It is one of the great scandals of our time that in 2014 small-scale miners of such a precious metal should work in appalling, dangerous conditions for less than $1 a day. Because that is the sad truth hidden away deep underground.
You can have an amazing wedding on a small budget. No one should start their married life in debt. Watch out for the 'W' bomb. As in 'wedding'. The W word makes everyone vastly put their prices up.
Weddings have been celebrated since, well, forever, so why now the obsession with unique? As you can probably tell, I blame the internet for the proliferation of unique, but there are other factors which are undoubtedly implicated.
Save for big plans, big money and, well, a big party, weddings in Hong Kong are nothing like weddings in the UK. For starters, the main component for Brits - actually getting married - is the least significant part of the day here.
Long gone are the days when overseas weddings were just about being somewhere hot and on a beach. Today's couples are seeking out authentic experiences that incorporate at least a nod to local culture and sometimes a total immersion.
When I first started planning my wedding I was daunted. The cost of most weddings is over £20,000. It seemed insane to spend this on one day of our life. The majority of our wedding was paid for by my (now) husband and I so I had to keep things cheap...
Long sleeved wedding dresses (particularly lace ones) couldn't be more fashionable at the moment and are perfect for winter brides. I also love the idea of winter brides opting for a touch of shimmer and sequins when it comes to their wedding gown.
Say the words Vera Wang, and you instantly think about the world of bridal, and the creative genius of the designer who creates the most beautiful wedding dresses. imaginable. Ever since she started her first bridal collection in 1990, the bridal designer has been renowned as the ultimate designer to go to find a couture bridal gown.
To the paparazzi who took it upon themselves to get up in Solange's face for the money shot, the one where the panic-stricken newlywed is being covered up by her sister, Beyoncé, in the back seat of a car? I loathe you and your total disregard for her privacy. l refuse to acknowledge the grainy photos that highlight her discomfort, because, you know what? It's mean.
I know years ago that the idea of becoming an 'adult bridesmaid' sent many women into a complete panic because they were so frightened that they would be made to wear dresses that were far from flattering! Thankfully, times have changed...
As the iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, 'Fashion fades, style endures...' His words couldn't be more true and should be applied not only to ever day fashion, but bridal fashion too.
When it comes to planning the big day, there's nothing so hard as choosing the wedding venue. get it right and the day runs smoothly - get it wrong and you can land yourself with an expensive bill for mediocre service.
Defining your wedding style may appear to be relatively easy. Surely it as simple as sitting down with your fiancé and working out (after you have decided on your wedding date, and venue), the kind of wedding you want.
I cannot quite believe that Amal Alamuddin's dress was the last bridal gown he personally designed for a high profile figure. In my opinion, Amal's dress was nothing short of a triumph. It was everything a wedding dress should be and more.
I had the distinct privilege of being asked to be a best man recently and was absolutely touched that Justin thought of me in such high regard so I was determined to repay his faith by at least getting my first and arguably the most important job right, arranging the stag. How hard could it be to round up our closest buddies, decide where to go and how to do it and send JJ off in style?
When Grace Gelder's self-marriage hit the headlines last week, it started a conversation about what it means to celebrate single life with a ceremony. I was the one who led Grace's ceremony that spring day. I'm what is known as a "celebrant" - someone who helps people create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life.