Holiday Engagements

Holiday Engagements | Eastern Star

The Christmas season is one of the happiest and most joyful times of the year; and not just because of Santa Claus! December is the most popular month for engagements in the U.S. Approximately 19% of couples become engaged during the holiday season, beating out other romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s.

Why Christmas? Perhaps it is the magic of family; or maybe it is the romantic feeling of the cold winter weather and holiday cheer. But it’s not just a fantasy for regular people; celebrities often choose the holidays as the time to propose as well. Couples like Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied; even Hugh Hefner proposed to Crystal Harris during the holidays.

For many women, there is nothing more romantic than a ring perched on the Christmas tree, backlit by the twinkling lights and a crackling fireplace. Many men love the notion of leading her on to believe that Valentine’s Day will be the day -and then surprising her on Christmas. It’s the romantic notion of surprise that makes December such a wonderful time to propose.

Among the many couples who make it official over the holidays this year, many of them will choose New York as their location. Taking advantage of world-famous sites such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and the famous Christmas Tree, Central Park (the carriage rides!), and New York’s general holiday flair.

If you are planning on proposing this holiday season, or maybe you’ve recently become engaged – the next step is to plan an engagement party. Created for the purpose of offering congratulations to the new couple, engagement parties are now a necessity. Sometimes couples will throw the parties themselves or parents will host the party on behalf of the couple. Engagement parties offer a unique opportunity to introduce important people from each half’s side. It’s a primary opportunity to have everyone together before the wedding takes place.

When is the best time for an engagement party?

The best time to have an engagement party is within a few months of the wedding. Engaged couples know that there is a prime time right after engagement and right before wedding planning really picks up – that down time is the perfect opportunity to throw your party.

Setting the scene with your engagement party helps to entice guests and set the tone for the upcoming nuptials. Your engagement party should be a preview of the events to come. So what can you do to make it breathtaking and memorable?

Taking your guests on Hudson River cruise is a unique way for guests to break the ice. Couples in the New York City area can take advantage of their engagement as a reason to see the city from a whole new perspective.

Those who are engaged during the holidays have positioned themselves perfectly for spring and summer engagement celebrations. Imagine a starlit supper with a background of the illuminated cityscape. Toast to your future among family and friends on the private and elegant Eastern Star – a luxurious Ralph Lauren styled yacht.

While Eastern Star Yacht Charters event coordinator, Laurie Kutscera will assist you with every detail including menu and bar options, floral arrangements and entertainment–their exceptional staff provides professional service throughout the entire event.

Written by Laurie Kutscera

Laurie Kutscera

Laurie Smollett Kutscera is the co-owner and director of sales and events at Eastern Star Cruises.

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