Becky and Kev's rustic Cornish wedding
Becky & Walton

As the nights draw in and the Christmas lights start going up, we thought we’d ask some of our lovely real brides to tell us about their magical Christmas proposal and festive wedding celebrations. So, grab a blanket and a cuppa, snuggle up and read on…

Merry Christmas!

Liam and Nicole got engaged at home on Christmas Day 2019. “It was just us and our dog, and it was perfect,” says Nicole.

“We had been together for almost four years and I was completely surprised! After we had opened our presents, he came downstairs with a necklace-shaped box, wrapped in tin foil. As I opened that, he pulled the ring out from his sock and got down on one knee.”

A surprise gift

Iain proposed to Lorraine on Christmas Eve in 2018. “He had my ring wrapped up and disguised in Christmas paper and a gift bag,” says Lorraine.

“I thought I was opening an early Christmas present, and a very special one it was too! He picked the ring himself, and it was the perfect size. I was in complete shock. We had been together for nine years, so I wasn't sure it was ever going to happen!”

Interrupting the Monopoly…

Bethany and Thomas met at work in 2015.“Thomas proposed after we moved into our first house together when my parents and his parents were round for Christmas. I was playing Monopoly with his sister and he bought me a box filled with pictures of us and a poem.”

“Thomas asked me to read the poem out and down the left hand side it spelt out ‘Will you marry me?’ He then played me a video of him buying the ring, climbing on a roof to ask my dad for his permission and calling all my best friends to let them know about the proposal. It was perfect.”

With family and friends

“Christmas is my favourite time of year, so Kristen proposed at Antrim Castle Garden Christmas Experience, in front of its large Christmas tree,” says Hailey.

“He had invited all of our family too, so everyone important was there. I don’t think I have ever felt someone shaking so much in my entire life. It gave me an idea of what was coming, just before he asked!”

Quietly romantic

Kathryn and Dan had their first date in Brighton in 2012. “Dan had recently moved back from Australia and we just hit it off,” says Kathryn.

“Then we ended up missing the last train home after watching a band in a local pub! Dan proposed on Christmas Eve. We went for a walk and he asked me to marry him on a bridge where we always stopped to play pooh sticks.”

Fairy lights and a Ferris wheel

“Josh had planned to propose to me on Christmas Day 2019, however this didn’t happen,” says Abbie. “Instead he proposed at Antrim Castle Gardens’ Enchanted Winter Garden event.

"It was perfect – there were huge Christmas trees, beautiful lights everywhere and, to top it off, a Ferris wheel. I’ve loved Ferris wheels since I was little and Josh proposed right at the top. He had the engagement ring with him and his dad had told him if I said the night was ‘magical’ it would be the right time. It was perfect and I felt on top of the world. I also wasn’t expecting us to get engaged anytime soon, so it was a huge surprise.”

A Christmas proposal and wedding...

Kev proposed to Becky just before Christmas 2020. “He took me and our little boy to a log cabin in Cornwall,” says Becky. “On our last night, he had arranged candles and petals on the balcony outside. After giving the most beautiful speech I’ve ever heard, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. We then got married in Cornwall exactly one year later on 22nd December.”

Festive tunes in Liverpool...

Sian and Tom married in December at Liverpool Town Hall before walking through the streets to their reception at One Fine Day, an old cotton exchange building. “We arranged for a nine-piece brass band to surprise our guests and then escort us around to our reception venue,” says Sian. “There were so many members of the public taking photos and congratulating us. It truly was spectacular and something I think our guests will talk about forever more!”

The power of love

After a Christmas Eve proposal at home, Avril and Tyler got married on 27th December in Staffordshire. “Our theme was winter/Christmas but also Isle of Man tartan, as that’s where Tyler is from,” says Avril.

“We had light blue and silver to match the tartan and to be Christmassy. Everyone had a turkey Christmas dinner and our favours were chocolates in Christmas crackers."

“Our first dance was to ‘The Power of Love’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, because we’ve always loved it. We’ve sung it together on road trips but it’s also a sort of festive song, which suited our Christmas wedding perfectly.”

So, if you’re hoping for a Christmas proposal or planning a Christmas wedding, then check out our winter wedding blog for more tips and ideas or click here for lots more suggestions from our brilliant real life brides. Also, for more inspiration, check out our Instagram, Facebook or TikTok accounts.