What is more romantic than a winter proposal? The best time of year to snuggle up with the one you love, celebrate with family and friends and burst into the New year with the most exciting start!
So, you know you want to propose this year, but how to do it? Here are 6 romantic proposal ideas to get you started…
Hide it in the tree
With one of my beautiful Marry Me? Baubles you can not only surprise them by hiding the ring on the tree, but you will have a fabulous keepsake to hang on your tree in the years to come…brownie points every time they hang the bauble and remembers how romantic you are!
Handmade in my workshop these baubles are one of my absolute favourite things to make, and the excitement I get when I receive a request for one is electric. Every Christmas morning, I think about those lucky future brides and grooms who are about to have the most magical Christmas ever!
Hang it on the tree and hint until they find it, or create a treasure hunt that finishes at the tree where they will find the bauble, turn around and see you down on one knee! I know I should write romantic movies :-)
Provided with the ribbon so you can tie your ring to the bauble if you have one ready, or leave it plain if you want to choose a ring together later.
Here is a shot a lovely customer sent me a few Christmases back, possibly my favourite customer photo of all time, it still makes me happy to see it!
Combine with your Christmas tradition
Do you have a Christmas tradition? Me and my husband watch Nightmare Before Christmas while we decorate the tree, we have mulled wine simmering away and once it is done we sit back and admire our work with a mug or two. Maybe not romantic for anyone else but it is our tradition and we look forward to it every year.
Why not make your proposal part of your couple’s tradition? Write ‘Marry me’ on the bottom of their favourite hot chocolate mug, or hide the ring in your favourite Christmas movie DVD box. Whatever you chose is going to make your Christmas tradition a whole lot more romantic from here on in!
Don’t have a Christmas tradition? Start a new one!
Being a small business at Christmas is a pretty crazy time of year so I am all about the little Christmas traditions when I take a break, but this year I want to add some more! Right now, I am thinking of a Christmas eve tradition, when all the work is done, the shops are closed and there is nothing to do but put your feet up and start to unwind ready for the mad rush and excitement of Christmas morning. I think Christmas eve would make a wonderful time to propose, they really won’t be expecting it!!
Perhaps suggest a cosy night in, get new pyjamas, a bottle of something nice or some hot chocolates with all the trimmings, and then all you need is to snuggle up just the two of you for a magical night of contented happiness.
Take a winter walk together
I don’t know about you, but after a few days of eating too much and curling up by the fire there is nothing I like better than a winter walk… and then home again to curl up by the fire and eat too much (guilt free)!
Take a Christmas stroll in the woods, or by a lake somewhere where there won’t be any distractions. Find a beautiful spot, pose for a selfie together and pop the question! Simple and so romantic.
My husband proposed on a walk and had packed a picnic with a little bottle of fizz to celebrate, the only inkling I had that something fishy was going on was that he didn’t eat much of the picnic! Afterwards it was so lovely to be out in nature and it’s a walk we will always treasure.
Take a trip
Ok so the ultimate is a trip together and a proposal under the Northern lights, right? That would be pretty-blinking magical! Or maybe you don’t do the cold, take a trip somewhere sunny and warm, who says a winter proposal must be snowy!!
Propose to him
Who says you can’t propose to him? My Marry me cufflinks are the perfect way to prose to him and he can wear them for the wedding too making them a really special keepsake.
Not every man wants to wear a ring so these cufflinks are a great substitute, add a personalised message to the reverse to make them truly unique to you. The location or date of the proposal, your initials or a nickname you have for each other.
Ok so there you have it, my 6 romantic engagement ideas…but what about the ring? Here are a couple of my absolute favourite goldsmiths who will make you to most beautiful handmade rings…after all you need a perfect ring to go with that perfect proposal!
If you think she would prefer to be more involved in choosing the engagement ring you can always get a stand in ring, I have a great selection of silver rings for her to choose from, pearl rings, or stacking rings, all perfect for the proposal and that she can wear on a different finger once you have found ‘the one’.
Or if you a little more adventurous these fabulous jewellers below offer make your own engagement rings or wedding bands experience days so you can both make a ring together. I might be biased as a jeweller but I’d say that sounds like a fantastic day out together, and you will come away with a truly unique ring that will be treasured.
Make your own wedding rings in Cornwall with Carole Allen
Make your own wedding rings in the romantic county of Cornwall. Come to Carole's studio together and make a lasting token of your commitment.
Commision something special from TLK Jewellery
Let Tanya realise you dream by designing the perfect engagement ring.
