First comes love, then comes pre-engagement. Between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is the most popular time to pop the question, but this also means that it’s peak season for pre-proposal anxiety. While many brides-to-be are in limbo before their partner gets down on one knee, a recent survey shows that more than half of those brides-to-be are already planning their big day before they’ve even said yes (hello, secret Pinterest board!). Zola, a user-friendly wedding registry site, surveyed over 1,000 newlywed and engaged couples about pre-engagement. From scheduling a pre-potential-proposal, next-level French manicure to booking a wedding venue (really), couples are getting busy!
According to the survey, 94 percent of couples discussed marriage in the six months before getting engaged. Of these, 30 percent talked about getting engaged at least one time per week, 43 percent talked about getting engaged at least one time per month and five percent discussed marriage only *once* before getting engaged. More interestingly, 60 percent of couples said they actually planned part of their wedding before becoming engaged. Of these, half of brides-to-be created a wedding Pinterest board, 15 percent read bridal magazines and wedding blogs and 10 percent created a wedding planning checklist. Zola also heard from brides who said that before getting engaged, they had already booked a venue, a photographer, wedding planner, went to pre-marital counseling and even said yes to the dress in advance! Yes, you read that right.
However, the pre-proposal anxiety doesn’t stop there. Thirty percent of brides admitted to getting a manicure only because they *thought* they were getting engaged, while 70 percent of brides-to-be dropped hints about the ring (subtly and not-so-subtly). If you’re a non-traditional bride, though, you’ll be happy to hear that half of the couples surveyed went ring shopping together.
So if you’re in an LTR and think this might be your season, we suggest you start doing some research and keep an eye out on the top wedding trends. You never know what might happen!
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