5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Planner

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Planner
Weddings take a lot of organising.

 Honestly? Sometimes the planning sucks.
Negotiating with vendors isn’t fun.  You will not have a good time figuring out who sits where.  Finalising the running order of the speeches doesn’t make for an exciting morning’s work.  
Picking the perfect wedding planner can help alleviate some of the stress and boredom that comes with planning a wedding.  Find the right one and they are absolutely worth their weight in gold.
Meet in person
You have to have a connection with your wedding planner.  If they don’t click with you and your partner, then it’s not going to work.
This is particularly important for same-sex couples.
Of course, wedding planners should be accepting and open-minded towards everyone, but, as you probably already know, there are narrow-minded people in every profession.  Fortunately, these individuals are rarely subtle and are often easily sniffed out during a face-to-face meeting. Move on and fi…

6 Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations

Same-sex couples have a disadvantage when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination. 

Straight married couples don’t worry about their relationship offending someone or whether a simple romantic gesture like holding hands will draw abuse.

Homosexuality is illegal in 70 UN member states.  According to CNN, six have imposed the death penalty for consensual same-sex sexual acts.

Okay, so it’s unlikely that places like Yemen and Saudi Arabia will be pinned to your Pinterest board but Brunei might be. In Brunei, same-sex relationships are now punishable by death.

Gay sex in Tanzania can land you in prison.  What about a trip to St Petersburg or a safari in Kenya?  You might like a shopping trip to Dubai or a tour of India’s Golden Triangle.  Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos don’t have any specific laws against homosexuality, but they’re generally very intolerant to LGBTQ travellers.

Of course, plenty of LGBTQ travellers will go to these places and experience no trouble at all. They’ll have fantast…

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget of £1000

The average cost of a UK wedding in 2019 is £17,674, that’s according to a wedding report published by earlier this year.

It’s a lot of money to spend on a single occasion.   To put it into perspective, the average deposit for a house in the UK is £11,400 – that’s £6,000 less. 
There’s nothing wrong with having a wedding that surpasses the national average.  There’s no shame in spending what you want in order to have the day of your dreams.  There’s enough pressure on couples without slamming them with unsolicited advice on what’s too much (or too little) to spend on their big day.  If you can afford to and if you want to, then do it.
But know that you don’t have to spend a fortune, either. 
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a wedding.  Things tend to escalate once the planning starts but that doesn’t mean you have to break your budget just to keep up with whatever it is that magazines, Pinterest, Etsy, social media, TV programmes, well-meaning friends and family,…

MPs Vote to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage in Northern Ireland.

MPs in Westminster have voted 383 to 73 in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.   A vote was also passed which could see abortion decriminalised provided that the Northern Irish assembly doesn’t reform before October 2019.
Northern Ireland’s de-evolved Government hasn’t sat since January 2017 when power-sharing between the DUP and Sinn Fein collapsed.  
Gay marriage has been legal in England, Scotland and Wales since 2015. 
The DUP and Sinn Fein disagree on many issues but few are as contentious as same-sex marriage and abortion.  If the assembly were to re-form before October, it’s almost certain that the DUP would take measures to stop any legislation promoting same-sex marriage. 
LGBT campaigner JohnO’Doherty was reported by the Canary as saying: “Our future got a little brighter today and we hope that LGBT people across Northern Ireland will wake up tomorrow feeling more hopeful for the future we all want to see.”
Gay marriage and Northern Ireland is something …

Commission to Review Wedding Venue Laws

The law commission is conducting a 2-year review into “outdated” wedding venue rules which could give couples more choice on where they get married.  Only a venue pre-approved by a local council can legally hold wedding ceremonies and the commission will look at whether this reflects modern British society or not.
It means that a couple may be able to get married in a back garden or in their own home.  
An overhaul of the current law would be good news for anyone planning a wedding after the 2-year review is up. Wider choice would allow for greater personalisation of the wedding ceremony.  It’s not everyone who wants to be married in a church, hotel or country house.  It is also likely to make ceremonies more cost-effective. Music to anyone’s ears when you consider that the average cost of a UK wedding venue is now over £4,000.
Currently, ceremonies held in non-approved locations or outdoors are not legally binding.  Couples have to formalise their wedding either by visiting a registry …

How to Make Small Talk at Weddings

We first wrote about making small talk at weddings back in 2014.  It quickly became one of our most popular blog posts so we updated it a year later.  In 2019, we’re still getting regular hits on the page so we thought it might be a good idea to revisit our advice and see if anything has changed.  
It’s unsurprising that so many of us still feel uncomfortable about making polite conversation at a public event.  Weddings can be particularly difficult as we may have to spend an extended period of time sitting and eating with complete strangers.  We’re all human and most of us want to make a good impression but sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Why Is It Important to Make Small Talk at a Wedding?
Few social occasions expect us to interact so closely with strangers as a wedding.  At other events, we’re often able to stay within a circle of friends or family members.  Small talk may be limited to a brief chat at the bar or in the line for the ladies toilets.  At a wedding, you may be …

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…