• Engagement

2020 sees the return of 29th February… will any ladies out there be making the most of the extra day?

Every 4 years we get the strange phenomena that is a leap year. At the end of February an extra day is added to our calendars, equating the year to 366 days. It is on this date that traditionally women have been encouraged to propose to men.



Where did this tradition originate?

It is thought to date back to the 5th Century when St. Brigid of Kildare, an Irish nun, complained to St Patrick that women were having to wait too long for their suitors to pop the question. The legend goes that St Patrick subsequently decreed that women could propose once every 4 years, on a leap year.



Is this an outdated concept?

Nowadays it is generally accepted that women or men can propose to their partner on any day they like, however, if you’re a traditionalist then you may welcome the idea of reserving this special day for getting down on one knee.



Have you been the giver or recipient of a leap day proposal?

We’d love to know if you’ve ever taken the initiative or been on the receiving end of a 29th Feb proposal? Let us know in the comments below!

In the mean time, view some famous female celebs who have taken matters into their own hands…

Kristen Bell

Kristen proposed to her partner via Twitter – very modern!






Pink was supporting her boyfriend at one of his motorcycle races when she popped the question!  She had written ‘Will you marry me’ on a board which she held up during his third lap. We love that!




Halle Berry

Halle Berry was convinced her partner was the one for her and proposed after 6 months.




Regardless of who proposes, your engagement should be an exciting and happy time in your life! See our blog for advice on what comes next; planning your wedding. 


If wedding planning is already on your agenda then choosing a venue is a vital early step. See how couples have made the most of our country estate so far here.

Interested to know what we offer? See our prices & packages.

Finally, if you have any questions or queries about weddings at Howell Manor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… particularly if your partner has popped THE question!

You’ve indulged in the moment, told all your friends & family, celebrated non stop and now you might be coming back down to earth and thinking, ok, what next?


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Wedding planning is a long process but there are certain things that are important to address sooner rather than later…



The date

Are you expecting a long engagement or are you wanting to get married within a year or so? A realistic time-frame is important when considering what steps to take next… and how quickly! The longer you have to plan the greater the number of choices available to you.


The type of wedding

Hopefully you and your partner are aligned on this one. Are you dreaming of a church wedding, a registry office, an outdoor event, a country house/hotel? Do you want your wedding and the reception to take place at the same location or are you willing to travel between the two? These are important questions to ask yourself early on as they will significantly impact the venue decision.

The budget

This is a hugely important one and will affect most decisions you subsequently make. Consider how much you are willing to spend and then how you might obtain the finance – you may already have it or you may need to think about saving/asking for help. It is also a good idea to consider what elements of the wedding are most important to you, and assign budget accordingly. Have you considered insurance?

The tone of the wedding

Are you aiming for a formal affair, a rustic vibe, a  themed wedding? This is where you think about how you want your wedding to feel. Consider thinking of the adjectives you’d want your guests to use when describing your wedding, then imagine how you can create that.

The guests

Think about how many people you might want to invite. This will affect many other elements of the wedding, i.e the venue, the catering, the stationary and subsequently the cost.


The venue

Venues can book up months, if not years in advance. Start thinking about where you might want to tie the knot geographically in the country/world, and more specifically, the exact building. Find out more about weddings at Howell Manor if you love the idea of a country estate wedding.


The organisation

This is something which you and your partner may wish to take on yourself, alternatively you may think about employing the help of a wedding planner, or getting friends and family involved.

Finally, a huge congratulations to any couples who have recently got engaged. Savour the moment and enjoy every bit of planning your big day.


If you’re looking for an idyllic country venue then please don’t hesitate to book a visit to Howell Manor. We will give you a full tour of our venue and answer any questions you may have.
Alternatively please feel free to get in touch on 01529 460267 or email  elaine@sardesons.com.



Bells will soon be ringing at Howell Manor

We are so excited to announce that we are hosting our first wedding this summer. The lovely couple had an engagement shoot within the Howell Manor Estate and we are thrilled to share the images with you below:

Our country estate makes for a beautiful backdrop, whether that’s for a photoshoot or your big day. Should you wish to explore we welcome you to book a visit here.


Besides a beautiful setting, we have plenty to offer to ensure you achieve your dream wedding:

  • Substantial grounds for celebratory drinks and outdoor mingling.
  • Various options for your reception including tipis, marquees or barns.
  • We can arrange any amenities required, and have ample space for parking.
  • If you wish to be married in St Oswalds church, a stone’s throw away from our grounds, this can be booked directly through Reverend Chris Harrington.


We can’t reveal any details about our upcoming wedding but preparations are well underway. We can’t wait for the big day in July!

If you’re engaged and looking for a rustic country venue in Lincolnshire find out more about us here, or book a visit here.