Welcome to our Gay Wedding Blog Ideas channel – a dedicated space for you to find brilliant style-steal inspiration.

View our choice picks of tailored suits and dresses, styling, catering and favour trends, get ideas for your gay or lesbian weddings, and learn all you need to know about the legal side of same-sex marriage and civil partnership conversions.

Find real love stories and tried and tested ideas in the second part of our Gay Wedding Blog: Real Weddings +.

Haunted & Gothic: 13 Fascinating Alternative Wedding Venues

Enchanted gardens, crumbling castles, haunted cells; if you’re looking for alternative wedding venues with a great story to tell, take a look at these 13 innately gothic wedding venues and let your imagination take you away… Haunted Wedding Venues Host your wedding at one of these haunted venues and you might be treated to some

Top 12 Places to Elope in the UK

Eloping is a wonderfully romantic, wildly spontaneous celebration to enter matrimony. Once the legalities of eloping are covered, you can hold your ceremony wherever you wish. From mountain slopes to city streets, here are 12 of the best locations to elope in the UK. 1. Ocean Kave, Devon For those that want to get away

Alternatives to Engagement Rings: Gift Ideas

Diamonds might be forever, but what if you don’t fancy exchanging engagement rings but want to give a gift that’s equally symbolic and sentimental? We’ve had a look at some of the best alternatives to engagement rings gifts on the market and come up with our top 10 favourites… 1. Infinity Bracelet, Tiffany Elegant in

36 Alternative & Modern Same-sex Wedding Readings – The Ultimate List

Stuck for which wedding reading to choose? Should you go for an alternative or funny wedding reading, or something more romantic, like a love poetry reading? Use our handpicked selection to find your perfect wedding reading – you can jump straight to the romantic and love poem readings. Alternative & Funny Wedding Readings The Velveteen

Wedding Speeches Ultimate Guide: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

When they are good, they are very, very good, and when they are bad, they’re painful. To help you perfect your gay wedding speech, we chatted to professional speechwriters from Great Speech Writing London based company. They told us two very different gay wedding speech stories, both of which they assisted with; and there are lessons

45+ Most Inspiring Wedding Quotes from LGBTQ+ Fiction, Films & Literature

Need some wedding quote ideas for your wedding speech? We’ve compiled this list of what we think are some of the best same-sex wedding quotes around. Let us know if they help you when you’re writing your vows or any share wedding quotes you love with us. Fiction is a fascinating lens through which to

Wedding Wines: The Ultimate Essential Guide

Food and wine are two of the key ingredients for a memorable wedding. But if you don’t know your pinot noirs from your riojas or proseccos from your champagnes, and you’re not a trained sommelier or wedding wine know-it-all, how do you know which wines go with which foods? Winemakers from Naked Wines share which

Top 10 Naked Wedding Cakes

Loved by both couples and guests, frosting-free wedding cakes are becoming a real trend at weddings – from delicious chocolatey layers to floral decorations, we’ve put together our top 10 naked wedding cakes for you to enjoy. And we asked Claire Bush from Sweet Sugar Sixpence to tell us more about the increasing popularity of

How to: Design Your Perfect Wedding Cake

She has made the perfect wedding cakes for Kate Moss and Stella McCartney, celebration cakes for Sir Elton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Madonna, Damien Hirst and many other A-list names, and has won countless awards for her exquisite creations; simply put Peggy Porschen is the leading bespoke wedding cake company and one of the most sought

The 5 Most Memorable Book-Inspired Wedding Themes

A wise person once said, ‘Anyone who says they only have one life to live must not know how to read a book.’ The worlds that books open up to us are a massive reason as to why we love to read so much. We’ve gathered together five of our favourite book-inspired wedding themes for

Top 50 of the Best First Dance Same-sex Wedding Songs in 2020

The first dance is a significant part of your same-sex wedding songs playlist, whether you are outlandish or shy, it’s a joint effort towards something unforgettable. It’s easy to find lists and recommendations of songs/playlists appropriate for a wedding. However, with a gay wedding, the appropriate selections can vary in quantity. Thus we have constructed

Wedding Colour Schemes 2020

From delicate soft tones to gorgeous electric tints, this year’s Pantone colour trends have something for everyone. To help get those wedding ideas flowing, we’ve pulled together 11 brilliant 2020 wedding colour scheme boards that will help you stay bang on trend for your wedding.

Wedding Stationery Trends for 2020

From the soft romantics of watercolours to the modish elegance of metallic foil blocking and fresh exotics of botanicals, we take a look at the top five wedding stationery trends for 2020 with a little help from Optimal Print.

How to Elope in the UK

Wildly romantic and a less costly alternative to conventional weddings, eloping allows you to be wholly spontaneous with your vow exchange. If going away to marry on your own tickles your fancies, here’s everything you need to know about eloping in the UK. Establish A Budget Essential Expenses: Eloping puts paid to the need for

Stylish Festive Wedding Themes

Are you planning a festive wedding? Well here’s some welcome inspiration for you… From botanical accents and cosy cabins to celestial motifs here are our favourite Etsy-inspired Christmas wedding styling ideas…

The Bridal Looks of Joan Collins

Dame Joan Collins has heard wedding bells both on-screen and off. Married five times, Dame Joan Collins is no stranger to iconic bridal looks. We look back at her impeccable real life wedding style…

Decor: Autumn Wedding Ideas

Autumn is an increasingly popular season to tie the knot, so style it right. Find the best autumn wedding ideas with these great inspoboards….

