Baby Boomers were simple. They finished high school, got married and got a nice 9-to-5 to take care of their children.
Generation X was a bit more free, but they still challenged society and tradition within certain limits.
But millennials? Well … you can’t tell us nothing!
Marching to the beat of our own drum is an understatement. We don’t follow; we lead. Well, sorta, until it comes down to getting married. Then we’re relying on those age-old traditions that have stood the test of time.
A survey released by JamesAllen.com, an online engagement and wedding ring retailer, earlier this week shows that 63 percent of millennials asked their partner’s parent or guardian for permission before popping the question to their mate. Just 20 percent of those over 45 did so, the survey found.
The retailer, which polled 2,000 people from across the country, also noted that one in three millennials thought proposing in this way was very important.
“Millennials may be more likely to honor ‘traditional’ proposal customs than one might expect, but they add personal touches where it matters,” JamesAllen.com CEO and Founder Oded Edelman told Brides magazine.
The survey also found that when it comes to purchasing engagement rings, millennials were more likely to buy them online than those over 45. They were also likely to spend more the ring and twice as likely to spend at least a month’s worth of wages on a ring.
And when it comes to popping the question, millennials are all for the grand proposal, so much that they’re twice as likely, wait . . . more than twice as likely, actually … to say that a proposal must be unique and meticulously planned. According to this survey, the more costly the ring, the more elaborate the proposal.
And of course, millennials are eight times more likely to share their proposals on social media. Go figure.
Peep the full survey here.