Gilwell Park Wedding Venue: Show in November

Gilwell Park in Chingford, Essex, is hosting a wedding show on November 3rd 2019 between 11am and 3pm.  Visitors can enjoy a glass of bubbly prosecco as they meet the local suppliers and service providers exhibiting at this gorgeous venue.
Sitting on the border of Essex and London, Gilwell Park is a beautiful rural retreat but with excellent national and international transport links nearby.  Chingford station, for example, is only minutes away!
And when we say rural, we’re not kidding.  It’s surrounded by 108 acres of countryside. 
What Makes Gilwell Park a Great Wedding Venue?
At the heart of the Gilwell Estate is the gorgeous white house which, dating back to 1754, is a Grade II listed property. 
This isn’t a cookie-cutter wedding venue.  Gilwell Park offers a good range of options to couples but without being overwhelming.  Few venues are so flexible with catering, decoration, ceremony and reception space, and guest numbers. You’ll be well accommodated by the fantastic team dedicated …

UK Guests Spend £65 On a Wedding Present with Cash Gifts Most Popular

UK GUESTS SPEND £65 ON A WEDDING PRESENT WITH CASH GIFTS MOST POPULAR The average Brit spends £65 on a wedding present with cash or gift cards the most popular present
Only 1 in 5 (20%) buy something from a gift list
The most generous guest is the Father of the Bride spending £80
Wedding season is upon us, along with the common conundrum of what to buy the happy couple and how much to spend.
A survey from One4all Gift Cards examining the present-buying habits of wedding guests reveals the average Brit now spends £65 on a wedding present, with monetary gifts topping the list as the most popular way to spoil the couple as they begin their marriage.

Of those buying gifts, today’s guests are avoiding the traditional gift list with only 1 in 5 (20%) picking a present from the couple’s wish list, while almost half (44%) opt for cash or gift cards for the newlyweds. Other popular presents include something for the home (21%) or a bottle of something alcoholic (9%).
Members of th…

Pride Month: LGBT Foster Carers

June 1st is the start of Pride Month and Barnardo’s is keen to hear from any LGBT couples interested in being foster carers to vulnerable children.   We think this is such an important topic and when we read Stephen and Wayne’s story we knew we had to share it with our readers.
Stephen and Wayne White describe fostering through Barnardo’s as “the best thing we’ve ever done”.
Stephen, a 34-year-old manager, and Wayne, a 30-year-old part-time care-worker, live in Coleshill in Warwickshire.
They were approved for fostering in December and it was just a few weeks later that they were introduced to a young boy, Thomas (not his real name), now aged eleven.
Stephen said: “We both come from large families where several of our own relatives had been fostered or adopted and we always considered them to be genuine members of our family - they were simply our aunts, uncles or cousins.
“So, when the time was right, we started to do a lot of research into fostering and the different charities and agenc…

Taiwan Legalises Gay Marriage

Taiwan has legalised gay marriage just days before the end of a two-year deadline set by the Constitutional Court.  
Taiwan is now the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage with campaigners hopeful that it could spur neighbouring countries in the region to follow suit.
In May 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court had ruled that any ban on equal marriage was unconstitutional.  Up until that point, the law had been clear: marriage was between a man and a woman only.  The Court gave the Government two years either to update the pre-existing law or to create a new one.
A referendum in November 2018, however, showed that most people in Taiwan didn’t actually believe in guaranteeing rights for LGBTQ couples on the island.  It put the Government in a rather difficult situation: between the proverbial rock and hard place and caught or rather between the people’s vote on the issue and the demands of the Constitutional Court. 
Despite the results of the referendum, still descr…

Gay Wedding Hashtags

Creating a wedding hashtag for a ceremony and reception isn’t every couple’s cup of tea but is it really so ridiculous when most of us use social media to document and organise our lives anyway. 
Gay wedding hashtags are one example of how same-sex couples are creating new traditions.  Planning a wedding when you’re LGBTQ often means navigating heterosexual customs and gender-based norms.  This is one way that couples (gay or otherwise) can embrace modernity and add a bit of fun to their ceremony and reception.
Customising a hashtag for friends and family to follow across social media platforms is bound to raise an eyebrow with some guests who may feel that it’s a bit soulless, tacky or narcissistic BUT hashtags are so helpful in curating photographs taken throughout the day.It’s great for the happy couple to search back through, too, and see a different side of the celebrations: a guest’s eye-view. 
Another reason that it’s popular is that a wedding hashtag allows friends and family w…

