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Digital Pride is Happening Until Sunday

Digital Pride has started and the line-up is superb.

Created in 2016, Digital Pride is an online LGBTI event designed to make Pride accessible to everyone – even in places where it isn’t easy or safe to do so publically.  Whether you live in London, Tehran, Washington D.C or Abuja, this is a celebration of Pride meant for anyone, wherever you live in the world.

Expect much of what made 2016’s Digital Pride such a success: discussions, live performances, music, culture and more.

You can visit YouTube, too, and watch the 2017 trailer.

There’s definitely something for everyone, and we’re particularly looking forward to catching:

Are Unrealistic Ideals of Beauty Killing the LGBTI Community?  Which looks at unrealistic beauty ideals (12 pm on Thursday). 

AndPersonal Story: Patchwork – Darcy and Rosa.  This follows the unique story of a transgender couple from how they met for the first time to being a happy couple thirteen years later (5 pm on Saturday)

These really are just the tip of the iceber…

Gay Marriage is Legal in The Falkland Islands

Good news from the bottom of the world – gay marriage is legal in The Falkland Islands!
1,500 kilometers off the coast of Argentina, The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Colony with a population of 3,000 people. During a recent public consultation, 90% of those asked about same-sex marriage responded favorably.

Furthermore, 94% agreed that civil partnerships should be available to everyone: homosexuals and heterosexuals.

The law has now been changed in line with these results. 

Meaning that The Falklands now allows both gay marriage and straight civil partnerships.  The latter exceeding current UK legislation.

A statement released by the Government and reprinted in The Merco Press read:

”The move sends a clear and powerful message that all couples have an equal right for their relationships to be recognized under the law, including all associated protections, rights and responsibilities. It reflects the Falkland Islands’ tradition of openness, tolerance and respect for others.“The Fal…

Gilwell Park in Chingford is Hosting a Wedding Show on Sunday, May 21st

Gilwell Park in Chingford is a superb wedding venue.

We LOVE it, and we’re certain you will, too.

Set in 108 acres, the estate proudly boasts The White House: a 17th century Grade II listed building with picture perfect signature rooms.
Gilwell Park is a venue for all seasons, too, with outdoor areas for drinks and even the option to get married outside.  The stunning surroundings provide glorious backdrops for outdoor photography, and we're certain it's impossible to take a bad photograph of this gorgeous venue.

Fancy cozy and homely?  Winter weddings at Gilwell Park are just as fabulous.

With 40 bedrooms on site, and enough space in the Main Hall to accommodate 150 guests at the wedding breakfast, this venue has to be a serious contender on anyone's wedding wish list. 
Which is why we’re excited to share details of their Wedding show on Sunday, May 21st between 11 am and 3 pm.

This is an ideal opportunity to experience this fantastic venue first hand and to meet the wedding …

Dance Floor Deluxe: One Seriously Talented Wedding Band

The ceremony is over and formalities dispensed with. The wedding breakfast has been devoured and the speeches delivered, so now it's time to enjoy the reception.

And what better way to entertain guests than with a live band?
Dance floor Deluxe
Dance floor Deluxe are based in the West Midlands, but they operate right across the UK. They’ll have you and your guests throwing some serious shapes to Motown, soul, jazz, northern soul and even swing and rock-and-roll.
Much better than an iPod.

What we love
They come with own P.A and lighting systemHave public liability insuranceAll their equipment is PAT testedThey can tailor their set-list to your needs
What’s even better is that they don’t use backing tracks, so everything you hear is live. This makes such a difference – not only to the vocals – but to the atmosphere of the night, too.

You can find contact information on the Pink Wedding Days website, or you can visit their website where you’ll find plenty of audio and video clips as well as…

Reports of Homosexual Concentration Camps in Chechnya

A Russian newspaper has reported that at least three men in Chechnya have been killed following police action that saw 100 gay men detained. 
Although Chechen authorities deny creating homosexual concentration camps, tellingly, they also deny the existence of homosexuality anywhere in their Republic. A spokesman for Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, told The Interfax news agency: “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic,” 
Outright International issued a statement detailing independent sources which appear to confirm accounts of torture and suggest that the number of men killed ‘maybe as many as 20’.Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, commented:

“The perpetrators of this malicious campaign must be held accountable for the systematic detention, torture, and killings of innocent men in Chechnya. No government should get away with such wanton human rights violations.”
Radio Free Europe spoke to three Chechen men who gave …

THATMuse: An Alternative to the Same-Old Hen, Stag or Hag Do

Hen, stag and hag parties are big business. They can be big headaches, too.  Once you’ve chosen what you want to do, picked who to invite, synchronised availability, made the booking, collected the money, sorted the transport and everything else there’s still the chance that what you’ve booked is actually a bit – well – shit.
There’s so much pressure now on couples and their entourage to get everything right.  Expectations are big, and so are budgets (even when the attendees might prefer it if they weren’t), but at the heart of it, hen, stag and hag dos have always been about giving the person getting married a good send off.
That’s why we were intrigued when we heard about the launch of THATMuse (Treasure Hunt At The Museum).
Here’s what they have to say:
"Hen and Stag nights may fill some people with abject dread, envisioning a night of clich├ęd debauchery and bad decisions. For those who would rather marvel over the chiselled physique of a Grecian torso than carousing the city str…

UK Pride Events: May 2017

The UK boasts a fantastic Pride scene and 2017 will be no different.  
Each month we’ll be listing upcoming local and national Pride events to keep you entertained and empowered across the summer.  

