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LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues: Grove House, Roehampton

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Grove House in Roehampton, South-West London, is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion.  Near the gorgeous Richmond Park and close to Putney, this beautiful white wedding venue overlooks a lake and boasts many original features giving the venue a real sense of character and charm.
Chandeliers, ornate ceilings and fireplaces with excellent views over Richmond Park, Grove House is a wedding venue for all seasons.
Its portrait room can host up to 150 guests for the ceremony, or there’s The Terrace Room, overlooking the terrace, for up to 60 guests. Couples have the choice to have their ceremony outside on the house’s lawn, too. 
150 guests can be accommodated for the wedding breakfast with an additional 50 guests for the evening
Rose gardens, a lily pond, a lake and 15 acres of parkland make this venue as beautiful on the outside as on the inside.  It’s a photographers dream, and we’d certainly recommend that you take a peek at the gallery on Grove House's wedding website; the photography

Gilwell Park Will Host a Wedding Show in October AND Launches a New Classic Wedding Package

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We were excited to hear that the gorgeous Gilwell Park in Chingford is hosting a wedding show in October.  Set in 108 acres, the estate is home to the 17th century Grade II listed White House, and we just know you’re going to fall in love with it.
Gilwell Park has 40 on-site bedrooms with enough space in the Main Hall to accommodate 150 guests for the wedding breakfast.
One of the big selling points is the individual approach to each ceremony and each couple.  Their invitation to you to ‘tailor every detail’ means this splendid building is your blank slate.  Few venues offer such freedom.
This is Georgian elegance tucked away in Epping Forest BUT within touching distance of major transport networks offering couples and guests the best of both worlds.


We’d highly recommend that you plan a trip to Gilwell Park's wedding show on Sunday, October 21st 2018 between 11am and 3pm.
Entry is free and there’s a welcome glass of prosecco.  This is your chance to view this stunning venue as well a…

The 5 Easy Steps to an Eco-friendly Wedding

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Having an eco-friendly wedding is something that may not have occurred to you. 

There’s so much to do and plan in the run-up to the big day that adding environmental conscientiousness into the mix is probably not high up on your list of priorities.
You’ve already got a lot on your mind and we get that.
But isn’t it terrifying to think what damage we’re doing the planet?  There’s a lot of talk at the moment about Hot House Earth and how the world is sliding towards environmental disaster unless something is done soon.  Think about what legacy you’re leaving after the wedding, once the confetti has been swept up, and the cards put away, for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
It can be hard to imagine that as individuals we have the power to make a difference but we really do, and it’s no different on your wedding day.  Take a moment in your wedding planning to think about what you and your partner can do to lessen the impact on the environment.  
Fortunately, the fab pe…

Paperless Post & Awesome Electronic Wedding Invitations

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Etiquette dictates that wedding invitations should be hand-written in black copperplate script on a cream or matte background, and they should be sent by post.

Honestly?

We used to turn our noses up at the thought of a digital wedding invitation or e-vite.  To us, it seemed impersonal and a rather soulless way of announcing a couple's upcoming nuptials. We didn't think that an invitation created online could compare to a handwritten one - until now. 

We’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to try out some of Paperless Post's gorgeous designs.  There's nothing impersonal about their collection of online wedding stationery. 


What we LOVE about Paperless Post:

There’s an impressive range of designs

And let’s face it, this is what we’re most bothered about when choosing our invites. The invitation is the first look that guests get of your theme or aesthetic, and it’s important that couples set the tone correctly. The Paperless Post designs are stunning. 

Gorgeous, actual…

Travelling Around the World as LGBTQ: What's it Really Like? Survey Request

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When you’re out in public with your partner do you feel comfortable holding hands or showing affection?
The fab people at Airport Parking Shop are asking the LGBTQ community what it’s like to travel around the world and what difficulties they face and how they overcome them.
You can access the survey by following this link.
I was in Madrid a couple of years ago with a gay friend, and we were completely taken aback at how many LGBTQ couples were holding hands in public and being affectionate (acting as heterosexual couples do).  It made us realise how little we'd seen that in other countries and was one of the reasons we fell in love with Madrid.
The results of the survey will, no doubt, be fascinating and insightful and we’d encourage anyone with a minute or two spare to offer their experiences.