Wedding Outfit Accessories

You’ve decided on your main look. Whether a suit, all-in-one or a dress, we’re sure you’ll be walking down the aisle – cough, runway – looking fierce. But there’s one thing you’ve forgotten, and it’s not the rings. Accessories, anyone? Complete your wedding day look with our guide to jewellery, cufflinks, crowns and more whether

How to: Get Your Wedding Guest List Right

The guest list. The bane of many couples in the planning stages of their wedding. Who makes the cut? Where do you put those that did? Why pay for a great uncle twice removed who you only ever see at funerals?  Luxury wedding planner, Lexie Lenoir of Queer Weddings UK, shares her top tips for

How to Choose a Wedding Ring: Trends, Tips & More

Decisions. We hate them. But when it comes to your wedding ring, there’s a lot to consider. A band in precious metal, rose gold or platinum? A gemstone setting? What can you afford? It’s all too much. Thank goodness for Alice Walsh and Shakti Ellenwood, two professional jewellers who gave us the scoop on trends,

Lesbian Hen Parties & Gay Stags

Gay stag do? Lesbian hen party? Who needs a label. If you’re stuck on ideas for you pre-wedding party ideas, these will help you decide…

Alternative Wedding Bouquets

As well as being traditional, bouquets can become a lasting keepsake. But not everyone wants flowers. Cue 16 of our favourite alternative wedding bouquets…

The Pridelux Wedding Show

Buff up your shoes – a brand new experiential wedding show tailored specifically for LGBTQ+ couples is coming to town and we’re offering you free tickets!

Your Wedding Fair Experiences

Have you ever had a funny, strange or negative experience at a wedding fair because of your sexuality? If so, please tell us about it – your feedback will help us help improve the way wedding fairs (not just our own) are run in the future… Please share your experiences.

10 of the Best Wedding Finger Foods

Are you ready to banish the banquet and buffet? There are so many exciting catering options for weddings now, the choice can seem overwhelming, so we ask award-winning wedding planner, Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, to share her thoughts on the move towards more casual wedding catering, and asked her why finger foods

SS19 Wedding Guest Trends

From plant prints to bohemian homespun wear, we’ve cherry-picked our favourite SS19 Wedding Wear Trends to help guide your favourite wedding people: your guests.

New Look Launch Bridal Collection

The world of wedding wear has got a whole lot more affordable with the announcement that high street retailer New Look has launched a bridal collection that includes shoes, gifting, lingerie, wedding decorations and hen party essentials, as well as bridesmaid dresses. The dress collection, currently standing at twelve full-price pieces, features short, midi, lace

How to: Plan the Perfect Proposal (Inside Story Included)

Love and individuality are worth celebrating and so when it comes to the perfect proposal for to the person you love, we believe in making it special; not by following generic ideas you’ve seen online but by making it personal; tailoring it to your partner, your relationship and what makes you such a sublime match.

Wedding Showcases – Are They Worth it?

Are wedding showcases worth attending? Will it be all small talk and hard sell or easy mooching, tasty canapes and a walk-through mood board to pick and mix ideas from? It doesn’t matter how big or small a wedding show is, they provide a brilliant opportunity to see a venue you’re interested in, styled up

Wedding Reception Cocktails: The Summer Edit

Creating the right cocktail list for a summer wedding is like any other choice – it comes down to what the happy couple like, want and of course, their budget. But it is a place in the wedding plans where you can add some real style, glamour and fun.  Liz Taylor from the Taylor Lynn

Wedding Colours for 2019

Complementing the evocative Living Coral, this year’s Pantone colour trends can do just about anything. Working in many forms, from lighting, clothing, tableware or even balloons, they can spice up your wedding, transforming it tonally to fit with whatever sort of vibe you’re going for. Living Coral This year’s granddaddy of colour tones, the vibrant,

Groomswear Trends SS19

With all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to feel confident, comfortable and bang on trend in what will be the biggest moment of your year. From pastels to neon, pleats to pretty, go as loud and proud, or as soft and subtle as you like by accessorising with

Wedding Interior Trends 2019

One of the most important parts of any wedding is the interior. It sets the entire mood of the event – it’s a mission statement. From minimalism to maximalist art, chintzy floral fabric to jewel tones, we take a look at 2019’s most exciting wedding interior trends… Minimalism Where less is always more… Maximalist Art

How to Weatherproof your Wedding

“A professional event planner should never sing the party blues!” Liz Taylor is managing director of celebrity wedding planners, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC). She has been planning spectacular weddings across the UK and Europe for the past 30 years, so has plenty of experience to ensure that your big day goes smoothly – even

History of the Church and Same Sex marriage

Homosexuality and religion have a complex history. Same-Sex marriage was first officially recognised in 2000 by The Netherlands, yet the conflict between the many religious/heteronormative concepts of a husband and wife and the LGBT community’s fight for equal marriage acceptance has been intense, even in countries which have legally sanctified same-sex marriage.  We explore from

Wedding Flower Trends 2019

Neons, tropical clashes, fresh grasses and full scale suspended florals are fuelling the wedding flower trends for 2019; Rebel Rebel talk us through it.

