One in five couples get engaged within a year of being together

19 Jul 2018

A new survey has revealed the wedding traditions that are falling out of fashion

Which age-old wedding and engagement traditions are decreasing in popularity? A new survey of 1,500 people by Ripe Insurance has looked into just that, unveiling the nation’s habits and behaviour when popping the question and planning a wedding.

Its results show that, on average, couples get engaged after being together for three years, although one in five couples are engaged within just a year. Furthermore, an enormous 70% of people are now involved in choosing their own engagement ring, and two-thirds of people know they are going to be proposed to before it happens.

Another tradition losing traction in modern times is the idea that one must spend two to three months’ salary on a ring, with just 35% of people abiding to it. The average value of an engagement ring is £1,040, however just over a third of Brits are working with a much smaller budget and only spending up to £250. Surprisingly, more than half (52%) of proposals involve no engagement ring at all, with couples opting to select the ring together and use a placeholder in the meantime.

When it comes to asking for a partner’s parents for permission or approval, 20% of people are happy to comply. While this sounds like a lot, the number was double in the 1970s with 40% of Brits adhering to the tradition.

Jon Woosey, managing director of Ripe Insurance said: “It’s interesting to see how proposals are moving with the times, with traditional values on the decline and new trends taking their place. It’s apparent that those who are going to propose would rather get it right first time by asking for their partner's help when choosing the ring or using a placeholder ring at the time of proposal so they can choose the real thing together later.”

For more findings in The Engagement Report, visit: https://www.ripeinsurance.co.uk/valuables/blog/archive/engagement-report/

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