Proposing at The Ritz



Have you ever wondered what it was like to propose at The Ritz?

With so many beautiful proposals being held at the iconic location, we are now introducing our partnership with the most prestigious hotel in London.

The classic hotel has been around for over 100 years, creating beautiful memories with their stunning, original interiors and luxurious features. Visiting The Ritz, is like stepping back in time, nothing has changed, and the service is as impeccable as ever. This is why we think, it is the perfect place for a sophisticated marriage proposal.  With all the charm as if you were royalty.

Our partnership with The Ritz London will be the perfect opportunity to ‘pop the question’! We will take all of the stress off your hands, which will allow you to relax on the all-important day. The Ritz now offer two different proposal services for you to choose from.

The Ritz Classic Proposal Service includes:

  • Two-hour use of the private dining room
  • Your own personalised sound track
  • A bottle of Barons de Rothschild Champagne
  • A selection of Ritz canapés
  • A private consultation at Ritz Fine Jewellery

For a total of £1,000

If  you’re looking for that extra personalised touch then look no further, The Ritz have introduced our proposal service.

The Bespoke Proposal Service:

This service, handcrafted by us, is for those with a creative, unique and personalised touch to their proposal! We help to tailor your proposal, to make sure that everything is about you and your partner, because no proposal should ever be the same!

Exclusive Interview 

We had the privilege to interview the Head of Events at The Ritz, Sarah Tregoning, who answered the questions everybody wants to know about proposing at The Ritz!

Why do you think that The Ritz is so popular for marriage proposals?

Since its opening in 1906, The Ritz London has been known for luxury, elegance and service. Our guests want to create a lasting memory that will forever be engraved in their partner’s mind, there is no other setting more fitting for such a memorable and special occasion

How many people would you say have proposed in The Ritz?

The Ritz London has been inspiring romance and setting the stage for the ultimate proposals that can only end with “I do” since opening its doors in 1906.

What is the most romantic proposal that you have seen in The Ritz?

The most romantic proposal I have seen at The Ritz was a candlelit dinner for two in our Marie Antoinette Suite. This beautiful private dining room is decorated in resplendent Louis XVI style and is based on a salon in the Palace of Versailles. Prior to arriving at The Ritz for the proposal, the bride-to- be had been led on a treasure hunt around the city reminding her of all of the special and meaningful places the couple had spent time getting to know each other. Upon opening the final clue they entered the stunning Marie Antoinette Suite where the ring was pre-set on the table.

Have you had any person of note propose at The Ritz?

We have a very high profile of Clientele at The Ritz who come to celebrate many special occasions with us due to discretion.

Why did you decide to create a new proposal package?

The history and elegance of The Ritz conjures up visions of fairytale romance, enchanting rendezvous and timeless love, making it the most perfect venue for marriage proposals. We wanted to provide guests with support and guidance from our specialist Event Planners in ensuring the day is magical from start to finish.

Why did you choose The Proposers to be your recommended suppliers?

We chose The Proposers to be our recommended supplier for marriage proposals as their dedication to making couples happy by planning bespoke, creative and tailored marriage proposals reflects the ethos of The Ritz. We feel they make the perfect partner to take care of our guests in ensuring their every needs are met during this landmark life event.


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Proposing on the London Eye



We’re very excited to announce our partnership with the iconic London Eye.

Over the years we’ve planned many marriage proposals and romantic events on the London Eye. From singing and dancing flash mobs, to magicians, acrobats and ballet dancers, see here. There are so many ways to make an event personalised and tailored to the couple.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the London Eye to offer more excited clients that extra special moment whilst overlooking the most beautiful city in the world. With views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Southbank, St.Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge and pretty much everything as far as the eye can see.

The London Eye recognises that it’s a great place to pop that all important question, that’s why they’re now offering a brand new package to their loved up clients.

Introducing The Proposal Capsule, with 360° views, a photographer, champagne, chocolate truffles, priority boarding, private pod, and entry to their VIP lounge. All for £395. For more details see here.

