Turn the tables and propose to your man with our Leap Year proposal guide!
Next Monday will be February 29th: a date that only crops up in our calendars every four years.
The earth takes a little longer than our 365-day calendar year to orbit the sun; therefore, to keep everything running smoothly, we have had an extra day added to make every four years a ‘Leap Year’ of 366 days in length. And this year, we’re welcoming a February 29th.
To celebrate this extra day, it’s became a long-standing tradition – dating back to the 13th century – that brides propose to grooms on 29th February. This notion dates long back to times when it was only a man who would propose – how we’re delighted that times have changed!
Of course, today, who’s to say that there is such thing as a ‘traditional’ proposal? We’re honoured to meet such a wonderful mix of couples, each with their own completely personal engagement story. However, in tribute to this year’s February 29th, we’re looking to the long tradition of brides proposing to grooms on that extra day we get every four years.
So, ladies, what are you waiting for? (And don’t forget, if he says ‘No’ he has to buy you a dress! It’s the rule!).
Boost Your Confidence
Proposing to someone can be a scary thing. Perhaps it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but not felt brave enough? A Leap Year gives you that perfect excuse.
Whoever you are, asking the big question to your partner can be daunting. Write out what you’d like to say, rehearse your speech in the mirror…whatever gives you the boost you need to get down on bended knee. Just don’t drink too much ‘nerve-reducing’ bubbly beforehand!
And, if you’re worried about getting emotional, you might just end up with a Friends-style dual proposal (that’s teamwork for you!).
Plan and Prepare
You’d want your proposal to be perfect, wouldn’t you? Well-thought out, at a place that’s special to you? Your man is no different! A little careful thought will make the moment perfect for you as a couple.
If you’re worried how he might respond to being proposed to, you can pop the question at home (one of the most popular locations to get engaged!) and set a beautiful atmosphere with rose petals, candles and a bottle of bubbly. Or, if he’s not the romantic type, pair it back and keep it simple: why not cook a favourite meal? It’s all about what’s personal to you as a couple, so plan it in the way that’s right for you.
Enjoy the Moment
Yes, a Leap Year only comes round once every 1,461 days. But it doesn’t mean that that one day should overwhelm you! Don’t pressure yourself.
February 29th this year falls on a Monday in school term-time. So, perhaps you’d like to honour the occasion, but the evening of a busy Monday doesn’t feel right? Give him a bigger surprise by popping the question this weekend in advance and enjoy every minute: it’s your engagement story to tell, so make it one to treasure.
Are you planning to propose this February 29th? If so, we’d love you to be our featured Leap Year couple! Share your story with us and see yourself featured on the WeddingHour blog simply by getting in touch with [email protected]. We can’t wait to hear your stories!
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