Valentine s Day

Feb 13, 2014

Ever the romantic, I couldn’t resist a bonus blog about Valentine s Day.


Its origins spring from the imprisonment of a certain Valentine by the Ancient Romans for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians (who were being persecuted).


You can probably see the connection, although you need a bit of imagination to make the leap to 21st century celebrations of Valentine s Day!

Modern day

Yes, I know I’m cynical, but, let’s face it, nowadays it is a chance for florists, card-makers, vintners, chocolatiers and restaurateurs to put their prices up.
More romantically, though, it is the most popular day for women to receive wedding proposals (although men prefer Christmas Eve). Let’s look at how to go about making a proposal.


The proposal

Of course there are all sorts of ways of proposing. Some will choose to accompany the proposal with a Valentine s Day gift.

In the vast majority of cases, you will want to choose a quiet venue – a booked table in a nice, intimate restaurant may do the trick. Soft music and subdued lighting should provide a suitable atmosphere.

Alternatively, the setting can be the home – perhaps to the accompaniment of a lovely meal (a dish you both enjoy!) and a certain amount of champagne! A proposal over a chocolate pudding often works well.

You can mention the romance of the day and how much it has encouraged you to express your love – but, naturally,  it’s got to be down to you what to say.

In truth, I didn’t propose on Valentine s Day (I chose an Italian garden in July!), but it was romantic and that’s key.

Make it a special day and enjoy it!

Michael Gordon can help prepare and conduct a tailor-made life-cycle civil ceremony in or around London or, indeed, in Europe.