LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues

Gay marriage has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland since 2014 but it can still be difficult planning a same-sex wedding. 
If you’re a lesbian phoning up to make an appointment for a viewing, then it may well still be assumed that your partner is male.
Gay men could be directed to a bridal suite once the DJ has packed away, the guests have departed and the confetti swept up.
Wedding magazines still fixate on the idea of women as the principal organisers of weddings with bridal trends dominating most of the articles, blog posts and advertisements offered to audiences.  It’s not always the case – especially with blogs – but take a look at the wedding shelf in your local high street newsagents as chances are it’s rather hetero-centric.
We’ve always been big believers in the rights of the LGBTQ community to see themselves represented in the wedding industry.  It’s why Pink Wedding Days promote same-sex wedding venues, vendors and service providers from across the UK and have done si…

Mrs and Mrs Wedding Ideas

England, Wales and Scotland legalised gay marriage in 2014 but the wedding industry is still rather heteronormative.  Finding Mrs and Mrs wedding ideas(as opposed to Mr and Mrs) aren’t always easy.
Times are changing.  More and more blogs, magazines and websites are now accommodating same-sex weddings on their pages BUT there’s still a way to go before we can drop the same-sex prefix and just talk about weddings.

Wedding planning is an exciting time.  Sure, there’s a lot to organise but there's lots to explore, enjoy and experience, too.  The internet is your friend.  Whether you want a traditional and small ceremony or an insta-worthy celebration there’s something for every woman, every budget and every aesthetic. 

Our first port-of-call for anything wedding related is Etsy.  They have some superb handmade and vintage lesbian wedding décor that is sure to add a unique touch to your big day.  There’s plenty of opportunities to personalise items, too. We’d also recommend looking for …

A Valentine’s Date Idea Flowchart to Solve all Your Planning Problems

The lovely people at Elite Singles have made a handy flowchart to help you plan your ideal Valentine's date...
Valentine’s Day might be regarded as the most romantic day of the year but there’s no doubt that this romantic holiday comes with its fair share of pressure, especially when trying to nail the perfect Valentine’s Day ideas for date night. 
For those who aren’t natural planners, it can feel like a mammoth task. And for those in a relationship with them, well, we resign ourselves to the least-wilted bouquet the gas station has to offer.

For Valentine’s Day 2019, we at EliteSingles thought we’d take the hard part out of Valentine’s organisation so you can skip straight to the enjoy your partner's company — and compliments on your planning prowess. Using our years of relationship and dating know-how we’ve devised a simple way to concoct the perfect date night with our Valentine’s Date Night Decider flowchart.

Perfect for banishing any romantic rendezvous-related angst, this V…

Gay Wedding Show on March 3rd at the Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone

We were SO excited to hear that KC Wedding Shows are hosting their first ever Gay Wedding Show next month.
Held at the Mercure MaidstoneGreat Danes Hotel on Sunday, March 3rd 2019 between 10am and 3pm and extending over three rooms, the event will showcase photographers, photo booths, DJs, travel planners, bridal and menswear, hen night and stag dos, cakes, florists, venue stylists, celebrants and Toastmasters. 
There’ll also be a catwalk and a bar.
This is a fantastic opportunity for same-sex couples in the Kent area to connect with LGBTQ-friendly vendors and service providers.  But you absolutely don’t have to be gay – heterosexual couples are very welcome to attend, too.  There’ll be something for everyone.
Entry is free and there are free goody bags.  There’s also the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win afternoon tea for 2 at the Ritz in London.
You’re welcome to pop along to the event on the day or pre-register for the Gay Wedding Show at this link to be automatically en…

Who Walks Down the Aisle at a Gay Wedding?

Wedding traditions remain an important component of many gay and most straight wedding ceremonies.
So who walks down the aisle at a gay wedding?
The short answer? 
Whoever you want.
What you choose to do and celebrate within your own wedding should be entirely up to you and your partner. Tradition shouldn’t be seen as something that must be adhered to or – in the case of LGBTQ ceremonies – adapted mindlessly. 
One of the best things about planning a gay wedding is that there are plenty of opportunities to customise both the ceremony and reception to reflect your own individual personalities. The important thing is not to let family or friends who are fixated on what’s traditional to unduly influence what it is that you want to do on your big day. 
Some people just don’t have the imagination for anything other than a cookie-cutter ceremony. You might hear people saying things like:
You CAN’T see each other before the ceremony

You HAVE to have a three-course wedding breakfast

But you HAVE to h…

Askham Hall is Hosting a Wedding Venue Showcase in February!


Gilwell Park in Chingford is Hosting a Wedding Show in February

We were excited to hear that the gorgeous Gilwell Park in Chingford is hosting a wedding show in February. 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, February 24th 2019 between 11am and 3pm.
Entry is free and there’s a welcome glass of chilled prosecco.  This is your chance to view this stunning venue a…

Merry Christmas 2018!

Pink Wedding Days has now broken up for Christmas and New Year!
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas.  We hope that 2019 brings health, wealth and happiness to you and your family.
We’ll be back in the office in early January.
Please feel free to drop us an email. We’ll pick it up once we’re back in the office (and two stone heavier!).
2018 saw the Pink Wedding Days blog nominated and then shortlisted for a UK Blog Award and we can’t wait to hit the ground running in 2019.
We’d like to thank all our followers for their support as well as the gorgeous venues and service providers who advertise on the Pink Wedding Days directory.

See you on the other side xx

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Preparing for the impact of marriage and civil partnerships on wills

by Barbara Stephens, Head of Private Client at Hethertons Solicitors
Over the last decade, the number of people choosing to remarry in later life has risen significantly as attitudes towards divorce and marriage have changed.
In fact, the latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of weddings increased for men aged 50 and over and women aged 35 to 45 years and over in 2015 during a period where the number of marriages, in general, was the lowest on record.
Whilst the ‘traditional’ stigma regarding divorce and remarriage may have changed a long time ago, the rules regarding how marriage affects a person’s will haven’t, which has led to increasing tensions between potential beneficiaries.

For the purpose of simplicity, any reference in this article to ‘spouse’ also includes any person who is registered as civil partner, as defined in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and any reference to marriage also includes the registration of civil partnerships.

The ‘Zen Do’: celebrate your 2019 Hen like the A-list

Sarah Chapman, Head of Hen, Stag & Sten at group travel expert Red7 explains how to create a celeb-inspired, on-trend ‘Zen Do’ that’s all about self-care and relaxation.
It’s official – celebs and the public alike have had enough of Hen Dos that result in memory loss, disturbing flashbacks and waking up curled around a doner kebab. Tacky is out. Healthier, more sophisticated hen dos are on trend for 2019.

The Zen Do is all about celebrating your nuptials with self-care and luxurious activities that leave you and your hens feeling fantastic – and you can make it completely your own.
The trend has been championed by celebrities from Kate Middleton to Lilly Allen, who have opted for more private, elegant and indulgent affairs ahead of their weddings.
Popular activities for rich and famous brides-to-be include yoga classes, lounging on a private beach or by the pool, heading to a villa or chalet and taking private cookery classes from top chefs.
“Wait!” we hear you cry, “What about alcoh…