17 Fascinating Engagement Facts

Want to stun your friends and, more importantly, your fiancé? Here, quirky facts about all things related to the big engagement

Updated 11/14/13

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You're engaged! What could be more exciting than your beloved getting down on one knee, pronouncing his undying love, asking you to spend the rest of your life with him as his wife and presenting you with a gorgeous engagement ring? Not a whole lot. As you spend the next few weeks, months, or years (depending on your timeline) planning your dream wedding, you will spend a lot of your time choosing a gorgeous wedding dress, picking pretty flower bouquets and other floral arrangements, asking friends to be your bridesmaids and groomsmen, selecting a jaw-dropping wedding ceremony and reception venue, picking your first dance song, figuring out how to take the perfect wedding day photos, and more! All of that, in addition to showing off your ring, sounds like a lot of work! Engagement and wedding talk may dominate your conversations for much of the near future, so why not mix it up and chat about little-known engagement facts instead? We love learning about when and where people get engaged most frequently, the average length of an engagement, who brides-to-be call first after saying yes, and whether or not men would consider wearing an engagement ring, so we gathered facts like these and more for you to share. They're interesting and they might even help you make some planning decisions! We can't promise it will completely take your mind off of every little detail, but it can put everything in perspective.

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Engagement Fact #1

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61% of guys consult with their girlfriend before buying the ring.

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Engagement Fact #2

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The most popular month for engagement? December.

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Engagement Fact #3

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27% of brides call their best friend first after the proposal.

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Cost of the average engagement ring: $5,229.

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Percentage of brides who change their Facebook status soon after they get engaged: 75%.

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Approximately 2,000 couples get engaged every year at Disney World.

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29% of men would wear an engagement ring.

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The average length of engagements: 14.7 months.

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75-100 couples take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty every year to propose.

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Percentage of couples who take engagement photos: 69%.

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7% of our Facebook readers dated for 3 months before they got engaged.

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62 proposals were made on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park in Boston in 2011.

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37% of brides were completely surprised by the proposal.

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46% of couples announce their engagement via Facebook.

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52% of brides say they would wear a colored stone in their engagement ring like Halle Berry or Jessica Simpson.

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Engagement Fact #16

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When it came to picking an engagement ring, 56% of brides say their biggest priority was shape (followed by 26% that said cut, 13% that said size, and 5% that said color).

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10% of all engagements (220,000) take place on Valentine's Day each year.

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