February 14 is fast approaching and romance is very much in the air. When it comes to popping the question, women are more likely to say yes on St Valentine’s Day than at any other time of the year. And of course, the extremely romantic Hylands House is a perfect setting for weddings on this day.
It is said that St. Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Valentine’s Day is not new, it was first associated with romantic love as way back as the Middle Ages. Writer, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem in 1381 in celebration of the engagement of King Richard II and Anne Bohemia:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
Which to you and me means: – “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
The earliest surviving Valentine doesn’t have the words ‘roses are red, violets are blue’. It was a card sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in the 15th century, and declares his love. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt
Are these times so romantic though? It seems that Valentine’s Day is going virtual with love birds more likely to use social media. A recent survey found that 62 percent of couples will use some form of virtual reality to share their declarations of love. Most send a text or use Facebook, some use email and 22 percent send an e-card.
Tokens of Love
The best gift is to tell someone you love them but there’s a growing desire to be just a little bit spoilt too. Women have cited a holiday or a car as their favourite Valentine’s Day Gift. Perhaps that’s why some Valentine’s messages remain anonymous!