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It’s Time to Ditch the Leap Year Proposal Tradition

Thinking about proposing but feel like you can’t because it breaks tradition? You don’t need to wait for a leap year to ask your soulmate to marry you. Read on for our guide on how to pop the question to your other half on your terms, with plenty of ring and jewellery inspiration along the way.

3 JANUARY 2024 | H.SAMUEL EDITOR

What is the leap year proposal rule?

So usually it’s the guy that’s the one to propose, right? Well, according to tradition, on a leap year, ladies get to be the one asking that all important question. It all started in the 5th century when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women always waiting for men to propose. So, he made leap year proposal rules, giving women the power once every 4 years. And at 5 years old, Queen Margaret of Scotland was said to have made that law. And if your boyfriend said no? He had to pay a fine of a kiss, a dress, or gloves. But it’s not 1288, and we’re strong believers that anyone can do what they want, whenever they want.

When Can a Woman Propose to a Man?

Despite the leap year tradition, women can rock that proposal any time. There's no rulebook that says a woman can't pop the question. And if you're feeling the love and ready to take the plunge, go for it. It's all about breaking outdated traditions and doing what feels right for you. So, gather your confidence, pick the perfect moment, and ask them. Remember, it's your happiness that matters, and you have every right to make that move.

How to Propose on a Leap Year

So you want to go down the traditional route and propose on a leap year? We’re still here for it. Here’s some ideas to help make it totally unconventional and memorable:

  • Transform your living room into a romantic movie theatre, complete with their favourite movie playing. When they’re totally engrossed in the film, surprise them with a ring you know they’ll love.

  • Plan a surprise getaway to a dream destination and pop the question at a breathtaking spot.

  • Create a personalised scavenger hunt leading them to different locations, with clues leading your partner to different spots that hold special memories for both of you. The final clue can lead to you, down on one knee. Take it one step further and gift them a one-of-a-kind ring that you created yourself.

Jewellery to Propose With

Whether you're feeling like a classic romantic or want to add a little something extra to your proposal, we've got the jewellery to make that moment unforgettable.

Rings

When it comes to proposing, engagement rings are the ultimate symbol of love and commitment. For partners who prefer a more individual look, think beyond the traditional solitaire and explore various settings like halo, vintage-inspired, or even colourful gemstones. Rose gold or platinum bands add a modern touch, while a classic pave design has eye-catching style.

Sleek, masculine bands: opt for minimalist bands with a touch of sophistication. Think brushed metal, titanium, or even a mixed metal design for a modern and masculine vibe.

Unique gemstones: who says diamonds are the only way to go? Surprise your love with a stunning gemstone, such as a deep blue sapphire or a vibrant emerald.

Symbolic engravings: add a personal touch by engraving a special message or meaningful symbol inside the ring.

Watches

A watch is so much more than just a timepiece: it can be a symbol of love and commitment, too. When it comes to finding the perfect timepiece for such a special occasion, Citizen and Tissot are great choices.

Imagine a starry summer night with a cosy candlelit dinner for two. As the night unfolds, you reach into your pocket and present your partner with a gorgeous watch. But wait, what's that engraved on the back? Three little words that will change your lives forever: "Will you marry me?" Talk about romantic.

We say yes to women proposing to men (or whoever you love). Just remember, be confident, follow your heart, and make it uniquely you. Love knows no bounds, and a proposal is a celebration of that love. So, let's ditch the leap-year pressure and embrace the power of love all year round.