Modern Proposal : Can a woman propose to a man?

Q.  Is it appropriate for a woman to ask a man to marry? If so, should she buy him a ring for the proposal?

A.  Many women have been the ones to propose to their husbands, or to suggest that they marry. There is nothing less romantic about this, but a ring for him is not required, although she might want to think about a ring for herself and how the purchase of her ring would take place.

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Clinging to a ring ? : Are there rules about wearing wedding rings?

Q. I recently found out that some people have asked my widowed mother why she still wears her wedding ring; my father passed away 7 years ago. Are there rules governing the wearing of wedding rings? Thanks.

A. Yes. The rule is that a widow or widower may wear her/his ring in perpetuity, or take it off and put it away if she/he wishes to. It is entirely personal and if it is important to your mom to wear her wedding ring she should by all means wear it.

Episode #26: I’m Just Gonna Be Your Mom Tonight

Lizzie and Dan talk about the houseguest/host dance done right, and Lizzie commends a flight attendant for taking care of her on the tarmac.

Also mentioned:

  • You think your boss and another colleague are dating.  You think it’s affecting a project you all are working on.  How do you deal?
  • Is it okay to tell your family about the passing of a loved one over social media?
  • When you have to tip a service provider you see regularly less than you normally do due to financial constraints, how do you acknowledge that the smaller tip is not a reflection of their service?

Plus, etiquette history on Post family road trips.

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