Ladies across the country, prepare to take the leap into wedded bliss by asking your beloved for their hand in marriage! In keeping with tradition, proposals from ladies should be made only on Leap Day or 29th February.
So ladies only have to wait a couple of days before they can pop the ‘Big’ question. If the time is right, you’ve discussed marriage at length and are both ready and committed, then why wait any longer for your man to propose?
Wedding planning experts Keep Calm and Marry On offer some perfect proposal tips and advice for those brave brides-to-be.
Owner, Ailish McDonnell, said: “Ladies love the romance of a proposal and spend hours dreaming of the perfect setting, so what better way to meet expectations than to plan it all, exactly as you want.
“But keep in mind that your partner must feel comfortable and relaxed.
“It’s also important to prepare in advance so that you are calm, confident and in control, so you can enjoy the experience too.
“And men, just because the lady in your life is popping the question, it doesn’t mean she won’t want a lovely sparkling diamond ring!”
Perfect Proposal tips to keep in mind:
1. Choosing the date won’t be hard, but the time and place is crucial if you don’t want to give the surprise away! Remember to choose a place that you’ll both enjoy.
2. You really don’t have to spend a fortune to make it romantic – perhaps make a nice candlelit dinner at home, with some champagne, chocolates and indulgent dessert…
3. You could write “Will you marry me?” on a piece of card and when the moment is right, pass the card to him and ask him to turn it over and read aloud to which you will reply, “Of course!”.
4. Think about how your partner likes to relax (apart from with you) and join him there to pop the question. This may be at a football, rugby or cricket match or down the pub, as long as he wouldn’t be embarrassed.
5. You don’t have to have a diamond ring for your future husband but maybe a token of your love, hopefully he will take you shopping for yours! Prepare what you’re going to say so that you don’t miss anything out.
6. Be prepared – the likelihood is that he will say “yes” but just in case he says “no” or “maybe” it’s always easier to respond if you have thought about it in advance.
7. And if he does say “no” then you can always fall back on an ancient law to rescue the situation and send your partner shopping! In the Middle Ages, a law passed by Queen Margaret of Scotland stated that if a woman proposed in a leap year and was turned down, the man must give her a kiss and a silk gown!
8. Wedding planners Keep Calm and Marry On have recently launched a “Perfect Proposal” package for busy men and ladies planning to pop the question but who struggle for time, need help in expressing their ideas and creativity, are looking for an original idea or haven’t a clue where to start.
9. Keep Calm and Marry On is a wedding planning and consultation service for civil partnerships and weddings, pre and post wedding parties, anniversaries, engagements and renewal of vows, for all denominations.