The holiday season is upon us, and with it a call to reflect on the things that matter most. It’s a time when we really consider the big things in life—family, joy, togetherness, love. For this reason, it’s also the most popular time of the year for couples to get engaged. Holiday proposals have launched thousands of love stories, but they can be tricky to get right!
If you’re thinking about popping the question this holiday season, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about how to plan the big moment perfectly. From choosing the right engagement ring to finding the ideal moment to get down on one knee, proposing at during the holidays comes with its own set of challenges—and rewards. Let’s talk about how to make a winter wedding proposal the stuff of your beloved’s dreams.
Start your proposal plan with one very important question: why now? Of course, you love them and you want to spend the rest of your life with them. But what makes the holiday season special for the two of you? Being intentional about your reasons for a holiday proposal and crafting the proposal around them will lead to a more personal—and meaningful—moment.
Use what you know about your partner and what they love. It’s not about what social media, movies, or your grandparents think is romantic—it’s about what your special someone does.
Whether you choose to make a big splash or prefer a private, intimate proposal, make sure it’s personal and well thought-out. With plenty of planning, a holiday engagement can be a truly magical experience. Done last-minute, it can appear thoughtless, or worse, interfere with other family traditions. Don’t forget to accommodate for these schedules—and be flexible enough to have a backup if the situation changes.
If you plan to pop the question while the family is gathered together—say, at the dinner table or around the tree—you’ll want to make sure that at least one other person knows what’s coming. This person can be your backup if you run into unexpected hiccups, helping you guide the day in the right direction.
A diamond engagement ring is the classic choice for making your sweetheart’s holiday wishes come true. But there are a lot of elements to consider, from the diamond shape to the ring setting, and of course the ring size.
If you haven’t already started your research, now is the time. We’ve talked before about discovering your partner’s engagement ring style and size without ruining the surprise. But here are a few quick tips to remember!
These terms may sound alike, but cut and shape are actually different! The shape is the outline of a cut diamond: it may be round, heart-shaped, pear, square, etc. The cut is about how the facets of the diamond are arranged to catch the light—cushion, emerald, round brilliant, etc. You’ll want to consider both when choosing your diamond ring.
Check out Bromberg’s Guide to Diamond Cuts to learn more about the distinction!
The best metal is one of high quality, but the color and finish are completely open to your partner’s favored style. If they have a lot of yellow gold in their jewelry case already, you may want to go that route, even if white gold and platinum are more “traditional” options. We’ve even seen rose gold making a splash for those who seek something truly unique.
You may want to think ahead to your wedding band, too. After all, your engagement ring will need to complement the band to make a brilliant set of wedding rings when the time comes.
A custom engagement ring is one that is specially designed for you and you alone, which makes it an especially wonderful choice for a holiday proposal. At Bromberg’s, our in-house Master Jeweler can help you craft a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind ring suited to your exact specifications.
Whether it’s made entirely from scratch or uses a special heirloom stone that’s been in the family for years, you can trust Bromberg’s to craft the finest piece in Birmingham for your spouse-to-be.
Planning the perfect holiday proposal begins with ample time—and an expert on your side to help you choose the ring of your true love’s dreams. Bromberg’s extensive collection of diamond and vintage rings features exclusive designers like Hearts on Fire, Ritani, and many more. If you’re not sure where to start, start with us—we’re here to help you make this holiday season one for the family history books.
Bromberg’s is the fine jewelry store you can trust when searching for the perfect engagement ring. For over 185 seasons, we’ve been helping the Magic City bring holiday magic to life. Request your appointment today for a personalized ring shopping experience by calling one of our showrooms: (205) 341-0730 for Mountain Brook Village or (205) 749-6703 for The Summit.