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Why use an agency when booking your wedding entertainment?

Possibly the biggest day in your life, you want things to be perfect and choosing live entertainment for your wedding is an important decision. Using an agency can help, maybe you need a little inspiration too?

The Emporer

Using an agency makes hiring a wedding band or live wedding entertainment easy by providing hundreds of reviews from previous customers as well as videos of the artists.Read More

Lanson White Label – perfect for weddings

lansonwhiteA champagne that not only tastes great, but will  look fantastic at your wedding breakfast too.
Faithful to Lanson’s distinctive style, White Label is zesty and refreshing yet balanced by
a softer, off-dry character. Its slightly sweeter, more delicate taste makes this champagne perfect for any occasion, while it also works well with flavour enrichments, such as a twist of lemon rind or a slice of strawberry.


Humanist Weddings are the future?

Humanist weddings are now the 3rd most popular weddings in Scotland! Currently if you want to get legally married in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and you are not religious you have to carry out a marriage or a civil partnership ceremony in a register office or an approved venue. However with a humanist wedding you have complete flexibility with the ceremony and, with the help of your celebrant, you can make your wedding totally unique!

With a humanist wedding the sky is the limit! Your wedding ceremony is no longer limited to licensed venues but can be held where ever is special to you. Whether that be on a boat, in your garden, or on the beach. You are no longer limited in terms of space to that stuffy register office! Your close friends and family can take part in the ceremony and you can choose music and readings that are special to you. You no longer feel the constraints of tradition and can have a wedding when, where and how you want it. It really gives you the chance to have a celebration that shows your special commitment between you both.

But is this the end of tradition? Perhaps there is a reason why these customs have lasted this long! For some people the church ceremony marks a real milestone in their relationship and adds weight to the commitment between them both.

So what is the future of weddings?


Church Weddings are on the increase

It seems that the nation was captivated by the Royal Wedding last year and it has inspired other couples to follow in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s footsteps, with the number of church weddings rising for the first time in several years.
Despite fewer marriages taking place, four per cent more couples are opting for Church of England Weddings.
The new figures show weddings in churches went up
to 54,700 in 2010 compared with 52,730 in 2009 and the statistics are expected to be higher this year following the Westminster Abbey event in April.
The rise also seems to have come after the Anglican Church relaxed its rules in 2008, allowing couples to marry in any area where they have lived for six months or where their parents or grandparents were married.

Night-time weddings to be allowed

No plans for Las Vegas style weddings.

Did you know that night-time weddings will be able to take place in the future, under plans outlined by the government as part of the Protection Of Freedoms Bill?
At the moment  couples can only wed between 8am and 6pm, but the changes will allow marriages to take place 24 hours a day in England and Wales. This will also apply to civil partnerships.
The changes are expected to boost the demand for evening civil wedding ceremonies, especially in the summer months.
However, do not expect to be able to marry in a Las Vegas-style chapel where in the past some couples have wed after a night of heavy drinking! You will still be required to give at least 15 days advance notice.

And fire exits are here, here and here…

Am I the only one that feels the endless announcements made by some registrars or vicars  can totally spoil the sense of occasion at the beginning of the wedding?

Guests are settled in to their allotted places and are getting into the wedding mood with carefully chosen music, and just when they are ready for the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to strike up, the marriage celebrant grabs a microphone.

At a wedding I went to on Saturday, we were asked not to use flash photography, not to throw confetti, even if it biodegradable,  to leave the village via a particular route and to please give generously to the church funds (with a long delay to proceedings while the collection plate was found and strategically placed). We were then shown exactly how to read our Order of Service and where to join in, followed by a rehearsal (guest participation obligatory) of all the parts in bold.

Meanwhile the Bride waited, shivering, in the church yard. No wonder she had a tear in her eye when she finally walked down the aisle.


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