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FCO Warns UK Citizens Travelling to North Carolina and Mississippi

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel advisory for LGBT citizens travelling to North Carolina and Mississippi.

Following new laws, business owners in both states now have the right to discriminate against LGBT customers.

This will affect same-sex couples requiring wedding venues and service providers. There have been a number of “religious liberty” laws passed in other states, too.All are a response to the US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage. The BBC also reported that in North Carolina transgender people ‘must use public bathrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates’. 

Mississippi has a similar law. This latest round of legislation seems better suited to foreign despotism than the self-proclaimed ‘land of the free.’ The laws are a cause of embarrassment to the Obama administration. The move could, however, prove costly for both states with companies threatening boycotts. It's likely, too, that there will be a reduction in feder…

Somerleyton Hall: a Stunning Wedding and Civil Partnership Venue

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We have some stunning wedding venues in the Pink Wedding Days directory, but there's one that, for us, really does stand out:

Somerleyton Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Somerleyton Hall isn't just any old country pile; it’s a stately home owned by a real-life Lord.

Victorian splendour at its absolute finest. 





Set amid a 500-acre estate, Somerleyton Hall is the perfect place to begin life as husband and husband or wife and wife. 

Venues like this make photographers very, very happy. 

Guests will arrive with wide eyes and even wider smiles. 

It's the perfect place for a wedding. 

And did we mention the maze?
It has a maze. 





Whether you have 25 guests or 250, Somerleyton Hall can cater to your requirements. Couples have the choice of 4 different reception locations and the option to hire the hall for 2 days. 

Both the happy couple and their guests will be in safe hands with the hall's experienced and talented team. 

You can find out more about Somerleyton Hall by visiting the Pi…

Hate Choosing Wedding Presents? Love the One4All Card!

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We love weddings. 
We hate picking wedding presents.
When a wedding invitation drops through the letterbox we're always excited. 

Then comes the flash of panic: what present to get?
There was a time when couples didn’t live together until after they were married, and wedding gifts were a way of furnishing a new home. 

Times have changed. 
Now, couples almost always live together before they get married. They furnish their own homes; they already have the essentials. 
Do people still need toasters and tea sets?




Gift registries are now more likely to include luxury items like coffee makers, spa weekends and tablets.
Couples will ask for money, too.  Traditionally considered crude, this is now both a reasonable and practical request.
Other couples might not ask for anything in particular, but when you’re invited to their nuptials, the norm will still be to take something. 



What else is there?
There’s the One4All Gift Card.
You read gift card and balked, didn't you? 
Hear us out.
You can use the…

The UK Blog Awards are Next Week!

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The UK Blog Awards are just around the corner. 
Literally, around the corner...

They're a week on Friday.
We’re so excited to have been nominated and then shortlisted in the wedding category.
We honestly didn’t expect to make it to the finals in London, and we know that everyone says that, but it’s true. 
This blog is but one tiny corner of Pink Wedding Days, and we’re just pleased to have been noticed, let alone shortlisted.

For us this is kind of a big deal, so THANK YOU for your continued support and for all the interactions across our Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

You guys are fab. 
Our blogger, Susan, will be flying solo at the event, so please feel free to say hello.
If you see her hanging around the food, then give her a little nudge and remind her she has a wedding to go to on the Sunday. And a dress to fit into. 



Guests Reveal What they Fork Out on Wedding Gifts

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A new study has revealed how much guests should spend on wedding gifts – and anything below £25 makes you a cheapskate. Brits have long-wondered what to fork out on pressies for the bride and groom and results reveal what’s deemed acceptable when forking out for friends and relatives. Siblings receive the highest value gifts – at least £80 – while work colleagues are lucky to get anything above £20 for their nuptials. Anne Marie-Jenkins, Managing Director of weddingshop.com, which commissioned the study of 2,000 people, said: 

“Shopping for a wedding present can be tricky, and knowing how much to spend requires careful consideration. The majority of guests want to spend enough money to look generous, but don’t always have the funds readily available.”
“When a couple asks for money instead of a gift it’s often perceived that this will be an easier option for guests struggling to decide what to buy, however this can make it even harder for guests as they’re then forced to divulge exactly how…

Wedding First Dance Tips with Strictly's Kevin and Karen Clifton

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The first dance is always an unnerving prospect. 
It used to be that a slow, circling shuffle to a Bryan Adam’s song was enough. One verse, a bit of the chorus – invite everyone else onto the dance floor. 

Job done.
The only evidence of someone’s two left feet was a crackly VHS shoved at the back of a wardrobe. 
Now, we’re all screwed.
“John and Dom’s first dance” is quickly immortalised on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, made into a Vine, uploaded to YouTube and (if you’re really unlucky) made into a GIF. 

#AwBless
#DancesLikeMyDad
#HeresEdSheeranAgain #RoundAndRoundUntilTheMusicStops 

Welcome to the modern age, folks. 
There is help, however.
Kevin and Karen Clifton are one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular couples. 

As professionals, they know exactly what works in a first dance, and they’ve put together a video to help.




Let us know what you think.

How did you get over the first dance nerves? 
Don't forget you've got to pick your song first, too

5 Wedding Traditions Gay Couples Can Re-Invent

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We love a good origin story, but some wedding traditions are ridiculous .
There are so many of them.
Deviate from convention, and you just know that someone from the last century will be on hand to tell you that 'you have to do it this way, dear.'
Tradition connects us with our shared history. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it shouldn’t dominate a ceremony if you don’t want it to. 
Tradition has some uncomfortable roots. 

It's strange that women, especially, are so eager to honour certain traditions. What exactly is romantic about being treated like property? 
The LGBTI community has a chance to break away and start their own traditions. 


There’s now less social segregation between genders. It’s very possible that your best friend or closest friends are the opposite sex to you. 

Traditionally, the groom’s wedding party is made up of men, and the bride’s entourage are women. 
But what if your closest friends and family don’t fall so neatly into these categories? 
A quick rejig …

East Sussex National Wedding Open Evening on Thursday April 14th

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The superb East Sussex National Hotel in Uckfield will hold its wedding open evening on Thursday April 14th between 18:00 and 20:00.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see the venue dressed for a wedding, and it gives couples the chance to chat to the hotel’s talented and experienced wedding team.
Guests can view the function rooms,  the wedding suites and grounds.

If you're planning a few pre-wedding celebrations, then it's worth knowing that the East Sussex boasts spa facilities and a golf course, too. 

We'd highly recommend this venue to anybody in the Uckfield area. 
You can find out more about the venue by visiting their website.

The Pink Wedding Days Directory

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We’re more than just a blog.

Our directory connects you to wedding and civil partnership venues and service providers all over the UK.

Dressing a Village Hall for Summer: A Few Ideas

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Spring seems to have come out of nowhere. 
One minute it was all snoods and sou'westers and next minute - the sun's out.
Let's just hope we don't scare it away. Still, it's got us looking ahead to warmer months. 





We're hearing a lot about village halls as reception venues. Older generations will remember their popularity and necessity first time round, but millennials have often overlooked these valuable community spaces. 

We have to admit that we think they're great.
Of course, it can be very intimidating: the idea of dressing an empty space. 

Hotels and country homes have the benefit of wedding coordinators, but village halls won't.

Intimidating yes, but how exciting! 

We've found a few things that we think would be a simple and yet effective addition to a wedding space.


A Few Ideas...
Bunting isn't just for jubilees and summer fetes. It's a great way to add subtle colour, highlight a theme and fill empty ceiling or wall space.  We've picked th…