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Proposing to your partner - How long would you wait?

Posted on: 06/02/2020

How long would you wait? 

You’ve been together a while and know that you’re a great match, but when it comes to getting down on one knee, how long should you wait until you pop the question to the one you love? With increasing pressure from friends, family and maybe even your other half, you may end up feeling like time is closing in on you to buy the perfect engagement ring

As we’re in a leap year, many women may also be considering taking matters into their own hands and proposing to their partner on Saturday, 29th February. But should it even be something they’re thinking about if they’ve only been together one year? Or how about two?

Timing can be everything when it comes to proposals, so here at F.Hinds, we wanted to create a fun way to test exactly how skilled we are in finding the right time to propose. We’ve hidden an engagement ring in the below jumble of watches and clocks, can you prove you’re a master of timing by beating the average 13 seconds it takes to find the ring?

In order to pinpoint the perfect timing in proposing to your partner, we asked 2,000 individuals (all in couples) for their opinions on popping the question. At what point in a relationship do people think they should be engaged? And after getting engaged, how soon should they get married? Read on to find out – and find the answer to the brainteaser!


The ‘right’ time

Thinking of asking your soulmate to marry you a couple of years into your relationship? If so, you wouldn’t be far off the ‘ideal’ time. The results from our survey revealed that, on average, Brits felt they should be engaged within 2 years, 3 months and 19 days of being together. Men, in fact, proved to be in more of a hurry down the aisle than women, disclosing that they’d like to be engaged within 2 years, 2 months and 12 days of getting together with their partner. In contrast, women wanted to be proposed to within 2 years, 4 months and 29 days.

But what would happen if the proposal hadn’t come by then? The majority of Brits (71%) stated that they would feel comfortable popping the question to their partner themselves if their other half hadn’t proposed within this time, while 60% of women in the UK agreed that they’d be happy to do this, too.

Once they’d said ‘yes’, Brits divulged that they would want to walk down the aisle within 2 years, 4 months and 24 days.

From generation to generation

The survey also revealed that younger generations seem to be in a bigger rush to put a ring on it than older generations:

  • 18-24 – 1 year, 6 months
  • 25-34 – 1 year, 9 months and 18 days
  • 35-44 – 2 years 6 months
  • 45-54 – 2 years, 8 months and 12 days
  • 55-64 – 2 years, 8 months and 23 days
  • 65+ – 2 years, 8 months and 23 days


Geographical differences

Did the results differ across the country? Yes! Those in Liverpool expect to have a sparkly diamond ring on their finger faster than any other city, wanting to be engaged within 1 year, 7 months and 6 days of starting a relationship.

  • Liverpool – 1 year, 7 months and 6 days
  • Edinburgh – 1 year, 9 months and 18 days
  • Norwich – 1 year, 9 months and 21 days
  • Belfast – 1 year, 10 months and 24 days
  • Leeds – 2 years, 1 month and 6 days
  • Nottingham – 2 years, 2 months and 8 days
  • Sheffield – 2 years, 2 months and 12 days
  • Southampton – 2 years, 3 months and 18 days
  • Birmingham – 2 years, 4 months and 24 days
  • Glasgow – 2 years, 4 months and 26 days
  • London – 2 years, 4 months and 28 days
  • Cardiff – 2 years, 8 months and 24 days
  • Bristol – 3 years, 2 months and 12 days
  • Manchester – 3 years

So, have you still got plenty of time left before you’re supposed to get down on one knee? Or is the clock ticking? 

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