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 +.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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 –

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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…

Top 10 Wedding Preludes

What music will your guests hear as they enter the ceremony space? We ask two wedding entertainment specialists to name their top 10 wedding preludes…

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

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.

Perfect Proposals: The Inside Story

Planning on proposing sometime soon, but need some help making the proposal absolutely perfect? Say hello to The Proposers, a team of marriage proposal planning

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

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

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.

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

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

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…

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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…

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…

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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.

Expert Recommended: Wedding Venues in Spain

Snow-capped mountains, postcard perfect beaches and historic cities filled with art and sculpture from some of the world’s greatest artists, Spain-based wedding planner Natalia Oritz,

Inspiring quotes from LGBT Fiction

The romantic and poetic words of literature can often be the perfect way to describe and encapsulate real life, real marriage, and real love and, with that in mind, we bring together 25 inspiring quotes from LGBT fiction.

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…

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

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,

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…

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

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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.

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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;

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

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…

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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Haunted & Gothic: 13 Alternative Wedding Venues

Enchanted gardens, crumbling castles, haunted cells; if you’re looking for an alternative wedding venue with a great story to tell, take a look at these 13 innately gothic wedding venues, and let your imagination take you away…

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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

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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

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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..

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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,

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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

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Great Speech Writing

In a Nutshell Great Speech Writing is a team of professional speech writers based in London who work hard to help their clients write and deliver speeches

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Wedding Speeches: Speaking Roles

Wedding traditions aren’t sacrosanct, so who should speak at your wedding? Seb, of Great Speech Writing, shares his thoughts on getting those speeches right

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Quotes for Your Vows

Need some wedding quote ideas for your wedding speech? This list highlights what we think are some of the best wedding quotes around…

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Wedding Music | Ceremony & Reception

From ethereal classics and traditional processional to contemporary wedding song suggestions – view our best wedding music selection – create your own wedding music playlist and click to download direct from iTunes.

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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…

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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!)

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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…

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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…

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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.

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How to: Design Your Perfect Wedding Cake

She has made wedding cakes for Stella McCartney, celebration cakes for Sir Elton and many other A-list names, now we ask Peggy Porschen to reveal the wedding cake trends for 2014: it’s all in the detail…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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..

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to: Make an Engagement Ring

Ever wondered how an engagement ring is made? Master goldsmiths at Arlington & Co, the bespoke wedding jewellers, show you how in this video…

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How to: Make a Wedding Ring

Ever wondered how a wedding ring is crafted? The master goldsmiths at Arlington & Co show us how in this fantastic ‘how to’ video…

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Groomswear Trends | Mens’ Wedding Suits

Matching suits and top hat ‘n’ tails? Groomswear trends don’t need to stick to convention. Discover some of the top men’s wedding suits and groomswear from five fantastic independent, designer and high street brands…

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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.

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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.

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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….