Congratulations! The love of your life has finally popped the big question and now you are not sure what to do. Today, a couple's decision to marry will be made together. Even though a man no longer needs to ask the father's permission to marry, he should have the courtesy to discuss the planned marriage with the family of the bride-to-be. The couple should then discuss their future plans together. The goom should discuss any potential problems he may face such as health concerns or obligations from a previous marriage. Whatever you do, make sure you inform your parents of the decision before spreading the news. Although there is no specific rule about how long a couple should be engaged, an ideal period is usually at least six months.