With engagement season right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how the evolution of modern relationships has impacted the way proposals are being done. From splitting the cost of an engagement ring with your partner to planning more elaborate proposals, keep reading to see how couples are putting their own special twist on one of love’s most romantic gestures.

  1. Couples are shopping for engagement rings together

Getting engaged is no longer a subject that couples shy away from and many couples are having more open conversations about what they’re looking for in an engagement ring. Finding the perfect ring has become more of a collaborative effort with one in three couples shopping for engagement rings together. This is great for partners who may not know what style of ring their future spouse likes and gives both partners the opportunity to be involved in the process together, making it a more memorable experience.

  1. Couples are splitting the cost of engagement rings

Long gone are the days of one partner covering the cost of an engagement ring and surprising their significant other with it. Today, more and more couples are splitting the cost of engagement rings. In fact, a study conducted by The Knot revealed that 46% of survey participants were willing to split the cost of an engagement ring with their future spouse. While this may come as a surprise to traditional couples, it’s becoming more of the norm with modern couples as many are already combining their finances prior to marriage.

  1. Couples are buying engagement rings online

Let’s face it, we’re living in a digital world. Online shopping is on the rise and that goes for purchasing engagement rings as well. You no longer have to go to your local jeweler to find the perfect ring for your significant other. You don’t even have to walk out of your front door. Online jewelers, like Blue Nile, offer a wide variety of engagement ring styles, allowing you to purchase your symbol of love in the comfort of your own home. You’re able to browse and see what you like if you’re unsure of what suits you while going at your own pace.

  1. Proposals are becoming more elaborate

Nowadays a wedding proposal is more than just getting down on one knee. From hiring proposal planners to scheduling surprise parties immediately following the proposal, modern couples are stepping up their game when popping the question. In fact, proposals are becoming more unique and elaborate that they often go viral, appearing on news and social media outlets.

  1. Social media has put higher expectations on proposals

Social media has flipped expectations on wedding proposals. Instead of an intimate affair between two people and maybe a few loved ones, engagements are now becoming huge, pre-planned events. Many couples are feeling like their proposal needs to be over the top for the sake of advertising their love due to the pressures from social media. From decoration, venue, timing, and lighting, so much detail is being put into proposals to guarantee “instaworthy” pictures that their partner would be proud to post online.

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