Why everyone should have a photo booth at their wedding!

Photo booths are a great talking point at any wedding – you can personalise them, add props and decorate as you please. Here are our top reasons for why you should have one at your wedding. Easy to set up When it comes to the wedding day there are so many elements that need to come together to create the perfect day. A photo booth is a no brainer because you can tell your supplier where they need to set … Continue reading

Flowers for a Christmas Wedding

Christmas is such a special time of year and if you’re planning a festive wedding it’s going to be all the more magical. Theming a Christmas wedding doesn’t need to be gaudy or kitsch, flowers are a tasteful and elegant way to add those yuletide colours. Nothing says Christmas like the traditional red and green colours. Go classic with red roses which look stunning against a white wedding gown.   Match your bouquet with gorgeous table flower displays and centre … Continue reading

Feel Beautiful on Your Wedding Day

Every bride wants to feel the best they have ever felt on their big day. There probably won’t be any other day in your life that so many eyes will be on you and you alone, and that in itself can be very daunting! If you feel that you need that little bit more than just make-up and a haircut to look extra spectacular on your wedding day, but don’t know where to start then help is at hand with … Continue reading

The Little Car that Could


Whether it’s issues balancing exactly what you want with your budget, or finding a business that is able to cater for more unique requirements, sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect supplier for your wedding day. Bride and groom, Deborah and David were having that exact problem when they contacted Starting Together advertiser, The Classic and Vintage Car Company, just three days before their wedding.

The couple were desperate to find a car that would take them to and from St Martha’s Church which is located at the top of St Martha’s Hill just outside Guildford, in the North Downs.

View from St Martha’s Hill

Deborah and David had already been turned down by other wedding car companies due to the condition of the steep, narrow and winding woodland trail to the summit of 574 feet/175 metres.

The track up to the church

The Classic and Vintage Car Company were quietly confident they could help because Esther, their 1932 Morris Isis Melissa had actually done the journey before. They, as with all bookings, did a recce of the route. Andy, the driver, was comfortable and it seemed that there had been improvements made to the track. They gave the green light to the couple!

Esther outside the church

Esther, along with Andy’s skillful driving, completed the journey from the nearby Barnett Hill Hotel with ease and the bride and her bridesmaids made it to the church on time, and in style.

The beautiful bride, her bridesmaids and Andy the driver on their way up Martha’s Hill

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Pretty Shiny Things

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of fashion or you’re looking for a sophisticated theme of the moment then this year’s metallic trend could be right up your aisle. It’s easy to carry a metallic theme through from ceremony location to reception venue without it ever being too gaudy by adding simple touches of gold, rose gold, silver or bronze to all or some of the elements that make up your wedding day style including floral arrangements, centrepieces and bridesmaid dresses. … Continue reading

The meaning of gemstones

Whether you’re newly engaged or about to pop the question, choosing an engagement ring is an important decision, after all it will be worn for the rest of the bride’s life! You can pick a gemstone that means something to you by following our guide: Diamonds Diamond is the hardest natural material and symbolizes strength, clarity and truth which, other than long-standing tradition (which was promoted by diamond merchant De Beers), is why it is the most popular gem that … Continue reading

Popping the Cork on Wedding Day Wine

If you’re thinking of choosing your own wine for your wedding day but are finding the options overwhelming and your knowledge not up to scratch, then allow us to help! You don’t need to be a sommelier to pick a decent bottle of wine; here are some of the top wedding wines from Laithwaite’s Wines: BUBBLES Starting the reception off with a glass of bubbly is a must! Champagne is yummy but pricy. Prosecco is a great alternative and this … Continue reading

Which County Should You Marry In?

Some couples decide to get married in their hometowns because that’s where their friends and family are. However, if you live further afield, are from different places, or your loved ones are dotted all over the country then here are the advantages of each of the Starting Together counties to help you decide where to get married. Berkshire As one of the Home Counties, many Berkshire locations are less than an hour away from London, making them easily accessible for … Continue reading

Our Pick of Outdoor Wedding Venues

If you have your heart set on getting married in the great outdoors you may have already begun looking into it and realised it is not as simple as one might think. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland you cannot legally marry outside unless it’s under a permanent structure, like a pagoda or arch, and this must also be licenced. Here’s our pick of wedding venues with licences that allow couples to get married outside: Easthampstead Park Up to 110 … Continue reading

Should I hire a wedding planner?

Wedding planners are often seen as an unnecessary extra cost or something that only Americans use, but more and more engaged couples in the UK are turning to the experts to help organise their big days. Here’s why: Time saving Planning a wedding can quickly turn from fun and exciting to feeling like it’s a part time job and, quite frankly, a drag. In this day and age most couples both work full time and squeezing wedding planning into lunch … Continue reading