To make the experience even more personalised, The London Eye have teamed us with us, The Proposers to offer that extra special touch.We are really excited and privileged to be working with such an iconic London attraction.

To coincide with the launch of our partnership and the new Proposal Capsule, we interviewed The fabulous London Eye Events Manager Rebecca Thomas.

  1. Why do you think that The London Eye is so popular for marriage proposals?

It is such an iconic venue that offers a stunning backdrop; it really does make it the perfect romantic setting. The 360° views are an unrivalled way to experience London and they offer such a picturesque background for photos or video footage capturing the special moment.

  1. How many people would you say have proposed on The London Eye?

A lot! We estimate that just under 6000 couples have ‘put a ring on it’ at 365 metres above London.

  1. What is the most romantic proposal that you have seen on the London Eye?

There was one proposal that really made me emotional when I watched it back! A proposal earlier this year involved a flash mob of singers who performed the couples ‘song’. The girlfriend of the couple was so oblivious she just enjoyed the song whilst singing along! She was so surprised when the singers revealed their tops’ spelling out ‘Will you marry me’ – it was just lovely to see! The couple have such a lovely story to tell for years to come and I know they will remember it forever.

  1. Why did you decide to create a new Proposal Capsule?

We have so many proposals on the London Eye and the worry of remembering to get their phone ready or having to secretly ask someone to snap away is always such a big thing for the ‘proposer’. So we introduced a package that takes that stress away and ensures the couple have professional photos to keep forever!

  1. What is the benefit of this capsule over a The Cupid’s Capsule?

Simply the photographer… The Cupid’s Capsule is such a popular product and works perfectly for proposals so we have tweaked it ever so slightly to include the photographer. We know how important photos are!

  1. Why did you choose The Proposers to be your recommended suppliers?

The Proposers are experts at what they do and leaders in their field. We were really impressed with some of the proposals they brought to our venue and the team are a pleasure to work with!

You’ve heard it from the Experts. If you’re thinking of proposing on the London Eye then you know exactly who to contact.

Thanks for reading. 

How to arrange an incredible engagement shoot in London


Getting engaged is such a wonderful moment so it’s only natural that you would want to show off your happy news. Here are our tips for creating a beautiful engagement shoot in London.

Finding the right photographer

Many photographers offer an engagement shoot as part of their wedding package. This is a great way to find out how your photographer works and their unique style. It’s also beneficial to use the same wedding photographer for your engagement shoot so that you can get to know them and feel relaxed on the day of your wedding.couple in front of the houses of parliament

Choosing the perfect setting

London is such an iconic location so it’s not hard to find a beautiful setting for your engagement shoot. We would recommend finding secret spots that make it seem like it’s just the two of you, but still captures the beauty of London.

Engagement shoot in London

Choose the right lighting

For London, and other cities sunrise and sunset are great times to capture your engagement photos. Not only will there be less people around, these are also the most romantic times of day, which is very fitting for the type of shoot you are doing! couple in love next to big ben

Re-enact the proposal

If you didn’t have a photographer present at the proposal itself, this is a brilliant opportunity to get an amazing proposal shot. Try and make the shot look as natural as possible, your photographer should be able to help with this by making you feel at ease.Engagement Shoot

Consider what you are going to wear

Make sure that you tailor your clothing to where the location the shoot will take place. You should also need to consider the vibe that you want at your wedding to try and set the tone. Matching your clothing to your partners clothing is also important so that you don’t clash. Engagement Shoot in London

Reflect your personalities

This engagement shoot is all about you and your partner so you should make sure that your personalities are reflected through the photos too. Try to have fun with it and take props to make you feel more relaxed.

engagement shoot in london

If you would like help arranging an incredible engagement shoot in London we can help! We work with some amazing photographers and know of many beautiful spots for your shoot to take place.

Contact us at to find out more, or visit to learn more about what we do.

Why should you hire a proposal expert?



At The Proposers we love all things romance. This means that we are passionate about helping others create romantic memories for their loved ones.

