Top tips for the biggest question of his life, plus we explore the latest research revealing the most romantic day of the year to propose…
I think it’s fair to say this post is for the boys. And we know you’re out there gentlemen… quietly reading by stealth… speed-scanning online for the best ‘hows’ and ‘whens’ and ‘wheres’ to propose, whilst the Mrs (to be) just pops out for a cheeky Kit Kat Chunky. Well never fear! You’re in the right place. Relax. Deep breath. We’re going to walk you through it boys…
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According to new research from Goldsmiths, the advice is clear: wait until winter to propose. Ideal hey boys? We’re there already! But wait… there’s more: Christmas Day is named as the most ideal setting for asking The Question. And if all you dyed-in-the-wool, hopelessly romantic men out there aren’t content with that, Goldsmiths’ survey assures us that topping the romance scores are those who whisk their women away to Paris for their proposal (plus a Christmas croissant, obviously).
The study by the UK’s largest luxury jewellers, Goldsmiths, used a scoring system to rank each season’s romance-potential according to the public. Winter scored 7.5/10 on this system, while Autumn emerged as the worst time to pop the question coming out the least romantic of the four seasons with a score of 6.9. We’re so surprised by this! Burnt-orange and rusted-red romantic walks anyone..? No? People!
Six in ten people described the perfect setting as a snow-filled, winter’s day, ahead of a summer holiday or beach proposal. Interestingly, however, men don’t always get it right – 64% of women said winter was their number one choice for a proposal, compared to just 54% of men.
Intriguingly, there may be an age divide here too. Whilst those aged 18-24 scored winter time as the most romantic, ahead of Paris,the renaissance city of Florence with its infamous Duomo was preferred by millennials.
For those wanting to propose closer to home, London, or even Bradford (more famous for its textiles than itss romance) also topped the list.
As part of the research, Goldsmiths also asked the British public to name the figure we expect men to be spent on an engagement ring. The most common expectation is that a third of the man’s annual salary is spent on the ring, however, be warned gentlemen: one in 50 women said they expect a whole year’s salary. Ladies, respect for sticking to your guns but really?! With the average annual salary topping £27,000 that would fetch a sizable ring indeed!
According to the survey, it appears none of us want a flashy, public proposal. Three in four respondents said that they want a low-key traditional proposal, and just 9% admitted to wanting the big show. (I am quite contented to admit, loud and proud, that I am in that 9%… romance on a grand scale for me!)
To find out more about the research visit goldsmiths.co.uk/Winter-Proposals