A: Historically, if the marriage had not been arranged by the two families in the first place, it was up to the groom to ask the woman’s father for permission to propose. Today, in most cultures, things are very different. The bride and groom usually make the decision to marry. Then they inform their families, but not necessarily to ask for their permission or blessing. While it is a nice gesture if both the bride- and groom-to-be are present when sharing the news, there is no “rule” that states they both should be present.
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