As proposal experts we spend our days ensuring that our clients have creative and unique proposals that are tailored to their relationship so we put as much passion into your proposal as we would our own. Proposal Experts The Proposers plan a romantic picnic proposal at a French Chateau


Did you know that 75% of women wish that they could change their proposal story? Today, everybody wants a great proposal story to show off to their friends, so having a proposal expert to bounce ideas off is a brilliant way to come up with a unique idea that your partner will love and that their friends will be envious of.

Proposal Experts The Proposers plan a flashmob proposal in the centre of Covent Garden Stress

Hiring a proposal expert removes the stress from your day as you are allowing someone else to deal with the logistics. This is just as much your day as it is your partners, so our aim is to remove the stress by ensuring that everything runs smoothly.Proposal Experts The Proposers


You may not think this, but there are so many little details involved with planning a proposal that are hard to remember. There’s no point in secretly hiring a busker to serenade you if you can’t find them and have forgotten their number!

By hiring a proposal expert you have someone else to remember these details for you! We’ll even provide you with a written plan to ensure that there are no problems on the day. That way you only have to focus on one thing!Proposal Experts The Proposers plan a romantic proposal in the Shangri La Paris


If you have a full time job and a heavy workload it can be hard to find the time to ring up different suppliers to find the best choices. As proposal experts we are here to do that for you. We plan proposals day in and day out so our sole focus is making sure that you get the best proposal for your budget.


If you have been inspired by this post and would like help planning your dream proposal contact us at, or to find out more about what we do visit now!

We have planned over 850 unique and creative marriage proposals in the past 5 years so you are in safe hands with us!

If you would like to propose with a beautiful diamond ring visit our partner, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection here.

London Marriage Proposals


Are you thinking about proposing in London but can’t come up with an original and unique idea?

Luckily for you we are London’s leading marriage proposal and romantic event planners, which means that we are full of creative and personalised ideas to help you plan the proposal of your dreams in England’s largest city.


The first thing that you need to consider when proposing in London is the exact location that you are going to pop that all-important question.

Famous Landmark

Proposing at a famous London landmark is always a great idea because every time you go back and visit it in the future you will remember the special moment you shared there.

Some of the most famous landmarks to propose at in London include The Shard, Wellington Arch, The London Eye, St James’ Park, Trafalgar Square and of course Big Ben!Couple in love in front of the House's of Parliament


If you are thinking about proposing in London and would like to propose in a more intimate setting a hotel is perfect.

The Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard is the perfect example of this. Their rooms are exquisite and have the best views over London.Tower Bridge and The Shard

We can either decorate your room to surprise your partner after a day of sightseeing or a romantic dinner. Or, if you’d prefer to propose at dinner with views that span across London we can decorate the Shangri-La’s private dining room with beautiful fairy lights, candles and rose petals before sitting down to a beautiful dinner.

Room decoration in the Shangri-la Shard


If you want to propose on a boat why not do it in style by proposing in the actual speedboat that was used in James Bond? Sit and enjoy a glass of bubbly and canapés before getting down on one knee and popping the question.Marriage proposal on James Bond's speed boat along the River Thames Or if you want something a little calmer we can arrange for you to have a private moonlit dinner cruise along The Thames. We can even decorate the boat for you and arrange for you to be serenaded by a musician whilst you eat!

In a park

London has an abundance of beautiful green spaces so proposing in a park is always a great way to pop the question. Whether you choose to propose in the beauty of Queen Mary’s rose gardens in Regents Park, whilst boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, with a beautiful balloon in Greenwich Park, or have a picnic in the bandstand in Battersea Park, we tailor each proposal location to your needs.Picnic marriage proposal in The Pergola at Hampstead Heath

Type of Proposal

The next thing that you need to consider is the type of proposal that you want. Below we have suggested just a few of the proposals ideas that we can create for you if you would like to propose in London, as well as videos to accompany them.

Flashmob Proposal in Covent Garden

Treasure Hunt Proposal

Winter Wonderland

Train station proposal 

Italian Gardens 

West End Tour

Tower Bridge

London Eye

The Shard

The Ring 

Finally, if you are planning on proposing in London and are looking for a beautiful diamond engagement ring to give to your future fiance our partners, Purely Diamonds have a stunning collection of diamond and gemstone rings to choose from.

