engagement photoshoot after getting engaged at Christmas

My Guide to Proposing and Announcing at Christmas!

Newly wed couple standing next to a lake with trees framing the photo, as part of a blog post about getting engaged at Christmas

‘Tis the season to say “I do!” And what better time to pop the question than during the Christmas season, when everyone is in a celebratory mood and the world seems more sparkly than usual?

I’m an experienced wedding photographer who has witnessed many different love stories unfold, and I’m here to guide you through the art of planning a Christmas engagement that will become the highlight of your year. From the proposal through to the announcement, here’s how to make your Christmas engagement a joyous and memorable affair.

Couple celebrating their engagement with an outdoor photoshoot,  as part of a blog post about getting engaged at Christmas

1. Set the Stage with a Festive Proposal

A Christmas proposal is a great idea because the scene is already set with decorations, sparkle and glitter! You could choose an outdoor proposal in a frosty landscape, indoors with a roaring fire and twinkling lights, and a time of the year when your friends and family are close by. You can include classic holiday elements such as a beautifully decorated tree, a cozy fireplace, or even a romantic walk through the park in the snow (if we get any!) Don’t forget to capture the moment! Hiring a photographer to photograph your proposal, or to celebrate your engagement and help to announce it, ensures you’ll have stunning images to cherish forever.

couple at their engagement party after having a Christmas engagement

2. Celebrate in the New Year

If you are planning an engagement party to celebrate with family and friends, it is something that is welcome to break up the long month of January. The beginning of the year can often feel flat, but if you have a Christmas engagement to announce and celebrate, it gives everyone a focus for the new year and something fun to look forward to in what can feel like the l o n g e s t month ever!

3. Announce It In Person

Once you’ve secured a resounding “yes,” it’s time to share the news with your nearest and dearest. It’s tempting to take to social media to spread the good news, but I’m a big believer in real connections and relationships, so how about doing it in person with your closest family and friends?

It’s the season for get-togethers, so how about meeting your family and friends to share the good news? While instagram likes are important, nothing beats sharing your joy in person and getting a huge hug!!

How about a Christmas tree ornament to mark the occasion? Etsy has LOADS of options for personalised decorations, or you can embrace your inner child and make something together!

4. Social Media Sparkle

For friends and family who can’t be there in person, turn to social media to spread the joy. Why settle for sharing a photo of an engagement ring, when you can do something more creative… your engagement is a story so how about creating a reel of gifts being opened, culminating in an image of your engagement ring? Think about incorporating elements like a Christmas sparkly filter, or even a short video montage. Engage with your online friends by inviting them to celebrate with you in the New Year.

after dark sparkler celebration at a wedding in Hampshire, after getting engaged at Christmas.

6. Capture the Moments

As a wedding photographer, I can’t stress enough the importance of capturing these magical moments. Consider scheduling an engagement photoshoot against a backdrop of twinkling lights, festive decorations, or even an outdoor winter wonderland. There’s always a chance of snow straight after Christmas, so let’s make the most of it for a completely magical engagement shoot!

A Christmas engagement is a truly enchanting way to begin your journey to “happily ever after.” I’ve seen love stories unfold in countless ways, but there’s something truly magical about a Christmas engagement that warms the heart and brings a sparkle to the eyes. Cheers to love, joy, and a picture-perfect Christmas engagement!


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