London: As Valentine's Day approaches, there are questions plaguing many a nervous boyfriend, as when to pop the question and how do they create the perfect proposal, and when is the right time to do it.

Well, according to a new survey, men should propose after exactly two years of dating, on a deserted beach, on Valentine's Day, a media reported.

Of the 200 polled, one in four women (22 percent) said this would be their ideal proposal situation and although it might be considered corny by some, this Thursday is still seen as the most appropriate time to ask.

If you really want to ensure that she says yes then you need to include an element of surprise (32 percent), a romantic setting (21 percent) and to get down on one knee (20 percent).

You'll need to ask her father's permission too - as one in ten women said that was a proposal essential.

Just one in ten said having an expensive ring was most important thing and only 30 percent expected the man to choose, with 62 percent opting to select one together.

The research, commissioned by drinks brand Lambrini, found that one in four women thinks a man should be thinking about marriage 24 months into the relationship.

And if you haven't got round to proposing after five years then don't bother as half of all women (49 percent) said they'd dump their other half rather than wait that long.

Another one in four women (27 percent) think if you haven't got engaged after five years you're never going to or a commitment phobe.

And if you want the relationship to last one in five of us - 21 percent - thinks it's important to have has some experience with the opposite sex.

Men and women say you should have three previous partners before you settle down, while eight per cent said more than ten was more realistic.

Sharing three dates a week and at least two holidays were also essential according to a third of those quizzed, along with surviving a couple of family Christmases (37 percent).

But for those who are still waiting, taking a pro-active approach in the run up to Valentine's Day could pay dividends.


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