CATEGORIZED AS: Proposals
February 14 is a big day for marriage proposals. It is estimated that half a million men plan to "pop the question" this Valentine's Day. One thing is for sure--there better be a ring involved!
In what has a Valentine's Day tradition, Men’s Health and TheKnot.com partnered and surveyed more than 3,000 men and women for their annual proposal survey. The idea of the survey is to assess current trends while giving grooms-to-be and their brides some good tips on how to--and not to--pop the question.
The survey results revealed that men are still fairly traditional, as well as being a tad clueless on how to select the ring, and that women want the love--with the bling. Here are some of the survey results.
*1 in 4 brides wished their proposal was more romantic, more original and personal or more private.
*Thirty-three percent of brides named proposing without an engagement ring as the biggest proposal mistake.
*Men aren’t choosing the ring alone; forty percent of brides went ring shopping with their husbands-to-be or chose the ring themselves.
* Seventy-six percent of men said it was essential to propose on bended knee.
Here are some of the details from the survey:
1 in 4 Brides Didn’t Love Their Proposal. The bride may have said yes, but that doesn’t mean she loved how he popped the question. Twenty-six percent of brides on TheKnot.com revealed they wished their proposal was more romantic, more original and personal, more private or that it was simply too over-the-top. Perhaps the 76 percent of men on MensHealth.com who said they planned the entire proposal all on their own should have asked for some help after all.
Propose Without a Ring? That’s the Biggest Proposal Don’t for Brides. Thirty-three percent of brides said proposing without an engagement ring is the biggest proposal mistake. But what do guys think? According to 50 percent of men, telling everyone the proposal plan ahead of time and blowing the secret is the biggest proposal don’t.
Are Men Really Choosing the Ring Without Help? Thirty percent of men said they chose the engagement ring without help, yet according to brides, it’s a mere 18 percent. In fact, 40 percent of brides went ring shopping with their husbands-to-be or actually chose the ring themselves. Either way, an overwhelming majority (96 percent) of brides said they love their ring or it’s exactly what they wanted.
Tradition Reigns for Men. A whopping 76 percent of men said it is essential to propose on bended knee, while only 49 percent of women agreed. Yet when it came to asking both Mom and Dad for their daughter’s hand in marriage, men and women were pretty much on the same page, with 57 percent and 63 percent, respectively, saying it’s a do.
Call Parents, Text Friends and Then Post It on Facebook! Looks like men and women agree when it comes to how to share the good news. Eighty-four percent called their parents first, followed by telling friends via email, a phone call or a text message. After that, 72 percent of brides-to-be and 64 percent of grooms-to-be posted the news on Facebook. But how do men feel when it comes to posting a photo of the engagement ring on Facebook? Twenty-nine percent said it’s tacky.
Men Would Propose to Jessica Alba, While Brides Would Say “I Do” to Jake Gyllenhaal. Nearly half of brides (43 percent) would say “YES!” to hottie Jake Gyllenhaal if he proposed. And although she may be taken, Jessica Alba tops the celebrity list of women to whom men would propose if given the chance (26 percent).
Need some coaching? TheKnot.com has created a proposal guide at TheKnot.com/engaged, chock full of engagement ring shopping tips, wedding proposal ideas and even an engagement announcement e-card to share the happy news.