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.

Winter Wedding Hearts

Many people dream of a summer wedding, outdoors, in a beautiful countryside setting. It’s the kind of wedding we see in films, read about in books, and many people become obsessed with the notion that a sunny day is the key to a happy day. 

But that doesn’t have to be the way. 

Tying the knot in the winter can be incredibly romantic. To start with, you can choose lots of fun ways to keep your guests warmed up, such as mulled wine or cider. You can have fire pits for the outside part of your wedding – and there are some gorgeous heated marquees that you could place outside.  

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Same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK (with the exception of Northern Ireland) in March, 2014. However, should we now just assume that a wedding venue is "Gay-Friendly" just because the law says it should be?

Legally, any business can't discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation however, sadly, we are still hearing stories from couples who have been made to feel more than uncomfortable when enquiring to a wedding venue in the hope to book their big day. Thankfully, these stories are few and far between but...they are still happening.

We would love to read about your experiences...

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Confetti

Getting married is such an incredibly positive time for every couple. And it’s important for your wedding day to reflect your values and spread the love. Planning an environmentally friendly wedding can help you to share the positivity and create a truly feel-good, happy event. You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to organise a green wedding with just a few simple steps and substitutions; check out our hints and tips to help you plan an eco-friendly wedding day.

 

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Clare and Amy Jackson-Little have kindly shared their story about their Wedding Day and how they were just "meant to be together". Now running their own business; Olive Events - an Event, Wedding and Party Hire business they are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

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Your complete guide to the ultimate alternative to confetti at weddings - Bubbles!

Did you know that the tradition of throwing confetti at a wedding originated in Italy and it was to bestow prosperity on the happy couple. Did you also know that prior to paper confetti used today, flowers, petals, grain or rice were also used.

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Towards the end of last year, a National radio station; Gaydio (aimed towards the LGBT market place) ran a competition for Gay Friendly businesses who felt they'd benefit from National radio coverage. The competition was sponsored by "Powownow" a conferencing system supplier and the prize was £10,000 worth of a radio advertising campaign. 

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