Getting married? Pride is a fab excuse for a hen, stag or hag do. 
Exeter Pride 2017
13 May 2017
In its ninth year, this is Devon’s largest pride event.  Daytime events will be family-friendly and include live music, a parade, market stalls, film showings and panel debates.  Daytime events are free to attend, and they’ll be plenty of activities for young adults and children, too.
Lancaster Pride 2017
20 May 2017
There’s not much information around about Lancaster Pride at the moment. Keep checking the website for information as it appears.
Birmingham Gay Pride 2017
27th & 28th May 2017
Birmingham Pride is one of the biggest LGBT events in the UK, offering some superb musical talent right across the bank holiday weekend that includes: Dua Lipa, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Boney…

Ashridge House Has Availability for Weddings in November and December 2017

Ashridge House is one of our favourite wedding venues.  
Surrounded by 190 acres of gardens and set amid National Trust Woodland,  it's a venue for all seasons. And we’re excited to reveal that there's still time to book weekend wedding dates in November and December 2017.
In sunshine or snow, Ashridge House is certainly one of the finest wedding venues in Hertfordshire. The photographs really don't do this Grade II listed building justice, but you can take a 360-degree tour of the venue on the website to see exactly what it can offer you and your partner on your big day.

Tempted to find out more? 

Ashridge House has a PWD Directory page, or you can visit their website directly.

Get in touch and let us know what you think. Better still let us know if you've booked :)

Osage Nation Recognizes Gay Marriage

The Osage Nation is the latest Native American tribe to legalise same-sex marriage.
Members voted 52% in favour of changing the definition of marriage to “between two persons”.
The US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015 did not apply to Native American tribes who form their own federally recognised Governments. 
Henry Roanhorse Gray told NBC news that he was excited by the result. He went on to say: "To every Native kid just beginning to understand who they are inside, the tribe has made it clear we support and love them,"
Same-sex marriage is also legal amongst the Cherokee and Cheyenne nations.  
Many other Native American tribes, however, continue to maintain that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Venue Spotlight: The Well, Clerkenwell, London

Where: The Well, Clerkenwell, London.
What: Restaurant & reception venue

Capacity: Up to 50 for the wedding breakfast, and up to 150 in the evening. 

Contact:PWD page
The Well website

What we love: 

This venue is ideal for couples who want an urban chic reception in the capital.  Although the venue can’t hold wedding ceremonies, it’s perfectly placed for the nearby town halls of Islington, Camden and Finsbury.

The Well has been hosting wedding receptions since 2000, and they’re more than happy, too, to help recommend and organise additional elements for the occasion – including stilt walkers, comedians and magicians from recommended vendors and service providers, and who wouldn’t want to arrive on a London Routemaster bus? 

(Or have fire performers to entertain guests?)

We’d highly recommend visiting The Well’s website and contacting the venue to arrange a viewing because we think you’ll be super impressed both by the venue and the staff. 

In Their Own Words:
"The Well h…

Venue Spotlight: Grove House, Roehampton

Where: Grove House Hotel, Roehampton, London.

What: Mansion house hotel

Capacity: Up to 250 guests

Contact:Grove House Hotel Website

Grove House is a gorgeous Grade I listed building.  Close to Wimbledon and Richmond, it boasts excellent nearby transport links without compromising the rural charm of its estate.  Grove House has rose gardens, a lily pond and even a lake. 

Couples have access to experienced event planners who are certain to use their knowledge and expertise to make each wedding day something very special.

And did you know Grove House offers exclusive use.  Why would you want to share it with anyone else?

We love, too, the option of using either Grove House’s in-house catering or using an external caterer.  This gives couples the chance to tailor-make their wedding. On drinks, there’s a corkage option.

We’d highly recommend a visit to Grove House’s website. There are some fantastic examples of just how beautiful this property is.
We'd love to know what you think about …

Venue Spotlight: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Where: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone.

What: Hotel

Capacity: Up to 500 guests
Contact:PWD Page
Leas Cliff Hall Website

What We Love:

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all venue. The Lea’s Cliff Hotel offers the option of intimate, personal ceremonies right up to grand, sweeping affairs for up to 500 guests. 

The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies, so there’s no need to worry about getting guests from A to B.

And why would you want to leave? The hotel boasts views of the English Channel and, on clear days, France.

We’d encourage anyone looking for a wedding venue in the Folkestone area to visit the Leas Cliff Hotel website and take a peek at the gallery as there are some gorgeous photographs that really show off this light and airy, well-placed and spacious venue.

In Their Own Words:
"The Leas Cliff Hall boasts unrivalled views across The Channel with France clearly visible on most days of the year. With an extensive menu already on offer, our in-house catering team are always happy to …

The Average Bridesmaid Clocks Up 43 Hours on Wedding Duties

Being a bridesmaid or bride’s man can be a full-time job, that’s according to new research. 
Fashion retailer Simply Be surveyed 1,087 UK women who’d been bridesmaids and discovered that the average bridesmaid clocks up 43 hours on wedding duties – more than the average working week.
If bridesmaids charged for this, then, based on the average wage of a UK wedding planner, they could pocket up to £326.90 per week.

Visits to wedding fayres and organising the hen party were the most time-intensive of all a bridesmaid’s duties – 11 hours on average.
Add to this dress fittings, make-up and hair trials, and the venue  dressing, and it’s easy to see why it isn’t just as simple as saying ‘I will’ when your BFF comes asking.
But Simply Be did reveal that 74% of those surveyed said they enjoyed the process. 
Joey Hughes, E-commerce Manager at Simply Be said:

“Evidently, being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility and requires a lot more time and effort than many probably anticipate. However, these du…