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By NewsUSA and LIFELines Research Staff
(Last Reviewed Monday, July 23, 2007)

With marriage proposals modernizing into an "anything goes" mentality, long-standing proposal customs are often considered optional, adding confusion to what's considered proper when it comes to proposing.

In fact, a recent proposal survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that 68 percent of Americans agree that there's no "right" way to propose.

Etiquette expert Peter Post weighs in on some of today's most-discussed proposal etiquette issues:

Meet the Parents

This is a common question and an area where the rules have slightly changed. The concept of asking your intended's parents' permission to wed may seem old-fashioned, but the modern equivalent isn't - discussing your plans and intentions with your future in-laws is still a sign of respect.

On Bended Knee

Once considered a sign of servitude to the lover, this tradition dates back to the days of knights and chivalry and continues to evoke romance today. But if you think you'll be weak at the knees when proposing, pick another pose that's comfortable for you.

Romance Rules

Decide on what your intended will find sentimental and memorable and incorporate meaningful gestures - such as asking for her hand at her favorite restaurant.

As etiquette guidelines evolve with the times, planning a proposal can be confusing and overwhelming.

Editor's note: The study was conducted by Harris Interactive. The telephone survey was completed nationwide among 621 Americans age 25 through 60. Data were weighted to known norms for age, sex, geographic region and race. Margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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