Diamond and Gemstone engagement rings from Purely Diamonds

To take a closer look at their stunning collection click here.

If you have been inspired by this post on proposing in London and would like help planning your own romantic proposal let us know at or visit to find out more about what we do.

We have planned over 850 proposals in the last 5 years so you are in safe hands with us! Take a closer look at the proposal packages we have on offer here.


All you need to know about proposing.


A proposal is such a special moment in any couples life as it is the start of their journey towards their future lives together.

Gone are the days when getting down on one knee and asking your girlfriend or boyfriend to marry you was enough. Today marriage proposals are a lot more personalised, and that’s where we come in. By helping men, (and women), arrange a stunning and unique proposal for their partner.

If you’re thinking about popping that all important question, here is our guide to making sure that your special moment runs as smoothly as possible.

What should I consider before proposing?

Is your partner traditional?

Although times have moved on, it is still a nice sentiment to get your future spouses parents on board by asking their permission first. It may seem outdated, but we’re sure that your partner will appreciate it.


The Ring


Before settling on the perfect ring there is so much to consider. We have combined forces with family run diamond jewellers Purely Diamonds, not only to give our clients an amazing discount, but also to teach them about what they should look for when buying a ring.

If your partner is a girly girl you should go for a princess, or heart cut ring design. If they prefer a vintage design an emerald, or asscher cut ring is brilliant. If you would like to stick with something a little more traditional, a round brilliant cut diamond solitaire makes the perfect ring.

Here’s what you should look for when finding your engagement ring:

What sort of proposal should I have?

This is simple, you should tailor your proposal to your partner and it will be perfect.

If your partner loves rainbow roses, make sure they’re present. If their favourite song is John Legend’s, ‘All of Me,’ make sure it is playing in the background. Or print out cute little pictures that you have taken together up until this moment, and put them in pretty frames of your partner’s favourite colour.

It’s the little touches that might not seem like anything to you, which will make the proposal that much more special to them.

If you think that your partner would like a proposal that is big and flashy, getting someone to perform your partners favourite song is always a great way to do this.

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If you think that they’d prefer something more intimate you can hire out a stunning venue, which you can then decorate beautifully, and have a private meal for two in.Room decor

Where should my proposal take place?

Before proposing you should make sure that the location is epic! The location will be part of your proposal story after all, plus you’ll want a great backdrop for photos!The Proposal (18) (1)

One of the most popular places to propose in London is The Shard. Why wouldn’t it be? The view is incredible! Every city has it’s own unique landmark or venue that would make the perfect location for your proposal. You just need to find it! shardAlternatively, you can take your proposal across the seas to warmer, (and colder!) climates. Proposing on a beach at dusk as the waves crash beside you is such a romantic idea. As is proposing under the Northern Lights. From Iceland to Zanzibar we have planned proposals all over the world, and even have our own branches in Dubai and India! So if you’re looking to propose abroad we have plenty of great ideas.icleand

Should my proposal be public or private?

This, again, depends on your partner. If they are someone that loves PDA’s (public display’s of affection), then a huge display of your love in the middle of a public place will be the perfect proposal for them. If, however, they are more reserved, a flash mob proposal in the centre of Trafalgar Square might not go down so well.The Proposers Flash Mob - Covent Garden, London 13/7/13 ©Chris LobinaYou should do something more low-key and intimate instead! As we said before you can hire out a beautiful venue and decorate it, or hire a private pod in the London Eye so that you have stunning views when asking that all-important question.londoneye

Some of our beautiful proposals

Over the years we have created some weird, wonderful and downright romantic proposals, each as creative and special as the last. Over the past four years we have dressed cats up as waiters and dogs as Disney characters, abseiled into caves, created flash mobs in major tourist attractions and beautifully decorated multiple stunning venues across London, the UK and the rest of the world.jameTo give you a better idea about the types of proposals you can come up with, here are a range of some of our favourite proposals that we have created. *WARNING: You may need some tissues at the ready!*

‘The Notebook’ inspired proposal

‘Friends’ themed proposal

The Shard Proposal

Stately Home Proposal

Flashmob Proposal

If you have been inspired by this post and would like help planning your own unique and romantic proposal contact us at or visit We have planned over 650 proposals in the last four years so you are in safe hands with us! And this month we launched our new WEDDING SERVICE! Check it out here.

