Valentine’s Day is a special day for couples seeking to move forward in their relationship, taking the plunge into commitment, and proposing can be a harrowing moment because of the “perfect proposal” stigma.
According to The Wedding Report, Valentine’s Day is the most popular holiday for proposals than any other holiday.
Just over 41.2% of all wedding proposals take place between November and February. Of the 41.2%, Valentine’s Day is the most popular single day at 17.2%. Thanksgiving Day is the least popular at 6.6% with almost half happening on a day between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, excluding Christmas and New Year’s. However, if you combine Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 19.4% of wedding proposals take place in this two day period.
In comparison to The Wedding Report, The United States Census Bureau found that,
23,096, was the recorded number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2013. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding, and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2013, these stores sold an estimated $2.5 billion in merchandise.
Based on these statistics, proposals frequently occur on Valentine’s Day (the day romance saturates the air). For the proposer, executing the perfect proposal to their significant other can cause anxiety for reasons ranging from excitement, rejection, fear of commitment, insecurities, to feelings of vulnerability.
Anxiety, often referred to as nervousness, can overwhelm your body physically and mentally, affecting speech patterns. Five common results of anxiety are:
- Shaky Voice
- Quite Voice
- Dry throat/Loss of voice
- Trouble putting thoughts into words
Acknowledging anxiety and recognizing the effects allows the proposer to properly prepare that “perfect proposal”. Practice, practice, practice. According to Brain Facts,
The human brain maintains the ability to modify its structure and function throughout life through a process called experience- or learning-dependent plasticity. Such changes include the strength of connections and changes in activity that are engaged with specific actions or conditions.
Meaning our brains are capable of improving performance through repetition! Share with me your proposal stories in the comment section or tweet this post if you enjoyed reading.
Warmest Regards & Mahalo