A new decade sees new rules this leap year

Traditionally, 29th February, Leap Day, or as it was known in the mid-20th century, ‘Bachelor’s Day’, was the day on which a woman could ask a man to marry her. For Giada Bonazzi, 27, from Fforestfach in Swansea the tradition was scrapped when she asked her partner, Chris to take her hand in marriage last week.

(Set the date at  the recently crowned Best New Wedding Venue in the UK’ Fairyhill)


Giada popped the question to her partner of two years with a surprise Powerpoint presentation at home.  Her three young sons, Noah, Mateo and Leo even got in on the act!

Giada said “I didn’t see why I had to wait until leap day to make it socially acceptable to propose. I love Chris to bits and know we want to spend the rest of our lives together, so being confined by this old-fashioned tradition seemed a bit silly but truth be told I just couldn’t wait! We were all together in the house, Chris had just come home from work and we were just about to take the boys to football, when I mentioned that the kids had something for him. Noah (8) and Mateo (6) helped me put together a PowerPoint presentation of mine and Chris’ love story, with all pictures of our three boys and myself and Chris. It was a real special and emotional moment. It was so lovely to have the boys involved, afterwards we carried on as normal and headed to the footie!  

I can’t wait to embark on the next chapter of our journey together and it all starts with the wedding planning!”

 (Happy couple Giada and Chris after they’d just said ‘yes' to the venue)

The happy couple has since wasted no time in setting the date and have chosen 28th October 2021 at the exclusive Fairyhill by Oldwalls to say ‘I do’.

(Our iconic Georgian house)

Shakira Obaid, Commercial Director at Fairyhill: “At Fairyhill we celebrate those who throw out the rulebook, challenge the status quo and break traditions. It's 2020, surely a woman can propose anytime, it doesn’t have to be a leap day, we say go for it girls! Giada and Chris seem like such a lovely couple and we cannot wait to host their special day.”


Earlier this month, Fairyhill by Oldwalls was crowned the Best New Wedding Venue in the U.K at the prestigious U.K National Wedding Awards, the only Welsh business to be recognised.  

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