a marriage proposalMarriage proposals today have become more of a family affair. AAA Jewelers know that from siblings planning the surprise, hiding behind the bushes to an entire clan throwing a dance flash mob at a park in Salt Lake City, popping the big question hasn’t just been exclusive to the one bending the knee and the one getting the surprise.

If you’re thinking about jumping into this bandwagon too, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Choose your confidants wisely.

Remember, when you let families know you’re going to propose, there’s a good chance other people will know (hopefully, not your soon-to-be fiancé, right?). So, it’s important to choose whom you tell the secret to.

A good rule of thumb is to choose a just few people. The fewer people know, the less likely word will be out. As long as everyone’s on the same page with you that this is a secret, then you just have to trust that they’ll keep it that way.

2. Determine the family’s level of involvement.

This will depend on how private or public you want the proposal to be. If you think your girlfriend prefers cherishing the moment between only the two of you, then you could probably prepare a compilation of videos of loved ones sharing their best wishes or stories about you as a couple.

If you think they will be okay — thrilled, even — to have loved ones on the proposal, you could do it on a special occasion, say, during the holidays or family vacations. Another way you can get your family involved in is in the ring details — especially if you have no idea where to buy or which design to get.

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For sure, a lot of your married loved ones know reliable Salt Lake City jewelry shops. Some could even recommend jewelers who offer big discounts.

3. Secure the parent’s blessing.

This is probably the most special way you can involve your families not just before the proposal, but also in your marriage. In the past years, this tradition has waned in its importance to couples, but there are merits to getting the blessing of your partner’s parents.

For one, you’re showing them respect and honoring their authority. You’re also making yourself accountable to loving and protecting your partner for the rest of your life.

Involving loved ones in the marriage proposal has become a trend these days. Do you think you can pull off this proposal style?