Survey Reveals 1 in 3 Proposals “Could Have Gone Better”

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When it comes to the “M” word, most magazines, TV shows, and movies would have you believe that it’s women who are desperate to strut down the aisle to get married.

However, a recent survey of 2,000 adults by My Interrail found that women like to be in a relationship on average two years and seven months before being presented with an engagement ring, while men typically propose two years and four months into the relationship.

Interestingly, in the same survey, one third of participants said their proposal “could have gone better”, one in ten described the moment as “disastrous”, and one in three revealed they would have preferred for the proposal to take place “in a more romantic location”.

One in four respondents would have liked to have been proposed to as they enjoyed their ‘favourite view’, one in five would have liked to have become engaged on a beach, and one in five said the perfect place would have been on holiday.

So, what can you learn from this survey to make sure your proposal is amazing?

1. Pick a Sentimental Location

If you aren’t in the position to be able to go away to propose, or if you don’t like the idea of proposing when on holiday, pick a sentimental location instead that means something to you as a couple. It could be the restaurant where you had your first date, the place where you first said “I love you”, or a location that you know has significant meaning to your other half.

2. Get Romantic Abroad

Alternatively, if you do like the idea of proposing when on holiday, here are our top three picks for romantic destinations: Venice in Italy (how about proposing on a Gondola?), Paris in France (the Eiffel Tower would make a statement!), and Rome in Italy (the Trevi Fountain is a great photo opportunity).

3. Hire a Photographer

Or ask a friend who is good with a camera for a favour! Your proposal can be covertly captured, which can result in some amazing and genuine images.

4. Include Music

Do you have a song that means something to both of you? Is it the song you first slow danced to? Do you have a song that is “your song”? Have it playing in the background just before you propose to give the moment, and the song, even more meaning.

By Rachel Doherty, Excalibur Press