Who started kneeling to propose?

What Is the Tradition of Proposing on One Knee? The tradition of a man (or woman) proposing on one knee comes from medieval knights bowing before noblewomen. Upon getting down on one knee, the proposer will then ask their partner for their hand in marriage with the phrase “Will you marry me?”

Why do guys kneel down when they propose?

Why? It’s a tradition that goes back to medieval times when knights dropped to one knee out of respect for royalty. “Chivalry was very much alive back then,” says Jenna Miller of HereComesTheGuide.com. “Kneeling and bowing were signs of their devotion and obedience.”

What do you say in a proposal speech?

Sound like yourself. Go with the emotional flow. Offer some historical perspective of your feelings. Say what you love most about them. Tell them how they’ve changed your life for the better. Talk about the future. End with the famous four words.