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Writing Your Own Vows

Some may think of writing our own wedding vows as a rather American thing, seen in many a sitcom and romantic comedy, but there is the leeway in most ceremonies in Britain for that personal touch.

Don’t think for a moment this is easy, however: in Friends when Monica and... more

With This Ring...

When the officiant places the wedding ring onto the bride’s finger – third finger left hand – is generally when we think of the couple as married, though a few formalities remain. The ring symbolises marriage now as it has done since at least 2800BC, given that Egyptian hieroglyphs evidence... more

Kids at Weddings? How to Cope Either Way

Not everything about weddings is simple. Ha! The kids question – include or exclude - is one of the biggies. The sooner you address it the better.

Some couples want a kids-and-all family wedding. Others opt for adults only, fearful of toddler tantrums during the vows, or bad... more

The First Dance

At what point did the first dance become such a big thing at weddings here? Thirty years ago it was pretty much unheard of. Now it’s accepted that – where there is to be further dancing afterwards - the bride and groom will get up and lead the terpsichorean charge... more

Tall, Stacked and Sweet – The Wedding Cake

We know the Romans had traditions easily linked to our own wedding cake lore – they symbolically broke bread over the bride’s head, clearly a reference to her soon-to-be-ended innocence. But it’s likely that wherever marriages took place similar customs operated – in distant Fiji for example food has a... more

Marrying Abroad – Pluses and Pitfalls

Getting married abroad sounds great, and it can work out that way: sunshine, golden sands, exotic location. But unless it is properly organised with every detail taken care of, the big day can become a pig of a day.

Let’s start with a few examples of how things... more

Parents and the Wedding – It’s Complicated

Whether you’re the parents of the bride or groom there’s plenty to do to ensure the wedding goes well. This includes formal duties, informal traditions, financial expectations and matters emotional. We hope this brief guide helps.

Should you have looked at an older guide you’ll realise things have changed... more

Across from the Couple – the Vicar’s View

In all the hullaballoo around what for some brides, grooms and parents can if they are not careful become an increasingly expensive obsession one figure is often ignored: the person who officiates, be they registrar or cleric. Yet without them there is no wedding, no legal joining of the bride... more

Choosing a Hen Party Venue

Perhaps you’re planning to drink the bar dry and paint the town red, or maybe you just want a quiet evening with your nearest and dearest. Still, no matter what you’re doing on your hen night, you’re going to need a place to do it! Choosing the venue is one... more

Can Black Be A Wedding Theme?

Elise Lévêque
Image by: Mina Magiska Bakverk

In the 21st century, weddings no longer have to be white. Weddings come in all shapes, sizes and colours and as a result have become a reflection on the couple’s personality, rather than a tradition.
Your wedding can be any... more

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