If you are looking for a beautiful engagement ring to propose with visit our partners, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection here.




National Proposal Day


National Proposal Day is quickly creeping up on us, but does anyone actually know where this day came from?

We’re here to shed some light on the tradition behind this wonderful day and to provide you with tips on how to organise the best, National Proposal Day,  marriage proposal ever!

National Proposal Day occurs each year on the 20th March. It is not as well known as other romantic holidays (i.e. Valentine’s Day), but it is still quite literally the perfect day to pop the question to your loved one.


The tradition of National Proposal Day allegedly came about decades ago after a man named John Michael O’Loughlin watched his cousin wait years for her boyfriend to propose, until she eventually gave up and moved on.

O’Loughlin said National Proposal Day is designed to be a day where couples, who are yet to get engaged, but who really should be, will hopefully be forced to have a conversation about where their future is going.

So why the 20th March? According to O’Loughlin it is because it is the first day of spring, and this is where day and night are of equal length worldwide, symbolizing the equal efforts of the two required to comprise the successful marriage.proposal

How should you propose on National Proposal Day?

In a park

As the 20th March is the beginning of springtime, it seems only fitting to propose somewhere that reflects that, and where better than a beautiful park in the middle of London?NishProposal_21

Imagine strolling through the park to see a group of buskers singing your partners favourite song. As you get closer to them, one of the singers break away from the group to hand your partner a gift.

As your partner unwraps the gift, a frame is revealed containing a photo of the two of you together. Whilst your partner is busy with the gift you can get down on one knee behind them so that when they turn around they will be shocked to see you down on one knee.

With a fantastic view

Proposing at one of the highest places in London will literally make you feel on top of the world. Not only gives you fantastic views, but it also creates an incredible proposal story.tomcoby3-1024x683

We have created a number of proposals in The Shard. Whether you want to propose in a restaurant, a hotel room or even at The View From The Shard itself we can beautifully decorate any area to your tastes. Take a look here for more information.

On a boat

Taking a private row on a beautiful lake in the middle of Regents Park or Hyde Park is a great way to pop the question.

You can get friends and family involved too by asking them to row over with gifts that symbolise your relationship. You can also get them to bring over flowers and champagne once your partners said yes!

In a private garden

Do you have a beautiful garden, or does your partner have a favourite song that you want to replicate?


Wouldn’t it be amazing to propose in the middle of a secluded garden, in a great location, (like this one that overlooks The Shard). We can decorate the garden gorgeously with fairy lights and lanterns so that it looks like a dream when you walk in. To make the proposal even more special we can hire singers to surprise your partner by performing their favourite song.

Extraordinary Marriage Proposals From Around The World 

In the spirit of National Proposal Day our partners, Purely Diamonds, have commissioned this amazing infographic about the weird and wonderful marriage proposal traditions from around the world. info

If you would like help planning your own romantic proposal contact us at We have planned over 650 proposals in the last four years with a 100% ˜YES’ success rate so you are in safe hands with us! Visit for more information.

If you would like to propose with a beautiful diamond ring visit our partners, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection here.

Romantic Date Night Ideas


You may not know this, but here at The Proposers, marriage proposals are not all we do. We are also rather good at organising other types of romantic events too, (if we do say so ourselves!)

That’s why we’ve put together our top ideas for creating a date night that your partner will never forget!

