V – is for Valentine
The exact origin of Valentine’s day is not 100% confirmed, however it is believed to have stemmed from the activities of certain Christian martyrs named Valentine. One of these martyrs was jailed for arranging secret marriages as they were banned amongst the army at that time. During his imprisonment he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. He gave her a letter declaring his love for her before his execution and signed the letter ‘your Valentine’.
A – is for Anonymous
You may wonder why Valentine cards are sent anonymously. This was a tradition started by the Victorians. They feared it was bad luck to sign their name, so often left it blank or signed it simply with an X.
L – is for Leap year proposals
Ladies, this year being a leap year, it’s your chance to propose to your loved ones on 29th February. Not to say you can’t at any other time of the year, but following tradition it is positively encouraged on this day! The old Irish legend tells of a tale whereby St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to try to rectify certain imbalances between men and women. St Patrick agreed that women could propose to men every four years coinciding with the leap year.
E – is for Earliest surviving Valentine poem
The earliest surviving Valentine poem was by Charles, Duke of Orleans sent to his wife whilst he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the battle of Agincourt during the 15th century. This literary gem is now housed in the British Library.
N – is for Number of roses given
More than 50 million roses are given on Valentine’s day each year. Roses were the favourite flower of the Roman goddess of love, Venus. The Victorians initiated the giving of roses as the flower symbolises passion and romance. Who doesn’t love a sweet smelling rose?? (Hint to my Hubby!)
T – is for Treats
At least £1.6 billion was estimated to be spent on treats and gifts to celebrate the occasion last year. (source 1) Gifts range from flowers, chocolates,champagne, jewellery, lingerie or all of the above!
I – is for Ideas to celebrate
Traditional ways to celebrate include wining and dining at a romantic restaurant, staying in for a special home cooked candlelit dinner or cosying up and watching a romantic film. For the more energetic going for a romantic walk in the countryside, escaping for a weekend break or spa trip or for the adrenalin junkies discovering a new activity! However if none of these rock your boat then you can do something entirely different – the main thing is to keep it personal, enjoyable and fun!
N – is for Number of cards sent
The tradition of exchanging small tokens of affection or hand written notes took place throughout all social classes during the middle of the 18th century. By 1900 this tradition evolved into the giving of printed cards for participants to continue to express their emotions in this way. Nowadays this is big business as last year approximately £40.2 million was spent on Valentine’s day cards -wow! (source 1)
E – is for Engagement!
So if you have just got engaged we wish you huge congratulations! So many exciting times ahead! Once you have recovered from all the well wishing amidst a sea of champagne, then it’s time to start planning for your big day. This is where your wedding planner comes in! We are here, at your beck and call to be of service wherever you need us, just get in touch…. we look forward to hearing from you!
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