Average UK Wedding Cost Now at All-Time High

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Just got engaged?  Wondering what the average cost of a UK wedding is?
You might want to look away.
It’s £30,355.  
MORE THAN THIRTY THOUSAND POUNDS.
It’s a 12% increase on last year. 
Christ on a retro-converted prosecco bike - what are you people buying?
Okay, so it's probably not that surprising. All that Insta-worthy, #WeddingoftheYear, Etsy-inspired, three-day festival with alpacas, organic locally produced vegan street food and a laser light show will add up. It’s no wonder that the price is rising year-on-year.We’ve moved beyond the pre-90s wedding template: the church or registry office ceremony, the sit-down meal, the evening reception, buffet and disco into bespoke stage-managed events where personalisation is everything.It’s obvious that this is going to have an implication on price. 
Just to put that into some perspective, a first-time buyer can expect a deposit on a house to be around £28,000.  



It’ll be interesting to see if there’s ever going to be a year when the average …

Homosexuality and India in 2018: Is it about to be legalised?

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India’s Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to repeal Section 377 – a colonial-era statute that 'protects' against carnal intercourse.
Carnal intercourse has long been understood to include homosexuality.
The Indian Government has deferred the matter to the Court, saying that it will not interfere or appeal a final decision on Section 377.  Introduced in 1861 when India was under British rule, the statute forms part of the country's penal code on which India's laws are based. 

Section 377 is also proof that despite Britain's role as a major international proponent of LGBTQ rights, it's left an appalling legacy in many of its former overseas interests and possessions. Colonial-era laws have caused problems in a number of Commonwealth countries where Victorian penal codes have clashed with human rights laws. This was seen recently in Bermuda with the repeal and then reversal of same-sex marriage.
Back in 2012, the Indian Government told the Supreme Court that t…

Planning Your Wedding: 8 Easy Tips to Get You Started

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You’re engaged! 

Congratulations! 

But now it’s time to float down from cloud-nine and get onto the serious business of planning a wedding. 
If you’re feeling a bit sick at the thought of having to arrange an entire wedding ceremony and reception, then know that’s entirely understandable.  It’s a tough gig.   As a wedding guest, you may not have appreciated the amount of organising that goes into a wedding day.  Just remember that It’s a marathon, not a sprint (unless, of course, you’re getting married quickly).  You’re allowed to enjoy this bit.  In these first few days and weeks, anything is possible.  

Dream big.
Eager to get started? There’s nothing wrong with being quick off the mark. Sometimes the early bird really does catch the worm BUT giving yourself a bit of breathing space and the time to daydream and research might give you some surprising options.
How to take the first step in planning your wedding


1 By keeping a wedding folder or notebook, you’ll be able to organise and keep t…

Court of Appeal in Belfast rules humanist marriage must be legally recognised

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The Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled that humanist celebrants must be registered by the state as able to perform legal marriages for couples.
The ruling is a victory for Laura Lacole, a model and public speaker, and Eunan O’Kane, a Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder, who have been campaigning for legal recognition of humanist marriages in Northern Ireland for the last two years. Laura and Eunan have been supported in bringing their claim by Humanists UK and its section Northern Ireland Humanists.
Laura Lacole commented, 
‘Eunan and I are delighted that other couples should now be able to have legal recognition for their humanist marriages, just as we had for ours. In taking our case we simply sought for couples to be able to get married in a form that reflects their deepest-held beliefs and values, something already available to religious couples but not to humanists. We couldn’t continue allowing the law to give special privilege to religious beliefs. Despite the immens…