How to Plan the Perfect Marriage Proposal


If you’re looking to pop the question, you might want to consider this. According to new research the perfect proposal would be at a landmark in her home city, with Mr. Right down on one knee in a private setting.

The dazzling ring should cost at least £1,000, and the question should be popped after just 25 months of dating! But interestingly, fewer than one in five women have every detail of their perfect proposal mapped out in their mind – which gives men quite a lot of room for error.

Half of women say they don’t care where their proposal takes place, but men can play it safe by choosing the beach or a famous landmark to get down on one knee.

Craig Bolton, Executive Director from luxury British jeweller Mappin & Webb, who commissioned the study, said: “The results of our survey should give the men of the UK plenty of food for thought.

“The winter and Christmas period is a very popular time of year for proposals to take place, so if any men or women are thinking of popping the question now’s the time to do it. A happy marriage starts with a happy proposal, and the ring is something that absolutely has to be perfect – whether it’s a flawless stone or a bespoke ring with some personal meaning to the couple.”

Three quarters of women would like to help pick their own engagement ring, which will be a relief to blokes who aren’t sure of their partners’ tastes. And over a third of women think their man would make the wrong ring choice if left to his own devices.



The most popular type of ring is a solitaire (round) cut diamond on a white gold band – with just one in twenty opting for an unusual stone like a ruby or emerald. One said that they didn’t want any man to have any claim on their money or assets.

Craig Bolton continued: “The Mappin and Webb By Appointment service enables clients to experience a very personal and collaborative approach to creating their dream engagement ring.

“Recognising that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases of a lifetime, the Mappin & Webb By Appointment service enables clients to be at the heart of the design process, so every ring has its own unique and personal sentiment of love.”

With Christmas approaching, more wedding proposals are likely to be on the cards. Last year it was estimated that more three quarters of a million people were planning to propose to their other half over Christmas. It found that of those in an unmarried relationship, one in 20 are currently making plans to make the big proposal at Christmas or New Year – an estimated 789,775 people nationwide.

Receiving the ring as a present when it’s just the two of you was voted the preferred method, the poll revealed. While the worst way was to spontaneously blurt a marriage proposal after too many Christmas drinks.

Lorna Haddon, diamond ring and jewellery buyer at Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, which commissioned the survey, said: “It’s true, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year and, if you’re planning a proposal, it couldn’t be a more romantic time to take the next step in your relationship.

“But with so many other things going on, it’s important to pick the ideal moment and make it just as special as your other half has always dreamed of.”

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