Spirited Dry Weddings

Thinking of planning a dry wedding? Plan with imagination and a smattering of theatrical presentation, and yours will truly sparkle. Here’s how…

How to Avoid Assumption-Making Suppliers

Believe it or not, some suppliers would rather not work for same sex couples and others make assumptions based on your sexuality. So how do you avoid assumption-making venues and suppliers? Photographer, Ross Willsher, sheds some light…

Wedding Budget Planner – Free Download

Successfully budgeting for your wedding is all about compromise and focus. Work out your priorities to save on less important aspects of your day. To help, we’ve put together this chart so you can visualise what and where you’ll need your budget for…

Top 10 LGBT Online Weddingwear Brands

Wedding wear might be something you traditionally shop for in person, the reality is more of us are favouring online convenience over showroom appointments. We look at the rising trend for online wedding shopping and pull out our favourite top 10 brands for buying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and androgynous wedding wear online. “People

Destination Weddings For Same-Sex Couples: Costs & Legal Lowdown

The US and the Netherlands remain popular choices for gay and lesbian destination weddings, but as more countries legalise same-sex marriage, your options for an unforgettable destination wedding are broadening. So what are the legal and budget implications? We take a look…

Best Gay Wedding Photos by Season: Autumn

The russet reds, golden ombres and twinkling frost-covered fronds are some of our favourite Autumnal jewels; but put the soft tint of the season’s sun into the mix, falling on a newly wed couple and you’ve got a gift of a romantic shot. Need photographic inspiration? You’ve got it: Here are 17 of our favourite

How to Plan a Destination Wedding in the US

There’s nowhere in the world quite like the United States. Mountains, deserts, snow-dappled forests, sunny beaches – it really does have it all. And with the language barrier posing no problems, it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular choice for a destination wedding. American wedding planner Jason Mitchell Kahn shares his advice on how

Gay Destination Weddings: Scandinavia

Want to marry in a country where mountains frame majestic glaciers and epic green forests are freckled with crystalline lakes? Then use our guide to help you choose the best place for your destination wedding in Scandinavia.

Plan a Same-sex Destination Wedding in Spain

Spain is a great place to get married. With its balmy weather, its culinary richness, its amazing variety of wedding venues and landscapes, it’s difficult to go wrong. Even better, it has a thriving and embracing LGBT community. Wedding planner Natalia Oritz gives us the lowdown on planning a destination wedding in Spain. Local knowledge

Style & Substance: Getting Your Wedding Invitations Right

Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your big day and should give guests a taster of what’s to come, but how do you strike the right balance between design and personalisation, without it becoming bland or overdone? We find out…

Expensive Honeymoon? Ask Your Wedding Guests to Pay

“Get guests involved in your getaway”If you’re planning a wedding, you’re most likely also planning a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon to make unforgettable memories and celebrate newlywed life together. However this can be expensive so why not let your guests help you? It’s very common to create a honeymoon fund to share with guests and get them

Bell Jars and Foliage: Ideas Boards

Bell jars are a brilliant way to style-up your wedding and are surprisingly flexible both in shape and in what you can put inside them. Holding a natural themed wedding? Choose bell jars with white flowers and green foliage. Going for something more outlandish? Balance a stack of vintage tea cups inside, exotic fruit, or

Grooms with Beards How Will You Wear Yours?

We enjoy a good beard here. There’s the chin strap, the balbo, the stubble and everything in between. But different styles suit different faces, so how should you rock yours? This is your beard style bible; take a look, find your favourite and check if it will suit your face shape. The Stubble Beard Want

Stephen Einhorn: Interview

“We made a deliberate choice to make everyone feel welcome” Stephen Einhorn started off working as a model maker in film and advertising before training as a silversmith and launching his self-named business with his wife in 1995. Since then, his rings have adorned the hands of Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Charlie Therzon, and, of

Mini Wedding Food Ideas

Wedding planner Jason Mitchell Kahn reveals why the trend for mini wedding food is rising and shares his insights on which mini wedding food ideas will be a guaranteed hit with your guests..

The Perfect Wedding Flower?

What makes the ‘classic’ hydrangea the perfect wedding flower? Not only is it one of the most spectacular flowers around, the hydrangea also symbolises grace, beauty and abundance. What’s more, the cut flowers come in a huge variety of different colours including every shade of red, pink and purple as well as in white, green

Style Steal: Royal Wedding Ideas

Fancy yourselves as a pair of Princes or Princesses? We’ve handpicked our favourite bits of Harry and Meghan’s wedding to create this style-steal royal wedding ideas inspiration board especially for you. After all, shouldn’t you feel like royalty on your wedding day?!…

Groom That Beard The Ned’s Head Barber Shares His Tips

From Chris Emsworth’s Thor stubble to the fuller verdi of Tom Holland’s Alfie Solomons, beards are in. So how do you care for yours ahead of your wedding day, and do beard products really work? Tom Harrigan, barber at The Ned, shares his tips…

Wedding Planning: Where to Splurge and Save

We all know that weddings are expensive, so which corners can you cut without any negative impact? Luxury wedding planners Bruce Russell and Isabel Smith share their top 10 tips on where to splurge and where to save.

