Isn't it amazing how many ways a wedding can be celebrated? Each country holds its own cultural traditions that couples can choose to follow and some of them are simply fascinating. Take a look at just some of the wedding traditions from around the world.
Whilst convention says that a bride will take a groom's surname in marriage, law doesn't dictate that you have to- whether you are a gay or straight couple.
Your name is a tremendous part of your identity so making the decision to change it, is quite a big deal.
Horse shoes have always been considered good luck for weddings, and miniature horse shoes used to feature in bouquets and on wedding cakes.
So what about having a horse shoe from a winning Lambourn racehorse, decorated with ribbons to match your colour scheme and with a ribbon loop to ensure it always stays the right way up to hold the luck in.
The choice of shoes currently includes a limited number from the Henry Cecil trained Frankel and many other famous winners.
Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique stunned us at Earls Court! Now she returns to the NEC to show us her beautiful bridal collection.
With William, the Duke of Cambridge, admitting yesterday that he wants two children
with his wife, Kate Middleton, the hot topic of conversation has now turned to how soon is too soon for children after marriage? The answer is... it is your choice. For some couples, children is all they have ever hoped and dreamed for when it comes to marriage, but for others it is the last thing they want to think about as the newly wed couple. It is now a year and a half since the royal wedding, and it is clear that babies are on the mind of the couple and the press! It is important to have time together as couple just after you are married, to do couple activities
and get used to married life! The best advice that we have to give you is cross the bridge when you get to it and don’t let the body time clock tick too long!
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?
The 'something old' part of the famous wedding poem represents the presence and importance of the past when moving into the future. However it can be difficult to choose that treasured heirloom when your special day is approaching fast. It could be an antique or just an item that represents something from your past.
It could be carried by the bride for example a vintage purse, compact mirror or childhood treasure. The bride could wear a vintage ribbon or hat pin on her dress, or a family heirloom such as a tiara
. The location
could be historic or transport could be carried out by a classic car
If you want to be really different your rings could be carried on a childhood pillowcase or you could carry a love letter between your mother and father. If you don't want to carry anything, you could display photographs of your grandparents and parents wedding or photos of you as a child.
It does not matter what it is as long as it is personal, special and memorable to you.
Celebrate the 350th birthday of Mr Punch this year by including him in your wedding entertainment. Any entertainment agency
will be happy to track down a local Punch and Judy show to come along and entertain any children at your reception with, Punch, Judy, Mr Policeman and of course the sausage eating crocodile.
Looking for something a bit more PC? Book a magician
who can do close up magic
during the drinks reception and then entertain the younger guests with a magic show later.