Couples are discovering that 2024 is not just any ordinary year—it's a leap year! Lovebirds around the world are embracing the charm and rarity of getting married on February 29, and are seizing the opportunity to make their wedding day truly exceptional.

As the calendar presents an extra day, couples are choosing to embark on the journey of a lifetime and tie the knot on this unique day. They are creating memories that will be as rare and remarkable as the leap year itself. Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of leap year weddings, where love leaps the extraordinary!

Scene from the movie Leap Year. Shot in Dublin, Ireland.

Why Get Married on Leap Day

Leap Days have been tied to romance through an old tradition where women are encouraged to propose to men on Leap Day, breaking the conventional custom of men typically being the ones to propose. This tradition is believed to have originated in Ireland, and it has historical and cultural significance. In modern times, many people think leap day proposals are an outdated custom. Couples are now seeing Leap Day as a unique opportunity for their wedding. Here's a glimpse into why couples are choosing this day for their unions.

Rare and Exclusive

February 29 occurs only once every four years, making weddings on this date incredibly rare and exclusive. Couples are drawn to the idea of having a wedding anniversary that stands out from the rest.

Symbolism of Leap Day

Some see Leap Day as a symbol of taking a leap of faith into marriage. It adds an extra layer of significance to the commitment, making the wedding day even more memorable.

Unique Celebrations

Leap day weddings allow couples to celebrate their love in a way that distinguishes their marriage from others. It becomes a talking point for family and friends, creating a lasting memory for everyone involved.

Quirky and Fun

For couples with a sense of humor or a love for the unconventional, a leap day wedding offers a quirky twist to the traditional ceremony. It's a chance to infuse fun and playfulness into the celebration.

Memorable Anniversaries

Choosing a unique date, like February 29, ensures that couples will never forget their anniversary–especially since it only happens every four years! It adds a layer of sentimentality to the day they chose to say "I do."

So, if you want to get married on a leap day, make sure to confirm with your local county clerk's office or wedding officials first. Check that they are available for ceremonies on Leap Day. Some places like San Diego may offer special services or extended hours on this rare occasion. Additionally, ensure you meet the specific marriage license requirements in your local jurisdiction. Contact your county clerk's office or visit their website for information on necessary documents and fees

How Courtly Can Help

If you're considering a Leap Day wedding, we at Courtly ensure a seamless experience for you. 

Courtly is an online platform that streamlines the planning and execution of weddings and provides access to a network of experienced officiants. Additionally, Courtly offers a virtual ceremony option, enabling you to tie the knot from any location worldwide. Our platform manages all aspects of your wedding logistics, from securing your marriage license to handling paperwork, all consolidated in one place. 

Whether you're eloping or planning an intimate gathering, Courtly offers a range of wedding packages to suit your budget and preferences. Our dedicated team of wedding experts stands ready to assist you at every stage, from selecting an officiant to navigating legal requirements. With Courtly, your Leap Day wedding becomes both convenient and unforgettable.

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