Christmas is the biggest day of the year for wedding proposals

23rd December, 2013

…However 76 per cent of women still expect a present as well as a ring

Love-birds across the country will be hoping for a proposal this Christmas Day, which tops the list as the ultimate occasion to pop the question according to a poll.

Almost half (46 per cent) of those who responded favoured the festive season for getting engaged, choosing it over summer holidays or birthdays.

However, those getting down on one knee had better go in prepared as it emerged that an engagement ring alone won’t suffice as a Christmas present. Three quarters of those surveyed (75 per cent) admitted they would still expect an additional gift from their partner, on top of the customary ‘sparkler’.

The results came in a survey* commissioned by landowner and luxury wedding venue provider Buccleuch, exploring the latest in marriage and proposal trends.

Engagement photography was highlighted as a growing craze with 58 per cent saying they would consider a professional photo shoot to celebrate their commitment.

When it came to popping the question, good old-fashioned romance came out on top with a private proposal being preferred to a public and extravagant one. And more than half (55 per cent) said love was more important than location, timing and diamond-size when considering betrothal.

Almost half of the respondents also cited a fairy-tale wedding at a stately home or castle as their dream location for nuptials, and named winter as the most romantic season to get hitched.

Lucy Laidlaw, Marketing Manager for Buccleuch said: “The survey results confirm what we suspected – that couples love the idea of tying the knot around Christmas when the atmosphere is romantic and magical.

“The number of enquires we receive about weddings at this time of year is testament to that, and we are anticipating even more interest in January as newly-engaged couples start looking for their dream wedding venue.

“The poll shows winter weddings within fairy-tale settings are the number one choice which is good news for Buccleuch as bespoke weddings are a speciality of ours, and we offer grand, elegant and unique venues that reflect the importance of that big day.”

Europe’s largest private landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, recently opened the doors of his three stunning Castles and Houses in Scotland and England to weddings for the first time. These houses remain the family homes of the 10th Duke and his family.

Situated across the UK, the Estates – Boughton House, Bowhill House and Drumlanrig Castle – are steeped in rich heritage, having been in the Buccleuch family for centuries.

*results based on a survey of 100 people.