St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on January 25th. St Dwynwen is Wales’ very own patron saint of love.
The day is a unique way for us in Wales to tell the ones we love exactly how we feel about them.
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill. However – her father, who had 24 daughters, had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. So, after falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel. The angel appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed. Her second, that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers. The third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled. As a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.
Love in the 21st Century
Thankfully these days, love and marriage usually take a much more successful path. If you are marrying in 2017, we wish you much love and luck. We hope that your wedding day turns out to be everything you always dreamed of, creating memories forever!
Leap Year Day only comes around once every four years so you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
In Ireland and Britain, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only in leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation was deemed to be a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29.
According to Felten: “A play from the turn of the 17th century, ‘The Maydes Metamorphosis,’ has it that ‘this is leape year/women wear breeches.’ A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn’t do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat — fair warning, if you will.”
In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.
If you think you may be in with a chance of a “Yes” you had better get some scented candles, fine wine, romantic music and delicious food at the ready, well – you have to make him think he’s onto a good thing now, don’t you?
So – he popped the question and you have a sparkly new ring firmly on the third finger of your left hand. Now comes the fun part, setting the date and planning your big day.
After such a prolonged spell of appaling wet weather, you may think an overseas wedding is a great idea.
At Dress in a Box we work closely with many Travel Agents to provide the right Travel Box for their excited brides to safely transport the wedding and bridesmaid dresses to their destination.
If you think a wedding abroad may be something to consider, why not have a chat with some of the top overseas wedding specialists? They can help with all aspects of your big day, taking all the stress away so you can look forward to the celebrations.
Don’t forget to consider the climate when choosing your wedding dress — and deciding on everyone else’s attire. You’ll be swimming in sweat if you pair your fairy-tale satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking your groomsmen to wear tail coats in the sun and heat is just cruel. The men can look (and feel!) really cool in light coloured suits – ditch the jacket but keep the waistcoat – and crisp white, long sleeved shirts. Also, if you’re exchanging vows outside, you may want to reconsider a long train that will easily get muddy or grass-stained or three-inch heels that will stick in the sand.
Choosing your design sensibly will also help when packing. A huge dress, with yards of underskirts and trains, will try the patience of even the most experienced Bridal Shop and you really don’t want to end up having to pay for an extra suitcase and trusting your beautiful dress to the hold.
Do you know, statistics show that 2.5 million items of luggage are ‘mis-directed’ by airlines each year. Can you imagine how devastated you would feel if you arrived at your dream wedding destination, and discovered that your suitcase which contained your beautiful wedding dress had been sent to the other side of the world by mistake?
This is why it is adviseable to buy one of our Travel Boxes, which meet the onboard baggage allowance of most of the popular airlines. You can take your dress, in a box, onto the aircraft and store it in the locker above your seat so you can be sure it will arrive safely with you.
The beauty of our Travel Boxes is that they are all pH neutral so you can use them to store your dress for years to come after your wedding. Wrapped in acid free tissue paper, your dress will be stored correctly to prevent yellowing and away from dust and insects.
We have a large range of Travel Boxes to choose from, so what are you waiting for?