Q. What exactly is the proper wording when asking parents permission to marry their daughter? May I ask your permission for your daughter’s hand in marriage? May I marry your daughter?
A. Oh my goodness! This always seems more stressful than it usually is, but if you have asked for a private moment with her parents, you preface your question with a thank you, and then ask. “Thank you so much for agreeing to talk with me. I asked for this opportunity to ask your permission to marry Stacey, and for your blessings. I love her completely and can promise you that I will always cherish her.” You might then ask if they have any questions they need to ask you, or if they simply ask them, answer honestly. Assuming they indeed give their blessings, the following celebration will direct itself. Best wishes!