ring in your carry-on luggage (rather than keeping it in your pocket) to prevent the TSA from spoiling the surprise.


Make your proposal unforgettable by incorporating all five senses. The scent of fresh pine, a mug of hot cocoa, a roaring fire, a cozy blanket, and seasonal songs playing in the background.


Planning a destination proposal? Pop the question on the first day so you can relax. There’s nothing worse than nerves to put a damper on fun.


Be sure that the ring is secure inside the box before putting it in your pocket so it doesn’t pop out. Proposing without the box? Safety pin it to the inside of your pants pocket for extra security.


As a follow up to #7, insure the ring before you propose. Accidents happen. Be prepared for them!


Avoid proposing on or right before someone else’s big day. This includes birthdays, anniversaries, and holiday weddings.


Even if you’ve written a poem or composed a song, finish with the precise words: “Will you marry me?” It will prompt your sweetie to give you the answer you’re waiting hear.

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