Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Social Media is Out of the Office Until November 7th

Our blogger is currently away on holiday, so you might find that our social media channels are a little quieter than usual.

Don’t worry, though. 

We’re not about to turn into the Marie Celeste. Blog posts will still appear, news stories will continue to pop up into our feeds but this will be done automatically with slightly less frequency than usual.

We've just posted a few in bulk, too.

Read about the declining number of civil partnerships in England and Wales.

Find out more about the latest additions to the Pink Wedding Days directory: White Dove Barns and Holiday Inn Reading M4 Junction 10.

And did you know that the Isle of Man just celebrated its first heterosexual civil partnership?

If you need to get in touch with Pink Wedding Days, then you can contact our office:

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Things will be back to normal before you know it.

Isle of Man Celebrates First Heterosexual Civil Partnership

The Isle of Man celebrated its first opposite-sex civil partnership last week.

Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson's small ceremony took place in the capital, Douglas.

It's the first heterosexual civil partnership to take place in the British Isles, too. 

In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, civil partnerships are only offered to same-sex couples. 

And among same-sex couples in the UK, they're becoming less popular. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently released figures showing a sharp decline in civil partnerships across England and Wales for 2015.   

Marriage is now far more popular with same-sex couples.

So, it'll be interesting to see how many heterosexual couples in the Isle of Man choose civil partnership over marriage.

Same-sex couples on the Isle of Man have the same choice as heterosexual couples: civil partnership or marriage. 

For Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson, the decision to have a civil partnership was more practical than you might imagine. They intend on getting married at a later date but prefer the legal protection and security of a civil partnership in the meantime. 

It’s a shrewd move as cohabiting, unmarried couples have far fewer legal rights.

We’d like to wish Adeline and Kieran many happy years together as civil partners. It’ll be interesting to see how many more heterosexual couples follow their lead.

Civil Partnerships are on the Decline According to the Office of National Statistics

Fewer civil partnerships took place in England and Wales in 2015 than in any year since 2005, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last month. 

There were 85% fewer civil partnerships in 2015 than in 2013. 

For 2013, there were 5,646. 

In 2014, there were 1,683.

In 2015, 861

The Government Equalities Office say it’s too soon to know if same-sex marriage is responsible for the drop in civil partnerships.

But it does seem a fair assumption to make.

The statistics for 2015 also reveal that of the 861 civil partnerships formed that year, 66% were between men. 

The age at which people enter into a civil partnership has risen, too, to 48.5 for men and 49.1 for women

Almost half were aged 50 or over.

London continues to be the most popular place in England and Wales to have a civil partnership.

ONS statistics are always an interesting insight into how individuals choose to classify relationships: common law, marriage or civil partnership.

It's not unreasonable to suggest that civil partnerships will continue to decline.

The Government has already indicated that it may scrap civil partnerships altogether, so it'll be interesting to see figures for 2016 and beyond. 

Interesting, too, that the Isle of Man has recently celebrated its first opposite-sex civil partnership. 

Recent high court challenges in favour of introducing civil partnerships for heterosexual couples will no doubt continue to be fought across the British Isles. 

You can find out more on the ONS website.

White Dove Barns is Listed on Pink Wedding Days

We're so excited to have White Dove Barns in Suffolk on Pink Wedding Days

With Elizabethan oak beams and a stunning formal courtyard, this grade II listed thatched barn is where we'd all love to get hitched.

Designed to very high specifications, the barn comes with adjustable LED lights to fit any theme or colour  scheme. 

Don't worry about size, either. This place has plenty of space and can easily accommodate a live band. If you're planning a big celebration, then there's the option of adding a marquee or tipi in the grounds; ideal for summer and spring weddings.

Couples are invited to arrive from 2pm the day before the wedding to prepare and dress the venue. There's plenty of accommodation for the wedding party, so you can avoid that last-minute panic.

Of course, a wedding is more than just the four walls and ceiling: it's about food, too. Dove Barns has the benefit of their own in-house caterers. We'd definitely encourage you to visit their website where you can download the menus (it's made us so hungry!)

If there's anyone in the wedding party with accessibility issues, then don't worry. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there's dedicated parking, too. 

Dove Barns combine character and modernity in a very special and unique ceremony and reception space. 

Your guests will be talking about this venue for years to come.

Make sure you check out their page on Pink Wedding Days or visit the Dove Barns website for more information.