Volume 7, Number 20 - December 2, 2005
26 Percent Make Holiday Marriage Proposals


   One of every four grooms in the United States proposes marriage during the holiday season, a Modern Bride survey concludes.

   November and December account for 26 percent of marriage proposals, the survey of 1,131 brides concludes. Magazine publisher Fairchild Bridal Group estimates 2.1 million couples will get hitched this year with the average wedding cost jumping to $26,327.

   "It makes sense," said Rachel Weingarten, author of the upcoming "Hello Gorgeous." 

   "You gather with the family, you feel that much closer to the person you're dating and now you have an announcement to make," Weingarten told ABC News.

   The Yankee Stadium scoreboard accounted for 75 marriage proposals just this year.

   During the past 14 years, the Santa Claus in Minneapolis' Holidazzle parade has popped the question for would-be grooms 26 times, the report said.

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