DIY Wedding Flowers: Florists’ Tips

DIY weddings are all the rage and can save you a fortune. If you choose to DIY wedding flowers, be sure to follow these tips from expert florists Claire Kenwood and Harriet Parry…

Style Steal: Romantic Hydrangeas

Style steal a milk and honey luxe some struggle to conjure with our seven gorgeous soft-palette inspo boards to help you create a captivating romantic ambience for your entire wedding day. 

INTERVIEW: Lola and Alice

Elizabeth Raderecht sourced jewellery for a designer shop in her late 20s before working for magazines and running a successful online fashion and accessories boutique; but after taking time off to have her daughter, she decided to re-launch and rebrand her online store to focus solely on weddings, Lola & Alice. We caught up with

How to Make a Buttonhole By Hand

Looking for some budget-saving DIY wedding hacks? Try the buttonhole. We’re big fans of creating an easy wow, so follow our ‘how to make a buttonhole by hand tutorial’ to create your very own buttonhole masterpiece!

Interview: Cheers to the Toastmaster

Will Buckley knows how to make people feel welcome; he has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 17 years, five of which were spent working on the five-star Celebrity Cruises, and  he is also available to hire as a wedding Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. We asked him how he got started…

DIY Painted Feathers Tutorial

Make your own DIY painted feathers like a pro following our easy four-step tutorial. From bold festival brights or romantic bohemian pastels, you can even dip the tip into metallics for some added uptown funk.

How to Look Natural in Photos: Engagement Shoot Tips You’ll Love

Posed poe-faced photos belong in the Victorian era, but when the trend for rigid formality fell, it made way for a chorus of forced smiles and awkward stances that make them as uncomfortable to look at as David Brent is to watch. So what do you do on your engagement shoot if you’re not a

Style Steals: Metallics

We love a good wedding trend, especially when they shimmer. From silvers and chromes to shiny navies, purples and pinks, this year incorporate some sheen into your wedding theme: mesmerise in metallics.

Bridelux at The Rosewood

It’s the Bridelux wedding show at London’s Rosewood hotel today – so what can you expect? If you like Vivienne Westwood bridal, expert insights into how they make some of Dior’s best loved scents, Dior makeovers, Laduree macaroons, chocolate tasting, kooky shoes and more, get yourself down there. We love the style of the Rosewood:

Engagement Shoots – Four Reasons Why To Have One

Engagement shoots are on the up, and for good reason. We caught up with Paola De Paola, who specialises in gay and lesbian engagement and wedding photography to find out four good reasons why you need an engagement photo shoot.

REVIEW: A Wedding Breakfast at The Ned

When the Gay Wedding Guide was invited to feast on a three-course wedding breakfast at The Ned, we sent our spokesperson, restaurant guru and himself a groom-to be, Hugh Wright, along to review it on our behalf. This is his verdict…

Summer Wedding Canapés

A country setting for a summer wedding sounds idyllic, but what should you serve your guests before you have your sit down meal? Ian Daw, head chef of events at The Ned in London, shares his summer wedding canapé suggestions.

Winter Wedding Canapés

Stuck on ideas for your winter wedding canapés for a winter. Ian Daw, head chef of events at The Ned in London says to play with classic foods in a modern way. These are six of his suggestions…

Canapés

Watermelon with olives, giant truffle-filled ‘crisps – would you dare to be different with your wedding canapés? Ian Daw, head chef for events at The Ned, triumphs at this and let us in to a few of his secrets…

New Research Reveals LGBTQ Couples Want Their Happy Ever After

A survey of LGBTQ people, commissioned by the Gay Wedding Guide, has found that 61% of its UK respondents were either married or would like to get married in the future. The research, which was conducted on behalf of the Gay Wedding Guide by Out Now Consulting, asked 348 LGBTQ people to answer a series

International Wedding Trends Report

The 2018 International Wedding Trend Report is out and it includes an LGBT+ section – hoorah! Key trends for this year include nouveau art deco, powdery pastels, mid-century features such as Moroccan rugs, brass finishings and layered lighting.

Wedding Floral Trends 2018

Bold, adventurous, unconventional – this year’s wedding flower trends is all about making a statement, doing things that bit differently. Fashion-focused florist, Shilpa Reddy talks us through the floral trends of 2018.

Wedding Flower Trends 2018: the hot list

Love a cheat sheet? Us too. Which is why we’ve created this downloadable wedding flowers 2018 trends list to help you decide what wedding flowers to have at your wedding.

