Marriage Proposal Etiquette

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The marriage proposal is one of the most ritualized moments in modern life. Growing up, many girls are instilled with a specific idea of how it should go:

  • He’ll take us somewhere romantic
  • We’ll have no idea what’s happening
  • He’ll get down on one knee
  • We’ll start crying
  • He’ll pop the question
  • We’ll immediately say yes

It should be magical. But It is important to remember that when it comes to putting together a proposal of marriage, popping the question is not always just about uttering those four little words, it is also about where, how, and when you choose to do so. Following appropriate etiquette guidelines can ensure the proposal is both memorable and suitable.

Parents’ Permission:

Asking for her parents’ blessing before the proposal, particularly may seem old-fashioned but there are emotional benefits to doing so. It also shows respect to the bridal’s parents and this can also help them feel involved in the couple’s relationship and will encourage them to be supportive of the couple’s plan to marry.

Proposal Location

One of the most important parts of planning your wedding proposal is the location that you choose. Getting the location right could either make your proposal even better or it could be a disaster! A location that means something to the two of you is one of the best choices to make when choosing somewhere to pop the question. For example, going back to the first place that you ever had a meal together, the spot where you first met, or even the place where you shared your first kiss are all great ideas for a romantic and meaningful wedding proposal with plenty of thought…Getting off to a dream location, by taking your hopeful bride-to-be to a location that she has always wanted to see can be a lovely touch which adds even more meaning and romance to your relationship. 

Type of Proposal

The most important aspect of etiquette about the type of proposal is to be aware of the wishes of the individual being proposed to. With the emergence of proposal planners and videos of marriage proposals going viral online, I can understand your anxiety over making yours perfect. Should the proposal be public or private? Romantic or adventurer? When choosing which of these you are going to go with, it is a good idea to keep your significant other in mind and decide which you think they would prefer. If they tend to prefer not being the center of attention and are not a fan of having all eyes on them, a small, quiet proposal may be the best idea.

Proposal ring 

The first thing you’ll need to do before you step into a jewelry store establishes a budget. It will help the jeweler show you options that are in your price range.
Second, in order to continue the purchasing process, you will have to get her ring size without her notice, using her sister or best friend’s help or simply stilling or let’s say borrowing one of her rings. Keep in mind that the proposal ring you choose needs to reflect your partner’s style. 
Perhaps there’s a particular stone she wears a lot, like her birthstone, that she’d like more than a diamond. Does she like simple? Or does she favor the big, glitzy variety? Think about her personality; is she an outgoing girl who you know is going to want to show off her ring to everyone she meets? 
Then go for something big and sparkly. Is she an earthy woman, who doesn’t wear much jewelry at all? Look for rings that are simple, yet beautiful.


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