Decoding Romance: What Are the Best or Most Popular Days for a Marriage Proposal and Why

Seeking the ideal day to ask the big question? “What are the best or most popular days for a marriage proposal and why” is a common query. Choices like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and personal anniversaries often harbor special meanings that make them the best or most popular days for a marriage proposal. This article will explore the sentimental and celebratory nuances that make these days stand out, setting a solid foundation for an unforgettable engagement – without giving away every secret.

Key Takeaways

  • Engagement season runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, with some of the most popular holidays being the most popular proposal days, including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and birthdays, all offer a perfect opportunity for unique and memorable engagement moments!

  • The Canadian Rockies offer a dreamy and picturesque setting for proposals, with Lauren Hollamby Photography ready to capture your special moment against breathtaking backdrops like Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise.

  • Proposals can be as unique as each couple; whether it’s an outdoor adventure, a cultural experience, or an intimate moment at home, there’s a wealth of personalized ideas to make your engagement unforgettable.

The Top 5 Days to Pop the Question

Breathtaking view of Moraine Lake with rugged snow capped peaks, Moraine lake proposals, elopements, weddings
Moraine Lake, Banff national park, Alberta, Canadian Rocky Mountains

Choosing the perfect day to propose often leans towards special holidays, a trend more common than you might anticipate. Factors such as favorable weather, school or work holidays, and the celebratory mood of specific dates significantly influence the popularity of proposal days. Some popular days for proposals include:

  • Valentine’s Day

  • Christmas Day

  • New Year’s Eve

  • Thanksgiving

  • Fourth of July

December, with its festive spirit, family gatherings, and prevalent feelings of love, has emerged as a particularly favored month for couples to get engaged during the holiday season.

The period from Thanksgiving Day through Valentine’s Day, often referred to as the “days to get engaged,” is also known as ‘engagement season,’ an auspicious period for many couples to decide to marry. Within this timeframe, certain dates emerge as especially significant for proposals. Some popular dates for engagements include:

  • Christmas Eve

  • Christmas Day

  • New Year’s Eve

  • Valentine’s Day

  • Birthdays

These dates, including Independence Day and Memorial Day Weekend, are favorites among many couples for starting their journey towards marriage and wedding planning, and there are a few reasons for this preference.

Christmas Eve

What could be more romantic than a Christmas Eve romantic proposal? The enchanting winter wonderland atmosphere, enhanced by glimmering lights and the chance of snow, provides an ideal setting for marriage proposals. In the middle of the holiday cheer, it’s worthwhile to carve out an intimate moment for the proposal to maintain its personal significance.

For a real surprise factor, consider hiding the engagement ring inside an ornament during your tree shopping trip.

Christmas Day

Proposal, diamond ring

Christmas Day, with its twinkling lights, cozy fires, and the seasonal scent of evergreen, creates a romantic atmosphere ideal for marriage proposals. The holiday’s essence of love, generosity, and new beginnings reinforces Christmas Day as a meaningful time to propose.

Since family members and friends are usually present to celebrate, a Christmas Day proposal might just be the perfect gift that magnifies the shared joy and creates a lasting memory.

New Year’s Eve

wedding day firework display

New Year’s Eve, symbolizing new beginnings and potential, is a prime time for engagements. The tradition of the midnight kiss provides an inherently romantic moment that can be made even more memorable with a proposal. What better way to begin a new year?!

New Year’s Eve also sets the stage for a grand New Year’s wedding on New Year’s Day the following year, starting off your new life chapter with elegance and celebration.

Valentine’s Day

Beautiful photograph of wedding florals, wedding bouquet

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, naturally aligns with proposals. The holiday’s ambiance of affection and romance simplifies planning a traditional proposal, complete with elements like elegant venues, dinners by candlelight, and soothing music.

