Leap Year proposal

Leap Year proposal

Leap into marriage

It’s a leap year.  And whilst you may consider yourself a modern woman, you may like to adopt a vintage marriage tradition this year.

It’s the girl’s turn

In a leap year, traditionally a woman may propose marriage to her man.  The leap year marriage tradition was introduced centuries ago. According to folk lore, the leap day was an invented day to fix a discrepancy in the calendar.  It was not considered a “real” day; it had no cultural status.  Thus, the reasoning goes, social customs also had different reality status on that day too.

Leap Year Wedding proposals

Given the leap day was to fix a glitch, women thought they could fix an unjust glitch in social custom, freeing them up to pop the question to the man they adored.

How did the leap year marriage proposal begin?

The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland supposedly passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must also pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss, to a silk dress or a pair of gloves.  Now this wedding celebrant thinks that’s a win win situation!

So for women who tire of waiting for the bloke to ask for their hand in marriage, the leap year gives them a legitimate occasion to propose, to leap into their own power.

Or does your wardrobe need a few more frocks?  Propose away girls.

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Glamorous Wedding in Brisbane

Glamorous Wedding in Brisbane

An extraordinary wedding in Bardon, Brisbane

Congratulations Dawn & Hamish.

Married in a friend’s sumptuous music room, Dawn and Hamish had a vision for a wedding that was fun, intimate and magnificent!

Wedding in a musical salon

Imagine, a lavishly appointed music room hung with chandeliers, huge drapes from the ceiling to floor windows, tapestries on the walls, and  two grand harps to accompany the reception.

Wedding march

Dawn and Hamish were tempted to arrive with Mendelssohn’s wedding march from Midsummer Night’s Dream, but found an even more exciting option.  The wedding party and guests were led  to the ceremony by pied pipers, playing vibrant Turkish wedding parade music.

Wedding elegance

The fun had begun; a wedding like no other. Yet, as they had requested, it was a simple, elegant and heartwarming marriage ceremony – a true celebration of their love and their happiness, and  unique personalities.

glamorous wedding in brisbane

Dance me to the end….

Everyone joined the chorus of Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” as Dawn and Hamish waltzed into their married lives.  Such a joyous occasion.

Photos by Mary-Paula Ibrahim and Lisa Businovski

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