10 Things a Bridesmaid Wishes They Could Say

  1. “No I am not cool with your ‘LA Chic’ theme. I feel like a lady of the night.”
  1. “I am not going on a diet to fit into a dress that should never be worn by a grown, adult, woman.

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10 Ways to Keep a Bride Happy

    You don’t have to agree with all her ideas, but being negative will only kill her dream and dampen her spirits

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Standing Upon Ceremony: Part 4


Multi-Faith Ceremonies

Here at Capesthorne Hall we have had the privilege of hosting Hindu, Muslim, Chinese and Jewish ceremonies, to name a few. Whilst writing about the various marriage ceremonies available to couples today, we wanted to give mention to the special customs of a few faith specific ceremonies. Read more

Standing Upon Ceremony: Part 3

The Small, Private Ceremony

Opting for a small and private wedding ceremony can be a difficult decision to make, particularly if you both come from large families. The reality is that someone’s feelings will be hurt by being left out.

Rather than perceive private weddings as a selfish choice, let’s consider the reasons why a couple might prefer to keep it small: Read more

Standing Upon Ceremony: Part 2

The Civil Ceremony

Although a seemingly ‘modern’ occurrence, Civil Ceremonies have been taking place in the UK since 1836.  But having a civil ceremony has become more socially and culturally accepted over the last 20 years.

Here’s a little historical context for you; it’s interesting – promise! Read more

Standing Upon Ceremony: Part 1

The Church Ceremony

We have recently been posting about all kinds of wedding traditions, from the big entrance to the wedding favours. It’s not exactly a ‘tradition’ but you may have noticed that we missed out something pretty important…The Wedding Ceremony itself!

You may think this is a given, that no-one can escape the part where you ‘do the deed’, but along with everything else the choices for the ‘I do’ part are endless with some people choosing to keep it away from the public forum. Read more

Wedding Favours and why we give them

The tradition of giving Wedding Favours goes back several centuries.  In the 16th century the French aristocracy presented their party guests with small ornate jewelled boxes called “bonbonnieres” which contained sugary confectionery such as sugared almonds.  The bitterness of the almond, encased in the sweet sugar coating symbolised the bitter-sweetness of a marriage.   Read more

The Top 10 Wedding Traditions to Say “I do” to: No 10

The Honeymoon

Technically a post-wedding tradition, the importance of the honeymoon in relation to the wedding itself cannot be undermined. If you type ‘honeymoon destinations’ into google images, up pop glorious images of the Maldives, Venice, Barbados and remote island beaches. When saturated with exotic international destinations, it’s easy to get distracted from what the main purpose of a honeymoon is. Which in reality it is to recover and review the wedding itself! Read more

The Top 10 Wedding Traditions to Say “I do” to: No 9

The Wedding Cake

Of course everything about weddings can be pricey to bordering on obscene, but when it comes to Wedding Cakes the price range is mind boggling. Apparently, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake cost over £50,000! Even what seems like your basic 2-tiered victoria sponge cake can cost a good few hundred. And some people don’t even like cake! Read more

The Top 10 Wedding Traditions to Say “I do” to: No 8

The First Dance

The First Dance at a wedding is an unusual etiquette. Unlike other traditions it actually has nothing to do with luck, ceremony and isn’t actually that historical. It is a purely European and American cultural activity, which developed around the 1930’s, by where the Bride & Groom as hosts introduce the night of dancing. One can understand the numerous fears and anxieties about this (there’s that famous episode in ‘FRIENDS’ where Chandler has secretly had dance lessons to prepare him for his and Monica’s first dance, only to find that his shoes slipped on the dance floor).

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