It’s a Leap Year, would you propose on 29th February?

So, 2016 is a Leap Year and according to an old Irish tradition, this is the perfect chance for a woman to take matters into her own hands with a Leap Year proposal on February 29th. Are you, or do you know a Glasgow girl, who wants to get married to her partner and who would like to take advantage of the leap year tradition and propose on February 29th?

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It is said that the tradition of a Leap Year proposal began in Ireland in 5th century when St. Brigid of Kildare complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait far too long for men to propose. Legend says that St. Patrick decreed the women could propose on this one day in February during the Leap Year, the last day of the shortest month. There is a further dubious part to the tale in which St. Brigid drops straight to her knee at St. Patrick’s decree, instantly proposing to him. St. Patrick apparently declined her offer but gave her a kiss on the cheek and a silk gown to soften the blow.

This tradition was then taken to Scotland by Irish monks and centuries later, a law was allegedly passed by an unmarried Queen Margaret in 1288 that allowed a woman to propose marriage to the man of their dreams in a Leap Year (although records show she may only have been five years old at the time). The law stated that any man who declined the proposal on this day would have to pay a fine such as a kiss or a pair of gloves or fabric to make a silk dress. Queen Margaret also put in place a rule that all those women proposing must wear a red petticoat while doing so, although we are not sure if that was to warn the intended of what was to come!

Others say that the tradition of women proposing on this day goes back to the times when the Leap Year day was not recognised by English law. Under this theory, if the day had no legal status, it was acceptable for women to break with the traditional convention of a man proposing.

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Are you or do you know a lady who wants to get married to her partner and who would like to take advantage of the leap year proposal tradition and propose on February 29th? Perhaps she’s tired of waiting to be asked? Perhaps her partner lacks confidence and would never have the courage to do it himself? Perhaps the time and the relationship is just right, just now? We can help!

We have brought together some of our most wonderful Suppliers from to offer one lucky lady our help in staging her very own Leap Year Proposal on 29th February 2016!

Sarah-Lou Beauty will help get you ready for your big date by styling your hair and make-up, with Eala Jewellery providing a fabulous sparkly accessory to make you shine. Rennicks Wedding Cars will drive you to your chosen destination for the proposal which could be the stunning Fifteen Ninety Nine in Glasgow city centre who have offered the use of their Venue to help you stage the proposal. Rosewood Cakes can provide a bang-on-trend macaron tower either as part of the proposal staging or for celebratory treat afterwards. Claire Semple can sing some beautiful background songs to set the scene, or be ready to sing a special song once the question has been popped. And your whole proposal will be captured beautifully in images by Lee Davidson Connor Photography. This is your chance not only to have all of our support in helping you propose to your beau this Leap Year but gives you an opportunity to work with some of the nicest and most professional Suppliers in the Glasgow Wedding industry!

To enter this once-in-a-lifetime Competition, bearing in mind that a Leap Year day will not come around again for another 1461 days after this year, just send us an email to telling us a bit about your relationship, your idea for your proposal and why we should pick you! The closing date for entries is Monday 22nd February 2016 at 6pm in order to give our panel enough time to choose a winner and for us to get in touch to help make your idea a reality. You will be able to use any of, or all of, the services of the Suppliers and Venue listed above as suits your proposal idea and we will be in touch with the winner on Wenesday 24th February 2016 to start to put all the plans in place. We are so excited already!

If you need further inspiration of women who have popped the question, celebrities such as Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Heather Mills, and the singer Pink have all claimed to have proposed to their husbands (or ex-husbands) and Zsa Zsa Gabor has boasts that she proposed to all of her nine husbands!

Even Royal women have taken matters into their own hands, Queen Victoria proposed to Albert in 1839, a situation necessitated by the fact that she held a much higher rank than him. Victoria recorded in her diary,

“At about half past 12 I sent for Albert; he came to the [room] where I was alone, and after a few minutes I said to him, that I thought he must be aware of why I wished [him] to come here, and that it would make me too happy if he would consent to what I wished (to marry me); we embraced each other over and over again, and he was so kind, so affectionate…I told him I was quite unworthy of him and kissed his dear hand.”

And Sally Metcalf, who staged her own Leap Year proposal on February 29th 2008 after 10 years with her boyfriend, said,

“I don’t regret doing the proposing myself because I was fed up waiting. I would say to any woman who is waiting for her man to propose, just ask, get down on one knee and ask the question. As long as they love you, they shouldn’t say no. I think any day of the year would be good, although it does feel special that we got engaged on February 29th.”

We cannot wait to hear from you to telling us a bit about your relationship, your idea for your Leap Year proposal and why we should pick you! The closing date for entries is Monday 22nd February 2016 at 6pm! Once you have sent your email, snuggle down with the film ‘Leap Year’ and watch another happy ending!

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3rd February 2016