However, it is a very popular proposal day, due to its popularity, a Valentine’s Day date may diminish the uniqueness and surprise of a proposal, as couples everywhere celebrate love, and the signs of an impending proposal can be more apparent.


beautiful cake

Proposing on your partner’s birthday can turn the special occasion into an even more personal and significant event.

A proposal on a birthday introduces an element of surprise, ensuring a day that will always be remembered. Plus, celebrating an engagement anniversary is more straightforward when the proposal happens on a birthday, ensuring the date is easy to remember every year.

Make sure this is something you know your partner would appreciate though, as whilst it is a popular day to get engaged, having your partner pop the question on your birthday isn’t for everyone.

Canadian Rockies: A Dreamy Proposal Destination

Practical insights for couples planning a Moraine Lake proposal

If a picturesque proposal destination is what you seek, the Canadian Rockies could be your answer. With their majestic mountains and stunning scenery, they create an unforgettable backdrop for your special moment.

From a sunset proposal by a tranquil lake to a heartfelt moment among snow-capped mountains, the Canadian Rockies present infinite options for an idyllic proposal.

Canmore, Banff, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

The mountain tops, from the top of Banff Gondola, Banff National Park

Among the spectacular locations in the Canadian Rockies, Canmore, Banff, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are particularly captivating. Each offers unique beauty, from the serene Lake Louise to the rugged charm of Jasper. And to ensure you capture your special moment, professional photography services are available.

I, Lauren Hollamby, offer my services throughout these areas, allowing you to immortalize your engagement with stunning photographs with incredible backdrops.

Seasonal Considerations

The Canadian Rockies offer distinct seasonal experiences, so it’s important to consider the time of year when planning your proposal. Late Spring and Summertime, with its warm weather and full access to the region’s natural beauty, is an ideal time for proposing.

Specific locations such as Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Sunshine Meadows are at their peak appeal during the summer months, while autumn brings the beautiful colours of the larch season and winter offers snow covered ground and frozen lakes.

Tips for Planning a Mountain Proposal

Sightseeing helicopter flying and landing to the ground in Banff national park, Canmore, Canada

A few key factors should be taken into account when planning a mountain proposal. Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Identify a spot with less walkway traffic around popular areas to ensure a more private and intimate experience.

  2. Always have a backup proposal plan in place to account for inclement weather or other unexpected changes.

  3. Consider the time of day for your proposal; sunrise and sunset have the most beautiful lighting and will also be quieter.

These are all things I can assist with and together we can find the perfect time and spot for you to ask the big question.

Capture the Moment: Hire Lauren Hollamby Photography

Capturing your proposal moment professionally adds a timeless touch to your engagement. I, Lauren Hollamby, as a devoted wedding and elopement photographer, provide professional photography services in the Canadian Rockies. From the initial planning stage to the final product, I work closely with you to capture your unique love story against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies.

Lauren’s Photography Style

In my role as a photographer, I focus on encapsulating the authentic emotions and key moments of your special day. I specialize in a documentary approach, focusing on capturing the day’s special moments as they happen without intrusion.

My relaxed style ensures that you and your partner can fully enjoy your day while I capture the memories for you to cherish forever. I absolutely love capturing special occasions for people and can assure you we will have a wonderful time.

Services Offered

Policeman's creek with scenic views of the Three Sisters in Canmore, Alberta

To cater to varying preferences and needs of couples, I offer a range of photography packages specifically tailored for unique occasions such as:

  • Proposals

  • Elopements

  • Hiking adventures

  • Helicopter elopements

  • Weddings

Every package is unique to you as a couple, and I take a lot of care in planning this special event with you. Should you need extra support sourcing other local vendors, restaurants, florists for the big day, these are all things I can organise for you, you let me know your preferences and leave the rest up to me.

Contacting Lauren

Lauren from Lauren Hollamby Photography

If you’re ready to capture your special proposal moment, I’d love to hear from you! You can contact me through my website with any photography inquiries. You can also connect with me via Facebook (@LaurenHphotography) and Instagram (@laurenhollambyphoto), where I regularly share my work and communicate with clients.

