Nov 11, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Nov 11, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Bucking Tradition: Kneeling to Propose
Danielle Toth
Those envisioning the “perfect” proposal often imagine the person proposing on one knee. But where does this tradition come from? There are mixed stories related to the origin of proposing on one knee, according to Reader’s Digest. “Some say it hearkens back to medieval times, when knights knelt before ladies,” a...

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Bucking Tradition: Kneeling to Propose
Danielle Toth

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Those envisioning the “perfect” proposal often imagine the person proposing on one knee. But where does this tradition come from?

There are mixed stories related to the origin of proposing on one knee, according to Reader’s Digest.

Some say it hearkens back to medieval times, when knights knelt before ladies,” a 2022 article states. “Others guess that because it was a sign of surrender during feudal wars that men did it as a symbol of surrendering their will and fortune to their beloved (and to show her family they weren’t a threat). Or it may stem from the Persian tradition of prostrating oneself on the ground to show respect.”

However, the article says proposing on one knee is mostly a Western tradition that began in the 1960s. Prior to that, most marriages were arranged as business agreements with little fanfare.

Like many of the traditions we’ve highlighted, kneeling on one knee to propose is not necessary and up to each couple’s unique situation.

“Getting down on one knee doesn’t change the question that’s being asked, and I think, from an etiquette perspective, that’s why it hasn’t been a requirement,” says Lizzie Post, etiquette expert at the The Emily Post Institute and author of “Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th Edition, in a Martha Stewart article. “But in general, if you have preferences or expectations about your engagement experience, that’s something you should be sharing with your partner-if it means that much to you.”

To learn more about how brides are “bucking tradition,” read our blogs on carrying the bride across the threshold, the penny in your shoe and something blue!

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4908 Van Epps Rd., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131

Phone Number

(216) - 870 - 4513

Monday - Friday

10AM - 6PM

F.A.Q.

Do I get to meet my DJ?

Of Course! This is your big day, we want you to be comfortable and able to build a rapport with your DJ. We encourage open communication between us and our clients. We can set-up face to face meetings, video calls, and teleconferences.

How do I secure my date?

We ask that when you are ready to book, you give us a signed contract and a $800 deposit. The initial deposit comes off the final balance. After that, you are locked in to your date. Payment plans are available, but we do not require the final balance until a week before your wedding.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. All prices you see include tax, set-up & tear-down, and travel to most places. When paying with credit card there is a 3.8% convenience fee. No fees when paying by check or cash.

Do you work with other vendors?

Yes! While we have partnerships with vendors, we do not require you use them exclusively. You can always book us independently and we’ll ensure that all vendors are on the same page throughout the entire planning process and evening.

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