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It’s A Leap Year! Would You Propose?

Red7 , February 2, 2016

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It’s said that the tradition of a female proposing to her boyfriend on the 29th of February started as far back as the 5th century. We as ladies owe it to St. Brigid of Kildare who got bored of waiting for men to propose, so took it upon herself to sort out her future and significant other. As legend has it, St. Patrick decreed that women could propose if they so wanted but only on this one day in February which only falls every four years in the leap year. The tradition then followed the monks to Scotland and a whole other story occurs. If a lady proposed to her partner in Scotland in the leap year and he declined the offer, he would have to pay a fine. So it was win/win for the lady; if he says yes, you get a husband and if he says no, you’ll probably (as legend goes) get a new pair of gloves. There are many different variations of these stories, but either way we like that it gives us women a chance to take our relationship by the horns and get our man to finally say “I DO.”


  • We’re all for women taking control, and if your relationship isn’t the most conventional of setups then maybe this is your chance to do something else against the grain. And why not? After all, it’s good to be original.
  • If you think that your partner is scared that you may say no, remove the fear and propose for him (just make sure he isn’t about to say no).
  • It will be an awesome story to tell in years to come. Just think, when someone asks you “And how did he propose?” you’ll be able to answer “Well actually, I did!”


  • Engagements are individual and are often planned as a surprise. Keep in mind that by you surprising him, you may ruin his surprise for you. You may want to hold off on a proposal this leap year if there are any romantic breaks on the horizon, just in case your partner has been planning to do something special.
  • 4 years is a long time to wait. If you don’t muster the courage this year, then you’ll need to wait until 2020 for the next leap year to come around.
  • It’s not traditional and some people may see it as strange.
  • You’ll never get a chance to see what type of engagement ring he would have chosen for you, and whether he ever did start paying attention to all those engagement rings you had saved in his bookmarks.
  • The wedding is very much about the bride. The bride gets the gorgeous dress, the bride pretty much picks what the cake looks like and she has the final say on the colour scheme. By proposing to him, you are potentially taking away the special part of the wedding that is for the groom. The proposal is the part he can wax lyrical about with his mates, telling them all how you sobbed like a baby just from him kneeling down, before he even had a chance to show you the ring!

It’s always cool to be original and to do something different, and a leap year proposal is certainly that. But just make sure that this type of proposal is right for the both of you, and not just something that you decide to do as a spur of the moment thing.

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