Showing posts from November, 2018

Askham Hall in Cumbria: £2,000 Off Barn Weddings on Selected Spring Dates in 2019

Take  £2,000 off  the price of  hiring Bank Barn  on selected  spring 2019 dates! Askham Hall near Penrith in Cumbria is one of our favourite wedding venues and within its gorgeous grounds is a Grade II listed barn with bare stone walls, an open beamed oak ceiling and a very warm welcome.  It’s pure wedding aesthetic. The capacity of the barn is 156 seated with up to 200 guests for the evening. Included in the fee for the barn are circular tables each seating 10 people. A trestle top table, chairs, linen tablecloths, napkins, crockery, cutlery and glasses are included, too. There are 18 individually styled bedrooms available and the rate includes breakfast.   Use of the Scandinavian spa with heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, treatment room and private gardens are also available for guests staying over. Askham Hall has an amazing offer on right now: Take £2,000 off the price of hiring Bank Barn on these spring 2019 dates : Saturday 2nd, 16th and

Planning a Gay Wedding: 5 Practical Tips for Your Ceremony

Photo by  Jeremy Bishop  on  Unsplash No one said that planning a wedding would be easy. Certainly, planning a gay wedding is no walk in the park. There’s a lot to consider. There’s a hell of a lot to arrange and organise, too. It’s enough to make anyone want to elope. What makes planning a wedding harder for gay couples is that the wedding industry in the UK (and in many places abroad, too) has remained very hetero-normative despite same-sex marriage being legalised in 2013. Things take time to change. Weddings have been exclusively the domain of opposite-sex couples for so long that much of the terminology and expectation is still heavily influenced by ideas of man and wife . It can be frustrating but inevitable to see bridal boutiques, bridal suites etc. Gay men, in particular , will quickly realise how traditionally, wedding planning was the domain of the woman. Same-sex couples are nothing if not adaptable because they’ve had to be.  What’s great about gay we

5 Tips on Picking the Perfect Wedding Venue

Wedding venues are often a couple’s biggest expense.  In the UK, the average cost of hiring a ceremony and/or reception space is £4,354. Some couples choose their wedding venue solely based on a feeling when they walk in.  Others have an eye on the budget.  Perhaps you prefer to have a check-list of non-negotiables, allowing you to weed out the unsuitable and the ugly.  If you’re choosing a destination wedding , then the venue might need to be part of a package. No one said planning nuptials was easy, but it’s worth spending time and effort to find the right place: one that works for you , your partner and your guests .  Fortunately, we’ve had a little think for you and are on hand to offer our top-five tips for securing the wedding venue of your dreams. Crunch Your Numbers We’ve always said that wedding planning is a marathon not a sprint. Initially, it’s important to keep an open mind and to plan in broad strokes gaining a general idea of what it is you both mi

Paris: The City of Love as an LGBTQ Honeymoon Destination

What’s the most romantic city in the world? Most people will say Paris even if they’ve never been there. They’ll say it even if they’re single or if they despise romance because it’s an opinion transformed into fact by its re-telling.   Whether or not you think that Paris is THE city of love, it’s believed to be true by the countless couples who add their padlocks to the railings on the Pont Des Arts. And isn’t French known as the language of love? The cuisine is often the first port-of-call for those looking for a romantic meal and what of the cosy cobblestone streets of Montmartre? Paris is a city made for handholding, for sunset cruises, for champagne and croissants by the river and for proposals and for love. Of course, we couldn’t possibly comment on the reputation of the French as exception lovers; we’ll leave that one to your imaginations (or experience). There’s no doubt that Paris is a popular honeymoon destination but how safe and how suitable is it for same-