The way we propose – and say "I do" – has changed dramatically over the years

By Maria Yagoda
Updated December 13, 2016 03:36 PM
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If you’re a person who has a Facebook account, chances are you’ve witnessed two friends (or distant acquaintances) get engaged, whether the bride-to-be posts a story of how it went down or her fiancé posts the meticulously staged pics for which he’d hired a secret photographer.

The way we propose – and say “I do” – has changed dramatically over the years, and new data from WeddingWire gives us a clearer picture of the biggest trends in proposing. That’s right – proposals are subject to trends, just like any other commodity.

According to the company’s 2016 Newlywed Report, which they sent PEOPLE in a release, engagements are becoming more and more collaborative, as opposed to questions popped to a partner out of the blue.

“Forty-seven percent of engagement ring selections are the partner’s decision, 46 percent are joint decisions, and seven percent are the recipient’s … meaning the proposed-to party generally knows the exciting question that is coming their way,” says WeddingWire spokesperson Anne Chertoff.

Here were some other interesting findings:

It’s not official until it’s social media official.

Two-thirds (66%) of couples announce their engagement on a social media platform, like Instagram or Facebook.

Pictures are a plus.

Twelve percent of proposers hire photographers to capture the moment.

Surprise shmurprise: Couples are buying their rings together.

Thirty-one percent of couples are shopping for rings together.

Asking for your partner’s parents’ permission? Still a thing.

“Millennials still value pre-engagement rituals, as such as asking parents for blessing or permission prior to a proposal. Seventy-one percent of people approach their partner’s parents to get their blessing,” says Chertoff.

We don’t need a study to tell us that romantic, over-the-top proposals are still very much in – here are some of our personal favorite celebrity proposals.

We can’t all be Ciara and Russell Wilson, but we can sure as hell swoon from afar.