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A lot of couples spend months or even years together before deciding they should get married–but according to a new study, men know pretty early on if they want to put a ring on it.

A study conducted by OnePoll for the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, looked into everything that goes into men deciding to propose. Of the 2000 American men surveyed, 49% received hints from their significant other that it was time to get married.

Some of those hints include discussing other people’s engagements, leaving wedding magazines out, or watching TV or movies that involved weddings (54%), so go ahead and make your boo sit down with you through episode after episode of “Say Yes To The Dress.”

45% of the engaged men said their wife-to-be sent them emails from jewelry websites (bold!) or stopped to look at rings in jewelry stores.

Once the guy decides he wants to propose, on average, men take two months to find the perfect ring for their future spouse. Three out of five men aren’t going in blind–they asked their woman for hints on what she wants.

Now after the ring is secured, these guys have to be pretty crafty to keep their future fiancee from finding the diamond. 49% of dudes hid the goods in a safe, and 30% hid it in a shoebox (so check that old box of A1s, sis).

“Popping the question and finding that perfect ring to symbolize your love are huge decisions,” said Jessica VandenHouten, Brand Communications Manager for Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. “Deciding how to protect the ring should be equally important.”

When the big day arrives, 79% of men said their proposal went exactly as planned, and 85% of dudes were actually able to surprise their boo.

Here are some other facts from the study:


1. Watching TV/movie involving weddings/proposals             54%

2. Talk about others’ weddings/engagements                         52%

3. Wedding magazines left out                                                50%

4. Partner forwards emails from jewelry brands                      45%

5. Finance stopped to look at rings in a store                          40%

6. Social media tagging                                                           40%

7. Wedding invitations from family and friends                        38%

8. Went ring shopping together                                               31%


1. Home safe                                           49%

2. Shoebox                                              30%

3. Parents’ house                                    27%

4. At work                                                26%

5. On my person                                      25%

6. In my car                                              22%

7. At jewelry store                                    21%

8. In a bank safe                                      21%

9. With a friend                                        16%

10. In a sock/underwear drawer              14%

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