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Converting Civil Partnerships to Marriages

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The number of civil partnerships has risen for the first time since 2013, that’s according to the Office for National Statistics.
Civil partnerships have been legal in the UK since 2005 but had declined in popularity following the introduction of same-sex marriage and are only available to same-sex couples.

The Government is considering scrapping them entirely.



Couples with a civil partnership have the option to “convert” their partnership into marriage.  
This is done either at a registry office or at a venue licensed for same-sex marriage. 

Some couples just want the certificate but others might like to hold a ceremony and make an occasion of it.

You’ll need your civil partnership certificate and identification. You’ll have to sign a Conversion into Marriage declaration with the registrar, too.

The certificate will be dated from the day of the civil partnership.If couples don't want a ceremony, you'll pay £45 to convert the civil partnership and then a further £4 for the marriage c…

Wedding Open Day: The Oxfordshire in Thame

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Looking for a wedding venue in or around Thame?
The Oxfordshire is a superb venue with stunning views of the Chiltern Hills, and they’re hosting a wedding open day on Wednesday, October 18th 2017, between 5pm and 8pm, so if you’re in the area don’t miss the chance to pop in and talk to their experienced wedding staff.
The Oxfordshire has a range of wedding packages available including late-availability dates.

The Oxfordshire is able to accommodate 180 guests, and there’s an on-site spa and golf club, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the run up to the big day, too.  
You can find out more information on the website 

Should You Elope?

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The average UK wedding is now £27,000.

It’s a lot of money to spend on a single day, so it's understandable that couples are choosing to get married further away than the local registry office. 

Some couples will choose a destination wedding.  Others will choose to elope

But it isn't always about the money.  Some couples don't want the fuss of a wedding. Others might find it too stressful to cut the guest list down. For many, eloping is seen as romantic and exciting. 




The UK wedding industry is worth an eye-watering 10 billion pounds annually, and isn't there just something wonderfully rebellious about deciding to run away and do something secret, something small? 

But modern elopements don't have to mean that close family and friends can't be there, too.  Why not have the best of both worlds: an intimate ceremony surrounded by immediate family and closest friends. 

Elopements might be popular with couples but they won't be popular with everyone. This is especi…

Wedding Fayres: How to Make the Most Out of Them

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You’ve got the ring on your finger and a Pinterest board with more pins than a Soviet lapel, so now it’s time to take your wedding aspirations on the road and visit a wedding fayre.
Some people swear by them.  
Others prefer to plan from the comfort of their computer and to visit vendors and venues by appointment. If that's your thing, then don't forget to take a look at the Pink Wedding Days directory.  It's aimed at same-sex couples, but you don't have to be LGBTQ to use it. 

We've got some fantastic wedding venues and service providers from all over the United Kingdom. 
But it is worth attending at least one wedding fayre just so you’re sure which camp you fall into. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy an afternoon out and get to see the latest wedding trends. There’s also the chance to have a nose around potential venues and speak to local vendors and service providers.
It’s all in the name of research and there’s often a glass of bubbly and tasty canapes included, too.Of…

Germany Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage

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Huge congratulations to Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende!  
They’re the first same-sex couple to get married in Germany. 
The two men have been together for thirty-eight years.
Civil partnerships have been legal in Germany since 2001, but the country’s parliament only voted to allow gay marriage in June 2017.



A number of German registry offices opened specially on Sunday so that same-sex couples could marry on the day it became law. 
Campaigners have fought hard to bring equal marriage to Germany, and, certainly for Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, thirty-eight years is a long time to have to wait to get married. 
But it does show how quickly things can change once politicians put aside their personal and political biases.
And better late than never so Glückwünsche! to all couples now able to start planning their big day.


Civil Partnerships Up by 3.4%

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The number of civil partnerships that took placelast year has risen for the first time since 2013, that’s according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
It was an increase of 3.4%.
London saw the highest rate of new civil partnerships.
Same-sex marriage has been responsible for the decline in civil unions with many gay couples now opting for the former.   
The ONS described those who chose civil partnerships as being a “minority of same-sex couples”

Hong Kong Court Rules in Favour of British Lesbian

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Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a British lesbian who’d previously been denied a dependent visa.
The woman – identified as QT – had moved to the territory when her same-sex partner secured a job there.  
Same-sex marriage and civil partnerships aren't legal in Hong Kong.
QT’s application for a dependent visa was rejected by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department because it did not recognise the couple’s UK civil partnership.
The Court of Appeal has now said this is discrimination of sexual orientation. 
The decision of the three judges presiding over the case was unanimous. Although, they offered no challenge to the local definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. 
Hong Kong’s Immigration Department now has twenty-eight days to come up with an acceptable offer to QT.




Hadley Park House: Wedding Fayre on Sunday, October 1st

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Are you looking for a wedding venue in the Telford area?
Are you free on Sunday, October 1st?
Hadley Park is holding a wedding fayre between 11am and 3pm this Sunday. 

The venue is hosting thirty other wedding exhibitors, too, as well as offering free admission and parking to visitors. 

Hadley Park has a prime location that offers couples the best of both worlds; it's less than a ten minute drive from Telford city centre but has an intimate and secluded quality that's amplified by quaint historical charm. 








Sitting in two acres of landscaped grounds, Hadley Park has a long gravel driveway and a sunken pond.  The Georgian façade is both impressive and exceedingly well maintained and this care is continued inside where the manor house benefits from high ceilings, sash windows and ample amounts of natural light.
With a choice of ceremony spaces to pick from, there’s bound to be something for your guest list.
What really sets Hadley Park apart, however, is that it’s an all-year venue.  …

15% discount on weddings at Ashridge House between now and April 2018!

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Ashridge House is one of our favourite venues, and it's just dropped a 15% discount for weddings booked between now and April 2018.
Tempted?  
You should be!
Ashridge House Special offer:

 Subject to availability, we are offering a 15% discount on weddings booked to take place in the next 7 months (September 2017 until April 2018 Saturday & Sundays). Please quote ‘WINTERSPRINGPROMO’ when enquiring to get this discount.
(Please note this discount only applies to the adult package cost based upon a minimum of 80 adult guests)
Please call 01442 841027 and ask for Krystal or Katie or email events@ashridge.hult.edu




Ashridge House

Where: Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
What: Hotel
Capacity: Up to 170 guests for a formal meal with up to 400 in an informal evening reception.
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What we love:
If you love history, character and charm, then this could be the venue for you. With a history spanning over 730 years, Ashridge House is placed …

Wedding Planning: Why Autumn is Awesome

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Good wedding planning is about spending smarter, not harder. With the average UK wedding now costing £27,161, there’s never been a better time to book an off-peak wedding.

And we’re big fans of autumn weddings.

But it isn’t just about saving money.  

Autumn is ideal for outdoor photography, hearty seasonal dishes and floral arrangements. Not to mention, too, that authentic autumnal decoration is freely available - hello! Pinecones, russet leaves and conkers are literally lying on the floor.

Still not convinced?

Here are our 4 reasons to get hitched in Autumn.