SPINOFF: Asking for father's permission/blessing?

posted 1 year ago in Family
Post # 2
3411 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

We are both 32. He asked my parents for their blessing. It’s not about asking permission, it’s about making them feel ncluded in such a meaningful aspect of our life together. He already knew they’d be overjoyed. 

Post # 3
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I eloped at 19 and my father was hurt thatwe didn’t seek his blessing or permission. 

Now I’m 31 and will be getting formally engaged soon and I expect my bf to ask him. Even though I’ve been financially independent since I was 19 and have two kids off my own.

I’ve already proven that I can do what I want…. and don’t need their blessing.

But I want his blessing this time. I want it to be an opportunity to show my parents that we respect and value them and want them included in the excitement of this new adventure. 

Post # 5
122 posts
Blushing bee

I personally think its really weird and kind of creepy. The tradition dates back to when brides were treated as property and a marriage ceremony was equivalent to an exchange of goods, hence dowries. However Fiance and I had prearranged for him to ‘ask’ two of our very close friends for ‘permission’ before he proposed. If he had genuinely asked my families permission I would feel uncomfortable because that makes me feel like he sees me as an object. (Sorry I can’t change the font size from my phone)

Post # 6
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My fiancé didn’t ask my families permission before proposing. It goes against everything I believe in. It stems from a time women were their fathers property before they got married then they became their husbands property. I told my fiancé before we got engaged, actually fairly early on in our relationship if he asked anyone’s permission but mine my answer would be no because the only persons permission he needs to marry me is mine. 

My dad wasn’t at all upset or put out, he understands where I’m coming from and if he had asked my father would’ve been surprised and told him to ask me as I’m can make my own mind up. 

Post # 7
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My finance asked my dad for his blessing not permission and I knew he would as we had discussed it and I said I felt it was traditional and my dad would appreciate the gesture.

but that is all it was a gesture as the only one making the decision was myself.

Post # 8
9688 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

It’s a completely sexist tradition. It has nothing to do with respect and it’s completely outdated.

I would have been pissed if my husband had asked my dad for his permission or blessing. And my dad would have told him he’s asking the wrong person. So, no my husband did not talk to my dad before proposing and it didn’t cause any hard feelings because my dad views it as an outdated and sexist tradition too.

Post # 9
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

My fiancé asked for both of my parents’ blessings separately. I can’t really explain it but it’s probably one of my favorite parts of our engagement story. Imagining how those conversations looked makes me emotional. I guess I just really value their approval of him- because my exes were less than good fits, and while they supported me through sucky relationships I should’ve listened to their advice and GTFO. It means the world to me that they love him, think we’re perfect together, and are so enthusiastic about us getting married. And by him asking means he respects them and wants them to be included, too. His parents were included as well. 

I guess I just don’t look at it as implying I can’t/won’t make my own decision. No one sees me as property- but I am still treasured. 

Post # 10
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

Mynfirst husband did. I was furious. Because my awful stepmother didnt like me and more or less told me the night off that he was going to propose. It was easy to guess once we arrived at our date but she knew whatbshebwas doing and tried to ruin it.

Besides that our families were religious and I was young so I guess he did out of respect but I didn’t like it at all. 


My current fiance did not 😁 we are 27 and 35 and I moved out of home at 18. Fiance is hugely respectful but also to to women and I’m sure he feels it’s an outdated thing.

Post # 11
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

Mine didn’t ask my parents, and I think I would have been annoyed if he had. I was 32 when we got engaged, we already lived together, it would have been weird, IMO. 

I certainly didn’t need permission, and harsh as it sounds, I also didn’t need anyone’s blessing to get married. I’m lucky in that my parents really like my husband, but whether they’d given their blessing or not, it wouldn’t have made any difference to the decision. 

Post # 12
4662 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Fi did ask. It was to do with respect. I am not my dad’s property but I do respect him. Wanting his blessing and wanting him to give me away and walk me down the aisle (all outdated traditions) was about respecting my dad. We were 27 and 33 when we got engaged and lived together. I don’t think age makes a difference personally.

Post # 13
5565 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

My Fiance spoke to both my parents before the proposal.  It was more for a ‘blessing’ and to give them a heads up rather than ‘permission’.  I’m very close to my mum and less so to my dad so I am very glad he asked them both rather than being traditional, this wasn’t something we had discussed.

We were in our late 20’s and livng together so I was an independent adult and it didn’t bother me in the slightest that my Fiance spoke to my parents, he also spoke to his own on the same day. 

Post # 14
13597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It was important to me that Darling Husband approached my dad before proposing.  It wasn’t about asking permission, it was about respect.  We both knew my parents would be supportive of us getting married, but I still wanted Darling Husband to extend the courtesy of talking to my dad first.  He took it a step farther and also talked to my mother before proposing. 

Post # 15
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

bostonbee2018 :  My Husband asked my Mum and Dad for my hand in marriage. It was to let them know that this was his intention (to marry me). I believe that asking for your SO’s hand in marriage is not so much about permission but out of respect for their parents. I know it differs from culture to culture. 

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