A Perfect Proposal in Three Easy Steps

We’ve seen some crazy and creative wedding proposals in our time, but whether your fiancé asks via Jumbotron or over a candlelight dinner, chances are his proposal will adhere to some of these age-old traditions.

1) Ask the Parents. By asking permission your fiancé acknowledges how important you are to your parents and expresses his desire to become part of the family. Today, this is a courtesy and a sign of respect, but once upon a time it had a very different meaning. Hundreds of years ago when daughters were exchanged like property (yikes!), this meeting between the parents and the suitor provided an opportunity to discuss the subject of dowry, and what the suitor had to offer.

2) Pick a Ring. Your fiancé may choose the element of surprise—in which case, feel free to drop lots of hints!—or he might openly ask for your input. Another great option? The placeholder ring. We’ve heard of everything from candy rings to twist ties and pieces of string! The placeholder ring will enable your mister to pop the question first, and find your perfect ring (with your help!) later.

3) Get Down on Bended Knee. Have you ever wondered where this tradition comes from? Interestingly enough, this act is derived from the process of being knighted by the Queen! Modern-day Sir Lancelots should kneel on their left knee and present the ring with their right hand. Kneeling also conveys a sense of vulnerability and giving oneself to the ultimate commitment. So now you know!

Tell us, how did your mister ask for your hand in marriage? We’d love to hear your personal proposal stories!


One comment on “A Perfect Proposal in Three Easy Steps
  1. Caleigh says:

    My fiance asked my dad for my hand in marriage the evening before he proposed. My mom and I were in the city shopping and Chad had called to ask where my dad was, but it wasn’t clicking about why he wanted to know! After he proposed he told me he had seen my dad, and when I asked how it had gone, he said, “It went ok. I asked him if I could marry you, and he said sure. Then he made me a sandwich.”

    At 6am the next morning, I went to take a shower, and when I was searching for my glasses, my hands hit a weird object. I grabbed my phone for light and took a look. It was a little box with a big card. I put it aside and went to shower. When I came back, he was awake, so I turned the light on.
    “I see you got me a present?”
    “Can I open it now?”
    So I got back into bed, and opened the card first. ‘Happy Mabon!’ the card said, which is the first day of fall, which is my favorite season. I really couldn’t do anything but laugh because the whole thing was really weird. I opened the present and it was a kinder egg surprise box. I laughed again, because we always get these for easter! I opened the box, and there was one egg, instead of two, and a note. ‘Sorry honey, I couldn’t resist, I ate the other egg.’
    “Thanks, thanks a lot” I replied dryly. I really like kinder-eggs! So I took the only egg out and unwrapped it. Cracked it open and set the chocolate aside. I took the little yellow tube that holds the toy in my hand and fiddled with the top before finally popping it open. Inside was a beautiful claddagh ring and a note that said my full name and ‘Will you do me the honour of being my wife’!!!!!!!!!

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