Private Dining Experience

If it’s a romantic evening you’re after, why not arrange a table for two that has an amazing view. We can help plan a dining experience with a difference at a London landmark such as The Shard or the Gherkin.privatediningWe can decorate the room to your specifications with beautiful rose petals, fairy lights and candles. We can also arrange to bring personalised touches into the room, which your partner will love.Room decor

Romantic Stroll

If you’d like to do something different for your date night we can organise for you and your partner to be serenaded whilst you take a moonlit walk. Just imagine their surprise when you come across a group of buskers performing your partner’s favourite song!_K3_9307To make it even more personal we can arrange for one of the singers to give your partner a gift containing something they’ll love!jens13Cute Balloon

If you would prefer to do something a little more understated, how about using a personalised balloon?pavelWhether it says, I love you, Happy Anniversary, or Happy Birthday, we can arrange to have words of your choice written on the balloon. We will the wrap it up in beautiful wrapping paper and leave it in the location of your choice, (don’t worry we will keep an eye on it!). Your partner will be stunned to come across a huge box with their name written on it.anotheryesPersonalised Champagne Bottle or Menu

If it’s a dining experience that you’re after, but would prefer to eat in a public restaurant we can still help. We can personalise the label of a champagne bottle to say what you want.champagneOr we can create a relationship story within your menu!IMG_2344Helicopter Tour

Would you like to take your relationship to new heights? Then why not organise a romantic date in a helicopter.ianWhilst you are flying over the city or countryside taking in the sights, we can be on the ground writing out a message for your partner to read!Will you marry mePost-box Date Night

If it’s a cosy or creative night in that you’re looking for then we can arrange for a bespoke package to be sent to your door. IMG_2346Whether it’s a pizza or movie night for two, or a couples wine tasting, we have plenty of fun activities to choose from.postboxproposalIf you would like any help to plan a romantic date night please contact our romance concierge service at We have planned over 650 romantic events in the last 4 years so you are in safe hands with us. For more information visit

If you would like to give your partner a beautiful piece of diamond jewellery visit our partners, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection here.

Proposing in Suffolk


Proposing is a daunting business. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to get down on one knee to ask your girlfriend those four little words that she’s been dreaming of hearing her entire life, Will you marry me- before sliding that beautiful diamond ring onto her awaiting finger. Today proposing has almost turned into a competition. It seems the bigger the spectacle the greater your love.

Fortunately, we are ready and waiting to give a helping hand so that you too can create the perfect proposal for your partner. 

Take a look below to see The Proposers Guide for the best ways to propose in Suffolk.

1. In front of a spectacular building:

If it’s a jaw dropping, treat her like a princess proposal that you’re after then Ickworth House is the ideal location. Whether it’s by the house itself, in the expansive gardens or in the parkland beyond you’re not short of beautiful surroundings to pop that all-important question


Plus think how great your engagement photo will look!

2. In a private venue:

Another location that will make her feel like a Queen is Hengrave Hall.

Hengrave Hall

Imagine hiring the venue and having it all to yourselves. The gardens would make a stunning location for the proposal and you could even arrange to have Will You Marry Me, written out in fire!


3. Whilst glamping.

If you’re nature lovers, get back to it in style with a spot of glamping. Secret Meadows offer luxury gypsy wagons, which would be perfect. Just think how romantic it would be to propose in front of a fire, under a sky full of stars!


We can arrange for you to return to your accommodation after a day of activities to see that it has been completely transformed with fairy lights, flowers, and candles. We can also arrange for a private chef to come and cook a three-course meal for you to enjoy whilst you are celebrating your engagement.


4. At the beach:

Aldeburgh, Claremont, Kessingland, The Pier Beach. Suffolk is lucky enough to have an abundance of beaches so if you want to propose by the sea, this could be ideal for you.

Beach Proposal 1

Why not hire a beach hut and get us to come and beautifully decorate it for you with fairy lights, candles, flower petals and personalised trinkets? Alternatively, we can come and organise a private romantic picnic on the beach for you.

Beach Proposal 2

5. On a boat.

Whether you hire a cute rowing boat for an hour or two, or a private speedboat for the day, proposing on the water is incredibly romantic and Thorpeness Meare is an idyllic setting.


We once re-created a scene from the film, The Notebook, for one proposal. This involved a rowing boat on the lake, a West End singer to perform the couple’s favourite song, and hundreds of paper swans!

