We are happy with a simpler ring or just the wedding band. The old fashioned on your knees proposal is not heard off in real life.
Some of us though, after living in America and seeing so many De Beers ads, may want a diamond ring after all. Americans love the whole creative proposal thing; Brazilians don’t.
They are not very good when it comes to practical things (they eventually learn after a few years living here), but when it comes to decision making, Brazilian women are opinionated and not shrinking violets.
They expect you to respect them and share your decisions with them if part of a couple.
It is also a matriarchal society (although men had the power for generations, when it comes to raising kids, mothers are considered more important than fathers). That of course makes kids closer to their parents, and affects how they see their future family as well. Married people or people in committed relationships do not go out on “Boys Night Out” or “Girls Night Out” where they can flirt with other people.
If your GF finds out you go to these places you can expect a very strong reaction.
3) When it comes to engagement and weddings, Brazilian women are used to do things differently. We do not have that tradition (see my post about engagement rings).
Not every mother in law is like that: the ones with careers, the ones in happy relationships and the ones with a life of their own. Anyhow, don’t be surprised if your GF/wife tells you that her mother is coming to spend one month with her-and you.
Some Brazilian women never grow up and are very dependant on their mothers.
, and a man should never call his wife names no matter how terrible the argument is. American movies show a lot of cursing (the F word seems to be the most popular).