Trend: Nixing The Bended Knee Proposal
Because a legally recognized marriage wasn’t always an option (and unfortunately still isn’t in most states), many same-sex couples have been in a committed relationship for decades before tying the knot. Forty percent of couples left out the pomp and circumstance of the proposal and mutually decided to take their commitment to the ultimate level (for perspective, only 9 percent of straight couples took this route). For the other half, surprising their loved ones with a ring still played a key role (watches are also popular for gay couples and some brides), but only 16 percent got down on one knee.
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