I really don’t see what the big deal is with prenups. Sure, it’s not romantic to think about the possibility that things won’t go well, but even the best relationship could turn sour in some circumstances. Consider the strain that a relationship might have if one loses their job and can’t find one (not too unthinkable in this enconomy), serious medical or mental illness problems arise, or some major family drama. Even those are low chances, I don’t understand why one wouldn’t want to protect themselves. Moreso, without one, if one of those situations did arise, if one is particularly wealthy, they now are “forced” to stay in a bad marriage out of fear of losing their livelihood. I’d much rather not have her or myself feel like we HAVE to stay in the relationship because of fear of losing our livelihood, and work out or not work out our differences based on the merits of the relationship alone.
The way I look at it, it’s just like insurance. I’ve never had an accident that was my fault, nor do I expect I will, but I still have car insurance. I’m young and in excellent health, but I still have health and life insurance. I am careful about the websites I visit, keep my computer patched, and scan for viruses, but I still back up my data.
But it’s actually a better deal than insurance or backups, because insurance has regular premiums and backing up costs time and hardware, but the cost of a prenup is very low and it’s one time. It’s easy to let those hormones overwhelm your sense, but I don’t think anyone can be sure enough about how they’re going to feel in 5, 10, or 20 years, that a few hundred bucks isn’t a good investment.
So either way, unless you’re both on roughly equal footing in terms of current and projected financial standings entering the marriage, it just makes sense. And even in cases where you are on roughly equal terms, it might still make sense even if it’s just to remove the potential for finances being a motivation.
And, FTR, when I was previously engaged, my fiancée had some non-insignificant debt (IIRC, around $30-40k), whereas I had none and some significant savings, and she was actually the one that brought up a prenup so that I wouldn’t get burdened with it if things didn’t work out. I’m not sure if it actually works that way, but we broke up before it came to that, so it doesn’t really matter.
Either way, on that note, my suggestion would be, rather than expecting the wealthy person to suggest it, making it look like they might value money more than the relationship, it could instead be a gesture of love from the one who could stand to gain financially from a divorce to suggest it, as that distinctly implies that they love that person more than money.