By Kay Willis Burns
Friday, January 25, 2019 11:22AM
Researchers recognize marriage proposals as one rite of passage that couples experience as they move from being strangers, to a committed, married couple in American culture (e.g., Schweingruber, Anahita, & Berns, 2004). As a ritual, proposals involve emotions and bear significant meaning; they are affected by power norms, and they are also tied to gendered roles and expectations. Because of its status as a ritual, how a proposal is executed has emotional significance for each individual, for their identity as a couple, and for their broader social network. Marriage proposals are often performances, designed for friends and family.
Sand sculptures and Coke bottle messages are two super cute and creative ways to do a marriage pro- posal. Do you have a great proposal story? Send it to us and win!