More than half a million men plan to “pop the question” this proposal season — which is usually between November and February. To help create the perfect proposal for brides and grooms-to-be, Men’s Health and TheKnot.com partnered and surveyed more than 3,000 men and women for their fourth annual proposal survey. I love surveys that ask men and women the same questions — you find out that men and women are not on the same page at all. It’s quite humorous.
The survey results reveal exactly what men and women were thinking during one of life’s most talked-about moments:
- 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.
- Men (57%) and women (63%) agreed that asking both Mom and Dad for their daughter’s hand in marriage is a “DO”
- When sharing the news, men and women agreed, eighty-four percent called their parents first, followed by telling their friends via email, phone or text message.
- Nearly half of brides (43%) would say “YES!” to Jake Gyllenhaal while Jessica Alba tops the list of celebrity women who men would propose to if given the chance at 26%.
I have an idea of the design of my ring, the look of my dress, and theme of my wedding. I never though about how he would propose. I guess I’ll let him have some type of decision making power.