Valentine’s Day may have seen a number of weddings proposed, so it is quite timely too look at this recent survey conducted by iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com into engagement rings and other associated matters.
On the 9th of February 2009 300 unmarried women from the iBridge monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 50.7% of the sample were in their twenties and 49.3% in their thirties.
As I typed the introduction paragraph I started wondering if Valentine’s Day (or the counterpart White Day) is such a significant date for proposing marriage in Japan. Indeed, that would be a very interesting topic to have a search for, when and how people proposed. The only survey I can remember doing on that topic found that a depressingly-high 30.3% of people in their twenties find a shotgun prodding them down the aisle!
We chose our engagement and wedding rings together, with wifey having the final say, of course, as I’d probably have been too stingey if I’d been let loose on my own. We bought from Exelco, who are relatively reasonable as they sell direct, and sell diamonds and the rings separately, so there’s much more freedom to get something that fits your budget.
Q1: Do you plan to get married soon? (Sample size=300)
Yes (to SQ1) 11.3% No (to SQ2) 73.0% Can’t say either way (to SQ2) 15.7%
The “can’t say” percentage is curious – does that mean “get back to me after Valentine’s Day”?
Q1SQ1: Do you want to choose your own engagement ring or leave it up to your fiancé? (Sample size=34)
Definitely choose myself 23.5% If possible, choose myself 38.2% No, leave it up to my partner 11.8% Can’t say either way 14.7% Don’t need an engagement ring 11.8%
Q1SQ2: If you were to get married in the future, would you want to choose your own engagement ring or leave it up to your fiancé? (Sample size=266)
Definitely choose myself 10.5% If possible, choose myself 39.5% No, leave it up to my partner 15.4% Can’t say either way 20.3% Don’t need an engagement ring 14.3%
Putting the two together we get:
Q1SQ1+SQ2: Do you/Would you want to choose your own engagement ring or leave it up to your fiancé? (Sample size=300)
Definitely choose myself 12.0% If possible, choose myself 39.3% No, leave it up to my partner 15.0% Can’t say either way 19.7% Don’t need an engagement ring 14.0%