Gay Friendly Wedding Venues: Craig Y Nos Castle

Craig Y Nos Castle sits midway between Swansea and Brecon and is the ideal rural retreat for your wedding ceremony and reception.  The building is stunning.  Once owned by a world-famous opera singer, Craig Y Nos Castle has historical charm by the bucket load.
Ceremonies take place in the gorgeous Grade 1 listed theatre with the wedding breakfast celebrated in the conservatory with splendid country views.
The surrounding scenery of the Country Park and the Brecon Beacons is magnificent.  There aren’t many wedding venues with such a glorious backdrop, so by choosing Craig Y Nos, you'll really give your wedding photographer an easier time of it. 
Guests can take advantage of the castle’s accommodation. There's certainly plenty to see and do in the local area for those looking to extend their stay beyond the evening reception. 

We highly recommend visiting the Craig Y Nos website where you can explore photography of the venue and see the sample menus.  There’s also a list of the curr…

Gay Friendly Wedding Venues: Ettington Park Hotel

Ettington Park in Stratford-Upon-Avon is just WOW

It's a wedding venue that you're going to fall in love with time-and-time again.  Built from 6 types of Cotswold stone and sitting in 40 acres of gorgeous grounds, this Gothic mansion has everything you could wish for in a wedding venue. 

Choose between The Library, The Norman Chapel, The South Room, The Bell Tower and The Orangery for your ceremony.  In the warmer months, you can even choose to hold your wedding outside. Couples have an excellent choice of reception rooms, too, and we’d highly recommend visiting the website and exploring the menu. 
(You can take a 360-degree tour of some of the rooms)
Offering a number of wedding packages, Ettington Park is committed to helping take some of the stress out of wedding planning, and at the time of writing, they have some fantastic offers available to tempt you.  These include a late availability package, exclusive use and the fairytale wedding package.  Of course, there’s room for …

Same-Sex Prenuptial Agreements & Why They’re Not Just for Celebs

A prenuptial agreement is when a couple decides how to split their individual and mutual assets should the relationship end after they’re married.

If you're already married, you can sign a postnuptial agreement.

If you're not married, you can sign a cohabitation agreement. 

Marriage changes your rights. It's important to understand that before you take your vows. Few people expect their relationship to break down but almost half of UK marriages end in divorce.  For cohabiting couples, separation without an agreement in place boils down to a division of assets based on who owns what. Simpler, perhaps, but unlikely to be satisfactory to both parties if the relationship lasted many years. 

Marriage changes things.  

The law sees married couples more as combined units than two individuals.  It bestows on this 'unit' financial, familial and legal rights that should make being in that relationship easier.  It should make separation easier, too, but this often isn't the ca…

Bermuda's Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage Ban 'Unconstitutional'

Bermuda’s Supreme Court has reversed the island’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Government has six weeks to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.  

Is it just us or is this starting to look like one long tennis match?

In May 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unlawful and the island’s LGBTQ community celebrated a job well done. The issue appeared to have been settled despite opposition from more conservative quarters of the Government and public. 
The first same-sex wedding took place on May 31st  2017.
But then in November that year, Bermuda's Government introduced a bill to replace equal marriage with domestic partnerships. Citing a lack of support for same-sex marriage, the Government announced that couples already married would be able to retain their married status.  Since the bill was passed in February 2018, however, gay couples are only able to apply for a domestic (civil) partnerships. 
Bermuda had the dubious honour of becoming the first cou…

LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues: Down Hall Country Hotel in Hertfordshire

Down Hall Country Hotel in Hertfordshire is a wedding venue providing historic charm in a stunning rural setting.  This Italianate mansion dates back to 1322 and is set in 122 acres of beautiful woodland offering a peaceful countryside location only 45 minutes away from London and Stansted Airport.
The Hall’s Bridgeman Suite offers space for up to 180 guests but smaller spaces are available for those wanting a more intimate ceremony and reception. With 99 bedrooms, the hotel is ideal for an overnight stay, allowing guests to enjoy the building, scenery and locality once the festivities are over. 
This truly is a remarkable wedding venue and one that is very welcoming to LGBTQ couples and guests.  We’d recommend taking the opportunity to visit Down Hall to experience this for yourself. Here's what Down Hall have to say in their own words: "A historic Country House, nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Hertfordshire/Essex countryside, providing an exquisite backdrop for your …

The Oxfordshire in Thame: LGBT-Friendly Wedding Venue

Nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire’s glorious countryside, The Oxfordshire Hotel and Spa combines contemporary comfort with a very warm welcome.
This really is a superb wedding venue and it’s where LGBTQ couples will be made to feel right at home.

Couples can make a grand entrance at The Oxfordshire, thanks to its tree-lined driveway and stone-pillared entrance.  The Hotel has a golf course and spa facilities so you and your guests can unwind before the big day.
With space for 200 guests, there’s plenty of room ample free parking. The Oxfordshire gives guests the option to extend their evening, too, by not only having a late-night license but by offering 46 Executive Bedrooms and 4 Suites.  
Couples have the choice of a seated meal or a buffet.   Outdoor fireworks are permitted and oh, did we mention?  They have a HELIPAD.  
With multiple wedding packages on offer, there’s something for all budgets and visions. 
The next wedding open day October 21stbetween 11am and 3pm. This really is a…

We're a Top Ten UK LGBT Blog!

