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How to Pop the Question in Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Ever wonder how Sims get married in The Sims 3? Has your character met that special someone and is perhaps looking to pop the question? This guide will explain marriage and how Sims can consummate that relationship.

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    Marriage Made in Heaven?

    Marriage has been available for Sims in love since the first The Sims game. In The Sims 3, Sims are able to marry those that they have a high enough romantic relationship with, even if they are of the same sex, a ghost, or a Sims 3 vampire!

    Sims are only able to get married from the Young Adult stage and on. The Sim that does the proposing is the last name that the couple will have once married. This can be changed after the wedding by going to the City Hall and getting a name change. Also, if the Sim has other children, they will also receive the name of the new parent.

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    How Do You Get Married in The Sims 3?

    The Sims 3 Going Steady   Like with proposals in real life, you need to have a very good intimate relationship with the Sim you want to propose to. Your Sim could be dating the other Sim for a while, or even be living with the other Sim and still propose to the Sim to get married. They first must be in a relationship as boyfriend/girlfriend, so they must “Propose Going Steady" before proposing.

    So, how do you get married in The Sims 3? Ask the Sim to marry your Sim by proposing to them (preferably in a romantic location like while visiting France in The Sims 3: World Adventures, or at a special location around town, such as where the Sims fell in love). If the other Sim says yes, your Sims will then show up as being engaged, but not yet married.

    To be officially married, they have to have the ceremony.The Sims 3 Propose in France  

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    The Sims 3 Wedding Party or Private Wedding Ceremony?

    Sims 3 Wedding Party   Some Sims are private and don’t want to have a huge party, so holding a private ceremony would work best for them. When this happens the wedding music will start wherever you are, and the two Sims will get married. So, make sure they are ready and in the exact spot you want them to marry before this happens.

    If you decide to throw a big wedding party, it might be worth it to go ahead and purchase the “Romanza Ceremony, Reception + Attire" set from The Sims 3 Online Store. This set costs 1,500 SimPoints and it includes 39 items including fabulous wedding dresses, hairstyles, tuxedo, and the party items as well.

    If you don’t have any SimPoints and want to hold a party, and are wondering how do you get married in The Sims 3 on a budget? Well, you will need to get creative. You’ll need to make some custom content to create the items that you want to include for the party. It could be as simple as just changing the current buffet table, tables, and chairs to be in white, or you could get even more creative and create your own pattern to put on them. You will however want to also create custom content for the wedding couple’s formal attire. The bride’s dress could be one of the beautiful formal gowns but in a shade of white, and the male could wear one of the base tuxedos in a dark shade of black.

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