• How do UK-residents choose their wedding theme?
  • On what do they base their choice of engagement rings?
  • How do young Brits experience their engagement?

The UK has always had its own brand of globally renowned pop-culture, and it now appears to play a big part in wedding traditions as well. Where do many Brits find inspiration for their wedding theme? How about when they are picking out engagement rings?

 

How do UK-residents choose their wedding theme?

UK wedding themes turn out to quite often be based on or inspired by films. Not only romantic comedies grace the list, unorthodox stories inspire brides and grooms just the same. A recent poll conducted by Showcase revealed that well-known tragicomedy Four Weddings and a Funeral inspires many British weddings up until today, 24 years after its release. Along with it, inspiration is also drawn from more recent American comedies 27 Dresses and Bridesmaids, as well as the romantic tropical setting of Mamma Mia because of its exquisite ceremony in the sun.

The most unusual film in the top 10? That would be Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which turns out to be a favourite for Victorian and Gothic themed weddings.

On what do they base their choice of engagement rings?

Contrary to the weddings themselves, engagement rings are chosen based on tradition rather than pop-culture. Famous influencers often have noticeable impacts on diamond engagement ring sales around the world, but the UK is especially responsive to the Royal Family. One of the highest selling engagement rings there today is still the sapphire and diamond white gold ring Kate Middleton has been donning for the past 7 years. Although no numbers have yet been confirmed, jewellers expect a surge in requests for yellow gold diamond trilogy rings, just like the one Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle.

Even lesser known royalty has an undeniable influence on the British engagement ring market. When Princess Eugenie got engaged earlier this year, pink diamond halo engagement rings enjoyed an instant revival.

How do young Brits experience their engagement?

Although diamond engagement rings are highly popular in the UK, many brides are proposed to without a ring. About 2/3 of UK-brides is proposed to first, after which the couple picks out the ring together later on. About 37% of engaged Brits ends up picking their own engagement ring without other input. Although 500 000 out of 65,64 million Brits do not expect an engagement ring at all, only 131 of them never actually get one. Only 27% of British newly engaged couples throw engagement parties after she receives her ring, which on average costs about £4 700. Statistically, they get engaged most often during Christmas time. The British sense of romance, whether it be taken from Royalty, movies or magical times of year, turns out to be undeniable.

Where can I find the perfect engagement ring inspired by the Royal Family? Which types of personalised rings can I choose? Contact the diamond jewellery experts at BAUNAT for the perfect ring.

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