Behind the Scenes of a Palace Wedding

Oh to be a king or queen for the day. Well, thanks to a team of hard-working events staff and conservators, you can. We go behind the scenes of a palace wedding…

Style Steals: The Greatest Showman Wedding Theme Gallery

Bring the sense of excitement, the extraordinary, the peculiar and the unique to your wedding theme a la The Greatest Showman. Be bold, inventive and never be afraid of being different, and capture the insatiable show-biz spirit of PT Barnum using these 25 brilliant Greatest Showman inspired images as your springboard to creating an all

Top Gay Love Films

Our compendium of the top LGBT love films for you to put your feet up to, crack open the popcorn, and enjoy. And no, no Brokeback in sight.

Six Stylish Same-Sex Winter Weddings

Nothing quite like a hearty fire, a chunky-knit polo neck and the rich, harmonious fragrance of pine mixed with cinnamon and clove, spells cosy Christmas; that and, possibly the addition of a negroni. Yes indeedy, for many the favourite time of year is when the temperature gauge falls to freezing which is perhaps why so

Terminally Ill Woman Finally Allowed to Wed

Cas Willow, 53, from Melbourne, who has just weeks to live because of advancing cancer, has been granted an exemption from the 30-day notice period Australia requires couples to make before they marry, allowing her and her partner of 17 years, Heather Richards, to wed. Sad though it may be, the couple are very happy

Sydney’s Free Weddings

It’s time to celebrate in Sydney, and not just because it’s Christmas, but because same-sex couples are being offered free use of some of Sydney’s most prominent wedding venues! Yes, the good folk of Sydney Inner West and Sydney City Councils are waiving the wedding venue hire fees for gay and lesbian couples only, for

Frost in Translation: Christmas Phrases for International To-Be-Weds

If you’re spending Christmas with the new in-laws-to-be, you may want to familiarise yourself with any festive cultural differences and brush up on a few key phrases to ensure there’s no frost in your translation. Our friends at Babbel, the language learning app, have put together a useful guide to help us avoid cheek-burning miscommunications.

How to Scent Your Wedding

The power of scent is impressive, but how do you get it right for your wedding? The good people of Jo Malone London share their advice…

LGBT Couples Throughout History

This hand-picked timeline of LGBT couples throughout history is a thank you to those courageous campaigners and same-sex couples who bravely put same-sex marriage in the spotlight.

Party at a Palace

Boy, oh boy, do the folk at Historic Royal Palaces know how to put on a show. How do we know? Because we were lucky enough to be invited to an evening of opulent entertainment, fine wines, and extraordinary food and cocktails at King Henry VIII’s old stomping ground, Hampton Court Palace. And what a

Groomswear Trends SS18

From irresistible chambray trousers to colourful vertical stripes, if you want to dress to impress for a SS18 wedding, our ss18 groomswear trend report is here to help.

Australia says “We Do”

Australia is to become the 26th nation to legalise same sex marriage after 61.6% of Australians voted “Yes” at the polls on 15th November, 2017…

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

“It’s the perfect time to celebrate” says Liz Taylor of luxury wedding planners TLC about Thanksgiving. So, how to create the ultimate Thanksgiving wedding? Here are her tips…

Same-sex couple Vows to Marry in 24 Different Countries

In a valiant declaration of free love, female artists Julian P Boom, and Fleur Pierets, who originate from Belgium, have sold all their belongings to fund their mission to marry legally in every country where same-sex marriage is legal. Entitled Project 22 and widely supported by international gay rights activists, the two women have already

Perfect Poppy Wedding Inspirations

Suspended poppy garlands, festooned arbours, giant paper poppy walls for standout photo backdrops; get all the wedding poppy ideas you need with these boards.

How to Dress To Suit Your Body Shape

Compact. Lean. Curvy? If you think you’ll never find bridalwear to suit your body shape, stop: this is how to find your pièce de résistance for your wedding day…

SS18 Bridal Trends

From heroic capes and trouser suits to intricate lace and beadwork you can’t help falling in love with these SS18 bridal trends…

Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Style steals: sugar skulls and paper-lace backdrops against a palette of bold brights – take a look at these brilliant Day of the Dead wedding ideas. And viva la fiesta!

A Spanish Elopement

The archipelago island of Gran Canaria has been hosting gay weddings since 2005, when same-sex marriage was first legalised by Spain. Now, wedding planner, Carolina Carzorla Gavin, of Vamonos Debodorrio wedding planners, is hoping to attract more same-sex weddings to the island by showing couples how welcoming and versatile it is. In this specially styled

Dogs at Weddings: How to Successfully Include Yours

Our attitude towards our pets is that they are very much part of the family, so it makes sense that you’d want to include them in your wedding day, but with the focus on having a fabulous time and looking after family and friends, it may not always seem possible. Cue some useful ideas from

DIY Vegan Wedding Menu Ideas

Whether you are cooking the food yourself or having it prepared by a caterer, you’ll want your wedding food to taste incredible. Should it pose a challenge if you’re vegan? We don’t think so. From canapés to sweet puds, serve up a veritable feast of flavourful vegan food everyone will love – get inspired by

Honeymoon Takeaways: Essential Spanish Phrases

From making dinner reservations to highlighting allergies, we’ve teamed up with language learning app, Babbel, to bring you some of the most useful Spanish words you may want to use whilst you’re away. So, aqui tienes: our Spanish phrases takeaways: English  1. I am allergic to dairy / onions / wheat.2. How do we get

