If you're dreaming of an outdoor wedding on the beach, in a garden or in a forest clearing, then you could be in luck - the Ministry of Justice is expected to make changes to the rules dictating where couples can marry in England and Wales, meaning that outdoor ceremonies could become a lot more flexible.
Celebrant weddings are becoming more and more popular - but how is a celebrant different from a registrar? To answer all our FAQs, we spoke to Judy Mansfield of Cherish Ceremonies in Warwickshire...
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The actual logistics of getting married can be a bit confusing, so we've come up with some frequently asked questions, such as "how many people sign the wedding register?" and "how many witnesses do I need?" to get you on the right track.
Weddings have long been a very formal affair with rules and regulations, especially where ceremonies are concerned. Couples designing their own personal wedding day face brick walls when it comes to the ceremony, finding that there is little flexibility with the traditional approach, but that is where celebrants come in.
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Lots to be done, the venue, the flowers
, the rings, the cake
, the bridesmaids, that dress
, the suits, the photographer, the menu. But what about the ceremony? Whether you choose religious or civil, the choice of ceremony is not of your choice. The ceremony you have is the same as everyone else's (give or take some small details).
Here are some of the different cermony options that a Celebrant can offer:
Unity candle - One of the most popular ceremonial elements. This involves personalised candles being lit at the beginning of the wedding ceremony (often by the parents of the couple) to symbolise your separate lives. After the couple has exchanged their vows and wedding rings, they will be invited to use the single candles to light the large unity candle representing their married life together. It is suggested to all Cherish couples that they light their candle each year on their anniversary to recall their wedding vowsRead More
Traditionally, couples approached their local church to conduct their wedding, but this doesn't always suit everyone. Perhaps you don't have a particularly strong religious belief - or maybe no religious belief at all. Maybe you and your partner are of different religions, which would make a marriage in a church, synagogue or mosque difficult.
A civil ceremony may therefore be your option. The law of England and Wales is very specific regarding what Registrars can allow at civil ceremonies. (Note that the law differs in Scotland). Currently, English law states that a wedding:
- Must take place in a building (or other structure with a fixed roof) which is open to the public and licensed for weddings
- There cannot be any religious content whatsoever, either in the readings, the vows or the musicRead More
Do you dream of getting married in the countryside? If so then the English countryside is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding and in London, South farm you could either get married outside in the enchanting Summer House or indoors at the Tudor Barn. You will be able to host an intimate wedding from 10 guests to larger weddings of up to 140! South farm is truly a distinctive wedding venue and offers you and your guests to stay in Romany Caravans, family suites and en-suite double bedrooms in the restored granaries, to camping in tents or caravans in the camping paddock. If you’re interested in this venue then visit http://www.south-farm.co.uk/
For a classic country wedding reception there is nothing better to offer your guests than cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devon clotted cream and strawberries served on vintage plates in an old fashioned canvas marquee. To help to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere for your guests decorate the tables with vintage china, food and magnificent table centres of fragrant, colourful home-grown garden flowers. Also, while you’re off having photos taken it would be a great idea to serve your guests Pimms and arrange for them to play croquet to pass the time especially if you’re getting married in the summer season.
Hopefully these country inspired wedding ideas will help you to make your big day even more special and personalised. So start hanging the fairy lights in the trees, hire the live band and find the perfect vintage dress to help you and your big day feel country chic!
Vintage themed weddings have been extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards vintage styled engagement and wedding rings. Brides and grooms are either choosing a new ring that has a vintage style, going for a truly vintage ring by scouring antique shops or being given family heirlooms.
During the reign of Queen Victoria, the British Empire had access to the diamond mines of the day, including mines in India and South Africa; during this era there was an increase in the amount of diamond set rings and towards maximising sparkle! This style was emphasised further by a mill-grain setting (shown above and below), filling the band to maximise the diamond and making it appear larger.Read More
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