Revealed: Brits should wait exactly 1 year 8 months and 3 days to propose to their other half

  • 1 year, 8 months, 3 days is the ‘right’ amount of time to wait to propose
  • Older generation are the keenest to get engaged
  • London revealed to be slowest city to propose to partner
  • 42% admit to regularly dropping marriage hints
  • Wales revealed to have the pushiest partners for dropping marriage hints
  • Research can be viewed here, images are available for download here

For those planning a quick proposal to their loved one-maybe you should hold off that little bit longer as new research reveals the perfect time to wait is exactly 1 year 8 months and 3 days to propose.

The investigation, by jewellery experts, F.Hinds, looked at expectations around proposals across the UK to determine the ideal ‘waiting time’ as well as the quickest, slowest and even ‘pushiest’ cities when it comes to engagement.

It seems the younger generation are in no rush to put a ring on it compared to their older peers with a strong correlation between age and length of engagement. Less than 1 in 10 under 35s said they would want to be engaged within a year of meeting compared to a whopping 1 in 3 over 65s.

Whilst under 24s wait on average 2 years 2 months, over 65s prefer to say ‘I do’ within just 16 months of meeting.

Age Preferred duration
Under 24s 2 years 2 months
25-34s 2 years 1 month
35-44s 2 years 1 month
45-54s 1 year 8 months
55-64s 1 year 6 months
65+ 1 year 4 months

Elsewhere, those afraid of commitment might want to stay away from Northern Ireland with research further revealing Belfast as the quickest city when it comes to getting engaged with 44% of people getting engaged within 1 year of meeting (compared to just 4% in Nottingham!).

London was at the other end of the scale, crowned as the slowest city, with 1 in 3 people preferring to wait more than 4 years for their partner to get down on one knee.

For those wanting their partner to hurry up and ask them, you aren’t alone. 42% of Brits admit to regularly dropping marriage hints to their partner, with the younger generation (25-34s) the most likely to drop a (not so) subtle hint to their partner (50%).

Wales came out as the ‘pushiest’, with women nearly twice as likely (41%) to regularly drop hints than those residing in Scotland (23%).

It seems that most of us are unfortunate romantics, with 55% of Brits admitting to an embarrassing proposal blip. Embarrassing proposal anecdotes from the recent research by F.Hinds can be viewed here.

Social Media Content Creator at F.Hinds, Emily Watkins, said:

“Here at F.Hinds we always have engagements on our mind – but what we wanted to do through this research was to find out exactly how many people have wrongly predicted a proposal by their other half, and how often it happens.

“We all talk about the perfect engagement and how we expect a proposal to happen, but what our research shows is just how wrong we sometimes can be in our predictions, and how this seems to happen more often than not!

“It was also nice to see from the anecdotes that, whilst we’re occasionally wrong in our predictions, eventually we ended in proposals!”

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