Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How to propose...Celebrant in France shares her favourite wedding proposals...

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Nearly February - and I've been thinking more and more of those potential brides out there, who are hoping for a Valentine's Day proposal.

If it doesn't happen, then, as I pointed out in my last blog, Carpe Diem, you should perhaps take matters into your own hands - it's a leap year!

To inspire both partners I thought that throughout February I'd share some of my favourite proposals of 2015 and 2016 so far...

Now all of these, so far, are proposals from the lovely men I have married - you may know from an earlier blog,...a toast to all my lovely bridegrooms how much I admire my grooms but I think all of these can be adapted...

This is the first - inspiration for all chocolate lovers - but doesn't have to be chocolate - or Easter - for this to work.

It was Easter last year, and Easter has always been a
special time for this couple because it was one of the
holidays that they could regularly spend time together during a long distance relationship.

It had become tradition that Gorgeous Groom would set up an Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning, and, even well into her twenties, on Easter Sunday Beautiful Bride would be happily scouting round the house, or wherever they happened to be, for chocolate eggs.

Last year, because they’d been living in Paris, they decided to go to Belgium – the chocolate capital of the world! - for Easter weekend. They rented a studio in Brussels.

That Sunday morning BB was thrilled to discover that at age twenty-eight, the tradition was still going strong… and so she hunted around the flat exploring every nook and cranny to find her chocolate hoard.

Except this year there was a difference – she didn’t just find chocolate eggs, but also chocolate letters...

After collecting everything in a bowl, she emptied it all on the table in the studio. GG then made her close her eyes and turn around… when he said she could turn back, he’d rearranged all the chocolate letters to spell “will you marry me” and was down on one knee with a beautiful ring!

I can't imagine them having an Easter egg hunt to top that one..

I love the chocolatey idea of that one, but particularly
love the thought and imagination that went into it. Well done that GG.

Next one is amusing, but still romantic...and you'll have to wait until next blog...

Friday, 15 January 2016

A Celebrant in France says Carpe Diem | It's a leap year!

A Celebrant in France suggests that we should Carpe Diem

 - or seize the day - seize our lives - seize our loves...

Can there be anything more likely to make us consider life, love - and the whole damn thing - than sitting in a hospital waiting room waiting for surgery and looking about surreptitiously at our fellow victims? 

Having done just that, this week, I think not...

We take so much for granted - that we will be healthy, that if anything goes wrong, we can be fixed and doctors should be able to fix us, that we deserve to live to a ripe old age - we feel entitled to it...

But in a week when I did that sitting and surreptitious looking, and when the sitting gave me time to consider how the lives of family members and friends have been blighted and cut short by health problems - and in a week when David Bowie and Alan Rickman were only two people who died relatively young - and when the world is looking an increasingly dangerous place - I end that week saying Carpe Diem! Seize the day! If you have life - live it!

So, that relatively gloomy start leads me to a much happier thought! 

This year is a leap year. That means that if you are a woman, you can do the haven't got to wait for himself to get things together - you can just up and do it! ( Although, personally, I don't know why women don't anyway...but that's another blog...) 

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According to an old Irish legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – every four years. She felt Irish men might be a little shy... When St Patrick agreed the folk tale tells us that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to him that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow.
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 The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

So, if you feel you've been hanging around long enough, think about doing the proposing on February 29th this year - what have you got to lose - you might at least get a new dress out of it...or, indeed, twelve pairs of gloves!
J by Jasper Conran - Black leather faux fur cuff gloves        

Jacques Vert - Long Satin Evening GlovesRJR.John Rocha - Black leather applique flower glovesIn some places, Leap Day has been known as 'Bachelors’ Day.' In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her twelve pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. 

...a somewhat frivolous blog, I know, but with a serious centre - think about what is important to you this year and go and grab it...and enjoy it!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016!