Make Your Own Wedding Rings Experience Day For Two with Magnus and Bella
Spend a wonderful fun and romantic day making wedding rings for each other in Magnus and Bella's boutique studio, with a homemade lunch and prosecco to celebrate
I’d love to hear your proposal stories and photos, I will be thinking of you on Christmas morning!
If you would like more ideas please follow my Winter proposal Pinterest board below.
We all need a little tender loving care at times and your jewellery is no exception. Here at Louy Magroos I use Sterling silver in all my designs, this is an alloy of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. I chose to use Sterling silver rather than pure silver because silver alone is too soft for everyday wear and will easily scratch and dent. The copper added to the silver to create sterling silver gives it strength, whilst still maintaining its beautiful colour and qualities that have been adored for thousands of years. Where appropriate all my jewellery is Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver from Birmingham Assay Office alongside my unique makers mark. By UK law all silver jewellery over 7.8g requires testing and hallmarking, meaning you can buy in confidence with Louy Magroos.
Like most precious metals silver will tarnish, this means it dulls and turns grey/black in places, however all that is required is a clean to restore to all its former glory. Your silver jewellery turning a darker colour does not mean your jewellery is faulty, it just needs some love.
General wear and exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can leave your jewellery looking a little dull at times. A little wipe over with a silver polishing cloth is usually all it takes to bring back its sparkle, but if you would like to have your piece professionally cleaned, polished, and restored to all its glory, I can do so for a small fee of £10 to cover the work and return postage. If you would like to take me up on this service click here for more information. To keep your jewellery looking it’s best here are a few tips to follow…
Caring for sterling silver jewellery
General wear can cause little scratches to your jewellery, but do not worry, over time these little scratches will add to the character of your jewellery, show it has been worn and loved. However I recommend removing your jewellery if you intend on doing work such as gardening that may result in deeper scratches. If you do accidently add deep scratches to your jewellery, get in touch and we can discuss removing them.
Exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can speed up the tarnishing effect on your jewellery. Remove your jewellery before bathing, using hand cream or applying make up and perfumes.
Wearing your jewellery regularly will actually help slow down the tarnishing process, so enjoy your jewellery and wear it often.
Very occasionally there are people who have a slightly more acidic pH to their natural skin oils and sweat which can result in silver tarnishing almost immediately. In these cases there is little we can do other than recommending cleaning your jewellery with a cloth often and remove your jewellery if you are planning on strenuous activities.
Caring for oxidised silver jewellery
Many of my designs use oxidised silver to add contrasts, by blackening the letters of a personalisation it causes the text to stand out more. As my jewellery is hand stamped rather than computer engraved, there is a deep enough recess in the silver to mean that the black will not rub off or wear away, meaning your keepsake jewellery will stand the test of time. Oxidised jewellery requires little to no cleaning, however these simple tips will ensure your jewellery looks as good as new for as long as possible.
Remove any dirt, greasy finger prints or cosmetics before storing your jewellery.
Simply wipe over with a soft cloth, use soapy water if needed but be sure to dry thoroughly afterwards. Avoid hard cloths or brushes as this can scratch the surface of the silver and remove the effect.
Do not use chemical jewellery cleaners on your oxidised jewellery as this will remove or dull the black patina.
Like all jewellery do not store your oxidised pieces loose with other items, they can knock against each other and cause scratches that will remover the oxidised finish.
If your oxidised piece has been well worn and you would like it to be re-oxidised just get in touch.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are a natural stone and are much softer than many gemstones so need care taken to look after them and avoid getting scratched.
Wearing your pearls often will a help to maintain their natural lustre, the natural oils in your skin with help maintain their beautiful quality.
Make sure you remove any dirt with a soft cloth before storing away.
Pearls are porous and as such will take on water or any solvents such as cosmetics or perfume, it is very important to thoroughly dry your pearls if they get wet, and always remove before applying makeup or hand cream.
Never use chemical cleaners on your pearls, they will remove the natural lusture of the pearl making them dull.
Store your pearls separately to other jewellery, avoiding it knocking together and getting scratched.
When removing a pearl ring hold the metal shank of the ring rather than the pearl, this will reduce the pressure on the setting so it doesn’t work loose.
Storing your jewellery
Humidity and direct sunlight can cause tarnish, so store your jewellery in a dry environment away from direct sunlight.
Whilst my gift boxes make wonderful presentation for gifts they are not intended for long term storage.
Avoid storing jewellery in pouches together, store jewellery separately so that pieces do not tangle or rub against each other causing scratches.