Leap Year...here are a few tips for making the perfect proposal!

Leap year
Leap year

Well ladies, this Monday is February 29...and you know what THAT means!

If you are planning to propose to your fella this Monday follow these simple tips to ensure you get a ‘yes’.

The tradition of women proposing on leap day is thought to date back to 5th-century Ireland when St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for suitors to propose.

He then gave women a single day in a leap year to pop the question – the last day of the shortest month.

Legend has it that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to Patrick that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow.

Others believe the tradition originates from Scotland when Queen Margaret, then aged just five, declared in 1288 that a woman could propose to any man she liked on February 29.

Anyway, whatever the reason remember to:

Pick your moment - Make sure you have 100% of his attention and the place is meaningful to both of you. Timing is also important, don’t bring it up when he is in a hurry or if his football team has just lost a match!

Get a gift - If your man is a fan of jewellery, propose to him with a male engagement ring (even a doughnut ring will do). If not then think of another gift he’ll like, say, a watch.

Know your man - If he likes the outdoors propose under a star filled sky or make the moment funny.

Be prepared - Be prepared for him to say ‘yes,’ ‘no’ or ‘I’ll think about it.’

Either way, it is good to have a response ready. Don’t make the question an ultimatum, it may take him by surprise and he might need time to think it over.

Don’t rush -If you’ve known each other for less than a year its probably not a good idea to bring up the idea of marriage even if it may mean waiting another four years for the opportunity!

Do something different - Take a hot-air balloon ride over your favourite place, mime ‘Will you marry’ me while scuba diving, do a sky dive and write ‘Will you marry me?’ on your parachute before jumping, go for a meal and have the chef write ‘Will you marry me?’ around the edge of his desert plate. Or place a news ad in your local paper for him to read - well that’s an idea!

What do you think...? Know anyone who’s planning to pop the question? Men are you worried? Let us know.