Honeymoon Takeaways: Essential German Phrases

Understand directions and learn how to order champagne in German before you go on honeymoon or holiday using our bitesize German phrase takeaways, courtesy of language learning app, Babbel. So,praktiziere: English  1. I am allergic to dairy / onions / wheat.2. How do we get to the train station?3. Left / Right / Straight on /

Top 20 Coolest Wedding Favours

Finding the right wedding favours can be tricky. Do you go scrumptious and edible or quirky and useful? Here are our suggestions for the top 20 coolest wedding favours…

Autumn Wedding Menus

Autumn is a season of plenty; so what should make the list on a autumn wedding menu at a time when farmers are harvesting their crops and growers are reaping the rewards of fresh fruit and root veg? Tom Hunt, eco chef and founder of catering firm Tom’s Feast, divulges his tips for creating showstopping

Honeymoon Takeaways: Essential Italian Phrases

Language barriers can get you into all kinds of mischief, so play it safe and learn how to book a double room, order cocktails and where the nearest gay bar is by using a proper Italian language guide when you holiday or honeymoon in Italy. Language learning app, Babbel, has kindly pulled together these key

Honeymoon Takeaways: Essential Dutch Phrases

From booking a double room to ordering cocktails and finding out where the nearest gay bar is, we’ve teamed up with language learning app, Babbel, to bring you bitesize takeaways of some of the most useful Dutch words you may need to call upon whilst you’re away. So, alstublieft: our Dutch phrases takeaways: English  1.

Honeymoon Takeaways: Essential French Phrases

Don’t fall short when you go on your honeymoon or holiday to France. We’ve teamed up with language learning app, Babbel, to bring you bitesize takeaways of some of the most useful French words you may want to use whilst you’re away. So, voila: our French phrases takeaways: English  1. I am allergic to dairy

Romantic Marriage Proposal Ideas

Is there a best way to propose? Take a look at our list of some of the most romantic marriage proposals, and let your imagination do the rest…

How to Style a Summer Wedding

How do you style a summer wedding that brings everything that we love about summer, together? We asked two different experts to give us their tips…

Hand-Painted Wedding Shoes by Gemma Kenward

If you’re the type of person who likes having things that are completely unique, how about walking down the aisle in a pair of bespoke hand-painted shoes? Gemma Kenward is an artist who specialises in painting footwear, so we asked her to tell us a bit more about her work and her quirkiest wedding requests…

The Homophobic Relative: Changing Hearts and Opening Minds

Kirsten Palladino, the founder of the US-based Equally Wed website, has written a new book of the same title, aimed specifically at LGBTQ+ couples. Covering everything from how to word gender-neutral wedding invitations and what questions to ask venues during a site visit (including whether they’ve hosted a same-sex wedding before and whether their staff

Going Digital: Paperless Post Review

Digivites are growing in popularity; after all, it’s far easier to group email 100 of your closest contacts with a digital invitation, save the date or card than it is to hand write a paper version. And, thanks to tech by companies like RSVPify, Greenvelope and Paperless Post, you can track opens and RSVPs in

Top 30 Coolest Cufflinks

Want to add a fun twist to your wedding suit, or embellish your outfit with quirky sophistication? From fantastical steampunk and slick silver monograms to colour-clashing Lego bricks and one-of must-haves, find a pair of cufflinks you love from our top 30 coolest cufflinks for your gay wedding…

Colin and John’s ‘No Proposal’ Gay Engagement Story

Colin and John met in 1996 in a popular gay bar in the East End of London. Twenty years later to the day after that first meeting, they got married. Colin shares their love story with us, and tells us about their ‘no proposal’ engagement… ‘When I first met John I thought he was a

10 Coolest Ways To Ask: Will You Be My Right Hand Peep?

If you are looking for inspiration to ask your closest friends to be one of your right hand wingers on your wedding day, try these for size. From colourful confetti pops to personalised gift boxes and wit-filled cards, we think you’ll find the perfect way to ask your besties to be by your side with

Naked Wedding Cakes Sweet Sugar Sixpence Interview

Claire Bush has been selling cakes for 10 years, and now specialises in designer and making mouth-melting naked wedding cakes with her own unique touch, under the brand Sweet Sugar Sixpence. Today we asked her how it all began… “I have been officially in business for around eight years. I began with cupcakes and vintage teas

Beautiful Beach Wedding Theme Ideas

Swaying palms, a lapping sea, and serene sunkissed memories: the carefree ambience of a beach wedding puts a beach location at the top of the list for sun-seekers and bohemian lovers. Use soft pastel tones to up the romance, or shout-out-loud oranges and tropical colours to get that feelgood festival flavour, and remember – less

Steampunk Wedding Ideas

White frocks and classic suits not your style? Prefer something moodier? Dark, even? Then step inside the world of Victorian Steampunk, where corsets and lace meet fantasy science manifested in air ships, goggles and cogs. It might be more HG Wells and Tim Burton than Austen, but it’s no less romantic. Need some inspiration for

Glittering Gold Wedding Theme Ideas

It’s Hollywood. It’s decadent. It’s expensive. In celebration of our favourite metal, we’ve created this glitterball-board of gold wedding theme ideas…

The Coolest Edible Sculptures

Most centrepieces come in the form of florals, but they don’t have to. Cue edible sculptures: unique show-stoppers that will certainly get your guests talking. View our collection of the coolest edible sculptures…

The Best of Bridal Hair-Wear

The right bridal hair-wear can be the crowning glory to your wedding day look, and whether you going all out 1930s vintage or planning on something more 2017, there’s a stunning range of tiaras, headbands and pins to choose from, so make sure you shop around to find one that completely complements you. Need some

30 Beautiful Same-Sex Wedding Photos

Great wedding photographs capture the emotions of each couple throughout their big day. Here are 30 of our favourite same-sex wedding photos that will totally melt your heart..

