One of the oldest traditions of the proposal is for the groom to ask the bride's father for his daughter's hand in marriage. Historically, a suitor would often get his answer from his sweetheart first, and THEN go to ask for her hand while she hovered nervously in the hallway.
Part of this practice stemmed from the idea that women were dependents -- they could become trading chips in important alliances -- but there was also a protective function as well. Because women were unable to live independently or earn an income, a loving father wanted to make sure this prospective husband could provide for his daughter "in the manner to which she was accustomed." This was crucial -- she got no second chances.
Then along came women's liberation -- long overdue -- and this fell by the wayside. And yet the loving part of this tradition lingers. It's quite common for the groom to ask his future in-laws for their blessing, if not their permission.
Did your fiance speak to your parents? Do you wish he had (or hadn't)? Did your parents expect it?
(I don't think my husband ever considered it. He probably knew my dad would look at him funny and say, "It doesn't matter what I think. She's 27 years old -- hers is the blessing you need.")