There’s a lot of pressure to nail the perfect proposal so your significant other has an incredibly romantic story to share with her loved ones for the rest of her life. But remember, proposal trends come and go. If you want your proposal story to sound just as romantic on your 50th anniversary as it does today, it’s best to stick with a timeless proposal tradition instead of trying out one of the latest trends. Here’s a look at proposal traditions that will never go out of style:

Diamond Engagement Rings

There is nothing more traditional—not to mention, romantic—than proposing a beautiful diamond engagement ring. This tradition dates all the way back to 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gifted the first diamond engagement ring ever recorded to Mary of Burgundy. Centuries later, this tradition still lives on. Today, the hardness and durability of a diamond are often seen as a symbol of the unbreakable bond between the couple.

Make this tradition your own by choosing a loose diamond and creating a custom engagement ring that complements your bride-to-be!


It’s tradition for the person who is proposing to get down on one knee while popping the question. Many scholars believe this tradition first started in the Middle Ages when men would kneel before women as a sign of admiration and loyalty. During this time period, kneeling was especially common among knights, who knelt to show their respect. Every woman dreams of being whisked away by a knight in shining armor, which is why this tradition will never go out of style!

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Asking For Permission

The person who plans on proposing often asks his bride-to-be’s parents for their permission prior to popping the question. This is a sweet tradition that honors the bride-to-be’s parents and makes them feel more included in the proposal. It also shows the bride-to-be’s parents that the newest member of their family respects them enough to ask for their permission. This is a great way for a groom to start off on the right foot with his new in-laws and set the stage for a lifetime of happiness with his bride.

Engagement Announcements

Many couples find that the most exciting part of their proposal is sharing the news with their closest friends and family. In the past, couples often announced their engagement over the phone or in the newspaper. But today, it is common for couples to announce their engagement via a social media post. The method of delivery may have changed over time, but the tradition remains the same. Be sure to brainstorm creative ways to announce your engagement as you plan the rest of your proposal. Or, another option would be to wait until you have proposed to come up with a plan so you can ask for your bride-to-be’s input. Either way, make sure this tradition is included in your timeless proposal.

Forget about trying to pull off a crazy, over-the-top proposal by incorporating some of the latest trends! These proposal traditions will stand the test of time—just like the love and affection you share with your significant other.