Experts at Work: Scottish Gay Wedding Theme

Catrina Duthie of Fin Flükra wedding planning, talks us through the concepts behind this Scottish themed wedding shoot. “Ask any couple from Scotland about their wedding day and the majority will have incorporated some element of their heritage into the big day. Some will embrace with gusto the traditional Scottish pastimes, symbolism and conventions while

How to Create the Perfect DIY Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet Tutorial

We love the humble hydrangea – its beautiful but understated floral dome of blue, pink, white, purple or even green flowers are the epitome of simple elegance complementing vintage and rustic themes seamlessly and bringing a romantic purity to lavish, high budget weddings. ‎Symbolic of grace and sincerity, it comes pre-dressed in its dome of

10 Easy Wedding Balloon Ideas

Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne) “Nobody can be uncheered by a balloon” Balloons have become the whimsical must-have trend at weddings. Fun, shimmering, big or small, they can make gorgeous addition to your big day. “Balloons are not what they used to be,” explains Sally Hodge from Bubblegum Balloons. “You can really get creative with

FIVE New York Weddings

The bright lights and big city promise of New York is sometimes impossible to resist. Loud, romantic, beautiful, insatiable – create memories together in New York and it might just be your perfect gay wedding destination. Wedding planner Claire Ady, specialises in curating weddings in New York’s Central Park – a popular place for couples

Statement Bridal Shoes

From chic neutral flats to dramatic high heels, bridal shoes can complete your look with a truly personal twist: whether you’re into Converse sneakers or high octane heels, take a look at some of the best bridal shoes around right now to help get you inspired for your lesbian wedding day! Couture Comfort A pair

10 Wedding Budget Saving Tips

Big bucks don’t guarantee an incredible wedding. Celebrity wedding planner, Liz Taylor, lets us in to a few secrets and gives her top 10 wedding money saving tips.

La La Land Wedding Theme Ideas

Twinkling lights, sunsets, Hollywood retro, jazz – we love La La Land. Not only was it the first film ever to win seven Golden Globes, it’s a masterpiece in its own right;  a sublime celebration of love and life’s passions – perfect for a wedding! If you’re seeking La La Land wedding theme inspiration, start

Personalised Valentine’s Gifts

Finding the perfect Valentine’s gift can be quite tricky, especially if you are looking for an irreplaceable and unique piece. So why not surprise your other half with a personalised gift? From gorgeous Valentine’s cards to monogrammed trainers, bespoke chocolate and engraved accessories, customisable presents will make your Valentine feel oh so special. Here’s our

Wedding Conventions: Your Edits

Wedding conventions blurgh! Do the old ones still cut it? To save you from wedding day structure purgatory we’ve asked some recently married couples which conventions they followed and which ones they created…

Inspiration Piece: Baroque Wedding Theme

Baroque style developed in the 1600s and is all about decadence and grandeur. Do crave an affordable, but lavish wedding? Take a look at our Baroque wedding theme inspiration board for ideas.

1940s Wedding Theme Inspiration

The fabulous ’40s can be defined by two distinct looks and periods. Take a look our our 1940s wedding ideas picture board below for some gorgeous wedspiration…

Creating Atmospheric Wedding Venue Lighting

When planning a wedding reception, bespoke wedding venue lighting will help you achieve the atmosphere of your dreams. Celebrity wedding planner, Liz Taylor, lets us in to a few trade secrets…

Wedding Blog Award Winners!

We are chuffed to bits to have been named Best LGBT Wedding Blog at the Wedding Blog Awards! View all the winners in this special video (and several close ups of Gethin Jones!)

Know Before Your Go Research Your Honeymoon

Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples can be very different in some countries, so we’re delighted to have partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on its Know Before You Gocampaign, which advises you to research your destination before you book your honeymoon or holiday. Take a look at the infographic below which highlights

Bridesmaids Dresses: Mixed or Matched?

Matching bridesmaids has long been as much of a given as a roast on a Sunday, but now a new trend is emerging. Couples are mix and matching their bridesmaids dresses with gorgeous results. We’ve compiled some key looks to help you decide which is better: mixed or matched…

Civil Partnership Conversion – How to Do It

From Wednesday 10 December 2014, couples have been able to convert their existing civil partnership into a marriage. Linzi Bull and Catherine Philps from Harbottle & Lewis explain how. You will be able to convert your civil partnership to marriage in one of two different ways: a simple conversion at a local register office or

The Best Gay Wedding Cake Toppers

When it comes to cake toppers, choose something that reflects you and your wedding theme. Here’s our guide to 40 of the best gay wedding cake toppers on the market…

How to: Get that Flawless Celebrity Look

Just how do A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian look so incredibly defined and flawless? Celebrity makeup artist, Carl Stanley, reveals all in this step-by-step tutorial to creating perfectly contoured wedding makeup looks.

