Marilyn Oliveira
Executive Editor of Inside Weddings

By Gregg Rosenzweig

There are roughly 2.5 million weddings a year in the United States and they all have one thing in common: the proposal. One person (likely the guy) wielding a very expensive rock and the hope that a 'yes' will come flying from the woman's lips.

But what does a man need to know before popping the question? Marilyn Oliveira, Executive Editor of Inside Weddings magazine, generously bestowed some expert advice on what guys should -- and shouldn't -- do before proposing marriage.

1. What does a guy need to know when it comes popping the question?
Marilyn Oliveira Marilyn: He should know that the engagement ring will be worn every day for the rest of her life and be passed down to future generations -- so he should invest accordingly. That most men still ask the bride's father for his blessing in advance; that he will probably be very nervous even if he's sure she will say yes; and that kneeling will never, ever go out of style.

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