Marriage Proposals are Changing, Study Finds


By Valerie Siebert

Newly-engaged couples are increasingly delaying their nuptials because of financial reasons, according to new research.

The study of 5,000 married U.S. adults revealed that couples are increasingly delaying their wedding plans due to the rising costs of getting hitched.

The new survey displayed how marriage proposals have evolved over the past decade, including a surge in the number of couples who now say getting married caused a significant financial burden.

One in three (30 percent) of couples engaged in the last two years had to delay their wedding for financial reasons, according to the study, which was conducted by online engagement ring and loose diamond retailer

Despite today’s couples spending slightly more on the proposal itself – whether through experiences or hiring a photographer – 30 percent say that they delayed nuptials for financial reasons, a significant increase from the 8 percent of couples of a decade ago.

Whether it be the desire to go viral online, or the burdensome financial strain, or perhaps just a turn towards the traditional, the difference a decade has made when it comes to the way people propose to each other is staggering.

Couples engaged in the last year were also more likely to downsize their wedding, reception and bachelor/bachelorette parties due to costs than couples in the past. And they were 12 times more likely to say that finances put a major damper on the romance of their wedding.

In addition to these financial strains, the study found that the engagement process itself has changed dramatically in the last decade, as a full 33 percent of couples engaged this past year involved a photographer for the big moment, as opposed to just one-in-ten a decade ago.

Couples are also increasingly adding a personal element to their rings with 61 percent personalizing their rings now – compared to just 20 percent who did so 10 years ago.

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