The Perfect Proposal

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A marriage proposal is something that’s deeply personal – it’s a question that (hopefully!) you only ever ask once. So the pressure to get it right is immense, as you can see in the graph below:


This Reddit user recorded his own heart rate while proposing to his other half in Rome – you can see that his heart peaks at 131 beats per minute at the moment of popping the question. It’s stressful trying to create a memory which will last a lifetime!

We asked 2000 UK men whether they thought that proposing was/would be a scary thing to do. The majority (59.75%) admitted that it’s something they found/would find scary. The reminder (40.25%) said they “didn’t think it was a big deal.” – We suspect they were just playing it cool! Who wouldn’t be nervous at the prospect of asking a single question that may change two people’s lives forever?

And despite the majority of men being scared of proposing, a staggering 80% of those surveyed had/have no plan when it comes to proposing! Only 1 in 5 men knew how they’d pop the question!

Thankfully, there is advice available for hapless proposers:


“For us, a proposal must be original- it doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, but something you know your partner will appreciate and remember forever. It might be on a beach in the Seychelles or at a local beauty spot where you took your first stroll together. On that, there’s no set time for when is best to get down on one knee- you’ll just know when the time is right.” –

The advice to focus on originality and empathising with what you think your partner will appreciate, definitely fits in with all of our research.  In addition, the experts we’ve spoken with have all said originality is a big factor in creating the perfect proposal.

In an effort to make their proposal’s stand out, the majority of men (59%) are looking for the perfect place to propose. Whether it’s an exotic destination or a UK-based location, it’s all about finding somewhere you can make a memory which will last a life-time.

If you’re looking for inspiration, think about taking your intended to Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands or Sweden to pop the question! Who could turn down a proposal in one of the “happiest” countries in the world according to the world happiness report!

Make sure your proposal goes exactly to plan with the help of our in-depth proposal planner!

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