How to Ask for a Marriage Blessing


It is generally considered proper etiquette for a man to ask a woman's parents for their blessing before making a marriage proposal. While it's traditional to ask her father, you may prefer to include both parents. Express your sincere love and respect for her, tell them how you plan to work with her as your life partner as you ask for their blessing.

  • Contact the parents of the woman you plan to marry. If you've already met her parents, call them and arrange a meeting. Ask them not to tell your girlfriend about the meeting if you want to keep the engagement plans a surprise to her.

  • Take her parents out for coffee or to a meal to create a comfortable atmosphere when you ask for their daughter's hand in marriage. Alternatively, ask for their blessing over the phone. While it is usually considered better etiquette to meet in person to ask for a marriage blessing, this may not always be possible.

  • Thank them for taking the time to meet you or to talk to you over the phone. Follow up by expressing your love and admiration for their daughter. Tell them how amazing you think she and what she means to you. Vow to continue taking care of her and to work with her as your life partner.

  • Conclude by asking for their blessing. For example: "I am confident that I would like to spend the rest of my life with your daughter. I would like to ask you for your marriage blessing and permission to ask your daughter to marry me."


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