New Rules of Engagement

A recently released study from The Knot shows new engagement etiquette is emerging. Its highly trafficked wedding site, www.theknot.com, surveyed 1,500 brides to discover the essentials of a perfect proposal. The results reveal that some traditions are starting to change. Center-stone size. Sixty-six percent rank size as either most important or equally important to quality, while 32 percent say quality takes precedence. Twenty-five percent want only three-stone rings, while 39 percent say a solitaire would do. Popping the question. More than 70 percent believe the surprise factor is vital to the ideal proposal, while 20 percent think a surprise is only moderately essential. As for the actual location, 19 percent of brides say landmarks are fine, 14 percent prefer a vacation spot, 13 percent want the question to be asked at home, 13 percent want the site of the couple's first date, a
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