Hey all! Meghan here. I find it pretty funny that my first day on the Emily Weddings blog is leap day - the traditional day when women can take matters into their own hands and instead of waiting for their dragging-feet groom to ask the "will you...?" question, she takes matters into her own hands and does it herself!
Supposedly, a 1288 law by the reigning Queen at the time required fines from the man if he refused the proposal. Conveniently, he was fined a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, a small monetary fee, and a kiss... all to be given directly to the woman who proposed marriage. So she gets dumped but still gets presents, flowers, money, and a kiss at the end of the day... hmmm, not a bad deal. Here are some other Leap Day Proposal traditions:
In Denmark, women may propose on the medieval leap day: February 24th. If the proposal is refused, the man owes her 12 pairs of gloves. Cashmere, please!
In Finland, the rejecting man must buy his would-be fiance fabric for a skirt.
In Greece, marriage during a leap year is actually considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will avoid getting married during a leap year. But no worries, we're not in Greece. I say we start a new tradition that says the leap year is the lucky year. Take that, Greece.
The Emily Weddings Team