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posted on 25th Jan 2013

Valentine’s Day is said to be the most popular day of the year to get engaged- with over 4 million couples said to have been engaged last year on this date, you can only imagine what the figure will be like this year! Here are some interesting facts about the most romantic day of the year…

1. True love is not that hard to find! In 2010 the office of National Statistics recorded that there were 241,100 weddings in England and Wales- more than 660 a day!

2. Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets! Men account for 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flower sales.

3. Roses are the flowers of love. Red roses stand for strong romantic feelings so it’s no surprise that they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

4. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase. In the middle ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

5. Money can buy love. Brits last year spent £880 million celebrating Valentine’s Day – and most of the money was spent by men. A study showed men spent a staggering £611 million on presents for their other halves. Meanwhile, women only spent just £269 million.

6. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.

7. The top 10 gifts Men buy for Women: Flowers, chocolates, a romantic Meal, perfume, a cuddly toy, a night in a hotel, lingerie, a UK short break, jewellery or a beauty treatment.

8.  The most beautiful and incredible gift of love is the monument Taj Mahal in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, it stands as the emblem of the eternal love story. Work on the Taj Mahal began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years and required the labour of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.

Daily Mail – Article ‘Weddings are on the increase’

Jessica at Gosfield Hall

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