Debunking Wedding Myths

But I Don’t Need A Wedding Planner

The wedding photography market is rapidly growing. It’s more important than ever before to do research and ensure the perfect photographer for your wedding. There are a plethora of photographers who are ready, willing, and able to serve you. The question is, “Is that enough” Not always.

How about one that identifies with the LGBT Community Booking a LGBTQIA+ photographer who understands the nuances of a same-sex couple and the nuances of the wedding planning process is a plus. There can be some advantages to “keeping it in the community.” Even so, sexual orientation or gender identity, one way or the other, does not qualify a wedding vendor.
 
When booking a photographer, same-sex couples need to think about their budget, compatibility, and overall outcome (have you checked their references). Wedding photographers are alongside you through the entire day so camaraderie is not only important, it’s essential. You want them to feel comfortable around you just as much as they need to make you feel at ease. Furthermore, the outcome of their work, your wedding pictures, will be the timeless treasures that adorn your walls for years to come, if not your whole life. So it’s important to love their style and art. Without exception, all of your vendors need to be wholly supportive of your relationship. This is especially essential with your photographers who will capture the love between you.

Are You Gay Friendly

Are You Gay Friendly?

Getting legally wed still poses some unique challenges for same-sex couples, despite the drastic shift in the political landscape. While every wedding has it’s fair share of issues, there are additional elements that gay couples must consider that hetero couples simply don’t have to worry about. Looking for wedding support starts from the moment you say ‘yes’!

Announcing your engagement and looking for your wedding crew can be stressful for gay couples. One of the biggest challenges couples address when deciding who to invite to the wedding is which of their family members and friends are supportive of same-sex marriage. And the obnoxious divide doesn’t stop there.
 
The same topic resurfaces when couples are faced with the already daunting task of selecting wedding vendors. Some states don’t recognize sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws, allowing some vendors (a florist or venue in Texas) to turn down wedding business to a gay or transgender couple.

The Best LGBTQIA+ Wedding Ideas

Best LGBTQIA+ Wedding Ideas to Make Your Ceremony Stand Out

Now that all fifty states are legally recognizing gay and lesbian weddings, those who want to take their relationship to the next level are busy planning. While LGBTQIA+ wedding ceremonies will still have many of the same inherent challenges as heterosexual weddings—including budgetary constraints, choice in venue, and guest lists, there are many unique ways to make your special day stand out as all your own. Here are some of our best LGBTQIA+ wedding ideas on how to make your special day a memorable occasion and a true representation of the love you share with your partner.

Logistics – Don’t Get Hung Up on Tradition

When it comes to planning a same-sex wedding ceremony there are no pre-defined rules as there are for heterosexual weddings. Many of today’s wedding traditions surround heteronormative practices include wearing garters, dictate which parent pays for the wedding, which parent walks the bride or groom down the aisle and throwing a bouquet, to name a few. However, when it comes to planning a LGBTQIA+ wedding, do not get hung up on any of these typical practices. As a couple, you can make up your own rules for your wedding day as you go along. For instance, you can change traditions or you can scrap them altogether if they do not fit in line with your vision for your wedding day ceremony.

Decorating with Florals
When it Comes to decorations, florals, and arrangements like centerpieces, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your wedding day. Gay couples can distinguish their ceremonies by choosing floral arrangements that signify the union of the couple in a very meaningful way. For instance, some helpful floral do’s and don’ts include the following: Do choose florals in colors that are the best match for the overall wedding plan and based upon the couple’s personal preferences. Do place florals decoratively, taking into account the overall venue space and layout for the event. Don’t use florals traditionally if you don’t want to. For instance, with there being two grooms or two brides there does not have to be a bouquet toss unless you choose to do so. This will ensure a fully inclusive occasion that takes the needs of both partners into account. 

All in All, Remember to Have Fun with It

Planning any wedding can be stressful and hectic. The dynamics of planning a gay and lesbian wedding can be even more challenging given there are no set rules as to how the wedding ceremony should flow. But no matter the logistics, remember to have fun planning this very special occasion. The best ceremonies are the ones that encapsulate your relationship as a couple. Invite supportive friends and family who will celebrate the love and positivity of your union. Also choose the best vendors, planners, caterers, bakers, and florists that will translate the vision of your wedding into a beautiful reality. Your wedding to your spouse is a day to remember and it should be one filled with fun, joy, and love as you celebrate your happy union.

Couples can jumpstart their wedding planning efforts today by keeping some of these helpful tips in mind. While there are some traditions that have been relied upon for centuries in heterosexual weddings, this does not mean gay and lesbian couples have to follow these same rules. Instead, plan your wedding day on their own terms for the most amazing, memory-filled day ever.

