Engagement proposals have changed over the years, with new and exciting trends like adventure and scuba-diving proposals beginning to emerge. These creative ways to pop the question are to be expected but still, some traditions remain close to our hearts. From the classic getting down on one knee to going-out-of-fashion leap day proposals, some traditions still influence us.
If you’re envisioning your own proposal, you might realise that some aspects of your vision aren’t that different from those of others. Some traditions might feel outdated, while some still feel so right. Here are some popular proposal traditions that are still part of a couple’s special moment:
Getting down on one knee
This oldie but goldy is still a classic in engagement proposals and is a tradition that hearkens back to a time of medieval knights and princesses. The act of dropping to one knee has been connected to showing deference and devotion to their partner, although historical proposals were more akin to business transactions.
Getting down on your knee to present the engagement ring of their dreams is part of a common romantic fantasy. Traditionally, this is performed by a man to their future bride but there are no limitations in modern proposals.
The Man Chooses the Ring
Secret ring shopping for unsuspecting brides still plays a part in many proposals – mostly because the proposer wants his question to be a complete surprise. Traditionally, the man chooses the ring for his bride to wear for the rest of her life.
Many couples nowadays wait until after the proposal so they can choose their engagement rings together. Some even design their own rings for that extra intimate touch.
The Family is Asked
For those close to their families or their religion, asking for the blessing of the bride’s parents is an important element of the proposal. While this isn’t every couple’s style, this tradition dates back to the 19th century, however, today it is more a question of respect rather than permission.
Many couples opt out of this tradition but if it’s part of your proposal fantasy, here is how you can ask for a father’s blessing to marry his daughter.
Women Propose on A Leap Day
A leap year only occurs every 4 years and according to this 5th century Irish and UK tradition, women can only propose to their partners on Leap Day. This allegedly originated from a deal made between Saint Bridget and Saint Patrick.
While women are allowed to propose on any day of the year, research shows that Leap Day proposals are still popular with 52% of women being more inclined to propose on February 29th.