The Christmas Proposal Guide

We love the decorations, the gifts and of course the food; but what makes Christmas really special is creating magical moments and memories with the people you love. With glittering fairy lights all around, beautiful decorations, and cosying up next to the fireplace, we can't think of a more romantic moment to propose to your loved one than over Christmas.

There's a perfect festive proposal idea to suit any couple, as well as a ring to match. So no matter who you're popping the question to; we're here to help.

The Ring

A couple holding hands

So you've decided to propose, so you'll need to find the perfect engagement ring that they'll love. Take a look at our Engagement Ring Buyer's Guide for all you need to know before you make that all important purchase; but here's our top tips:

The first step is finding out your loved one's favourite style. The easiest way to discover this is to take a look through their jewellery collection. Is their current collection full of large dazzling diamonds? Then they might love a Leo Diamond ring, with its exclusive patented cut each diamond is visibly brighter. Or do they prefer vintage designed pieces? Our collection of Neil Lane Bridal engagement rings are vintage inspired with a contemporary twist. Your partner's jewellery collection will answer many of the questions you may have when you're looking for the perfect ring for your Christmas proposal.

The Leo Diamond and Neil Lane Engagement Rings

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18ct White Gold 50pt Diamond Square Cluster Ring

Leo Diamond 18ct Rose Gold 1.25ct I-SI2 Solitaire Ring

Neil Lane 14ct Yellow Gold 2.09ct Diamond Halo Ring

Once you have a style in mind think about what kind of metal would best suit. If your partner is usually seen in shining yellow metals, a yellow gold engagement ring might best suit. If they prefer the look of white metal, choose from white gold or shining platinum. Remember, your partner will want to treasure this ring, so choose a metal type they'll want to wear every day. We have an extensive range of engagement rings in all metal types, including our exclusive brands Neil Lane, Tolkowsky, The Leo Diamond and The Diamond Story.

The Diamond Story and Tolkowsky Engagement Rings

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The Diamond Story 18ct Rose Gold 0.33ct Diamond Halo Ring

18ct Yellow Gold 66pt Solitaire Diamond Ring

Tolkowsky 18ct White Gold 0.50ct I-I1 Diamond Halo Ring

You may want to choose something different from the traditional diamond ring. Engagement rings now come in a range of colours and gemstones; which is the perfect alternative if your loved one prefers something a little different. Why not choose her birthstone as the centre stone, or a stone in her favourite colours? From rubies to sapphires, morganite to emeralds, we have a huge range of coloured gemstones from our Vivid Diamond collection to the delicious Le Vian Chocolatier range.

Vivid Diamond and Le Vian Engagement Rings

Featured products from left to right:

Le Vian 14ct White Gold 1ct Chocolate Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 10pt Ruby and Diamond Ring

9ct White Gold Cubic Zirconia & Created Sapphire Ring

If you want to ensure that both the engagement ring and wedding band sit perfectly together, then a beautiful bridal set would make a great choice. In recent years bridal sets have been steadily growing in popularity with many brides choosing to have a perfectly matching engagement ring and wedding band. At Ernest Jones, we have an extensive collection of bridal sets with different styles and diamond cuts which effortlessly compliment each other.

Now for the tricky part – finding out their ring size! Luckily it's easy to discover your partner's size without them being any the wiser. Simply use our ring size guide to find out your future fiancée's best fit. And remember, even if you get it wrong, we may be able to resize your chosen ring for the perfect fit.

Once you've found the perfect engagement ring from our dazzling range, all you have to do is ask...

The Proposal

The Christmas Proposal Guide

A Christmas proposal opens itself up to a number of creative, surprising and romantic ideas. Everyone has their idea of what a perfect proposal can be, but here's a few of our favourite festive themed proposals to give you some inspiration:

On the Christmas tree

Decorating your tree in time for Christmas is a lovely tradition to include your loved ones in. You can make this moment even more magical by turning it into a memorable way to propose. You can simply hang the ring from a ribbon and let your partner discover it when you start to decorate your tree, or encase it in a clear bauble and watch their face fill with surprise when you give it to her to hang on the tree.

Under the Christmas lights

Our December days are filled with visiting Christmas markets, watching the city Christmas lights turn on, even visiting Christmas themed shop windows! Take advantage of the joyful atmosphere and show your Christmas spirit by proposing under the festive decorations.

Advent Calendar

There's nothing more exciting than counting down the days till Christmas with an Advent Calendar, and a homemade one is a lovely romantic touch. Treat your partner to small, thoughtful gifts all through the month, topping it off with that dazzling engagement ring on December 24th.

A Snow Message

A walk in freshly fallen snow on Christmas morning is a beautifully romantic way to start the day. Why not make it even more romantic by leading your partner to a quiet spot where you'll have written out ‘Marry me?’ in the snow?

Under The Mistletoe

There's nothing bad about a touch of tradition on Christmas morning; and proposing under the mistletoe is one of the more romantic traditions out there.

Whichever ring you pick and however you choose to propose, we would love to hear your Christmas proposal stories. Head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to tag us in your engagement pictures with the hashtag #proposewithernestjones! And for that next important purchase, browse our range of Wedding Rings to complete your bridal look.