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What Is A Wedding Celebrant

Becky: Did you know you can hire someone to lead your wedding ceremony? In our experience, most couples don’t even know that’s an option. They think they have to have the registrar assigned to them at the registry office but nope. That’s not the case. Meet Jennifer Patrice. She’s joining us today to tell you all about the benefits of hiring a wedding celebrant; from the personalisation of your ceremony to having more flexibility. With over two decades of experience in helping to plan weddings, Jennifer knows a thing or two about how to make your day special.

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How To Store Your Wedding Dress

Becky: You might be picking up your dress a couple of days before your wedding, you might have it a week before or because of current circumstances, you might have it in your possession for much longer before you can wear it. If that’s the case, how are you planning on storing it? No one is saying that you can’t pop it on and have a dance around the kitchen, but that might not help with the storing-it-and-keeping-it-pristine purpose of this post.

Whatever your dress storing status is, we’ve bought in an expert to fill you in on how to store it safely. Allow me to introduce Cynthia Grafton-Holt. Cynthia is the founder and bespoke wedding dress designer at Cynthia Grafton-Holt Couture so if anyone can tell you how to store your wedding dress correctly, it’s her. Enjoy.

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Small Wedding Menu Ideas

We have featured some beautiful small weddings lately. Some couples are choosing to postpone their dates and some are choosing to reduce their guest numbers and crack on. Small but perfectly formed guest lists with celebrations in boutique venues, private dining and quirky places with charm, character are taking place up and down the country. 

With the potential savings being made on not feeding the masses, we’re seeing even greater creativity and attention to food and drink on the menu.

Whether you’re planning your wedding day with just a few friends and family and celebrating with a dinner party for 8.  Or perhaps gathering your nearest and dearest in a hired house with a sea view and 30 or so guests gathered on a beach for seafood inspired street-food, we’ve got some great tips and ideas for your wedding catering.

Taken from award-winning caterers Caviar & Chips experience of crafting bespoke menus for weddings all over the UK and creating food and drink exactly how couples imagine.  Co-founder, Marc Hornby, talks us through some of the trends they’re seeing for small weddings and some of the menus they’ve created that guests will be enjoying in the coming months.

Note that this article was written with all small weddings (present and future) in mind. You and your caterer can work together to plan a small wedding that complies fully with the COVID restrictions at the time of your celebration.

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The New Wedding Gift List Etiquette

It used to be simple. You get engaged, you plan your wedding and somewhere along the line you decide to make it easier for yourself and your guests by setting up a wedding gift list. Regardless of whether you’d like gifts, cash, honeymoon, charity contributions (or a little bit of all of the above), having a dedicated gift list service has always been a good idea. So what happens now that your wedding plans may have become more complex or in some cases, more simplified? What exactly are the expectations surrounding wedding gifts? We’ve taken all of the most asked questions on this topic to give you everything you need to know about the new wedding gift etiquette.

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My Experience as a Black Planning Groom During COVID by Kelvin

Naomi: A couple of weeks ago we shared Emily’s article about her experience as a Mixed Race planning bride and as promised, today we have Emily’s other half and business partner Kelvin joining us to share his experience as a Black planning groom. Who also happens to be one of the most organised grooms we’ve ever encountered. If you didn’t know, together they own The Blithe Booth Company – hands-free photo booth hire (a perfect entertainment option for socially distanced weddings). Over to Kelvin…

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12 Things A Wedding Planner Can Do For You

Becky: Have you been thinking about having a planner to help you organise your day? Maybe you’re unsure about exactly what things a wedding planner can do for you. Let me introduce you to Chenai Bukutu founder and principle planner of ByChenai Events. She’s going to give you a rundown of the top 12 things a wedding planner can help you with when it comes to planning your day.

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My Experience as a Mixed Race Planning Bride During COVID by Emily

Naomi: I’m delighted to introduce you to Emily today, who has kindly shared her experience as a Mixed Race planning bride, but also as someone who had to postpone her wedding twice(!) because of COVID. Emily is co-owner of The Blithe Boothe Company, a superb photo booth hire company who are, of course, part of our recommended suppliers. Kelvin, her other half, and business partner will be sharing his experience as a Black planning groom with us next week. Look out for that. Between navigating two postponements, planning their wedding within 8 months and sharing their experiences with us as part of our Black Love Matters pledge, allow me to introduce you to an incredible power couple. Over to Emily…

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12 Month Wedding Checklist For Planning Your Wedding

Whether you’re experiencing the elation of recent engagement or riding the emotional rollercoaster of postponing your wedding due to COVID… Chances are, you are looking ahead to the next 12 months or beyond with some question marks over what to consider, when. We thought it would be helpful to reshare our 12 month wedding checklist. This is a guideline timeframe for anything that you might need to do over the next year. Or to reorientate you with parts of the process you might need to re-plan. Either way, treat the following as a checklist to help you put the puzzle pieces together. And if you’re looking for reliable suppliers that we can recommend wholeheartedly to help navigate the next 12 months with, look no further than our recommended venues and suppliers

12 months? Until your actual wedding. No big deal. And it’s certainly not a big deal when you know what you’re doing. Which you will by the time you’ve gotten to the end of this post. We’ve featured many a wedding, answered many wedding-related questions, and worked with many a supplier. So you know that when we give you a 12 month wedding checklist, we know what we’re talking about. 

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UK Black Pride – Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community

Today, UK Black Pride turns 15 and we thought that was something well worth celebrating. UK Black Pride provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. Founded by Lady Phyll back in 2005, it has grown into a movement supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ community.

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