More women are popping the question...

by Hannah Thomas

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It’s traditional for a man to propose, but women are getting so fed up of waiting that they're popping the question themselves.

But although a study suggests one in ten women have proposed to their partner, 75 per cent wish their partner had beaten them to it. Furthermore, research shows even when men do propose, justone in five get down on one knee.

‘There are several reasons why romance is disappearing from marriage proposals,’ says Harley Street relationship therapist, Trevor Silvester. ‘The recession is probably having an affect on people’s aspirations.’

‘In times where money is tight people tend to lower their dreams a little and look to find the romance through cheaper means,’ he says. But the findings suggest the excitement of the actual proposal is disappearing too, with three out of five men not planning to get down on one knee.

Mr Silvester says he’s pleased to see the traditional marriage proposal etiquette is losing popularity, suggesting it shows more people are proposing in an original manner and doing it the way that feels right.

‘My advice to anyone would be that the location is less important than the timing. Pop the question when the mood is perfect and it’ll become a romantic and unforgettable moment.’

The poll by Swoon.co.uk shows that the British are happy to have a simple, spontaneous proposal at home but looking back, less than one in three thought their proposal was perfect.

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