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5 Tips for an Unforgettable Christmas Proposal

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28 Nov 2018

Posted in:  Getting Married and Loans

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already around the corner. As nights grow short and the weather crisp, it’s almost time to start thinking about tinsel, mince pies and presents wrapped under the tree. Or perhaps you’ve just got one (sparkly) thing on your mind? There’s no time like the festive season to pop the question; there’s lots of opportunity for cosy winter walks, and every street seems to offer a twinkling, romantic backdrop. So, as you prepare to get down on one knee, here are five handy tips to bear in mind.   

1.       Know Your Partner

Whether you’re planning a lavish celebration complete with family, friends and champagne, or an intimate proposal on your favourite secluded beach, the question to ask is, will my partner enjoy this? Dramatic gestures of adoration are all well and good, but if they make your other half uncomfortable, they’re probably not the way to go. Think back to your favourite times together; do they tend to be social affairs surrounded by friends and family, or quiet getaways in remote, romantic surrounds? The answer you arrive at should guide your plans – remember, there’s no right or wrong way to propose!

2.       Incorporate Their Favourite Tradition

If Christmas is a special time for you and your partner, why not incorporate some of your favourite traditions into your proposal? If you always go for a wintery walk after Christmas dinner with your families, replicate that and then surprise them by getting down on one knee. Or perhaps presents are a big deal in your partner’s family – would they enjoy opening a gift or pulling a cracker that reveals the big question? If they love New Year’s Eve, maybe you could surprise them at midnight with a dramatic fireworks display!

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3.       DIY Winter Wonderland

If you’re planning to pop the question but both you and your partner are low-key types, why not put together your own DIY day of romance? You could visit a Christmas market, go for a stroll in magical winter surrounds (Ireland has plenty of those), and finally, snuggle up at home under cosy blankets in front of the fire. Add an extra personal touch by giving your partner a series of gifts, each relating to your relationship journey, and culminating in the big question. They needn’t be big presents; it’s the thought that counts here, and your partner will really appreciate the effort you’ve made.   

4.       Logistics

Not the most romantic of points, but if you’re going big, logistics need to be considered! You may have decided to have friends and family present. If so, you need to make sure they’re all coordinated, know what’s happening and aren’t going to accidentally ruin the surprise. Ask a friend (who you trust to keep shtum) to assist in organising the event.  They can discreetly keep the crowd informed, make sure your partner doesn’t suddenly decide to call it a night and head to bed, and have the champagne on hand for when they (of course) say yes!

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5.       Find a Photographer

This won’t work for all proposal types – especially if you’re opting for an intimate setup – but it’s something to bear in mind. Do you want to capture the big moment on camera? It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime shot that will always make you smile when you see it. If you’re proposing somewhere semi-public and would love to immortalise the moment, have a friend or photographer discreetly take a pic. Just make sure they keep well hidden, or they’ll have a tough time explaining what they’re up to!

 

Popping the Question this Christmas?

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