The surprise of a proposal should come as less of a shock to unsuspecting partners this Christmas, as over 50,000 across the UK are expected to pop the question before 2015. Oooh!

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One of the wedding industry’s leading venue suppliers, Country House Wedding Venues has found that not only did UK Google searches for ‘engagement rings’ hit an all-time high last weekend, with search levels 30% higher than usual, but its survey of over 10,000 British brides and brides-to-be has revealed that almost one in five future brides get engaged over the Christmas period – equating to more than 53,500 future fiancées!

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In what is believed to the biggest bridal survey ever conducted, over 10,000 brides were asked to reveal the intricate details of their big day – from where they met through to their engagement and most intimate wedding secrets, including their very own insight into what it is that makes a happy marriage.

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The survey also revealed that public proposals were losing their appeal, with just under 80% of proposals taking place away from the public witnesses! It also appears people are finding it increasingly difficult to keep the proposal a secret, as one in ten of British brides admit they were not surprised by the proposal, and more than one in four opted to choose their own engagement ring.

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On the subject of this exciting influx of Christmas-time proposals, Diana Hastie, the founder of Country House Wedding Venues said: “It’s an exciting thought that there are 50,000 unsuspecting future fiancées across the UK that will be beginning their wedding journeys soon! Christmas is a really romantic time of the year, so we’re not at all surprised that so many people are planning to ask the person they love the most important question you can ask.”

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So what happens after he pops the question? We’ve got your ultimate wedding planning guide right here! Or maybe you’d like to just go straight to the dress search?