This morning the Bride team were talking, and it seemed we all had one thing on our mind: the 29th of February. Yes, it only comes once every four years, but you may be wondering why it had us so interested.
A tradition dating back to the 13th century says that on the 29th of February, single ladies can take the initiative and pop the question to their special man.
Now of course here at Bride we’re firm believers that a woman can take matters into her own hands any day of the year, but we all love an excuse to turn up the romance, so why not make the 29th of February your day?
Queen Margaret of Scotland even passed a law stating that if a bold lady were to propose but be turned down on Leap Day, her (clearly ungrateful) suitor was to give her a kiss and buy her a silk gown. Sounds like a win win situation really!
Monica did it on Friends, Miranda did it in Sex and the City, and Amy Adams was going to do it in that terrible movie set in Ireland. So here are a few general pointers for any lucky lady who wants to pop the question:
- The first rule of a proposal is just to make it special. This doesn’t necessarily mean over-the-top extravagance, but can also be simple. They say less is more, and less can certainly feel more genuine sometimes.
- Have something to give him – but perhaps not a sparkling diamond ring. What about a simple band, or an engraved watch?
- Have fun! You don’t have to be so serious, so use your imagination and come up with something funny – bake him a cake with the words “Marry Me” scrawled in icing; write it in the bathroom mirror with toothpaste. You’re bucking tradition by asking him anyway, so who says it’s got to be conventional in every other sense?