Avanti Jewellers have analysed thousands of Instagram hashtags to find the Top 20 places to propose from 2016. Researchers explored 10,000 photos containing the hashtag’s #shesaidyes #proposal #amazingproposal #beautifulproposal #ononeknee, cross-referencing any featured cities and locations before extrapolating the data, and combining it to one great definitive list.
New York City, USA, with its blend of luxury, romance and excitement, takes the number one spot as the main location for proposals worldwide, whilst Sydney, Australia came in second place. Other major cities included Dubai in 8th place, Washington D.C in 11th, and Chicago in 15th.
Surprisingly it seems Paris’s reputation as the City of Love is on the decline, with London beating it to a higher spot on the list. Paris came in at 12th with London making 6th place – beating out other European romantic classics such as Venice, Rome and Santorini. In 2015, London replaced Paris as the most visited city in the world – has it replaced Paris when it comes to romance too?
Outside of the cities, a large amount of natural landmarks made the list – the Grand Canyon in 3rd place, Machu Piccu in 5th and Trolltunga at 16th – suggesting perhaps a shift in proposals from cities towards more natural beauty spots across 2016. Niagara Falls, Yosemite Natural Park, and the Andes all made the list, reinforcing this trend.
Alan Matkin, managing director, said: “Popping the questions is always going to be nerve-racking. One of the biggest challenges comes with finding the perfect location; you want somewhere that’s going to be romantic, beautiful, and most importantly, somewhere that’s going to be memorable.”