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Brides Admit The Real Reasons They Said ‘Yes’ To Their Proposal (And It’s Not Love)

When you see someone down on one knee in front of you holding a box with a beautiful diamond ring inside, you may find yourself suffocated with excitement and joy, eager to blurt out a giant “YES.”

For a lot of people, this reaction is fueled by the fact that you’re thrilled you’ve sealed the deal with a person who makes your heart flutter and your definition of true love has finally come to life.

But for some, maybe that excitement is because you’re rushing into marriage for a different, personal and perhaps not-so-positive motive.

For some women, saying “yes” to a proposal isn’t always about love.

Check out why these seven women said yes when their fiancés proposed, and why their answer had nothing to do with love:

1. She’s looking to settle for something less than perfect.

I thought I would take my time searching for someone to be with forever, but in reality, I’m just looking for a decent person who doesn’t piss me off all of the time to settle down with.

So yes, I am settling. That’s why I said yes to the proposal. It had nothing to do with deep love.

— Frannie P., 31


2. All of her friends are married, and she didn’t want to feel left out.

I was eager to say yes to getting married because all of my friends are married and I wanted to catch up. It just seemed like the trendy thing to do.

I hinted to my boyfriend of a year that I was more than ready to get married, and I felt that way because everyone else around me was doing that and I didn’t want to be left out.

— Marissa G., 27

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3. She doesn’t want to wait any longer to have kids.

I’m not head-over-heels in love, I’ll admit that, but I said yes to getting married because I’m older and want to try to have kids. I don’t want to have kids on my own. I want a partner, and I found someone who is good enough to take on that role with me.

— Hannah D., 38


4. She wants financial security, and isn’t sorry about it.

Don’t label me a gold digger, but yes, I am marrying someone who is 15 years older and makes probably 15 times as much as I do.

I wanted to marry someone who was well off so I didn’t have to worry about money. I said yes to getting married to my boyfriend because of that reason.

— Jo V., 31


5. He has great health insurance and she doesn’t.

Marriage sounded like a great idea because he has amazing benefits through work, and my health insurance is pretty shitty.

— Dara S., 28


6. She’s scared to be single.

To be honest, I’m not sure our relationship is strong and on the best track, but I said yes and got engaged because I’m terrified of being single again and starting over at this stage in my life. A semi-good thing sounds better than nothing.

— Kathy P., 37


7. Her mom made her do it.

Literally, my mom called me and was like he’s going to propose and you better say yes. So I did. She was worried that if I don’t get married now, I never will, so she pushed me to say yes, even though I’m not ready at all.

— Rachel A., 25

Jeez, mom.

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Jen Glantz is the founder of the Bridesmaid for Hire, a business started in 2014 from a viral Craigslist ad. Jen had over 500 press outlets cover the story of her business and has had over 8,000 women apply to work for her company. She is the a ...
Jen Glantz is the founder of the Bridesmaid for Hire, a business started in 2014 from a viral Craigslist ad. Jen had over 500 press outlets cover the story of her business and has had over 8,000 women apply to work for her company. She is the a ...

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