Here’s How Many Couples Are Hiring Photographers to Capture Their Proposals

What used to be an ultra-intimate moment is now something couples are capturing and sharing with the world.
by Sophie Ross

Hiring a professional photographer for your wedding is a no-brainer, but hiring one for your proposal might seem like more of a "maybe." Should you keep the moment between you and your partner (so it's, you know, as intimate as possible) or capture it to share with the world?

As far as we're concerned, it's up to you. But according to The Knot 2017 Jewelry & Engagement Study—which surveyed more than 14,000 engaged or recently married people across the US—47 percent of couples (nearly half!) will coordinate a photographer or videographer to capture the special moment. And 45 percent occur in a public place such as a scenic spot, garden, park or zoo—signifying a shift away from the typical private proposal.

It kind of makes sense. With the introduction of technology and social media into our lives, one could argue it's useful to have a succinct, official announcement to share with your loved ones (just make sure to call your family and close friends prior to announcing it to the world on social media). Not only that, but a beautiful image of an incredibly special moment will serve as a keepsake and reminder of the day for the rest of your lives.

Additionally, proposers report taking tons of time and effort into meticulously organizing the event down to the last detail, averaging about 4.4 months of planning time to make sure everything's picture perfect. And hey—if that includes hiring a pro to capture the moment you said "yes" forever, then have at it.

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