Women's engagement expectations revealed

17 Oct 2016

A study by Mappin & Webb has unearthed women's expectations when it comes to proposals, from the cost of the ring to when the question should be asked

Women are expecting their partners to spend more than £1,000 on an engagement ring, new research by British jewellers, Mappin & Webb, has revealed.

The study which surveyed 2,000 women, who have yet to be proposed to, not only found that their expectation was for the ring to cost an average of £1,013, but also that the moment should happen after 25 months of dating.

A staggering 75% of women would like to help pick their own engagement ring and more than a third of women think their man would make the wrong ring choice if left to his own devices. And it seems the pressure is on, with 25% of those surveyed admitting that they would 'probably say no' to their partner if the proposal didn't meet their expectations.

The respondents' expectation was that Mr. Right should propose the traditional way, in a private setting and by dropping to one knee. However, their belief was that there was no necessity to ask for parental permission. 

In response to the study, Mappin & Webb has launched its By Appointment service which enables clients to experience a very personal and collaborative approach to creating their dream engagement ring.

Craig Bolton, executive director of Mappin and Webb, said: “Recognising that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases of a lifetime, the Mappin & Webb By Appointment service enables clients to be at the heart of the design process, so every ring has its own unique and personal sentiment of love.”

For more information, visit www.mappinandwebb.com