The Holiday season is officially upon us and that means more and more couples are becoming engaged. Just around this time last year, my fiancé asked me one of the most important questions of my life. While he made it look like a breeze, months and months of research, planning, and saving went into instrumenting the most romantic night of my life. He proposed at Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, NJ under the spectacular holiday lights, which was where we had our first date. So what’s it really like to propose around the busiest times of the year? Here are a few things to consider if you’re getting ready to plan a holiday proposal of your own.
Buy the ring months in advance
Holidays are a busy proposal time. That being said, it’s wise to communicate with your jeweler when you want to propose and ensure that the ring delivery date is achievable. You need the diamond ring to seal the deal, right?
Plan a convincing decoy
What’s nice about a holiday proposal is that it is a bit easier to coordinate a convincing decoy. It’s a busy time of year, so my fiancé told me it was easy to coordinate a night out. Later on, he told me that the challenge was making sure the rest of the evening went according to plan–making sure I was ready on time, the hidden photographers were at their secret location, he didn’t fumble with his speech, and of course, that I would say yes.
Think about your location
Most places are going to be more crowded than usual, which means you may want to do some location scouting. Plan ahead and find where you want to pop the question. A few weeks before I got engaged, my fiancé went to the zoo and met with the zoo manager to find a spot that had the least amount of foot traffic so that the moment between us was intimate.
Due to the crowds of the holidays, there’s a strong chance you’ll be proposing in front of other people so it might be wise to think about your partner’s personality and really think about if she’s ok with the extra attention. On the flip side, the holidays are peak engagement season, which means there’s a strong chance someone else will be getting engaged the same day as you. If you really don’t think your S.O. is ok with sharing the spotlight, you may want to reconsider a holiday engagement.
Mother Nature has a way of throwing a wrench into your plans more frequently than we would like. If you’re planning to pop the question outside, make sure you are both dressed appropriately and that you are mindful of how long you are going to be outside. Unexpected snowfall can also cause your plans to go array, so it may be wise to have a backup plan with a second location idea.
The holidays are about being together, and it’s a great opportunity to get everyone together and join in on the proposal. As soon as she says yes, one of the first things she’s going to want to do is share the good news (and take a #ringselfie or two) with her family and friends. It’s a night you both will never forget so be sure to share with the people you love!
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