Barton Goldsmith: Modern proposals

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As family therapist Barton Goldsmith points out, when it comes to proposing marriage, “Everyone is different, so your job is to do your due diligence and find out what your intended might appreciate the most.”

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These days marriage proposals have gotten much more complex than just getting down on one knee with ring in hand.

Today, some people think they have to stretch the moment into an entire day (or two) of romance and lavish gestures before popping the question.

I think it all started with the reality TV show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” where gay men taught straight dudes how to be more romantic.

Yes, my gender could use a little training in this area from time to time. In any case, the show highlighted some amazing proposals, and for the last decade, I’ve seen them get even more creative.

Hot air balloon rides can be exciting, but since you have to get up at the crack of dawn, you would need to do it in a way that is comfortable for both of you.

Renting a cabana on the beach and having a lovely dinner works well too, especially when dessert is the proposal and the ring.

That’s another area to look at. Picking out the ring is something most couples need to do together these days.

I suggest you visit a few stores and keep it casual in the beginning. Trying on a $400,000 yellow diamond can be fun, but it is wise to keep it reasonable.

Family rings and stones are also something that many people dislike, but I truly love the sentiment attached, and if it’s old, chances are it’s not a conflict diamond.

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