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

Real Life Wedding: Scott and Danielle’s non-traditional wedding

After a proposal fit for a romantic movie and a long engagement, Scott and Danielle made their vows to each other on their tenth anniversary. Danielle has let us in on their story: The Meeting I met Scott through an ex-boyfriend of mine, they WERE friends! Scott always seemed to be in the background. I left that boyfriend and then five months later my friend asked me to go out with her and told me we were meeting a couple … Continue reading

How to Create a Blockbuster Big Day

If you and your partner bonded over Bond, are batty about Batman, started out talking about Star Wars or share a passion for Love Actually, then why not incorporate your favourite film into your big day and create a wedding fit for Hollywood? Here are a few ideas to help bring the glamour of Tinseltown to your special day: James Bond If you are massive 007 fans then you could choose a Bond-esque car to transport you on your wedding … Continue reading

A step-by-step guide on how to time your big day

Months and months, years even in some cases, of preparation is about to come to a head on your wedding day so accurate timing is crucial to make sure not one minute of all that planning goes to waste. All your suppliers from the hair stylist and photographer, to the transport company and DJ – not to mention the venue – need to know the exact schedule for the day so that everybody is in the right place at the … Continue reading

Let’s hear it for the grooms this Valentine’s Day!

Want to get your guy more involved in the wedding planning process? Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get them excited about your big day! We’ve got a round-up of groom traditions from around the world, followed by links to some of our favourite suppliers ready to help your main man feel a million dollars when you say ‘I do’… Global Groom Traditions South America: Traditionally, couples serve one cake to guests, one to the groomsmen, and one to … Continue reading