Opinion Gary Martin: Is the traditional marriage proposal past its best-before date?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when one person in a relationship asks for the other’s hand in marriage.

From the beginning of December through to Valentine’s Day in February about half of all marriage proposals made in a year will take place, with the most popular dates being Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.

Thanks to the countless romantic novels, movies and TV shows, those marriage proposals will follow a traditional script which has been etched into our minds.

He will take her somewhere romantic. She will have absolutely no idea what is about to happen. He will get down on one knee and pop the question. And she will reply instantly with an excited “yes, I will”.

As the question is popped another looms large: is the traditional marriage proposal past its best-before date?


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