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Alternative ceremonies

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

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

What is a Celebrant?

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.
cherish1A 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

Country Chic

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

South Farm

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 Styled Engagement and Wedding Rings

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.

Wedding Rings Direct

Wedding Rings Direct

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

Want to get married on your own private island?

Ever wondered what the ultimate wedding abroad would be?

Well how about your own private island in the Bahamas, 10 of your closest friends and your very own chapel set in the middle of pristine white beaches? Sounds good right? - Little Whay Cay Island – Little Whay Cay Island

Well throw in 12 staff including chefs, butlers, a maid service and a gardener; you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve turned into Richard Branson. - Little Whay Cay Chapel – Little Whay Cay Chapel

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Why use a professional wedding videographer?

Everyone will tell you – your wedding day will be a blur, and remembering it all clearly, even the day after, will be really hard. Will you remember the look on your fiancé’s face when he first saw you at the end of the aisle? Can you possibly remember all the lovely things your father and your new husband said about you in their speeches? Having your wedding filmed gives you a living, talking memory of that wonderful day.

So why use a professional?Read More

Unusual wedding venues

Are you looking for somewhere really unusual to get married? Well how about the world famous Spitbank Fort, in the middle of the Solent, offering a luxury private island and very exclusive use! Not only does Spitbank Fort have 8 luxurious bedroom suites, private transfers, but you have use of the lighthouse, providing a stunning setting for your wedding photos.

Spitbank Fort

Spitbank Fort

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Town Hall wedding revival

In a lot of  town’s around the country we have some beautiful Town Hall’s that are all licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships.  Town Council’s are now aware that  their Town Halls  can be used for a multitude of events, and are keen to promote themselves to brides and grooms.

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Flying the flag for the Cotswolds

bay tree

The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

It was great to see Cotswolds Inns & Hotels at the National Wedding Show at Olympia last weekend, flying the flag for weddings in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds is a hugely popular area for tourists, so why would weddings be any different?Read More

Would you get married in a venue of the Groom’s choice?

White Hart Lane

So here is the dilemma…
Is your husband-to-be a huge sports fan? Would his dream wedding venue be at his favourite sporting venue?Read More


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