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In the spirit of wedding season - which has officially begun - Ravel reveals the most searched proposal, wedding, honeymoon, hen and stag queries to see what brides and grooms-to-be were looking for before the big day.
The proposal is where it all begins. It seems most grooms-to-be were searching for the classic, romantic dinner proposal. Perhaps surprisingly, the second most popular way to propose was to organise a flash mob. Granted, a flash mob isn't for the shy couple. The reason this method could be one of the most popular searched is the planning and organisation it would take, as your proposer would have to recruit a team and find a suitable venue. Many of the ways to propose stuck to tradition. Proposing at home, at the beach and on holiday all made the top 10.
Other methods making the list, however, had more controversial ideas included. Coming 9th in the top 10 ways to propose was 'at another wedding', we can't imagine the happy couple on the day being too thrilled with a proposal happening to steal their thunder.
Other ways to propose included taking their partner to a Disney park to ask the question, with another being to offer the ultimate Christmas present by asking on Christmas Day. We'd hope the recipient of a Christmas Day proposal would be inclined to say yes or that could make for an awkward turkey dinner with the family later on.
The stag and hen dos
Both stag and hen dos can be had in the UK and abroad, depending on your choice and budget, but where are people commonly looking for a girl's or lad's getaway?
In the UK it seems brides are searching most commonly for hen parties in Liverpool, whilst grooms are looking south at Exeter most commonly.
For hen dos the top covers most corners of the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Belfast all in the top 10. Other locations included Newcastle, York, Bath, Glasgow and Brighton for hens.
The top UK stag locations had a lot of crossover with the hens, but with the inclusion of Exeter, Cardiff and Nottingham in replacement of Glasgow, Bath and Belfast.
For top locations to get married in the UK, Essex was the most searched place for couples to look for weddings. Essex was followed by London and Kent, proving the South East in general to be popular. Cheshire came 4th overall and top of the north of England. Manchester and Yorkshire also featured in the north. South Wales, Hampshire, Surrey and Hertfordshire all also made the top 10.
In terms of venue types, Brits preferred traditional venues. The most sought after venue for UK weddings was a barn, followed by banquet hall coming second and a castle in third place (a girl can always dream). Typical options including churches, hotels and hotels all made the list but some couples were looking for more low key venues like farms or even pubs.
Once the big day is done you can finally look ahead to a nice honeymoon, but just where are most Brits looking to getaway? Our results showed a definite preference for tropical backdrops and beach destinations, with the top 3 being Bali, Hawaii and Bora Bora. This was closely followed by the Maldives and Seychelles, continuing the trend of instgrammable beaches playing a part. Just think of the newlywed selfies you could take in one of these locations! The remaining five in the list included Greece, Mexico, Las Vegas, Fiji and the Caribbean. This didn't leave much room for city breaks, but we can't blame couples for wanting a paradise-like holiday to celebrate their new status as a married couple.
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