A large proportion of males polled in a recent study admitted that they would propose to their partner, if there wasn’t something in the way.
A surprisingly large number of British men in relationships are emotionally ready to marry to their significant other, with their dream engagement ring and even the perfect way to propose planned.
The team at UK licensed betting company lottoland.co.uk polled a total of 2,794 male British adults aged 21 and over, all of whom stated that they’d been in a relationship for at least two years and weren’t currently engaged or married to their partner. All respondents were quizzed on their attitudes towards proposals and the idea of marriage.
Participants were initially asked if they felt that they were confident that they were with the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with, to which more than three quarters (78%) stated that they were. Of these men, more than half (51%) had picked out a ring they wanted to buy, and 37% had already planned the perfect proposal scenario in their head for when the time felt right.
Following on from this, all males taking part were asked if they felt ready to propose, but had something holding them back; with almost half (48%) stating that this was the case.
Next, respondents that confessed they wanted to propose but felt they had something holding them back were asked to state the main reason preventing them from doing so. The following five answers emerged as the most common:
1 I don’t have the finances to pay for a ring or a wedding – 41%
2 I’m waiting for the perfect time to propose – 21%
3 I’m worried she doesn’t love me as much as I love her – 19%
4 I don’t think her father will give me permission to ask – 9%
5 I have been persuaded not to propose yet by friends/family – 4%
Next, those participants who stated they were concerned they wouldn’t have enough money for an engagement ring or a wedding were asked if there partner would consider a low budget affair; with 79% stated that they wouldn’t want to compromise on their wedding whatsoever.
Finally, respondents holding back from proposing were asked if they felt they would propose within the next 12 months; 61% admitted that they ‘probably would’, with the majority (68%) of these participants claiming that they were getting a lot of pressure from their partners to do so.
Dan Hawkins, spokesperson for lottoland.co.uk said, ‘A lot of people forget that getting married is so much more than just an extravagant party with a fancy dress and a big cake. Two people are making vows to spend the rest of their lives together, and regardless of how much money they have in the bank, that is the most important element of the day. If money worries are the biggest reason putting someone off proposing to their soulmate, then perhaps it’s time they revaluate their priorities!’