Onion rings on the menu for Leap Year proposals?

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MEN in Scotland who didn’t propose on Valentine’s Day had better watch out - a new study shows 15% of women in Scotland said they would like to take advantage of it being a Leap Year and traditionally get down on one knee on 29 February.

However, 28% said they would be worried about their partner’s reaction.

The way to a man's heart?

The way to a man's heart?

But they needn’t worry, as over half of Scottish men – 53% - said they would love their girlfriend to propose.

The research was carried out by UK steak restaurant chain Beefeater.

It shows that Scottish women are not as ambitious as their counterparts in England, where 20% of women said they would like to propose to their partner.

The research looked at the differences between men and women’s attitudes towards proposals, which showed that men rank factors such as the method of proposal (56%) and location (26%) higher than the importance of the engagement ring itself.

Unsurprisingly, women proved that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend with two in three Scots (67%) saying that the ring was the highest of their priorities - a stark contrast to just 18% of men. Only 17% of Scottish men say that candles, flowers and romantic gestures would be important to them and 40% proved that food really is the way to a mans heart, stating that their ideal proposal would involve food.

On the back of their study, Beefeater has created a ‘Leap Year Proposal Package’ - helping to turn traditions on their head for women who were left disappointed on Valentine’s Day.

The Beefeater package, which will be available on request at the chain’s six Scottish restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, will see the lucky man be presented with a customised ‘man-sized’ engagement ring jewellery box.

It will containg a 10 oz steak branded: ‘Will You Marry Me?’ - as the method of proposal is more important than the ring.

It will also have ‘Crispfetti’- replacing rose petals, for a more edible choice of table decoration in the form of crinkle cut chips.

An onion ring will replace a diamond ring - to support men’s relaxed attitude towards the ring - two bottles of beer to toast the engagement, instead of champagne.

There will also be a man-sized box of tissues in case he gets emotional.

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Sarah Tinsley, head of marketing at Beefeater, said: “With Leap Day only falling every four years, we wanted to help women across the country take their engagement into their own hands and ensure a successful proposal.

“The Beefeater ‘Leap Year Proposal Package’ has been tailored for men, especially those who like their food, with an edible ring, crisp confetti and of course a branded steak that does the job of popping the question

“We hope to see a few newly engaged couples on 29 February and are looking forward to celebrating with them.”

Beefeater first fired up the grill in 1974 and now has over 140 restaurants nationwide.

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