Gay Wedding Readings: How to Pick the Best One

Choosing a reading for a gay wedding can be tough.  Whether you want a short poem for your lesbian ceremony or a quirky non-secular take on your same-sex relationship, it’s a big deal.

Maybe you want something humorous, too? Something profound? Something that won't put your guests to sleep. 
The English language is awash with poems about love and marriage, pithy observations about life as a couple, advice on relationships (conventional or otherwise), and romantic tracts on what it means to love someone unconditionally.
Straight couples have it easier here.  Most traditional wedding readings are well, traditional: him and her, he and she.  But if you’re finding that your favourite wedding readings are more skewed towards a heterosexual audience, then you can always mix up the pronouns: him and her to him and him, he and she to she and she.

What is a wedding reading?
A reading is a written piece that’s spoken aloud during the ceremony.  Often it’s a poem or a psalm, a few paragraphs f…

Suntans & Instagrams: New Research Reveals Modern Day Bride Worries

We’re really grateful to for sharing the results of their recent survey of 2,000 brides with us, but isn’t it a shame that so many women worry unnecessarily about their wedding day?
We’d love to know what you think about the numbers below.  Did you suffer from any jitters before your ceremony? If not, how did you cope with anxiety both in the lead-up to your wedding and on the day itself? 

Findings released today from confirm the nation’s biggest wedding worries. Hitched asked over 2,000 brides what they found themselves worrying about ahead of their big day to reveal the UK’s modern bridal worries from social media, to tanning and drunken family members.
The number one worry for nearly three quarters (69%) of brides is the way they will look in their wedding photos. Younger brides worry about this 25% more than older brides, with almost four in five younger brides worrying about the way they will look.

The top 10 biggest bridal worries according to the new h…

A Staffordshire Wedding Venue: 5 Reasons to Love Sandon Hall

Sandon Hall in Staffordshire isn’t your run-of-the-mill wedding venue. For a start, it’s a stately home surrounded by over 400 acres of verdant countryside and gorgeous on the inside and out. Not far from Stoke, it’s easy to get to and even easier to fall in love with. 

At Pink Wedding Days, we list a lot of gorgeous LGBT-friendly wedding venues, but there’s truly something special about Sandon Hall, and we think it should definitely be on your ceremony shortlist.

We’d highly recommend you visit their next wedding fair on April 8th, 2018, between 10am and 4pm.
Here are our 5 reasons to say ‘I do’ to Sandon Hall
1) On your wedding day, you deserve a grand entrance. Whether by carriage or car, the mile-long drive up to the estate will give you goosebumps.  Think Elizabeth Bennet arriving at Pemberley.
(Funnily enough, Sandon Hall featured in a 2011 episode of ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ where the groom, David, planned a Jane Austen inspired regency wedding there.) 

2) Sandon Hall has historical c…

Drop in the Number of Straight Couples Getting Married

Fewer opposite-sex couples are getting married, that’s according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 
The latest figures available for 2015 show that there were 21.7 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 19.8 per thousand unmarried women: the lowest on record. These numbers are consistent with previous years as fewer people have been getting married since the 1970s.
Same-Sex Couples
2015 is the first year with a complete set of data on same-sex marriages. There were6,493 in 2015 accounting for 2.6% of all marriages that year with 9,156 couples opting to convert civil partnerships

Religious ceremonies were not as popular in 2015 with an 8% decrease from 2014.  

Unsurprisingly, there were only 44 religious same-sex ceremonies in 2015, and this number is unlikely to rise so long as mainstream religious denominations continue to exclude gay couples. Almost all of those 44 ceremonies would have been conducted by more inclusive smaller religious groups such as The Unitarian Church

Child-Free Weddings: How to Have One

The kids aren’t always alright, so what happens when you don't want children at your wedding?  

For a start, expect to ruffle a few feathers.  You may have to accept that some guests won't attend if they have to leave the little ones at home.  Childcare isn't always cheap and it's not always easy to arrange. Some parents will consider your request selfish.


What's the first rule of wedding planning? YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE, but telling people that you're having a child-free ceremony or reception is a delicate situation, so here's what you can do to make it easier.

Be CLEAR on the invitation that it's adults only.  Guests will otherwise presume that the whole family is invited.  Name each person individually to avoid confusion and then double check the RSVPs as they come back to make sure no extra names have been added.

The wording is key. Be clear but also be polite.

Decide on what you mean by child-free: under eighteen? Under twelve?  Over five? …

Queer Britain: The UK's First LGBTQ+ Museum Set to Open in 2021

This is such fantastic news! Due to open in 2021, Queer Britain will be the UK's first LGBTQ+ museum.

Wednesday 28th February saw the official announcement of Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum. The intimate reception was hosted at the iconic Oscar Wilde Lounge in Hotel Café Royal, a venue that is entrenched in queer history, and ignited the museums' ambitious gathering of its archive whilst also kick-starting the fundraising process.

The reception was attended by a number of high profile business people, industry and community leaders as well as a handful of LGBTQ+ celebrities including Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black, Jack Guinness, Nakhane Touré, Tom Robinson, Tim Hailes (Sheriff of London), Paul Gambaccini and many more. The event included speeches from co-founder, Joseph Galliano, and founding Patron Ambassador, Carolyn Ward as well as an acoustic performance by Sarah Walk - an American singer-songwriter and pianist signed to One Little Indian Records (home to Bjork an…

Unplugged Weddings: Should You Have One?

Unplugged Weddings: Should You Have One?

An unplugged wedding is asking guests to turn off any electronic devices for the duration of your ceremony
Yep, that includes iPhones, iPads, all other smartphones, cameras... 
For the same reason, you switch off your phone at the theatre, because technology is awesome but it’s also annoying and distracting.We’ve all sat behind THAT wedding guest: the one filming the ceremony on a screen the size of a small family car.  

Social media is a big part of this problem.

It encourages EVERYONE to share EVERYTHING, and weddings are fertile ground for that: the outfits, the decor, the emotion, the boozy reception and the romance of it all. 

But yes, telling guests to put their phones and cameras away is stage management: couples wanting their day to be perfect, to be entirely about them, the need to be THE centre of attention), BUT it’s also about putting a ring fence around the most important day of a couple’s life, making it personal. What they’re s…

Personal Wedding Websites: What Are They and Should You Have One?

Personal Wedding Websites: What Are They and Should You Build One?

What is a personal wedding website? 

A personal wedding website is where guests can access information about your wedding day. 
It's especially useful if you're getting married abroad or if you're inviting out-of-town guests. Often password protected, it gives details too lengthy to include on paper invitations. A personal wedding website SHOULD reduce the number of housekeeping questions you'll get asked in the run-up to the big day. There's often the option for guests to RSVP, too.
The details you use will depend on how much relevant information you have to share.  If you're having a destination wedding, for example, then you may want to include flight and accommodation options. 

Wedding websites are useful even if your wedding is local. Guests should appreciate the heads-up and that way they can make better choices in advance of the big day. 

For example,  

Does the bar accept credit or debit cards?