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Your wedding day is bound to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Declaring your commitment to one another in front of the people you love most is definitely worth celebrating. But that celebration doesn’t have to be traditional in order to feel meaningful and sincere. A Wedding Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that’s completely personal and tailored to you.

What is a Wedding Celebrant and What do They Do?

Your wedding day is bound to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Declaring your commitment to one another in front of the people you love most is definitely worth celebrating. But that celebration doesn’t have to be traditional in order to feel meaningful and sincere. A Wedding Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that’s completely personal and tailored to you.

Sep 09 2020


Now, more than ever before, couples have a very good reason to make their marriage official before holding a big celebration at a later date. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to postpone their weddings until later this year or next. I’ve seen the heartache this has caused first-hand, and I know the situation is far from ideal. Now lockdown restrictions are being eased, couples at least have the option to hold a small civil ceremony, perhaps followed by a small reception. It might seem like a compromise, but it doesn’t have to be.

How to Do the ‘Legal Bit’ First and Plan a Heartfelt, Fun-Filled Party Later

Now, more than ever before, couples have a very good reason to make their marriage official before holding a big celebration at a later date. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to postpone their weddings until later this year or next. I’ve seen the heartache this has caused first-hand, and I know the situation is far from ideal. Now lockdown restrictions are being eased, couples at least have the option to hold a small civil ceremony, perhaps followed by a small reception. It might seem like a compromise, but it doesn’t have to be.

Jul 20 2020


Why do we spend money on music concerts and festivals when we can download the same music straight onto our phones? It’s because music is inextricably linked to emotion.  You don’t just hear music – you feel it and those feelings evoke emotions like no other.

Wedding Musicians: The Magic of Live Music

Why do we spend money on music concerts and festivals when we can download the same music straight onto our phones? It’s because music is inextricably linked to emotion. You don’t just hear music – you feel it and those feelings evoke emotions like no other.

Jul 18 2020


Not often do you experience that perfect mix of historic grandeur and romantic intimacy, yet that is exactly what I discovered at Sutton Bonington Hall. This beautiful country house tucked away in rural Nottinghamshire offers you a splendid retreat, nestled in beautifully manicured gardens and adorned with pleasing features throughout.

Winter Weddings at Sutton Bonington Hall - Guest Post by Tara Winter, Pudding and Plum Photography

Not often do you experience that perfect mix of historic grandeur and romantic intimacy, yet that is exactly what I discovered at Sutton Bonington Hall. This beautiful country house tucked away in rural Nottinghamshire offers you a splendid retreat, nestled in beautifully manicured gardens and adorned with pleasing features throughout.

Jun 11 2020


Mark and Louise Gamble are the husband and wife team behind Covertec Structures, a high-end marquee company based in the heart of Leicestershire.

Recommended Supplier Spotlight – Covertec Structures

Mark and Louise Gamble are the husband and wife team behind Covertec Structures, a high-end marquee company based in the heart of Leicestershire.

May 11 2020


In my experience, food can make or break an event. Catering for a crowd requires a great deal of skill. As well as a delicious, well-executed menu, you need service staff you can rely on to create a fabulous dining experience for your guests.

Recommended Supplier Spotlight – The Red Olive Catering Co

In my experience, food can make or break an event. Catering for a crowd requires a great deal of skill. As well as a delicious, well-executed menu, you need service staff you can rely on to create a fabulous dining experience for your guests.

Mar 18 2020


After another fabulous year of client weddings and events, we're counting down to Christmas and preparing for our Christmas and New Year break, but first.......

Our Best of 2019

After another fabulous year of client weddings and events, we're counting down to Christmas and preparing for our Christmas and New Year break, but first.......

Dec 18 2019


Thicket Priory is one of the finest wedding venues in North Yorkshire. I recently had the pleasure of being an overnight guest having been invited to attend an industry event for Wedding Planners.

Wedding Venues in Yorkshire - Thicket Priory

Thicket Priory is one of the finest wedding venues in North Yorkshire. I recently had the pleasure of being an overnight guest having been invited to attend an industry event for Wedding Planners.

Dec 18 2019


I really enjoy working with suppliers who go the extra mile for our clients and excel in delivering an impeccable service, time after time.

Elegant Wedding Styling With Impeccable Attention to Detail

I really enjoy working with suppliers who go the extra mile for our clients and excel in delivering an impeccable service, time after time.

Nov 22 2019


Holme Pierrepont Hall is a wedding venue I absolutely ADORE! Situated in a secluded 30acre estate just a few minutes from Trent Bridge in Nottingham, it remains a bit of a hidden gem.

Wedding Venues in Nottinghamshire – Holme Pierrepont Hall

Holme Pierrepont Hall is a wedding venue I absolutely ADORE! Situated in a secluded 30acre estate just a few minutes from Trent Bridge in Nottingham, it remains a bit of a hidden gem.

Oct 19 2019