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Are You Popping The Question in Leap Year?

If you are thinking of popping the question then the 2012 Leap Year edition of the guide ‘Official Ceremonies In West Sussex’ is a must.

The free, glossy brochure looks at the history of that all-important marriage proposal and some of the ancient superstitions surrounding it.

For example, in bygone days when a young man travelled to ask a father for his daughter’s hand, if he saw a monk or a pregnant woman on the journey it meant bad luck.

But spotting a goat, pigeon or wolf would bring fortune to the union.

The 60 page brochure also has some real-life stories from local brides on how their husband popped the question – ranging from the chap who went down on bended knee in the snow, to the footballer who said ‘will you….’ just after a match.

Official Ceremonies In West Sussex is published by West Sussex County Council’s Registration Service, and the 2012 edition includes:

Valuable information to help people plan a ceremony, and some tips on keeping down the cost.

Details of the exceptionally wide range of venues in West Sussex for weddings and civil partnerships.

An A to Z guide of ceremony specialists – businesses that can offer a wide variety of services to meet all your ceremony day needs.

Other Registration Services detailed in the brochure are:

Naming Ceremony – a non-religious ceremony to welcome a baby, child or children into your family.

Renewal Ceremony – a non-religious ceremony for couples who wish to re-celebrate their wedding or civil partnership.

Citizenship Ceremonies held after a person has been granted British Citizenship by the Home Office.

Pete Bradbury, the West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Registration Service, said: “The brochure is packed with advice and information as well as some very entertaining features.

“There are so many amazing and varied venues in West Sussex that people are really spoilt for choice, and the County Council is keen to see even more places applying to be licensed.

“We are also sure that West Sussex has an awful lot to offer people who live outside the county, but are looking for somewhere different but special for their big day.

“As the brochure says – from historic thatched cottages to grand castles, people will have memories that last a lifetime.”

Official Ceremonies In West Sussex 2012 can be obtained from a wide variety of outlets including licensed venues, Libraries, Help Points, Children and Family Centres, and Tourist Information Centres. Business wanting to stock copies can ring 01243 777431.

It can also be delivered direct to your door free-of-charge by
phoning 01243 642122.

Alternatively it can be viewed on-line at  which also includes direct links to advertisers’ websites, and details of video films aimed at helping people plan their special day.