The 21st Century has brought us “friends” we’ve never met, “food” that is more chemistry experiment than meal, and 24/7 jobs that never let guys relax. But when it comes to tying the knot, men are by and large a bunch of traditionalists. Don’t think so? Well, Men’s Health partnered with The Knot.com to ask almost 1,500 engaged or married men and women, and the results suggest guys like to go Old School on proposing.
More than 80 per cent of the guys thought they should ask permission from his intended’s parents before proposing. And more than three-quarters of them said a guy should drop to a knee before popping The Question. Less than 1 in 5 wanted their engagement ring to show up as a photo on Facebook (more than half of all women said they want it posted, by the way).
* 47% of women say the “surprise” factor is very important in the proposal.
* 60% of women think you should ask at least their mother or father before asking for her hand in marriage.
* 83% of women loved the way their man proposed and wouldn’t change a thing.
* 32% of women say the biggest proposal mistake you can make is not having a ring.
* 57% of women want to share a photo of the ring on Facebook, while only 17% believe it’s tacky.
* Only 4% of women say a big carat size is truly important.
* 68% of women remember what was said during the proposal, so practice ahead of time.
* More than 80% of guys thought they should ask permission from his partner’s parents.
* 76% of men believe they should go down to one knee to propose.
* Only 18% of guys want their lady to post a picture of the ring on Facebook.
* 44% of men chose the ring without her help, while only 16% chose it together.
* She’ll usually keep the ring. Only 3% of women returned the ring the guy chose for another.
* Guys did the proposal work on their own. Only 1% of respondants used a proposal planner to set up the event.
* 83% of men wouldn’t wear a “man-gagement” ring.
(Based on a nationwide survey of 1,492 engaged or married men and women administered by Men’s Health and TheKnot.com)