CAMBERLEY, England, February 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
In most relationship cases, the process of wedding planning generally begins with one very important question and a beautiful diamond ring. Whether it be Christmas day, New Years Eve, a Valentine's Day proposal or a complete surprise, a tradition which dates back hundreds of years has always dictated that the man proposes on one knee to his respective female lover. Results from the latest hitched.co.uk survey revealed that the roles were reversed somewhat last year when it came to the tradition of proposing.
Twice as many women popped the question to their partners in 2012, compared to figures in 2011 according to a recent survey taken by newlyweds who used hitched.co.uk to plan their weddings. A leap year graces our presence once every four years, but it seems as if eager women across the country took it upon themselves in 2012 to make a statement and ask their other half to marry them, whether February 29th had anything to do with it or not.
The London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee which both took place in 2012 didn't seem to have an effect on wedding planning couples, but it was a regal colour scheme that was favoured last year. Purple was the most popular colour choice for couples in 2012 taking 18% of the vote, which also happened to be the same popular pallet choice for weddings in 2011, a year heavily influenced by royal weddings.
Considering the economic climate, an average of £15,987 (including the honeymoon) was spent on weddings during 2012; an average of £103 less than weddings in 2011. In order to achieve their dream day, a whopping 47% of couples went over their dedicated wedding budget when it came to booking the perfect venue, buying a beautiful dress and experiencing the ultimate honeymoon.
However, no matter how much money or effort that goes into planning a wedding, the end result concludes with an 'I do' and a kiss at the altar. When surveyed, 52% of UK couples said that the most memorable part of their wedding related to the ceremony part of the day, and not the celebration afterwards. Are we a nation of romantics after all?