3 things to consider when proposing – Time, Place, Ring

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3 things to consider when proposing – Time, Place, Ring

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- Time -

When are you going to do it?

As the wedding season draws to a close, the proposal season is just getting to a start. There is no doubt that romance is very much in the air during the winter months, especially around the festive season.

In the UK, the most popular day of the year to propose is Christmas Eve. When asked why, the biggest response from men was that the occasion felt romantic and being around all the family at this time of year was a big plus point.

What makes a good proposal?

Simply popping the question is what women prefer. Straight to the point, a simple “will you marry me?” This tops any poem you have poured your heart out over or proposal over social media.

Whilst women want the question to be straight forward, a little thought should be taken on where to ask it.


- Place -

Where are you going to propose?

 “After 5 years of being together, buying a house and then ‘we were on a break’ and got back together scenario, I decided the time was right to propose. I planned to do it on Christmas Eve. I booked the Langham Hotel in London for dinner and overnight stay. The day before, I told her I was going shopping in London with my sister. She thought I was mad going shopping the day before Christmas Eve and was annoyed that I hadn’t done my Christmas shopping earlier. This all added to the surprise and I have to admit I did enjoy winding her up! I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly. I instructed the waiting staff to place the ring in a silver domed serving dish which would be presented to her after dessert. Sounds a bit corny but she loved the old fashioned surprise element of it. The morning of the proposal, she thought we were travelling down to my parents’ house to spend the festive period with them. When we arrived at the hotel I simply said it was part of her Christmas present. She didn’t have a clue until the ring was revealed and I asked “will you marry me?” Christmas that year was more special than ever as we spent it celebrating with family and friends.” – Chris D, Real Life Proposal from one of our customers at Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery

While men seem to get in to the romantic festive spirit, women seem to prefer to be asked for their hand in marriage on Valentine’s Day or the anniversary of when you first met while on holidays at an exotic location.

Wherever you choose to ask the question, remember that it is one of the most important questions you will ever ask. It is a life changing moment that you will both cherish forever.


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- The Ring -

What ring will you choose? What if she doesn’t like it?

So now you’ve found the one and you’ve decided on a date and place to propose. Now to find the ring to match. It’s not an easy task but it’s not impossible either.

There are 2 main things to consider, her style and lifestyle and your budget.

We are jewellery designers and we have sold hundreds of rings to very happy customers and these two elements are at the core of any decision. Regarding your budget, it is only you that can decide, but remember… bigger is NOT always better. It really depends on the girl.

If she has a full-on job and works with her hands, try to go for a very secure setting, like a rub-over setting that doesn’t stick out too much. With this kind of setting, the stone is surrounded by metal and cannot fall off. In terms of style, try to find a compromise between what you like and what you think she would like. Surely, she has been dropping hints along the way. Or maybe her sister and best friend could give you some advice?

But in any case, remember that she will treasure the ring, no matter what, because YOU have gone the extra mile to find the engagement ring that she will wear for the rest of her life.

If you need help, just talk to us today. Finding the perfect engagement ring to suit the love of your life, can sometimes feel like an overwhelming process. We can guide you through everything you need to know about engagement rings. From choosing the right style, selecting the type of metal, the technicalities of diamonds and gemstones, to some important tips on finding out her ring size without her knowing! (CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US)

Arabel has been committed to designing and making beautiful ethical jewellery for the last decade.  With four main collections of themed bridal jewellery and a gallery of celebrated bespoke pieces, we produce quality craftsmanship that you can feel in your fingers. A wedding or engagement ring is a unique once in a life time purchase. Enjoy it!

Good luck, this is just the beginning of an exciting journey that you will embark on together.


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Arabel Lebrusan
Arabel Lebrusan

Arabel Lebrusan is an artist, designer and pioneer of the ethical jewellery movement, with almost two decades of industry experience behind her. She is a fount of knowledge when it comes to responsible sourcing, sustainable manufacture, and the preservation of traditional craft. Her engaging blog posts range from personal accounts of once-in-a-lifetime sourcing trips to helpful tips for buying and wearing jewellery and opinion pieces on pressing industry matters.