Leap Year Proposals


Should women propose?

February 29th is a date that occurs every four years, and is called a leap day. The day is added to the calendar to synchronise with the solar year and is to do with the length of time the Earth takes to complete its orbit around the Sun.

The date is also very popular in wedding world too, as it is seen as the ‘woman’s’ opportunity in a relationship to propose. According to an old Irish Legend, St Bridget and St Patrick made a deal to allow women to propose to men every four years. This option is believed to have been put in place to balance traditional relationship roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar. The tradition is also said to have originated from Queen Margaret in Scotland in 1288 when she declared that a woman could propose to any man she liked on the last day of February in a leap year.

Some women decide to propose on any year, some women decide to propose on any date during a leap year and some women wait until February 29th in a leap year to propose to their partner, because doing it at any other time is deemed nontraditional or against the ordinary in some peoples eyes. Research has shown that three quarters of Americans say it would be fine for women to propose to their male partner, however only 5% of women have actually acted on this. 

We think it is a fantastic idea for a women to propose, however after doing some research, if you are considering proposing, there are a few things to consider before taking the leap onto one knee.

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Why do women propose?

According to Kate Taylor, match.com’s dating and relationship expert, women who have a non-traditional relationship use it as a way of celebrating that fact. They may also decide to do it as they know that their fiance may lack confidence and would therefore never do it themselves. Or, of course, they may just feel that their other half would like to be proposed to!

Kate suggests that couples should always discuss marriage before proposals, no matter who is going to pop the question. This is because couples may not know what the other one wants, and it is therefore vital that women who choose to propose know whether their other half is looking for marriage. If they are proposing because they are fed up of waiting for their partner to do it, Kate strongly suggests that they shouldn’t take the leap- the reason he isn’t proposing is clearly because he doesn’t want to get married yet!

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How do women propose?

Instead of proposing with a ring, it is nice for women to propose with something sentimental and a personal item that can mark the special occasion. For example, an engraved key ring, cuff-links or put together a photo album of pictures of the relationship.

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Every relationship is different, and every couple is different, therefore there shouldn’t be any rules as to who proposes and when!

If you are thinking about proposing this year then we wish you all the best; if you or if you know a woman who proposed to their partner in the past, then let us know! We would love to hear your story.

Bellissimo team X

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  1. http://nubride.com/2012/01/27/to-leap-or-not-to-leap-leap-year-proposals/
  2. http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/1017761/how-i-proposed-to-my-boyfriend
  3. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/16-leap-year-facts-2016-7104207

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