The holiday season is commonly considered the time for proposals, but the summer months have been encroaching on winter’s territory. Summer may be wedding season, but it’s also the second most popular time to get engaged, and that number seems to be on the rise. All you have to do is scroll through your Instagram feed to notice the trend.
Getting engaged over the holidays is a tried and true tradition with plenty of benefits. Namely, a winter proposal means plenty of time (approximately a year and a half) to plan an event during "wedding season." There are also plenty of opportunities to be around family and friends, or at least visit soon after a proposal. As weddings are occasions to celebrate with family, many like to start off their engagement on a similar note.
However, summer engagements can have the same conveniences as winter proposals, if planned properly. With the current average length of an engagement at eleven months, that dream summer wedding may be better off with a warm-weather proposal. Not to mention, many people choose to go on vacations in the summer, whether as a couple or with their family, which leads to memorable spots to drop to one knee. If you live somewhere with snow and long winter months, popping the question under sunny skies opens up more location options for your engagement.
Proposing in the summer can also mean that you’ll get the full value of the ring you select. Because the holidays are known as engagement season, many jewelers respond to demand by inflating their prices. Even the heavily advertised sales are actually the result of marked up prices brought down to a still-higher price. By proposing with a recently purchased engagement ring in the summer, the sparkler is more likely to be worth what you paid for it.
Regardless of the month you become engaged, there are plenty of ways to celebrate with friends and family. View some engagement shoots and read proposal stories here, listen to an engagement party playlist, and be inspired by hundreds of real weddings from all across the country.