Lincolnshire Wedding Venues: Poachers Country Hotel in Boston

There’s a gorgeous wedding venue in Lincolnshire.   It’s called the Poachers Country Hotel in Boston and we think it should be TOP of your must-visit list.
The Poachers Country Hotel prides itself on its individual approach to wedding ceremonies and receptions.
All budgets and tastes are catered for with this warm and welcoming venue boasting a 19th century bar area and function suite catering for up to 110 formal diners and receptions of up to 200 people.

A complimentary overnight stay is included for all couples.
Things We LOVE about the Poachers Country Hotel
Its large function suite with state-of-the-art fibre starlight optics.

The sumptuous food made from locally sourced produce

The garden house marquee set in landscaped gardens

The small, dedicated and talented team who are eager to help facilitate the wedding you’ve dreamed of.

The emphasis on individual wedding planning rather than a cookie-cutter approach.

Civil marriages, civil partnerships and vow renewals are available to couples…

Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan: Deadline May 24th

Taiwan could be the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage.
On May 24th 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s ban on equal marriage was unfair to same-sex couples.  Giving the Taiwanese Government two years to put the law into place, the Constitutional Court’s deadline is now fast approaching: May 24th 2019.

Taiwan News reports that 157 gay couples have so far registered to get married on May24th despite the fact there’s ‘ongoing uncertainty over how Taiwan's legislature will handle competing demands from groups in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and those opposed’
Taiwan news goes on to say that the Taipei City Government has opened telephone and on-site bookings for couples.
Despite the ruling of the Constitutional Court, the road to legalisation hasn’t been as smooth as campaigners had hoped.  During a referendum in November 2018, most voters elected to demonstrate that they did not agree with guaranteeing same-sex marriage rights for gay co…

In Which Countries is Gay Marriage Legal?

In 2001, The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Since then many others have followed suit bringing the current total (in April 2019) to 28. 
In Which Countries is Gay Marriage Legal? 
Argentina (2010)Australia (2017)AustriaBelgium (2003)Brazil (2013)Canada (2005)Columbia (2011)Denmark (2012)England (2014)Finland (2017)France (2013)Germany (2017)Iceland (2010)Ireland (2015)Luxembourg (2014)Malta (2017)Mexico (2009)Netherlands (2001)New Zealand (2013)Norway (2009)Portugal (2010)Scotland (2014)South Africa (2006)Spain (2005)Sweden (2009)United States (2015)Uruguay (2012)Wales (2014)
We’re hopeful that 2019, 2020 and beyond will see more countries legalising gay marriage and allowing gay couples the same relationship rights as heterosexuals. 
Where Might Gay Marriage become Legal in 2019?

Japanese LGBTQ campaigners have taken their case to a hearing, but it’s likely that Taiwan will be the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage after its hi…

Should You Invite a Homophobic Relative to Your Gay Wedding?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a straight, gay or bi wedding – families can make things difficult.  LGBTQ couples have the additional headache of deciding whether or not to invite relatives that don’t support same-sex marriage.  It’s hurtful and it adds additional pressure and stress onto what is already a difficult time of planning. 

When you’re curating your guest list the question is: should you invite a homophobic relative to your gay wedding?  
No – that’s our gut reaction.  
If someone can’t give you 100% love and support on your wedding day, then they shouldn’t be there. For some couples, it’s as straightforward as that.  
But it isn’t always that simple, is it?
It rarely is when family are involved.  Only you can decide whether or not that person (or those people) deserves to be a guest at your wedding.  You hold the power.  You’re the inviter-in-chief.  But before you make a decision, there are a few things that you might like to consider first.

How Homophobic is the Pe…