Online Dating Most Popular Way Spouses-To-Be Meet and more as we look at the amazing results from The Knot Top 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study Stats
Online Dating Most Popular Way Spouses-To-Be Meet
NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Knot, the leading online wedding brand, today released Top 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study Stats
The biannual comprehensive report, the largest of its kind, surveyed more than 14,000 engaged or recently married brides and grooms from the US to uncover the trends and financial spending habits of proposals in America.
Top 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study Stats
- Average Engagement Ring Spend: $6,351 (up from $5,095 in 2011)
- Average Time Spent Looking for Ring: 3.5 Months
- Average Time Spent Planning a Proposal: 4.4 Months
- Average Number of Rings Looked at Before Purchase: 26
- Engagement Rings With a Custom Design: 45%
- Most Popular Stone Cut: Round (52%)
- Average Carat Size for Center Stone: 1.2 carats
- Average Carat Size for Total Ring: 1.8 carats
- Most Popular Engagement Ring Setting Metal: White Gold (61%)
Top 2017 Trends in Marriage Proposals:
ONLINE DATING IS NOW THE MOST POPULAR WAY SPOUSES-TO-BE MEET. In 2017, 19% of brides reported meeting their significant other through online dating (17%) and social media (2%), up from 14% in 2015. Other popular ways couples meet include through friends (17%), college (15%) and work (12%). This rise in digital dependence continues through each step of the wedding planning journey, with 9 in 10 couples using mobile devices for wedding planning activities in 2016.
COUPLES DISCUSS THEIR ENGAGEMENT AND MARRIED LIFE LONG BEFORE THE PROPOSAL. One in four (24%) couples report discussing marriage two years or more before getting engaged**. Couples are also candid in discussing important topics with their partner before getting engaged, including having children (96%), finances (90%), pets (80%), sex (80%) and religion (79%)**.
ONE IN THREE (33%) COUPLES SHOP FOR THE ENGAGEMENT RING TOGETHER. The average ring purchaser took 3.5 months to find the engagement ring they’d propose with, up from 3.3 months in 2011. While looking for engagement rings, 1 in 3 (33%) couples report shopping together, and 9 in 10 (89%) grooms are happy with their significant other’s level of involvement in the purchasing process. Only 6% of brides wish they would have been more involved in the purchasing process. The majority of grooms (72%) report facing some challenges throughout the ring purchasing journey, most notably not knowing if they were getting a good deal (35%) and not having a firm knowledge about diamond terminology (28%).