Wedding Planning

Engaged and Confused: A Man's Guide to Marriage - Part 2: Ask Your Father

Alex Smith | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex Smith

'Perhaps we should sit down,' WHY DID I SAY THAT? Now he thinks I've killed someone he loves. Great start. With all of the calm of a fully charged vibrator I continued: 'I have something I need to ask you, I was wondering how you would feel, if you would be okay with, if you would allow me...(yep that's all the ways to say that sentence - must get to the point) if I asked Phoebe to marry me?'

Wedding Planning SOS: Top Tips From a Professional Planner...

Simon Glazin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Glazin

Organising a wedding is no easy task. No matter how many people you are inviting - be it 50 or 350 - you're guaranteed a certain level of stressful situations. Have you ordered the flowers for your bridesmaids? Have you sorted the table centres? Will your mother-in-law like your colour scheme?

Wedding Traditions, Your Way

Laura Babb | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Babb

Most of these traditions emanate from heterosexual weddings but many of the traditions can be easily adapted to suit gay couples, whether you want to take a more traditional or alternative approach. I'll be including some ideas about how to adapt traditional wedding elements to suit a gay wedding.

Ten Steps to Giving a Great Best Man Speech

Robin Kermode | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Kermode

All Best Man speeches have to be funny. Right? Wrong! By all means go for it and bring the house down - but only if you're naturally funny, nobody wants to end up on YouTube or Facebook in the "Least funny Best Man" category!

Paying for a Wedding - Who, How and Cutting the Bill

Sarah Willis | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

Traditionally, the majority of wedding costs were paid by the father of the bride. This is rooted in the dowry tradition, where the groom's family were compensated for taking on the financial burden of the bride.

4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Planning My Wedding

Liz Marie | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

The moment you get engaged, get prepared to be inundated with everyone and their mom telling you variations of "don''t get stressed." I'm here to tell you that it is perfectly alright if the prospect of throwing a probably huge, definitely expensive party for your closest family and friends while committing your life to another human being feels a tad bit overwhelming and stressful. It is!

How to Achieve Wedding Day Confidence

Marina Licht | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Licht

I have been thinking about the subject of bridal day confidence for a while. Getting married is one of the most exciting experiences of your life, but it can also be an incredibly stressful time. Not everyone who gets engaged is thrilled with the idea that all eyes will be on her on the big day.

Top 10 Wedding Tips: Here's How to Organise Your Wedding - Without Losing Your Mind

Liz Marie | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

Congratulations, you're getting married! There is no other day in your life that compares with your wedding day. Sure, there are other big events in life that you'll always remember such as graduations, the birth of a child, or holidays of a lifetime, but it's your wedding day that you've probably fantasised about from a young age.

Seven Essential Wedding Dress Shopping Rules

Marina Licht | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Licht

Congratulations on your engagement! I am sure you can barely contain your excitement at the prospect of getting married and planning the wedding day of your dreams. I by no means want to curtail your excitement, but I would advise a few words of caution.

Perfect Wedding Cocktails

Michael Stringer | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Stringer

Over the years I have been asked hundreds of times by friends, family, event organisers and wedding planners 'what is the best way to decide on the perfect cocktails at a wedding?'.

Bride Marries in Intensive Care Unit

Kate Thompson | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

The nursing staff knew Hayley had been planning her wedding and it was Jan Williams, a Senior Staff Nurse at the hospital who suggested they marry there in the intensive care unit rather than postpone their marriage ceremony.

Your Must Read 12 Month Planning Guide to Having a Stylish Wedding

Marina Licht | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Licht

Yes, before you say anything, I know some of you are engaged for more than 12 months and some of you are engaged for less, but I thought it would be easier to do a 12 month must-read essential wedding planning checklist.

Is Your Wedding Bloggable?

Phoebe Miller | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phoebe Miller

If you planned your wedding with love and affection, included things that you enjoy and had it photographed beautifully then of course we all want to see it. It is great for all the wonderful suppliers you used to get a pat on the back for their good work. We want to feel like we were part of your day and feel inspired.

