13 Surprising Facts You Should Know Before Buying A Ring And Proposing

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Thinking of proposing to that special someone?If you were already anxious about getting down on one knee and popping the question, the results of a big market research report from wedding website TheKnot.com will have you shaking in your shoes.

The company surveyed 10,000 recent brides and brides-to-be, as well as 1,000 recently engaged men, about everything from the proposal to the wedding bands.

Their reactions may surprise you.

We were somewhat dismayed, for example, to read that less than half of all brides got exactly the engagement ring they wanted.

If you ever wanted to know if it’s still de rigueur to ask a woman’s father for her hand in marriage, or what other people spend on wedding bands, then read on.

Nearly all brides loved their engagement rings, but less than half said it was exactly what they hoped for

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71% of grooms asked the bride's father or parents for her hand in marriage

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Grooms were more nervous about proposing when the bride didn't help to pick the ring

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Some brides were involved in ring buying, some weren't. About 10% were present when the ring was purchased

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The average groom spent three months ring shopping, visited four retailers, and looked at 27 rings

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Grooms cared more about the quality of the stone, while brides cared more about the style

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Grooms who bought from local jewellers tended to be older and wealthier

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74% of grooms had a budget, but a third of them spent more than they planned to

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The recession's impact: ring spending fell 12% from 2007-08 to the current period

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A third of all brides knew exactly what their rings cost

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For engagement rings, 4% of centre stones were two carats or more

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Couples in 2010 spent less on wedding bands than they did in 2008

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