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Leap Year Traditions and How to propose to a man

Leap Day tradition comes to us from Ireland, women were allowed to initiate dances and propose marriage. If the proposal was refused the man was expected to buy the woman a silk gown or, by the mid-20th century, a fur coat.

In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages, there were laws governing this tradition.

So the tradition was there for a while and in 2010 there was a beautiful movie with Any Adams called the ” Leap Year”, where she was traveling through Ireland in order to surprise her boyfriend with the marriage proposal on February 29th.

Leap Day comes only every 4 years, so it is a very rare day, which makes the idea of proposing on it even more desirable.

So if you ready and want to do it, here are some tips on how to propose to your man.

First of all, don’t try to prove your point and to shame him for not proposing first. It should be a very private moment and you need to be very sincere and honest with him. Name all the things you love about your partner and why you think it is the right time for two of you to get married.

Don’t propose with the ring. A watch can be a perfect alternative for this moment. It is a practical present and it is not hurting his masculinity.

Don’t invite all your friends and family to witness your proposal. It should be done in a private and quiet atmosphere. Most men are not handling the stress very well, so don’t poke the bear and don’t make this moment stressful for him.

Don’t brag about it.

Don’t make it too romantic. It should be sweet and thoughtful, but not girly.

Although the world changed a lot since the Leap Day tradition was born, it is still pretty uncommon for the women to propose marriage to their partner. But from the experience, it is absolutely normal and if you feel like you want to do it, just do it.

We had a couple of women, who used our services to propose to their men and it was absolutely wonderful and beautiful proposals. So ladies, if you planning to propose to your partner and dont know where to start, contact us now at and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable marriage proposal experience.

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