2011-12-15 / Entertainment

Planning The Perfect Holiday Marriage Proposal

Gathered with family or snuggled together by a cozy fire, the holiday season is the perfect time to pop the question.

In fact, a recent Modern Bride survey reveals that one in four grooms proposes during this festive time of year.

If you’re planning to propose to your sweetheart in the coming weeks, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand. By planning the perfect holiday proposal you can take the stress out of one of the biggest moments of your life.

Timing matters

If you want a resounding “yes” to your question, ensure it’s the right time for you and your significant other.

With a little finesse, you can find out how your honey feels, and still make the question a complete surprise when the time comes. Watch a movie that involves a marriage proposal or mention the engagements of friends and acquaintances to gauge a reaction. This light detective work should give you all the information you need.

Celebrate the season

Take advantage of the tinsel and lights of the season, which provide the perfect backdrop for romance. Consider hanging the engagement ring from the tree instead of a star or angel, or slide the ring into her stocking.

Or, if you like the idea of spectacle, deliver the ring dressed up like Santa, or have carolers incorporate the proposal into a tune.

You may want to wait until you’re not surrounded by extended family to pop the question. New Year’s Eve is a great time to do this because your kiss and toast at midnight will have two meanings.

Next steps

Getting engaged is the first step in a long wedding planning process. Next you will need to share the good news with your loved ones.

You’ll want to announce your engagement and wedding date right away to ensure everyone can make it to your celebration, but don’t sacrifice creativity. Save the dates cards from an online stationery store with customization options, such as Minted.com, make the process easier.

“Your wedding is your special day, so look for cards that express your personality,” advises Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com. An online store also is a great option for wedding invitations, because the color and style options are vast and easily searchable. To explore save the date and wedding invitation ideas, visit www.minted.com.

However you decide to propose, don’t forget to make the moment special, because it’s one you’ll never forget.

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