(Closed) Would you be upset if SO didn't ask permission?

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Does your SO need to ask for your hand?

    YES, he better ask my parents!

    NO, I'm not close to my parents

    NO, it's not important to me

    Don't care either way

  • Post # 92
    4044 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @woodchuck:  Actually I would be kind of upset if he did ask. The proposal is about him asking me, and the marriage is a decision between the two of us. My parents and his parents are not involved in the conversation. Asking their permission or blessing, or making them aware of his intentions makes it seem like they have something to do with the decision. This would really bug me.

    Post # 94
    865 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this thread, I’ve been thinking about this lately. I used to think that I’d like my SO to tell my dad he planned to propose (not really asking permission… just having a nice conversation about it to give him a heads up) out of respect for my dad. But recently I thought about getting engaged and how nervous I’d be about my dad’s reaction, so now I want him to tell my dad ahead of time so I don’t have to be the one to break the news! 

    I realize this sounds like I expect my dad to not approve. Not the case. He just has “inappropriate” reactions to things. I think if he had a clue it was coming, he’d have some more time to give a socially appropriate response. For instance, he’s always tried to convince me to live with boyfriends because it would be cheaper; it never occurred to him that was a step in the relationship I might not want to take. When my current SO and I bought a house together, he never acknowledged it as a step in the relationship, it was just a financial decision that made sense. When my SO first mentioned to him that we’d be getting married someday, my dad was shocked. Not upset, not happy, just genuinely shocked; it had never occurred to him before that we might get married. And honestly the look of disbelief was kind of hurtful, like he never thought anyone might want to marry me. So I feel like a warning that it was coming might lead to less stress for all involved… Hence “asking permission/ for a blessing.” Is that weird?

    Post # 96
    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d be majorly offended if my father was asked. I would be very angry due to his involvement in raising me. If he’d like to make his intentions known, that’s fine. But asking? Big no. He could ask my mom I guess, but it would still feel odd.

    Post # 97
    166 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’d like for my SO to ask for a blessing, and kind of talk to my parents before proposing. The way I see it, when done that way it’s just being respectful and showing they’re still important. Most fathers I know of would be a little irritated that some guy “swept in” and married his daughter without him having some “say” in the matter. It’s not that they want to dictate, they just want a heads up and to be able to talk to the guy to ease their mind. A lot of families (mine, for example) are really tight-knit, so it’s hard for the parents to let their “baby” go; talking it through with them would help that.

    Post # 98
    3669 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @woodchuck:  You need a poll option for “He’d better not ask my parents, that would creep me out.”

    Post # 99
    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2022

    would really want SO to ask my parent’s permission with his parents also present 🙂 he knows that & totally agrees! for me it’s about permission and the blessing and is a major sign of tradition and respect

    Post # 100
    358 posts
    Helper bee

    No way that would be super weird, it’s my own decision not anyone else’s and our parents won’t be paying for the wedding at all since we’ve been living independently for so long…. yeah just plain weird and awarkward 

    Post # 101
    567 posts
    Busy bee

    I think my dad would be offended if he wasn’t asked but I’m not bothered.  I am not yet sure if SO would want to ask or not; my dad is rather direct and comes off a little intimidating. 


    Post # 102
    555 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’ve always disliked this tradition just because I don’t feel that my father or mother need to grant my SO “permission” in any way. I know that’s just me though and a lot of women like the tradition or feel close to their parents. My relationship with my mother is not great, so I’m largely affected by that (in all aspects of my life). I do not want to be walked down the aisle and I want my parents to have little (to no) involvement in my engagement and wedding other than attending.

    Post # 104
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’d like him to “ask” *my parents* (not just dad) for their blessing – but more in the context of a respectful gesture and spending quality time with them. For me it feels like it should really just be that – a respectful acknowledgement of your future FI’s family. (And kind of becoming a part of that family) 

    On my end, I’m ending up conveying the same message to his family just a little bit differently by making a point to include them in my life- And they have been welcoming and vocal about their approval of me in return. 

    To us this is especially important because we are very close to our families. 

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