How to Plan a New Year’s Eve Proposal

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Wedding Advice

New Year's Eve Proposal

The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and what better way to start it off than by taking your relationship to the next level? New Year’s Eve is a popular day for proposals, but this festive holiday presents some unique proposal challenges. Follow Lavalier’s guide to the who, what, where, when, why, and how of a perfect New Year’s Eve proposal!

The Who

Planning a proposal is all about knowing your girl. Does she love being the center of attention, or is she more introverted? Will she want to be surrounded by friends and family at the big moment, or would she prefer an intimate setting? It can be tough to control who is present if you’re making last minute plans, so start scheming early. Decide who you want to have at your proposal and make sure you get to them before they’ve made other plans. If possible, try to avoid spilling the beans to anyone you’ve invited.  You don’t want someone to spoil the surprise!

The What

What will you propose with? The ring, of course! A ring is a must for any proposal – a TheKnot.com survey showed that proposing without a ring is the number one engagement faux pas a man can make. You don’t want your proposal to seem totally impromptu. Marriage is a big commitment, and your future wife should know you’ve really thought it through. Prove you’re extra prepared by purchasing jewelry insurance through Lavalier. Your fiancée will be eager to show her ring off to everyone at the celebration, and jewelry insurance protects it in case anything happens.

The Where

You can opt for an intimate setting, but that can be hard to pull off on New Year’s Eve. If your idea of romance doesn’t involve dozens of drunken friends, avoid the typical New Year’s Eve parties. Instead, suggest a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. On the other hand, some women can’t wait to show off their new bling, so a party full of friends and family could be the perfect venue. If you and your better half will be celebrating out on the town, plan accordingly. Scope out the venue beforehand and try to find a spot where you can have a little privacy amidst the New Year’s chaos. You should be able to get down on one knee without being jostled by the crowd, and your prospective wife should have no trouble hearing you. “HUH? What’d you say?!” is not the response you want when you’re asking someone to marry you. And remember to refrain from more than a few glasses of wine or champagne until after the proposal – you’ll want this to be an evening to remember, after all.

The When and Why

New Year’s Eve is a great alternative to the more popular Christmas or Valentine’s Day. You’ll still have the celebration ready, but she won’t suspect a thing! If you’re looking for an intimate proposal, you’ll want to ask the question before you get to the party. You two will have your moment before heading out to share the big news. Just don’t do it while she’s blow-drying her hair! Of course, that midnight countdown has a certain romantic flair as well – just ask Cinderella!

 The How

How will you do it? The Internet is full of over-the-top proposals involving drum lines, flash mobs, and celebrities, but most women (over half) prefer a simple “Will you marry me?” If you’re proposing to a traditionalist, don’t forget to ask one or both of her parents for permission or their blessing before the proposal – 60% of women say this is important. Lastly, get down on bended knee. It’s romantic and traditional; have you ever seen a picture-perfect proposal where the guy was standing?

Whenever you propose, you should take your future wife’s preferences into account. New Year’s Eve proposals can be sweet and personal, or boisterous and full of friends. This holiday gives you the opportunity for either kind – or a combination! There’s nothing quite like ringing in the New Year as newly engaged fiancés. With a built-in countdown and the whole world celebrating alongside you, it’s the perfect time to propose.

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