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When it Comes to Engagements, Manners Matter

With marriage proposals modernizing into an “anything goes” mentality, long-standing proposal customs are often considered optional, adding confusion to what’s considered proper when it comes to proposing. In fact, a recent proposal survey revealed that 68 percent of Americans agree that there’s no “right” way to propose. An etiquette expert Peter Post weighs in on some of today’s most-discussed proposal etiquette issues.

Meet the Parents

This is an area where the rules have slightly changed. The concept of asking the parents’ permission to wed may seem old-fashioned, but the modern equivalent isn’t. Discussing your plans and intentions with your future in-laws remains a sign of respect.

On a Bent Knee

A bent knee was once considered a sign of servitude to the lover. This tradition dates back to the days of knights and chivalry, and continues to evoke romance today. But if you think you’ll be weak at the knees when proposing, pick another pose that’s comfortable for you.

Romance Rules

Never leave romance out. Decide on something your true love will find to be special, sentimental and memorable. Incorporate meaningful gestures, such as asking for her hand at her favorite restaurant or at a special location.

As etiquette guidelines evolve with the times, planning a proposal can be confusing and overwhelming. Just always make sure to put thought into this moment, for the simple reason that it is a special one. Crystal Ballroom venues master the art of creating magical spaces for unforgettable moments such as this.


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