Remember the day when you wanted to ask your girl to marry you only came after you asked her father for his blessing?

Traditions like that used to be very strong but any more we hear less and less of things like this.

66% of U.S. adults think an expensive diamond engagement ring is one wedding tradition that should be abandoned, according to a Harris Poll of 2,300 adults nationwide that assessed our attitudes toward wedding customs and rituals.

  • The father of the bride should "give her away": 84% agree and 44% strongly agree
  • Women should be the only guests at bridal showers; men should not be included: 74%
  • The bride and groom should spend the night apart on the night before their wedding: 71% agree
  • Before the groom proposes, he should ask the bride's father for permission to marry his daughter: 70% agree
  • The groom's family should pay for the rehearsal dinner: 65% agree
  • The bride should wear white: 54% agree and 46% disagree
  • The bride's family should pay all the expenses of the wedding: 53% agree and 47% disagree
  • The bride and groom should wait until the wedding night to have sex for the first time: 51% agree and 49% disagree
  • The groom should buy the bride an expensive diamond engagement ring: 66% disagree
  • Spending money on a lavish wedding is a waste: 83% agree
  • A wedding ceremony should take place in a house of religious worship: 46% agree
  • Destination weddings put an unfair financial burden on guests: 88% agree