Prenups: All You Need to Know

It may not be the most romantic part of planning your wedding but, if you are getting married you should consider whether to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement. London law firm Harbottle & Lewis, explain…

1920s Wedding Theme Inspiration

Style-stealing. Everyone does it. We’ve plugged into the past and pulled together some of the last century’s sassiest eras for your style-stealing pleasure. Let’s start things off with a bang with some stunning Art Deco wedding theme ideas…

The Coolest Wedding Photo Booths

Photo booths have snapped their way happy into our growing list of DIY wedding essentials but have you thought of 3D wedding photos, green-screening or more? Take a look at some of the coolest photo booths…

Winter Wedding Florals

Planning a winter wedding? Go all out on flowers to make all the difference to its aesthetic – and be inspired by our pictoral winter wedding flower ideas..

Wedding Flower Tips: Cheery Tulips

Dress them up, dress them down – the cheery tulip always wears a smile, which makes it perfect for weddings. Florist Judith Blacklock reveals why…

Floral Focus: Stephanotis Wedding Flowers

Delicate and fragrant, the star-shaped stephanotis flower symbolises happiness – what better message to get across on the biggest day of your life. Florist Liz Inigo Jones reveals why stephanotis has become such a popular wedding flower…

Wedding Stationery Trends

From rustic Kraft brown to the ethereal laser cut – there are so many different styles of wedding stationery, so we’ve rounded-up our favourite wedding invitation trends…

6 Best Tips on Writing Wedding Vows

How do you write wedding vows that will resonate with everyone at your wedding? Even the most unromantic of your guests? Lawrence Berstein of London agency, Great Speech Writing, gives us his top tips.

Groomswear Trends 2016

Double-breasted suits, pinstripes, plush velvets – the SS16 runways were full of ‘look-at-me’ flair. Here are our affordable top picks of groomswear trends for 2016…

Pinky Promise: The Revival of the Pink Wedding Theme

Soft pastels, bold fuschias, screaming flurouescents – pink can be romantic, sassy and just plain fun. Today, it’s bang on trend: you and we’ve picked out some of our favourite pink pics to inspire the most romantic pink wedding theme…

Carnival Wedding Theme

Coconut shies, fairground horses, bright colourways, festival lights and all the fun of the fair  – we love that the carnival theme is back, bolder, brighter and with a smattering of classic vintage. So roll up, roll up for a wedding party like no other. 

Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas

Believe or not, not everyone likes (or can eat) cake. So what are the wedding cake alternatives? Fear not, find inspiration in our round-up of the best sweet and savoury alternative wedding cake ideas…

Wedding Themes: Woodland

Narnia, enchantment – with a woodland wedding theme you can really let your imagination run wild. Here are our top woodland wedding theme ideas…

Same-Sex Marriage: New Traditions

Equal marriage is a hard one right, and to celebrate the anniversary of same-sex marriage legislation, The Telegraph asked us what ‘new’ wedding traditions were emerging amongst same-sex couples…

COLOUR POP: Gay Wedding Cake Pops

Kitsch, elegant or just plain fun, cake pops can add extra character to your wedding day. These brilliant wedding cake pops have bags of personality…

Floral Dance: The Rise of the Floral Headpiece

Big florals are back this season, which is great news for boho brides who want to add some real flower power sass with a standout floral headpiece. Floral crafter extraordinaire, Harriet Parry, tells us why.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill & Questions

Love is the same whether you are gay or straight, and MPs cheered in the House of Commons when it was announced that HM The Queen had approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. We answer your questions about the bill…

Ceremony Conundrums & Same Sex Marriage

The law may have changed, but are we any the wiser? What are the rules about church weddings, and who can conduct the service – a minister, a celebrant or a registrar? What’s the difference anyway? We find out…

How to: Choose a Celebrant or A Registrar?

Phil Martin, an Independent Celebrant near Rugby, in the Midlands, explains the differences between a celebrant and a registrar, and why you may wish to opt for a more personal ceremony. Do you want just a legal procedure or would you prefer a civil wedding ceremony to make it the most memorable day of your

Engagement Rings: a history

Where did the tradition of signifying your intention to marry with an engagement ring originate? And are colourful gems better than diamonds? We find out…

Winter Wedding Theme: Glacial Gem

If you’re planning your winter nuptials, find some inspiration in Knot & Pop’s top tips for adding some Narnian magic into your winter wedding theme with some Nordic and Glacial Gem detailing…

Bridal Trends: The Bridal Jumpsuit

After trawling the boutiques and high street shops for a bridal suit and failing to find anything she liked, Hannah Ollichon, of the House of Ollichon, was inspired to design her own bridal suit: a wedding jumpsuit. We find out more…