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Leap Year Proposals

January 14, 2016

According to a survey* 44% of men would say yes if their partner were to follow tradition and pop the question on a leap year. Ignoring the 56% of men who might well be looking nervously over their shoulder all day and desperately hoping their girlfriend doesn’t go down on one knee, just why can/do/should a girl propose on the 29th of February.

Popping the Question

So just how does a girl go down on bended knee these days?

Here’s a look at some of our favourite proposals.

The Flash Mob

A great tune, a street full of dancers and one awestruck future hubby. Done well a flash mob proposal is fantastic as this example shows;

The Big Movie

It’s almost impossible to watch the amount of effort this guy put into it without getting a bit teary.

By the Book

We just love this idea, one reason for every page, who could possibly say “no” to this?!?!

in writing book

Furry Cupid

With a little bit of help from man (of or woman’s) best friend.

pet proposal

Scavenger Hunt

Yep, lead him on a wild goose chase, you can incorporate places, phrases, ideas and people who are all important to you both.

All Hot Air

Up where the air is rarefied, a tranquil sunset and a moment you’ll both remember for a very long time.

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hot air balloon

Famous Women who have Proposed

Famous ladies known to have done the asking include;

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Halle Berry
  • Heather Mills
  • Pink
  • Queen Victoria
  • Jennifer Hudson

Leap Year Propsals By Numbers

  • According to a survey by PopCap 42% of men would say yes if proposed to by their other half*
  • 36% of men wish their other half would pop the question as it would take the pressure of them*
  • But 29% would be embarrassed to admit they had been proposed to*

So if you are thinking of proposing…

  • Wear a red petticoat
  • If the man of your dreams says “no” at least you might get a silk dress or 12 pairs of gloves
  • Don’t fly to Greece and get married in the same year as it’s unlucky
  • There’s a 42% chance your fella is hoping you’ll do the asking

Leap Year Myths


According to legend, a 5th century Irish nun, St Brigid, was worried about young women who hadn’t proposed to so she asked St Patrick to grant permission for women to do the asking. He agreed and women were given permission to propose every four years on the 29th (a day which wasn’t officially recognised by the law). St Brigid was so excited by the idea that she popped the question to St Patrick (or perhaps that had been her intention all along?!?), sadly he turned her down but bought her a silk dress to compensate. Irish tradition now dictates that should a man knock back a proposal he should give a silk dress to soften the blow.

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England’s claim to the origin of leap year engagements centres around the fact that as the 29th was not recognised in law, all traditions should also have no standing, one of many traditions overturned was the idea of only men being allowed to propose.


Should a Danish woman propose on Feb the 29th and the man say “no” tradition states he should buy her 12 pairs of gloves.


Those claiming leap year proposals as a Scottish tradition claim that in 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret passed a law allowing women to propose every leap year. However they could only do so if they wore a red petticoat, perhaps this was to act as a warning to men to make themselves scarce if they spotted a scarlet hem heading in their direction. Again this is unlikely as Queen Margaret would have been just 5yrs old at in 1288.


In Greece it’s considered unlucky to get married in as leap year.

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