One in three women would be disappointed if their partner ‘just’ got down on one knee – Brits now spend over £2,000 to ensure the perfect proposal. Bookatable and The Proposers help those planning to pop the question with these elaborate restaurant proposals!
Gone are the days when simply getting down on one knee was enough to snare the dream woman and guarantee a proposal to remember. New research reveals proposals have now become so elaborate that men are spending £2,000 on average to ensure a seamless occasion with one in ten (15%) shelling out up to £5,000!
The study, from restaurant booking platform Bookatable, which polled 1,000 British adults, found that the average proposal now takes half of Brits (52%) over six months to plan and save up for with 23% taking between one and two years. The increased expectations mean a quarter of men (24%) feel they are under greater pressure to create a unique and creative proposal. A fifth of men (20%) admit they are even delaying popping the question because of the pressure to create the ultimate proposal.
According to the findings, 33% of women would be ‘disappointed’ if their partner simply got down on one knee at home and had not planned out anything more thoughtful or elaborate. A further fifth of women (20%) admit that they want a proposal they would be happy to brag about to friends and family on social media. 40% of those polled felt social media had led people to have to ‘up the ante’ when proposing.
With 40% of Brits now feeling there is too much pressure on men to ensure the ‘perfect proposal’, restaurant booking platform Bookatable has partnered with leading marriage proposal planners, The Proposers, to curate a selection of extraordinary restaurant proposals to remember with the aim of taking the stress out of proposing.
So what do women want from a proposal in 2016? 40% would like to be whisked away on a holiday for their proposal. One in ten would like a proposal where their family and friends are ‘in on the act’ and 11% would like a musical proposal with either their partner writing a song about them or serenading them.
And it would seem the appetite for restaurant proposals remains strong as a fifth of women reveal they would like to be proposed to in a sentimental restaurant and one in ten (12%) would prefer a fancy restaurant. Whilst 14% said that they would want to be taken back to the site of their first date.
According to Bookatable’s data, for couples dining out together, Valentine’s Day continues to grow in popularity with the restaurant booking platform reporting a 14% increase in bookings year on year. With romance in the air, it’s expected that many of these diners will be popping the question with 14% of men and 4% of women in a long term relationship say they are planning on proposing to their partner soon.
There is pressure to create the perfect proposal!
Whether it’s a restaurant with breath-taking views or an infamous cosy bolthole, some of the UK’s top restaurants are working with Bookatable and The Proposers to offer lovebirds an unforgettable night. From a “Total Restaurant Takeover” – in which the entire restaurant is ‘in on the act’ and serenades the bride-to-be to “Will You Marry Me” fireworks or a “Personalised Menu Marriage Proposal” with bespoke private dining room décor, a whole host of ideas can now be found on the Bookatable website.
The Proposers’ Founder Daisy Amodio explains; “With marriage proposals becoming increasingly creative, it takes more than getting down on one knee to create an extra special moment that will be remembered. Our clients come to us because they want to find the perfect setting to pop the question and restaurants are very popular picks. We are here to take the stress and hassle out of organising a unique proposal – it’s important to know that it doesn’t have to always be something extravagant to hit the right note. We can do smaller scale things too which have enough thought and attention to detail that wow the bride-to-be.”
Joe Steele, CEO of Bookatable said: “Thanks to social media, both men and women across the UK are feeling the pressure to deliver the ultimate magical marriage proposal. We wanted to provide our diners with the stress-free option this Valentine’s and Leap Year by curating some fantastic options alongside The Proposers to ensure they make it a night to remember. Whether our diners would prefer a low key affair in a private dining room or something more flamboyant with a singing flash mob, we’re working with some of the nation’s top restaurants to provide something which appeals to everyone.”