If you like what you’ve seen and would be interested in finding our more about us please visit or contact We are a bespoke marriage proposal and romantic events planning company who have planned over 650 proposal in the last 4 years with a 100% ‘Yes’ success rate so you are in safe hand with us!

If you’d like to propose with a beautiful diamond engagement ring visit our partners, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection here.


Credit: National Trust, Hengrave Hall, Secret Meadows, Alan Rolfe

Leap Year Proposal Ideas


It’s back again, that time that gets everyone talking. That’s right you’ve got it, we’re talking about a Leap Year! Why does it get everyone talking? It’s because once every 4 years it is socially acceptable for a woman to propose to a man. An archaic ideology we know, but one that unfortunately is still exists in these modern times.


As you know we love planning proposals, it’s what we’re good at and it’s a massive bonus that we get to make couples incredibly happy once in a while. Ok, more than once in a while. (We’ve planned over 650 proposals in the last four years!)

We adore planning Leap Year proposals, but unfortunately with a staggering 79% of women not feeling brave enough to propose to their man we don’t get to plan as many as we’d like. Luckily we’ve still had some ladies who have taken the plunge.


Where does the idea of a Leap Year proposal come from?

There are a number of theories of where this tradition comes from:

  1. In the 5th Century it is rumoured that St Brigid of Kildare, an Irish nun, asked St Patrick to let women propose after many women were left waiting for a proposal from their boyfriends. He granted her wish and allowed women to propose every four years on a Leap Day.
  2. In 1288 the five-year-old Queen Margaret of Scotland allegedly created a law, which allowed women to propose on a Leap Year as long as they wore a red petticoat. If a woman’s boyfriend rejected her proposal he was forced to pay a fine.
  3. If a woman in Finland wanted to propose to their boyfriend they had to do it on a Leap Day, as it was the only day that gave the couple good luck. If the boyfriend refused he was required to pay a fine, (enough money to pay for a new skirt).
  4. In some European countries, if a man rejected his girlfriends proposal he would have to buy her twelve pairs of gloves to hide the shame of being rejected.


How to Propose:

The thought of proposing can be daunting for anyone, but don’t worry if you remember these few basic tips to proposing, we promise that you’ll be absolutely fine!

  1. Consider whether you’re definitely ready. There’s a reason why he hasn’t proposed yet. It could be because he’s lazy or scared of commitment, or perhaps he just thinks that you are not in the right financial position at the moment to be married. Or he could not just be at the same stage as you! Make sure you suss this out before you propose.
  2. Tailor the proposal to him. What does you partner like or dislike? If he likes fishing write ‘Will You Marry Me’, on little note and attach it to his hook. If he likes football you can write it on the back of a shirt of his favourite team.
  3. Propose in private. Men are very protective of their ego and you definitely don’t want to bruise it whilst proposing. Do you have a spot that you always go together or is there somewhere that you’ve always wanted to visit? Make sure that you find a romantic spot where you can pop the question in private and he’ll thank you for it later.
  4. Get him a ring. If your boyfriend is the kind of man that would wear jewellery then definitely get him a ring. Take a look at our partners, Purely Diamonds, stunning collection of man-gagement rings here. If he doesn’t like to wear a ring why not buy him a watch instead. That way at least he’ll remember to get to the church on time!


What if he says no?

Don’t worry and don’t panic. You don’t know why he’s said no. He may have been planning to propose to you and you just got there first. Or maybe he’s just not ready to make that kind commitment. Instead of thinking this is the end of the world, instead talk to him about why he’s not ready for marriage yet.

Extraordinary Proposal Traditions from Around the World

Extraordinary Proposal Traditions From Around The World

There are a lot of weird and wonderful proposal traditions from around the world, which Purely Diamonds have put together on the infographic below.

If you’d like to plan your own proposal at The View From The Shard, but would like a helping hand let us know at We are the UK and Europe’s leading proposal planners and have planned over 650 proposals in the last 3 years so you are in safe hands with us!

If you would like to propose with a beautiful diamond ring take a look at our partners, Purely Diamonds, beautiful collection of diamond rings here.



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