The Pink Wedding Days blog has been selected as one of the internet’s Top 10 UK LGBT blogs! We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised alongside the big names like Pink News and The Gay Times. 
It was a lovely way to come off the bank holiday weekend, and it’s come just over a month since we were shortlisted for a UK Blog Award in London. You can see who else made Feedspots Top 10 by visiting their page.  
We thought we’d take this time to say THANK YOU! to everyone who reads our blog and to every company who list their wedding venue or service on the Pink Wedding Days website.

You’re all superstars x

Askham Hall in Penrith Cumbria: Winter Wedding Offers and Wedding Open Day

Askham Hall in Penrith, Cumbria, is one of our absolute favourite LGBTQ-friendly wedding venues.
This Grade I listed building is set in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and is the IDEAL place for a winter fairytale wedding.  There’s a real medieval feel to this venue: cosy warm spaces, castellated 12th-century tower hall and crackling log fires.
Askham Hall is perfect for any season, any type of weather and any time of year BUT there’s something truly magical about a winter wedding at this charming and secluded Lake District estate. 

But it isn’t just that Askham Hall is a superb wedding venue but it also has some equally tempting wedding offers including 10% of any remaining 2018 dates – with a minimum discount of £1,000.
January and February are ideal times to say ‘I do’ and Askham currently has a mid-week ‘Winter Wonderland’ package for 50 guests at £3,880 reduced from £5,380. 

Ireland's Gay Marriage Referendum: Three Years On

Three years ago The Republic of Ireland held a referendum on equal marriage and the public voted overwhelmingly in favour. By November 2015, the first gay weddings were taking place.  It was a huge result for the country’s LGBTQ community as homosexuality had only been decriminalised in 1993. 
The YES vote – which accounted for more than 70% of returned ballots – made Ireland the first country in the world to legalise equal marriage by popular vote.
But whilst Irish support for same-sex marriage had surged in the years before the referendum, it was, for many, still a hard-fought campaign.  

Referendums can be difficult – Brexit, anyone? – But there are few topics as divisive as gay marriage.  It can split families. It can divide communities. It forces us to see what people really think about homosexual relationships. Suddenly, Karen from three-doors-down isn’t just the nice lady who puts out your bins but OMG! THAT Karen who has a vote NO poster in her window. 
Defending same-sex marriage…

Gay Wedding Venues: The Best Western Marks Tey Hotel near Colchester

We LOVE that The Best Western Marks Tey Hotel near Colchester, Sussex, caters for all sizes of wedding.  It isn’t every venue that offers couples a choice of ten function rooms.  Whether your guest list includes a handful of names or a helluva lot of them, The Best Western Marks Tey Hotel can provide a range of wedding packages to suit all budgets. 
The venue can cater for up to 180 guests at the reception with the added bonus of extensive grounds to enjoy. 
Allow the wedding coordinator to intercede on your behalf to keep the planning as stress-free as possible OR if you’re looking for something a little more bespoke, more personal to you and your partner, then the wedding team can help facilitate your vision of the perfect day.

Guests are welcome to stay overnight at the hotel, too, so there’s no need for the reception to end prematurely. Why not take a moment before your big day to unwind in the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy the steam room, sauna, air-conditioned gym, pool and outdo…

LGBTQ Wedding Venue & Vendor Spotlight

There are some fantastic gay-friendly wedding venues in the Pink Wedding Days directory, and we’ve always been proud to host such a diverse range of venues and service providers dedicated to giving couples the happiest day of their lives. 

But choosing the venue or vendor for your same-sex wedding or civil partnership can be tough.  Sometimes we don’t know what we want OR we only know what we don’t want to see in our ceremonies.  It could be that we want to be surprised, to see something different or unique or a mix of the modern or traditional. Things are made more complicated by the sheer number of magazines, websites, brochures, magazines, fairs, television shows etc offering inspiration and choices. 

It’s easy to become overwhelmed. 

It’s easy to feel underwhelmed by the whole thing, too. 
One thing you can do is give yourself some space before you start the serious business of wedding planning. Think of this time as a buffer between the engagement and the big decision making and st…

Wedding Favours: 5 LGBTQ Charities to Donate to

The average wedding costs around £27,000. Couples could be forgiven for thinking that an invitation is favour enough without adding a small gift on top.  Wedding planning is stressful and shopping around for trinkets and tokens to add to place settings can seem an unwelcome drain both on time and budget. 
But favours are still popular. 

They do make a cute addition to the tables at the wedding breakfast, too, when they’re chosen to complement the reception's overall aesthetic or theme.

One of the biggest trends in recent years has been serving retro sweets and chocolates as wedding favours. Sweetie carts and jars where you fill your own bags are a regular feature at receptions and are popular both with younger and older guests.  It’s easy enough to find out which sugary treats are fan favourites; you can read the results of a recent survey on the nation’s favourite candies and chocolates here.

But is there still a place for the traditional favour: the small gesture of thanks that sits…