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Ladies, have you been waiting for the little square-shaped box to appear?

It’s time to stop dropping hints here and there, and pluck up the courage to pop the question yourselves!

Once again February 29th is fast approaching, marking the one day females take to the stage… that’s right, let’s welcome back the leap year proposal!

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Proposal Traditions: A Glimpse into History

When it comes to proposals, many people like to stick to what they know.

Across many cultures and eras, proposing marriage has always been synonymous with customs, superstitions and rituals. In fact, there are a number of traditions that we commemorate today with no idea as to why. 

Let’s ask ourselves why the romantic gestures include bending down on one knee or presenting a ring as a token of love? 

It’s common knowledge these traditions symbolise dedication, love and a promise of a shared future — but let’s delve further. The bended knee is a classic move, which symbolises respect and humility, cementing the expression of the sincerity of the proposal.

And, the ring is more than just a shiny charm to add to your collection! The act of placing a ring on the fourth finger of the left hand stems from an ancient belief of a vein directly connecting to the heart, called the ‘vena amoris’. The circular shape symbolises eternal love.

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Leap Year: Flipping Traditions

A leap year presents a charming anomaly in the mix, bringing much excitement for girlfriends.

The abnormal quirk in the calendar flips convention and looks to empower women as they take the lead in declaring their love and commitment.

And, in this day and age, it’s more important than ever to go against tradition, embracing modern day decisions and equality.

The Leap Year Proposal: A Unique Opportunity

So, what is the significance of a leap year proposal?

They signify overstepping the line, and abandoning societal norms — snatching the opportunity to challenge tradition.

The decision to propose symbolises equality in love, encouraging anyone to seize the moment, however they deem special to express their devotion, regardless of gender roles or formality.

At Rutland Hall, we honour leap year proposals, encouraging female empowerment and the decision to embrace freedom in choosing the timing and manner of declaring one’s love.

Occurring every four years, leap year proposals offer a sense of originality and exclusivity that will serve to mark your proposal as a standout moment in your love story.

Embracing Change & Choice

In a world constantly evolving, traditions are slowly slipping away from us. 

The leap year proposal presents an opportunity for you to embrace change, celebrate uniformity  and define your love story away from conventional expectations.

Whether you’re adhering to long-standing customs or embracing the uniqueness of a leap year proposal, the essence remains the same – a momentous declaration of love, commitment and the promise of a shared future.


Expecting a Leap Year Proposal?

This upcoming 29th February, expect the unexpected.

That slightly suspicious outing  your girlfriend has planned may end with a diamond in your champagne, or that spontaneous dinner date might finish with a little more than dessert. Even the top of the ferris wheel could prove to be a beautiful backdrop for when she pops the big question!

So, don’t leave your lady hanging. After all, proposing takes a lot of courage and planning, not to mention putting your heart on the line.

And to all the soon-to-be fiances – congratulations! Let’s get planning those weddings while your other half recovers from the shock! Check out our weddings page, and begin researching for your special day.

If you’d like to know more about how to prepare for your leap year proposal, please contact a member of our team, or call us on 01572 757901.

Alternatively, why not plan ahead and unravel our most recent blog to discover your 10 step guide  to pulling off the perfect celebration.

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