When the Wedding Planning Gets Too Much

Phoebe Miller | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phoebe Miller

I found that my planning went absolutely swimmingly until other people were involved. Namely, family. "Why isn't so and so invited? Can I have a plus one?" The simplest answer you can give is "because there is no room". In an ideal world I would have had everyone I love and like. I was limited to 160. Ergo. There were some cuts.

How to Plan a Lesbian Wedding: The Announcement

Sarah-Elizabeth Daly | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah-Elizabeth Daly

If there's one thing that's confusing about a gay engagement, it's wondering if you should be the one to propose, or if the other half is going to do it. For months it seemed like we were on the brink of being engaged, but we were just waiting for the other to go ahead and do it.

Memo to Brides: Get Over Yourselves, It's Not Just 'Your' Day

Kate Hunter | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Hunter

When you boil it down, a wedding's a wedding's a wedding. Even people who think they're being radical (Bridesmaids all wearing different dresses! Groomsmen in pink suits! Couple leaving on a Vespa!), they're really just fiddling with the details.

My Friend Is Taking the Pictures at My Wedding... NO!

Kelly Hood | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Hood

I have had so many brides come to me after the wedding and tell me of their wedding regrets and that 'I wish I'd got a professional to do it'. With horror stories of badly taken photos, waiting an age for them to come back to them, badly edited - if edited at all images - blurred, over exposed.

How to Plan a Lesbian Wedding

Sarah-Elizabeth Daly | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah-Elizabeth Daly

Here's nothing really out there helping us, marriage equality is new. Yes, the debate has been around for a long time, but we're only just starting to see the results of years of hard work. I've seen a few stills from lesbian weddings via Tumblr, and sobbed over Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding video, but all I can think is how?

Wedding Planning: Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Laura Babb | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Babb

In my view someone whose style you love should be the number one consideration when choosing a wedding photographer. You'll want to look at your photos again and again, for the rest of your life. Picking a photographer whose work you love will mean you stay in love with your wedding pictures.

How We Planned A Wedding In Just 8 Weeks

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

Most bridal magazines and experts suggest you give yourself around twelve to eighteen months to plan your big day... I decided it could be done in a hurry, and in fact did just that, saying my vows on the 2 November this year after deciding to get hitched once and for all in the second week of September.

Weddings and the Curse of 2013

Kate Thompson | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

Weddings are full of superstition. As a superstitious society we are more likely to expect bad luck to strike on Friday 13th than any other date. Indeed the fear of the number 13 even has a name, albeit one most of us can't pronounce: triskaidekaphobia.

How to Not Hate Your Own Wedding

Holly Poulter | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Poulter

Songbird Kelly Clarkson called off the big wedding she and her fiance were planning this October, because she was 'so overwhelmed' and 'so over' planning it... But for most couples, it's simply not possible. So if you've got to knuckle down and get it done, how do you manage to not hate your own wedding?

10 Conversations Every Couple Should Have Before Getting Married

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If marriage is on the cards, there's no doubt you'll know a fair amount about your partner - their likes and dislikes, bad habits, pet peeves. But...

'Which One of You Will Wear a Dress?': Etiquette at Same-Sex Weddings

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

You treat a same-sex couple the same way you'd treat an opposite-sex one and while the weddings may differ in some details, the overall concept is the same. However, as recent news stories about brides gone bad, grooms gone greedy, and invitees gone impolite suggest, people seem unsure about what to do at a wedding, regardless of who's getting married.

Yes We Are Getting Married, Just Don't Ask About the Wedding

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

Finally, there she is. His bride. Head to toe antique lace, a veil costing more than most people's homes. Her father proudly holding her arm. The time-honoured march begins, she steps one white satin clad toe forwards... And promptly vomits on the floor, decides she looks better in a tracksuit, doesn't really like weddings anyway and legs it.