12 Ways to Propose this Holiday Season

I love sharing the story of how and where Raphael popped the question, especially since it's unique (story here), which is why I'm always eager to hear how other couples got engaged and the funny stories that go along with it. Along with the big reveal, there always seems to be anecdotes about how it almost didn't happen, because the girlfriend didn't want to go for that walk or the confusion when their boyfriend drops to one knee and pulls out the ring, etc. Too fun. At least for the girls, but definitely a lot of pressure for the guys.

Nearly 25% of marriage proposals take place in the months of November and December due to the traditions surrounding the holidays, but countless men need help on deciding how to propose marriage in a memorable way that will leave their fiancées feeling all merry and providing a story for years to come.

Each year in December, Robbins Brothers--The Engagement Ring Store™, with freestanding locations in Southern California and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas releases its much anticipated list, “12 Ways to Pop the Question this Holiday Season.”
  • 1. Take her to see Santa. Have Santa tell her she’s on his nice list, then drop to one knee and surprise her with the engagement ring.
  • 2. Hire a group of Christmas carolers to sing in front of her doorstep, and change the chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to “Will You Marry ‘Michael’?”
  • 3. Hide the engagement ring in an ornament box and hang it from the tree on Christmas Eve, with a note instructing her to open it.
  • 4. Enlist the help of neighbors to spell out “Will You Marry Me?” in Christmas lights on her front lawn.
  • 5. If your town has a holiday parade, get the girl scouts or high school marching band to unroll a banner with your marriage proposal as they walk down the street.
  • 6. Love Disneyland? (yes!) The theme park’s decorations make any place inside a perfect place to propose.
  • 7. Escape from the stress of the city and get away to a romantic hotel or cabin. Propose to her under the stars.
  • 8. Get each member of your families to hand her a piece from a custom puzzle during your big dinner or dessert. The completed puzzle will be a picture of you proposing.
  • 9. If flying together is on the agenda in December, ask the crew to let you use the P/A system to propose when you’re in the air.
  • 10. Ask your local appliance store for a big empty box that would hold an unromantic item: microwave oven, vacuum, even a refrigerator. Wrap it like it’s the best appliance a girl could ever want. She’ll be thrilled when she finds the little tiny ring box after digging through the foam, newspapers and other filler.
  • 11. Find a local ranch or village that offers horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides. A good old-fashioned way to propose.
  • 12. Too nervous to propose at Christmas in a public way? Ask her to marry you on New Year’s Eve, with just the two of you and a bottle of champagne as the clock strikes midnight and you drop to one knee.

Thus, on the twelfth day of Christmas my true love and I got engaged!

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What's the most unique proposal that you know?


  1. audrey@thewoodmontgroup.comDecember 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    i was proposed to at Disney:)


  2. I heard that Disney is one popular proposal destination! Especially during Valentine's. :)

  3. Happy Birthday, Tara!