The romantic marriage proposal is going out of fashion, according to a survey published today.
One in three couples simply "agree together" to tie the knot.
There is no getting down o n bended knee, no engagement ring produced from a pocket and no happy tears at the words: "Will you marry me?"
The surprise statistic was one of the findings of a GMTV survey of 8,500 people. It revealed that 31 per cent of people agreed to get married without a proposal from either side.
The least romantic place in the country is North Wales, where 41 per cent had no proposal story to tell.
Of the couples who did pop the question, three per cent featured the woman making the proposal - rising to nearly six per cent in northern Scotland.
"It seems as if the marriage proposal could be in danger of dying out," warned a spokeswoman.
" Sitting down and agreeing together to get married is a practical and sensible way to do it, but it's not very romantic. Whether they admit it or not, wouldn't most women prefer to have their man get down on bended knee?"
The survey revealed that relying on parents to foot the bill is also becoming a thing of the past.
Nearly half (44 per cent) paid for the wedding themselves. And small weddings are more popular than lavish occasions.
Only 27 per cent of respondents invited 100 or more guests.
The most intimate weddings are in southern Scotland - 18 per cent of couples there invited less than ten guests, according to the survey.
The full results of the survey will be broadcast on GMTV this week in a weddings special.
* Nearly a third (31 per cent) of people agreed to get married without a proposal from either side
* Almost half (44 per cent) of couple paid for the wedding themselves
* The least romantic place in the country is North Wales, where 41 per cent had no proposal story to tell.