Asking the love of your life to marry you is one of life's most memorable moments, triggering an explosion of different emotions. We take a look at what really goes on behind the scenes during this momentous occasion.
When you propose your body is flooded with a mix of chemicals. But two stand out as uniquely important....
Often referred to as the 'love hormone', oxytocin is released during times of intimacy and social bonding.
Couples are often seen to have increased levels of Oxytocin in their system during the first six months of their relationship.
It also has and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect - useful during a proposal!
The neurotransmitter dopamine is involved in all feelings of love, pleasure, bliss and euphoria. It also helps us to make risk/reward decisions.
Dopamine levels will increase during moments of surprise and anxiety - so both parties are likely to experience heighten levels of this chemical.
Thrill seekers are thought to have lower levels of dopamine, which is why they try to create situations which will increase its release.
These chemicals rushing around your brain can lead to a multitude of emotions when the time to propose comes. Our survey of 2,744 British males revealed they felt the following emotions:
Your heart beat can double during a marriage proposal But that isn't the only physical effect
Despite a dramatic rise in public proposals a simple "Will you marry me" remains the proposal that most people would like to receive.
Australian scientists think they have found the perfect formulae for deciding when to pop the question
It looks complex - but give it a try.....
(79% of couples discuss getting engaged before the proposal)
We asked if people were to propose to their partners, how confident they were they would get a Yes response...
On average it takes a woman 30 seconds to respond to a marriage proposal... it will feel a lot longer.