To celebrate the season of Love and National Proposal day in March, we thought we would enlighten you with some interesting facts about weddings…
Whilst we are on the subject of proposals, we also wanted to know what is it about a leap year that sees Women propose instead of the men…this is what we found out…
It Is believed that the reason for women proposing on a leap year is thanks to St Bridget in the 5th Century. It follows a complaint that St Bridget made to St Patrick about the fact that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick supposedly then gave women a single day to pop the question, which was granted on the last day of the shortest month. This has however been disputed. Another Story that is quite popular is that of Queen Margaret of Scotland bringing in a law that fined Men who turned down marriage proposals by their significant other on a leap year. Skeptics to this have pointed out that Margaret was only 5 years old at the time!
The tradition was not commonplace until the 19th Century.
A survey carried out by Nationwide Building Society showed that 1 in 20 women have said that they are planning to propose to their partner this year
It also reported that nearly one in three women surveyed said they were considering a leap year proposal. More than one in 10 said they had already asked for their partner’s hand in marriage with just 7% being turned down!
Apparently 7% percent of us ladies saw proposing on a leap year a good opportunity as they got fed up with waiting. It appears that the tradition is still going strong…Girl Power is all I say and in a society of equal rights, I am all for it!
We would like to wish all the ladies out there that are planning to propose on the 29th February 2016 the very best of luck and those that have recently got engaged our congratulations and happy planning.