We talk about Same-Sex Marriage, Equal Marriage and Same-Sex Weddings - these are some of the phrases which enable our LGBTQ community to be assured that our venues and contributors are "Gay-Friendly". In an ideal world and hopefully soon, we could just use the words "Marriage" and "Wedding" with no fear of discrimination - sadly there are a few suppliers, in the wedding industry, who aren't in total agreement with the new equality laws. Ours are. All of our venues and contributors to our blogs support same-sex marriage 100%, are "Gay-Friendly" and you can be assured your enquiry will be met with nothing but positivity.

My Name Is?

The Name Game
In all the chaos of wedding planning, your minds will be caught up in planning the day, choosing the dresses/suits, writing vows, inviting guests, sampling foods… it’s easy to overlook one of the most important things: your marriage! A key part of your status changing from single (legally speaking, aka unmarried) to married is your name. In traditional marriages, the woman takes the man’s name as her own, and it’s the name that’s given to their children should they have any. But what happens if the  marriage is between two men, or two women? Here’s some ideas of what you can do.

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"Wedding Breakfast Set Up - Beales Gourmet"

Gay-Friendly and Award Winning Catering & Event Management Company ~ Beales Gourmet, who are based in Dorset, have kindly shared their advice for couples when choosing their wedding food. Beales Gourmet Ltd are the NATIONAL WINNER for the 2019 Wedding Industry Awards ~ Best Caterer.

Read on for some mouth-watering ideas!

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"TreeTop Escape Gay-Friendly Wedding Venue"

If you've ever thought of having your wedding as a "themed wedding" how about a Lord of the Rings wedding? One of our venues ~ Treetop Escape, part of Millbrook Estate, in Devon hosted Kelly & Lynsey’s big day and the setting couldn't have been more magical....they have kindly shared the day with us....

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gay-friendly wedding venue dorset

One of our beautiful, award winning, venues in Dorset - The Italian Villa at Compton Acres - hosted the wedding of Groom's; Richard and Oliver on Thursday 30th May 2019.

The Italian Villa at Compton Acres and with kind permission from groom's; Richard and Oliver Elliott-Burnham, has kindly shared their day and celebrations with us at Pink Wedding Venues.

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Live Band

Most couples will want to include some style of live music at their wedding. When looking at wedding bands and singers, you will want to use the following venue checklist. Ask your wedding venue these questions before you book your wedding band....

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One of our beautiful venues, in North Devon - Ocean Kave - celebrated their own "Royal Wedding" on Saturday 19th May with Groom's; Mark and Richard. 

Kathy, Managing Director of Ocean Kave and with kind permission from groom's; Mark and Richard and their photographer; Gavin Williams, has shared their day with us at Pink Wedding Venues...

 

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Ocean Kave - Gay-Friendly Wedding Venue Devon

The Importance of Including Same-Sex Couples in Your Marketing

We have been speaking with the owner of one of our beautiful venues in North Devon - Kathy Murdoch from Ocean Kave regarding their approach and attitude towards serving same-sex couples on their wedding day.

Following our work with Guides for Brides we, at Pink Wedding Venues, are really trying to encourage not just venues but all suppliers who serve the wedding industry to show their consideration and inclusion in their marketing to LGBTQ couples. So often we see Brides and Grooms looking longingly in to each others eyes on imagery, we read Bride and Groom terminology in write up's - but to some, this can be a turn off. We wonder if we need to explain we're a same-sex couple? Is this business Gay-Friendly? Do they support same-sex marriage? 

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Reasons to Have an Autumn Wedding

Summer is over, and with that marks the end of traditional wedding season. The majority of couples choose to tie the knot in summer, romanticising the idea of a beautiful sunny day in the countryside, with a bright orange sunset to end the day. As we know, the great British weather often disappoints on this front, meaning there are plenty of July wedding guests who end up looking a bit soggy in the photos! However, the end of summer means the start of Autumn – our favourite season here at Pink Wedding Venues. Here’s why to have an Autumn wedding…

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Old book and rose with quill pen

5 Most Romantic Literary Quotes to Use in Speeches/Vows

A key part of the wedding day in the speeches and vows – but for different reasons. The vows, while watched by everyone, are a personal promise between Husband and Husband, or Wife and Wife. On the other hand, the speeches are often a time for light-heartedness, comedy – and sometimes embarrassment! If you or your partner are bookworms, or just want to avoid the cliché of quoting song lyrics in your vows and speeches, why not consider a literary quote?

We’ve complied our favourite romantic quotes that can be used in speeches and vows. Here we go…

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