We’re not sure when big proposals became a “thing” but here at IHD we’ve been discussing them quite a lot recently. You might not be very surprised to hear that, given the business we’re in!
The world seems to be more proposal-mad than usual right now. There were four at the Olympics plus a request to actually set the date by Charlotte Dujardin’s finacé and we were also sent this amazing video by recent customer Ryan, so we seem to have been even more surrounded by them than usual.
But when did the phenomenon of the big proposal start? We did some asking around and it seems to be very much a recent thing. When asking parents and grandparents about how they decided to get married the answers ranged from the practical, “He was about to go back off to war”, to the common sense”, “It seemed like the logical next step.”
So if our parents didn’t spend months planning a big proposal, exactly when did it start? Certainly social media has upped the ante on the details that people share of their lives. A simple search of the hashtag #shesaidyes reveals picture after picture of smiley couple selfies, rings on fingers and ways to propose (“marry me” in doughnuts anyone?)
And a fascination with celebrity which leads some to consume the minute details of their lives via magazines, online websites and, once again, social media, means expectations could well be increasing.
Psychologists have suggested that public proposals are part of a “flaunt it” culture, in which we do things not for ourselves, but to be able to tell others all about it. It seems we’re pretty interested in this new ritual; there’s even been a PhD awarded by a university in Canada on the psychology of marriage proposals, who knew?
But what if you’re one of those people feeling the weight of expectation of producing a post-worthy proposal? A certain amount of panic can set in, meaning you feel like you don’t know where to start.
As always, we’re here to help. So these are a few tips on the fundamentals from those of us in the business:
We’re always happy to chat through ring and proposal ideas here at the IHD studio in Bingley, just give one of the friendly team a call to book an appointment on 01274 551 224 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re planning a Christmas or New Year proposal it’s never too early to get started on the ring, so don’t leave it too late!