Unique Proposal Ideas for Every Couple

Every couple is distinctive, and their proposal should reflect this. Offering personalized proposal ideas ensures the moment feels special and intimately tailored to each unique relationship. Whether you’re adventurous spirits, culture enthusiasts, or homebodies, there’s a perfect proposal idea for you. Let’s explore some unique ways to ask the all-important question: “Will you marry me?”.

From staging a treasure hunt in a national park to crafting a personalized comic book depicting your love story, the possibilities are endless for creating a uniquely memorable proposal. If you’re both fans of puzzles, you could even create a custom crossword with clues related to your shared memories and experiences.

Outdoor Adventures

Canoeing on Emerald Lake | Emerald Lake Elopement

For couples who love the great outdoors, why not incorporate an adventurous twist into your proposal? You could organize a treasure hunt in a national park, with the engagement ring as the ultimate treasure. Or perhaps propose during a scenic hike, with a surprise waiting at the end.

Whether it’s a surprise proposal during a canoeing trip, horseback ride or a picnic set in a picturesque outdoor spot, outdoor adventures provide numerous ways to propose uniquely. You could even plan a romantic camping trip complete with perfect weather, delicious food, and stargazing, leading to an unforgettable proposal under the stars.

Cultural Experiences

Wedding traditions, cultural traditions

Incorporating cultural experiences into your proposal can make it even more special and meaningful. Whether you’re honoring your partner’s heritage or a mutual appreciation for a different culture, cultural experiences can enrich your proposal experience. Some ideas include:

  • Participating in a traditional dance class

  • Attending a cultural workshop

  • Exploring a museum or art exhibit focused on a specific culture

  • Trying out traditional cuisine from a different culture

These experiences can add a unique and memorable touch to your proposal.

Incorporating cultural traditions from various parts of the world into your proposal can add a distinctive and unforgettable twist.

Intimate Moments at Home

Living area, home proposal

If you prefer a more intimate setting for your proposal, why not consider doing it at home? There are countless ways to make your at-home proposal unique and memorable. For example, you could transform your living room into a themed destination, complete with decorations and authentic food, culminating in presenting a pretend boarding pass with the proposal.

Whether it’s setting up a DIY spa experience or crafting a custom jigsaw puzzle featuring a sentimental photo of the two of you, intimate at-home moments can rival grand gestures in terms of specialness and memorability. You could even incorporate your pet into the proposal or choose a significant personal milestone to propose, adding a personal touch that your partner will surely appreciate.


Whether you choose a holiday like Christmas Day or your partner’s birthday, or a unique day that holds special meaning to you both, the perfect day for your proposal should reflect your unique bond. The Canadian Rockies offer an unforgettable backdrop for your engagement, and as a professional photographer, I’d be honored to capture your proposal in all its magical glory. Whether you’re planning an adventurous outdoor proposal or an intimate moment at home, remember that the most important thing is the love you share and the commitment you’re making to each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a proposal day?

Choose a proposal day that is significant to you both, such as the day you met or had your first date. It will add meaning and thoughtfulness to the proposal, making it all the more special.

What time of year has the most proposals?

December is the most popular month for engagements, with a proposal rate of 19 percent, closely followed by the summer months at just under 10 percent. Summer is the most popular season for weddings, followed closely by fall.

When is the best time to propose in the Canadian Rockies?

The most popular times to propose in the Canadian Rockies are during the summer, when the warm weather and full access to the natural beauty of the region make it an ideal setting for a magical moment!

However, each of the seasons is magical in its own way and the perfect time is really a personal choice.

Do you provide photography services outside of Canmore, Alberta?

Yes, I offer photography services throughout the Canadian Rockies and am willing to travel anywhere in the world!

What is your photography style?

My photography style is all about capturing genuine emotions and pivotal moments in a relaxed and documentary approach, so you can fully enjoy your special day while I create memories for you!

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