So today, March 20, 2012, is National Proposal Day.  Yes, as in marriage proposals.  A day to commemorate that special day that for most couples ended in marriage, family and hopefully not divorce.  For many, it’s also a time to remember just how special, or not, their marriage proposals actually were.

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Popping the Question.

A note here.  Now regardless of how unromantic your husband’s proposal might have been, ladies, popping the question is no easy feat!  Y’all have no idea how long it takes for us to work up the nerve to ask those four words: will you marry me?  

Why?  Because for us guys it’s all about winning or losing.  Either things go beautifully and you say YES!  and we are overjoyed like this guy:

Or you say NO, I’m sorry I can’t, or worst of all, you just run off, and we’re left behind devastated and humiliated, like these poor men.

You do the math.  The pressure is incredible!

Fortunately, when it all goes well, the memories of that special moment can last forever.  In fact, the bridal planning website Tailored has actually recently published a proposal rating report of sorts where their brides and brides-to-be shared some pretty interesting facts about how they were proposed to by their significant others.

These are some of those results:

What was the first thing that crossed your mind when he popped the question?
26%  said “WOW!. This ring is stunning”
23%  said “I can’t wait to tell everyone!”
14%  said “I am in shock… he took me by complete surprise!”
13%  of women said “It’s about time he asked me to marry him!”
9%  said “Shoot i wish I were wearing a different outfit or at least had thrown on some makeup!”
9%  said “I wish I had gotten a manicure! I can’t take a pic of a ring with these nails!”
6%  said “EEEK! I don’t know if I like this ring!”

Did he get down on one knee?
78% of women said their fiance got down on one knee to propose.
22% of women said their guy did NOTget down on one knee.

How surprised were you by your proposal?
65%  of women said that the didn’t see the proposal coming that day but they did know it was in the future plans because they talked about it often.
18%  of women said they were SHOCKED by their proposal and had no idea their man was thinking about popping the question.
13%  
of women said they knew when he was going to propose but acted surprised anyway!

Were there tears flowing at your proposal?
42% said that there were no tears.. neither party cried.
31% of women said they cried but their fiance did not.
17% said that both they and their fiance were crying.
10% said that their man cried but they did not.

Who did you call first to share the news?
47%  of women called their mom first.
27%  of women called home and told both parents at once.
22%  waited and did not call anyone at first because they wanted some time to enjoy the proposal privately.

How would you rate your proposal on a scale from 1-10?
50%  of brides would give their men a “10” on the proposal.
14%  would give their proposal a “9” on a scale from 1-10.
12%  would give their proposal an “8”.
2%  of women would give their proposal a “1”.

How long did you wait to announce your proposal on Facebook?
85%  of women waited to share the news on FB until they had told their close family and friends first.
10%  said they posted their engagement on FB as soon as he popped the question.
5%  said their friends have posted things but they still haven’t changed their status to “engaged.”