Showing posts from June, 2016

We're in Vuelio's Top 10 UK LGBT Blogs

We’ve had an incredible few months. Our blog was nominated and then shortlisted for a UK Blog Award, and now we’ve been listed in the top 10 UK LGBT blogs by Vuelio.
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads the blog and to everyone who follows us, to the venues and service providers in our directory and to both the wedding and LGBT communities for their support.   

Next stop, the Oscars, right?

5 Wedding & LGBT Stories to Get you Through Lunch

Here are 5 wedding and LGBT stories that you might have missed this week. 

1) This wedding photographer is taking the industry by storm, and she’s only 9 years old.

This amazing 9-year-old could be your wedding photographer via InStyle

2) Wedding planners have seen and heard it all, but some of these are absolutely brilliant

12 of the worst things wedding planners say brides and grooms have done via

3) It’s been over a year since the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage. The Independent lists where else in the world gay rights are growing.

These are the 19 best countries in the world to be gay via Indy100

4) The internet has gone wild for this bride's decision to have natural hair at her wedding. 

Bride Turns Dream Of Natural Hair Wedding Into A Beautiful Reality And Becomes An Internet Sensation via Huffington Post

 5) Stonewall Bar in New York is to become the first US National monument to gay rights.

Scottish Episcopal Church Moves Toward Gay Marriage

The Scottish Episcopal Church could be the first UK Church in the Anglican Communion to allow same-sex marriages.
The Church has voted to remove the clause stating that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. 

The Anglican Communion is a group of Christian Churches across 160 countries that include the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Anglican Church of Canada and American Episcopal Church

It has a combined membership of 85 million members with each Church sharing a close doctrinal understanding of Christianity with the rest. 

Same-sex marriage and homosexuality pose a problem to a Communion with such diverse membership. 

If the Scottish Episcopal Church was to allow same-sex marriages, it would be fantastic news for Scottish LGBT couples but less so for the Anglican Communion as a whole. 

Same-sex marriage is unthinkable in certain parts of the world: The Church of NigeriaThe Church of Sudan, The Church of Tanzania and the Anglican Church of Kenya, for example, ar…

UK Black Pride to Twin in Solidarity with Paris Black Pride

Following the terrible events in Orlando this weekend, it’s important that the international LGBTI community stands together.
And we were heartened this morning to get this message from UK Black Pride whose June 26th event will now be twinned with the inaugural Paris Black Pride in July.

UK Black Pride to twin in solidarity with Paris Black Pride
·UK Black Pride will be held on Sunday 26 June at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London
·Paris Black Pride will be held from 15-17 July at venues across central Paris

Award-winning UK Black Prideis proud to announce its 2016 festival will be twinned with the inaugural Paris Black Pride festival.

"For more than a decade UK Black Pride has stood apart as Europe’s only pride event aimed at African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people. The success of UK Black Pride stems from its determination to amplify the needs of Black LGBT people who face multiple inequalities including racism, sexism and homophobia across …

North-East Wedding Venues in the PWD Directory

The UK’s North-East has so much to offer couples shopping around for wedding and civil partnership venues that we thought we’d highlight the ones currently listed in our directory.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate urban setting or a country pile this part of the UK has so much to offer.
You’ll find information on any of the venues listed below by clicking through to their Pink Wedding Days page where you can contact them directly. 

Part II of our post for North-East venues will be coming soon, so watch this space!

The Met Hotel, Leeds The Met Hotel is a beautiful Grade 2 listed building ideally located in the city centre of Leeds...

The Caledonian Hotel, Jesmond

From Naming Ceremonies to Weddings, private diningto buffet lunches, the Caledonian Hotel offers an innovative and flexible range of banqueting facilities...

MacDonald Linden Hall, Morpeth

We take your Wedding Day very seriously at Macdonald Hotels and pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence which stretches across the se…

5 Wedding & LGBT Stories You Might Have Missed

Here are 5 of the smaller wedding stories that you might have missed this week.
1) A woman talks about what it's like to be gay in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Living with my lesbian partner where it's illegal to be gay via BBC News

2) Kiev Pride shows there’s hope for increased LGBTI inclusivity in the Ukraine. Praise after mostly peaceful Kiev Pride via Reuters
3) Marta Kaufmann, co-producer of friends, reveals that NBC feared complaints after lesbian wedding episode.
NBC feared receiving complaints after airing the lesbian wedding episode of ‘Friends’ via Attitude

4) A man unable to cope with being gay is asking the Belgian authorities to euthanise him.
Gay man in Belgium asking to be euthanised because he cannot cope via Telegraph

5) Feel good story to end on – this groom sees his wife-to-be walking down the aisle and breaks down.
Groom breaks down in tears when he sees his bride for the first time via Huffington Post

Orlando Shootings: Statement from Jessica Stern, Executive Director, Outright Action International

Statement from Jessica Stern, Executive Director, Outright Action International

“Let us show the world that we are not afraid, we will not hide, and we will not stand down.”
(New York)-- OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub on 12 June 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. These events were not only a tragedy for the LGBTIQ community in Orlando but for all humanity. Our way forward must emphasize community building from a global perspective.
Some commentators have questioned whether the location of the attack – a gay nightclub – is relevant to our understanding of recent events. Omar Mateen’s decision to attack a gay nightclub, a safe place for LGBTIQ people to gather, timed during the Pride celebrations of June, cannot be extricated from the motivations an…

July Jones: Singer, Songwriter & LGBT Activist with Catch Me By Surprise

LOVE LOVE LOVE this song and video by July Jones! She’s a singer, songwriter and LGBT activist with an incredible talent.
Good to see LGBT representation in the music industry.
This is the perfect background track for those relentless hours of wedding planning :)

5 Wedding News Stories to Get You Through Lunch

1) You may now kiss the bride (and update your status)
The UK’s first "Official" social media wedding via

2) The latest celebrity wedding crasher 
Taylor Swift crashed a fan's wedding via

3) Any excuse for some fresh air 
Three Million People Want Same-Sex Marriage Banned in Romania via

4) There's nothing we don't love about this story :)
Indian Parents Throw Traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony for Gay Son via 

5) Stepping on toes during the first dance

The same-sex parent-child dance via

London Live to Broadcast 2-hour Live Special from London Pride 2016

There's no excuse for missing out on London Pride. Catch it live at 4pm on Saturday, June 25th, on London Live

Tuesday 31st May 2016,London Live, the capital’s TV channel is delighted to announce that it will once again be broadcasting a two-hour special live show from London Pride 2016 festival.
On Saturday 25th June from 4pm,Live from London: London Pride 2016will be live from Trafalgar square where thousands will be celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and communities.
The programme will feature unprecedented interview access with celebrities taking part and those participating in the parade.  
The show will also address key issues affecting gay and transgender communities with pre-recorded features and viewers will hear personal stories from those attending the event.  
Londoners will also be able to keep up to date with the latest guide to the capital's Pride after-parties and follow up events.

This year’s broadcast will be sponsored byLiberty Londondepa…

East Sussex National, Uckfield: Wedding Showcase on June 16th

The superb East Sussex National in Uckfield is hosting a Wedding Showcase on June 16th between 6 and 8pm.
"Join us and see first-hand how East Sussex National could look on your special day. There’s free parking, too, and prizes!If you’d like to find out how to contact the East Sussex National, then click here.Take a tour of the hotel, view our function rooms, which are licensed for both Wedding, meet local suppliers and discuss the plans for your special day whilst enjoying Champagne & Canapes."You'll find East Sussex National in Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5ES.