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Getting engaged on National Proposal Day?

Posted at 1:07 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 13:07:36-04

Snow is in the forecast for Sunday, and maybe some ice, too.

But we’re not talking entirely about the weather. We’re talking about the sparkly rock that many engaged ladies wear on the third finger of their left hand.

March 20, the first day of spring, is National Proposal Day. According to the website ProposalDay.com, there are actually two proposal days every year. The second is on the first day of fall.

“Spring is a beautiful time for proposals, because it’s new birth and new beginnings,” said Mark Coleman, co-owner of Nelson Coleman Jewelers in Towson.

His comments were echoed by Rhoula Monios, district manager for Smyth Jewelers.

“During spring, we always see an increase,” Monios said. “The cold weather is over, the light is on your face … it’s a different stage of life.”

A study from the social networking app Whisper looked at data from its 20 million users and found that Baltimore was third on the list of cities where residents are talking the most about proposals.

Whisper says buzz about proposals topped out in December, followed by January and then June.

Coleman, though, says March is the fourth biggest month in sales volume for the family-owned jeweler, though that might not necessarily be engagement and bridal jewelry.

“There’s not a month that’s bigger for engagement rings than others,” he said.

Editors with TheKnot.com, however, say March is actually not a particularly popular time to get engaged.

According to The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study, only 7 percent of couples get engaged in March. Thirty-eight percent of couples get engaged during “proposal season,” which runs from December through February. 

At Smyth, December is still the most popular month for proposals, followed by April and then September, Monios said.

Still, Coleman said he loves the idea of Proposal Day as a time to mark the commitment you’re making to the love of your life.

“There’s a call to action,” he said.

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