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

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

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…

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!

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

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

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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!)

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

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…

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…

Same-Sex Marriage Destination: Manchester

In collaboration with VisitManchester, we’ve compiled this infographic highlighting some of the cities most standout, gay welcoming wedding venues. It includes the Central Library, a water palace, a Tudor Hall and a fabulously opulent Art Nouveau restaurant.

Same-Sex Marriage Destination: London

In partnership with VisitLondon we’ve produced an infographic highlighting some of London’s most stand-out gay welcoming wedding venues including the iconic Kensington Palace, a Music Hall, a cabaret hall and a stately home.

Same-Sex Marriage Destination: Brighton

In celebration of the first anniversary of the Same-Sex (Marriage) Act, the Gay Wedding Guide has partnered with VisitBrighton to produce an special same-sex wedding infographic for the region….

LGBT Couples Urged to Research Honeymoon

New research from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office suggests whilst fewer than 50% of LGBT couples research whether a destination is LGBT-friendly before travelling there, 30% experienced negative attitudes during their trip…

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