LGBT Weddings in Aruba

LGBT Weddings in Aruba

If you are in the LGBT community it can be hard to choose a destination for a wedding abroad. Long haul destinations can be particularly daunting, as there are so many different laws, views and religions. However, with Aruba there is no worry at all. This wonderful...
LGBT Weddings Abroad

LGBT Weddings Abroad

As more countries now allow same-sex legal weddings there has been a significant increase in LGBT weddings abroad. It’s easy to see why when the average cost of a UK wedding is now in the region of ¬£27,000; getting married abroad is often much more cost...
A Stunning Outdoor Wedding at De Deugdzonde, Belgium

A Stunning Outdoor Wedding at De Deugdzonde, Belgium

We are delighted to be sharing the pictures of Bas and Lars’ spectacular wedding at De Deugdzonde in Belgium, captured by the very talented David¬†Walters Photography. Bas and Lars had a wonderful outdoor wedding ceremony (then a thunderstorm hit!), with a...
Gay Wedding Speeches

Gay Wedding Speeches

Equal marriage is a hard won right, and since the Equal Marriage Bill was passed in 2013 we’ve had nervous speakers with a new type of anxiety. Namely, how to approach gay wedding speeches. Fortunately, the answer could not be simpler. A wedding speech is a...
Readings and Poems for a Civil Partnership

Readings and Poems for a Civil Partnership

One of the most significant ways of personalising your civil partnership is to include a poem or reading by one of your family members or guests. This is a unique way of making your civil partnership ceremony truly memorable. You could ask a parent or parents,...
An Art Deco Themed Civil Partnership in Leeds

An Art Deco Themed Civil Partnership in Leeds

The fantastic civil partnership of Adam and Rick took place at The Queens Hotel in Leeds, a venue they chose because it worked so well with the art deco theme they wanted for the day. There are so many amazing pictures to share with you, taken by The Crawleys…...
Civil Partnership Speeches

Civil Partnership Speeches

At traditional wedding receptions the speeches and toasts generally take place after guests have finished their meal and before the cutting of the cake. The bride rarely makes a speech, but with civil partnerships it will be up to you and your partner to decide if one...
How to Register a Civil Partnership

How to Register a Civil Partnership

Registering a civil partnership is a two step process. Firstly, you will need to give notice of your intention to register, and secondly, actually register the civil partnership. You can search for approved civil partnership premises on the Directgov website, and you...
Equal Civil Marriage Proposals

Equal Civil Marriage Proposals

On 21st September 2010, the Liberal Democrats became the first major political party to formally endorse same-sex marriage, when the party’s conference approved a policy motion called “Equal Marriage in the United Kingdom”. In February 2011 the...
Civil Partnership Traditions

Civil Partnership Traditions

Throughout our lives tradition governs much of what we do. Whether cultural, religious or family, traditions provide us with structure, meaning and comfort. Traditional weddings are full of customs and symbolism, many passed down over the centuries, and some of which...
Commitment Ceremonies

Commitment Ceremonies

The introduction of civil partnerships in 2005 gave couples the opportunity and choice to hold their celebrations in the same venues available for all civil marriages. Unlike civil marriages though, the act of signing the civil partnership register forms the legal...
Themed Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Themed Weddings and Civil Partnerships

If I’m honest, the thought of a themed wedding fills me with dread. Having endured Top Gun themed table plans, playlists inspired by The Lion King and wedding menus devoted to pork, the vegetarian in me said long ago, enough is enough! I don’t do themes! I...
Female Civil Partnership Outfits

Female Civil Partnership Outfits

Civil partnerships have redefined our views of marriage and family. They have also redefined the whole style of weddings. Imagine your wedding. What do you want to wear? How do you find the perfect outfit when one size doesn’t fit all, and how will it fit in...
Civil Partnership Etiquette

Civil Partnership Etiquette

“Etiquette may be defined as the technique of the art of social life” – Lady Troubridge. It’s not all about the couple you know; guests have a crucial role to play in the proceedings at a civil partnership too. At one time or another, most of...
Groom Suits for a Civil Partnership

Groom Suits for a Civil Partnership

When choosing a suit for your civil partnership you should let your individual style shine through. Anyone who knows me will tell you I have a very individual style. My love of clothes and, in particular, shoes, is well known! So when it comes to suits for civil...
A Guide to a Civil Partnership Ceremony

A Guide to a Civil Partnership Ceremony

So, what actually takes place during a civil partnership ceremony? What needs to be said and how long does it take? The ceremony itself is very similar to a civil wedding and can take from 10 to 30 minutes. In addition to the required legal statements, registrars...