AEE 590: Will You Marry Me? How to Get Engaged in American Culture

English lesson marriage proposals in the US

One of our listeners is planning to propose to his girlfriend this week in New York City!

We are so excited for him!

We show him some great places to go to make the proposal and we show you what you need to know if you propose in the United States.

“Hi girls, I’m writing from Italy, and you have become my travel buddies since I casually found you one year ago. Now I can’t drive my car without your nice company. I recently bought a ring, and I intend to ask my girlfriend in marriage during our tour of NYC at the end of this August. Can you please suggest me some romantic location where to spread hearts all over the air? Thanks a lot and please don’t stop broadcasting, you are great!”

 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Keep it a secret
  • Ask her parents, if appropriate: (“May I please take your daughter’s hand in marriage?”
  • Think about her and what she would want
  • Does she like surprises?

 

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Should the proposal be public or private?

  • flash mob
  • family
  • restaurant
  • at home
  • surprise trip
  • include memories you have had, pictures, songs, something special about your relationship so far

 

Should it be “over the top” Romantic or regular romantic/cute?

  • skywriting
  • hide the ring at dinner
  • incorporate pets
  • incorporate humor

 

Should it be outdoors or indoors?

  • At a winery
  • Beautiful mountain/field
  • Amusement park
  • Ski slopes in winter

 

Don’t forget to…

  • Make it personal
  • Tell her how you feel
  • Decide if you want to record it in some way (a friend to take a picture secretly, or video, if you’d like).
  • Be you! It doesn’t matter where or how as long as she feels special and knows how much you love her.

 

How are marriage proposals different in your culture?

Let us know in the comments below.

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