5 Simple Tips for Christmas Proposals

Posted on December 14, 2016

The internet is full of articles about amazing Christmas proposal ideas, but no matter how you plan to pop the question this holiday season, your expert friends at Kelowna’s European Goldsmith have some tips for you!

1. Choose your audience carefully

Christmas can be stressful and the last thing that you and your bride-to-be need is the peanut gallery making comments about your relationship and the ring. If you are uncertain as to how her family and friends are going to react, consider finding a private moment for the proposal or wait until the excitement is over. If you are going to propose in front of everyone, be sure to choose your audience carefully and consider what each of their own reactions might be. You don’t want anyone to outshine (or out-scream) your fiancee.

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2. Timing is everything

There is so much pressure on guys to pull off the perfect proposal these days, but it mostly comes down to timing. For maximum effect, the proposal should come as a complete surprise. You may want to consider proposing a few days after Christmas, or a couple of days before, to help reduce any suspicion. Likewise, choosing a different day will then help you create your own new anniversary to look back on fondly.

3. Stick to what you know

One of the biggest mistakes people make is spending too much time looking at other people’s proposals. It’s great to take some inspiration from blogs, magazines, and Youtube, but your proposal story should still reflect your new fiance and your relationship together. A romantic skating rink proposal isn’t romantic if your girlfriend hates the cold and can’t skate. Instead, think about happy memories and places that are special to you both and then plan the proposal with those in mind. The simplest of proposals become extraordinary when you explain the thought behind them!

Christmas proposals - proposing over the holidays

4. The perfect accomplice for your Christmas proposal

If you’re planning a Christmas proposal, you may want to consider letting select friends and family in on the plan. The key here is to select your accomplices carefully. It’s a great idea to have someone ready to take photos of the special moment, but weave it into the entire day so that it doesn’t seem odd when her tech-inept mother suddenly starts pointing the camera at her. You’ll also want to avoid telling loved ones who aren’t great at keeping secrets or who wear the hearts on their sleeve. Too much grinning and hugging will make your bride-to-be suspicious.

5. Insure the ring!

We cannot stress this enough! A few years ago, one of our customers proposed up at Big White and his fiancee gave him a huge hug. Unfortunately, the ring went flying off her finger and into the snow, never to be seen again. The blow from the loss is bad enough but it gets significantly worse when you have to begin saving up again.

Getting the engagement ring insured is actually pretty painless and it typically involves a quick call and some changes to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Be sure to specify that you need coverage for the entire value of the ring, not just $1,000.


When it comes to proposing, you have enough on your mind. Visit the team at European Goldsmith where our no-commission, G.I.A.-trained staff can help you find the perfect ring without the pressure. We pride ourselves on our ability to educate our customers and offering solid advice that you can trust. Of course, European Goldsmith also has a huge selection of stunning diamond engagement rings and unique alternatives, including Forevermark Diamonds and custom ring design services. Visit us in store or call 250-860-6657 for more information!

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