An LGBTQ Wedding Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing

There aren’t many wedding venues that can command views over the River Forth like the DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing does.  Okay, so the name might be a little bit of a mouthful but you’ll be open-mouthed when you take a peek at this gorgeous hotel. 
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Edinburgh, then this could easily be THE ONE.  With space for up to 140 guests at the wedding breakfast and up to 150 in the evening, This hotel allows you and your guests to celebrate in style.
The backdrop to your wedding photography will be absolutely stunning as the hotel commands excellent views of the River Forth and three bridges. 
We’d certainly encourage you to download the hotel’s wedding brochure as it not only contains all the pertinent information you might need but it also shows one of the superb views from the hotel: a view that you and your guest could enjoy throughout the day. 

The building has also benefitted from recent renovations.
All packages include a red car…

Rain on Your Wedding Day: 5 Tips to Keep You Smiling and Dry

Alanis Morrissett thought it was ironic but for the rest of us it’s annoying, irritating and inevitable: rain on your wedding day(and presumably a free ride if you’ve already paid), is the one thing that almost all couples dread.
You can plan everything else but you can’t plan for blue skies on your big day.  The UK weather gives no guarantees – not even in August. 
You can plan everything else but you can’t plan for blue skies on your big day.  The UK weather gives no guarantees – not even in August. But you can use this to your advantage.  If rain during the summer months isn’t a surprise, then why assume that it won’t rain on your big day in June or November?  
Be prepared for it. 
It could be worse. Imagine planning your wedding in Aswan, Egypt, when there's only 0.0338 inches of rain each year only to wake up on the morning of the ceremony to a huge downpour.
Here are our 5tips for staying dry and happy even if it’s raining on your wedding day. 

You Can Stand Under my Umbrella-ella…

White weddings are past their peak – but no peeking at the dress is still a top tradition

Survey shows white dresses are on the way out – but not all traditions are being lost

The tradition of the white wedding is at risk, a recent survey has revealed, with almost 40% of Brits agreeing that the bride wearing a white dress is the British wedding custom most under threat of disappearing.  
Despite the cultural heritage of the royal wedding earlier this year, a whopping 83% of the British public feel that our wedding traditions are being challenged. 
Whilst the colour of the dress is being called into question, the tradition around the bridal gown is still seen as an incredibly important part of any wedding day. The groom not seeing the dress before the ceremony was cited as the most important by 34% of respondents. 
The tradition of the groom not seeing the dress came about long ago, when arranged marriage was still the norm in Britain. Interestingly, younger respondents feel more strongly about this than older respondents – 39% of those under 55 felt that this was the most impo…

Hong Kong Visa Victory for LGBT Couples

Hong Kong will recognise same-sex partnerships when processing dependent visa applications from foreign couples.
The Government announced the news on Tuesday. 
It comes months after a court ruled in favour of British lesbian, QT, who argued that the Government’s refusal to recognise civil partnerships and gay marriages when authorising spousal visas was discriminatory.  QT had entered into a civil union back home in the UK but found on applying to join her partner in Hong Kong that her application was denied as her legal marital status was not recognised.
Homosexuality was legalised in Hong Kong in 1991, but LGBTQ campaigners say that little else has been done to advance homosexual rights and are encouraging the Government to continue to implement real change. 
Unsurprisingly, the decision to recognise overseas same-sex marriages and civil unions has been backed by many of the financial institutions operating in Hong Kong.  They’ve argued that the new policy will make it easier to recr…

India Overturns Ban on Homosexual Sex

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex relationships is both discriminatory and unconstitutional.  That single decision brought to an end Section 377: a colonial-era statute introduced under British rule in 1861 classing homosexuality as ‘carnal intercourse’ and, therefore, illegal. 
Homosexual was previously decriminalised in 2009 by Delhi’s High Court but the decision was overturned in 2013.

With a population of over 1.35 billion people, India’s Government told the Supreme Court back in 2012 that there were 2.5 million gay people living in the country but the actual figure is likely to be far, far higher.
Once the decision was announced there were celebrations across India and jubilant scenes in Bangalore and Mumbai but campaigners are more than aware of the long road ahead of them.  It’s a sobering prospect: promoting LGBTQ rights in a socially conservative country where homosexuality is deemed morally abhorrent.
But Section 377 and its painful legacy isn’t …

Stonehouse Court in Gloucestershire: Gorgeous Wedding Venue

Stonehouse Court sits inside 6 acres of gorgeous grounds with a stunning view of the Stroud Valley.  As a wedding venue, it’s superb. You’ll only need to explore the website and see the photography: this manor house is easy to fall in love with and hard to forget. 
Exclusive use of the property is available for couples or it’s possible to hire the private wedding suite which boasts its own gardens, toilets and bar.  The hotel has an award-winning restaurant and 36 bedrooms making it the ideal place for your guests to stay once the marital festivities are over.
There's a real sense of seclusion here. Surrounded by gardens and with views of the lush gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside,  it's easy to forget that Stone House Court has superb transport links meaning that no matter where in the UK or the world your guests are coming from, they'll be able to arrive comfortably and at their own leisure. 
In the summer months, guests can say their vows under the Cotswold Stone Pagod…

For Better Not Worse: Modern Alternatives to Outdated Wedding Traditions

Same-sex couples have a real opportunity to create new traditions that embrace their personality rather than a prescribed list of must-haves and must-dos.  The fabulous people at Daffodil Hotel in The Lake District have given us a list of new ways that modern couples are reinventing wedding lore and we think they all offer a breath of fresh air to the institution of marriage. 
In recent years, weddings have started to change. Couples are under less pressure to please their families and follow tradition, and so they have greater control over their big day. This freedom has led to some wonderful twists on old ideas, leading to a new set of modern traditions.

Here we look at the way classic customs have changed in recent years.

White Dress to Bridal Outfit

It was Queen Victoria who began the white dress trend when she married Prince Albert in a white gown. Previously, women wore their best dresses or bought a new dress in a colour they could wear again. For a long time, white dresses were a …

LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues: Grove House, Roehampton

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

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…