How we can help with your leap year proposal!
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How we can help with your leap year proposal!

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Weddings | 0 comments

In this blog we are going to be talking about the leap year proposal tradition as February the 29th of this year is a leap year! We here at Plenty of Thyme are extremely well known for offering Essex catering services for all different events, but mostly weddings. We thought it would be a great opportunity to fork out some fun facts and look into leap year proposals and why we think it is a great tradition.

A little bit about Leap Year

How much do you already know about Leap Year? Every four years we gain an extra day at the end of February. This is to keep up with the Earth’s cycle around the sun and to keep our calendar in line. It was first introduced by Julius Caesar back in 46 B.C.! Some cultures actually believe a leap year to be unlucky, while others celebrate it with huge parties and festivities. We love the idea of catering Essex for a multi-day leap year celebration! So if you decide to host a party of your own, remember who to call for your catering Essex people!

The most popular tradition when it comes to the four-year mark would have to be the leap year proposal. This is when women can get down on one knee and propose to their partner, instead of being proposed to themselves. This dates back to the 5th Century when an inpatient nun named St Bridget mentioned to St Patrick that women had to wait far too long for their partners to propose. This was when St Patrick granted one day every four years for women to have the opportunity to ask for the man’s hand in marriage instead. Although the tradition in this day and age is extremely dated, some ladies still love to buck the trend and get down on one knee. So can ladies only propose on leap year? Absolutely not. There is no law against when a woman can or can not propose, but leap year has a fun ring to it.

Celeb proposals

Many Celebrities have also got on board with the fun tradition over the years and brought it into the media limelight. Such as Britany Spear’s proposal to Kevin Federline in 2004
and Pink’s Proposal to Cary Hart back in 2005. Both sadly came to an end. Kristen Bell and Dax Shapard have managed to keep a strong marriage after Bell’s leap year proposal in 2009.
Well done guys.

How much longer will the tradition last?

Do we think the leap year proposal tradition will ever come to an end? We hope not. It’s a fun tongue-in-cheek tradition that adds a great tale to any love story. It’s almost like a modern-day fairytale where the princess saves the prince and they all live happily ever after – obviously after a slap-up Plenty of Thyme banquet.

leap year proposal | canapes

Why we love a wedding

Weddings are quite literally our Artisan bread and butter, we are with you from your very first initial wedding plans right through to your big day, and hopefully after when you re-book us for your after-wedding dinner party! We work closely with you and your future husband/wife to create a bespoke yet personal menu for your big day. Food brings people together and that’s what we love to see. Once all the carefully curated dishes have been served and everyone is tucking in, it’s a great opportunity for us to look around and see so many happy faces breaking bread together and celebrating the happy couple.

How we can help with your leap year proposal…

Now that the leap year proposal has been accepted, let the fun of wedding planning commence. Whether you decide to have a sit-down meal or a buffet-style banquet we have you covered. We have a huge range of different cuisine styles to choose from. As well as normal canapes and a sit-down meal we can offer many different options to suit your theme or venue for the special day. We have the best Catering Essex can offer when it comes to creating your wedding meal so get in contact to secure your wedding date.