The Perfect Day Begins With Planning

Following through with your theme from start to finish will achieve the day you are dreaming of. It is the details that will make your wedding day a day that no one wants to end. A wedding, when planned to perfection, not only creates special moments and memories for the couple but also makes an unforgettable experience for all of the people who came to celebrate your love with you.

All in All, Remember to Have Fun with It

Planning any wedding can be stressful and hectic. The dynamics of planning a gay and lesbian wedding can be even more challenging given there are no set rules as to how the wedding ceremony should flow. But no matter the logistics, remember to have fun planning this very special occasion. The best ceremonies are the ones that encapsulate your relationship as a couple. Invite supportive friends and family who will celebrate the love and positivity of your union. Also choose the best vendors, planners, caterers, bakers, and florists that will translate the vision of your wedding into a beautiful reality. Your wedding to your spouse is a day to remember and it should be one filled with fun, joy, and love as you celebrate your happy union.

DIY…or Not

Wedding Planners and Coordinators receive many calls from couples looking for help and direction. More and more, soon-to-be-newlyweds are simply seeking staff to set up and breakdown the DIY decor that they themselves have created. Some couples spend months, if not a year, creating and assembling décor, favors, and centerpieces. However, few have considered who would be setting these items up and taking them down on their wedding day. 

Doing things yourself for your wedding day can be a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your event. If you’re lucky with some items, you may even reduce some of your costs. Small items like favors, chalkboards, and welcome signs are all do-able, simple tasks for most couples. Attempting fresh flower arrangements, room draping, and mismatched china will actually cost you more money than if you hired a professional.

Some event planning and coordinating companies will not take on clients that are paying for labor only. And those companies that do will charge a premium for staff only. This alone will likely make going through the event planning company from the beginning a more affordable option.

If you are considering taking on some of the tasks for your wedding, ask yourself these questions: How much money will I save if I do this myself Have you received some quotes from professionals? Will I be able to complete this in advance of the wedding? Who will deliver this to the wedding site? Who will set this up on the wedding day Who will clean this up at the end of the night? ?DIY often causes couples undue stress. Add too many things to your to-do list in the few days before the wedding, may not be in your best interest. In addition, putting the burden of setup and breakdown on the wedding party, family, or friends, may take a lot of the fun factor out of your wedding for them. We love DIY touches that make weddings personal and heartfelt, but some things are better left to a professional!

Breaking Wedding Traditions

Breaking Traditions: Thinking Beyond ‘Bride and Groom’

The wedding industry is very bride-focused: Forms and contracts refer to the “bride and groom,” vendors say “bridal party,” people sit on either the “bride’s side” or “groom’s side.” And most traditional “bridal” magazines portray the norm as one woman and one man. You decide how to break those traditions.

 
The wedding industry is very bride-focused: Forms and contracts refer to the “bride and groom,” vendors say “bridal party,” people sit on either the “bride’s side” or “groom’s side.” And most traditional “bridal” magazines portray the norm as one woman and one man. You decide how to break those traditions. Your vendors and friends/family will (read ‘should’) refer to your wishes on how to be addressed and should be sensitive and considerate enough to ask. And while etiquette, at the very least, determines that it is proper to ask the couple – the couple must also be tasked with the decision of how they’d like to be addressed. And also the patience to spread the word via potential awkward conversations. Etiquette overall can sometimes seem like a straitjacket (“do this, not that”), but it sets out protocol, that simply allows for fewer faux pas.
 
Furthermore, same-sex couples can offer a way for everyone to rethink title traditions and gender roles — men do this and women do that. In some ways, you offer an opportunity to reexamine the way a relationship can work and also challenge people’s assumptions simple based on how you would like to be referred to.
 
Every indelicate conversation about same-sex titles is important. This is very much on people’s minds as this country becomes more familiar and comfortable with same-sex marriage, and as your loved ones embrace you two. And the best part is – it’s up to you!

5 Ways To Have The Ideal LGBTQ Wedding

5 Ways To Have The Ideal LGBTQ Wedding

Weddings are a time of heightened emotions and roller-coasters of feelings. Add an LGBTQIA+ attribute in front of it and you might get even more wedding drama. Why is that? Two people love each other and want to get married. Sounds clear and simple. However, though weddings can be incredibly romantic and mark a milestone in one’s relationship, still they can also bring back the ugly face of patriarchy, especially in same-sex relationships.

 
Despite the possible setbacks, remember that your wedding is primarily a solemn promise that you will be there for each other. And to lighten your burden a bit, we have shortlisted the top 5 ways you can have an LGBTQIA+ wedding of your dreams.

Make it About You Two

This cannot be said enough. The wedding should be about the happy couple and not about everyone else. This is a piece of advice that should go out to all couples, straight or gay. It is a day in which you can choose what makes you and your partner unique individuals as well as what makes you work as one. Even your wedding clothes can be an expression of your individual ideas and lifelong dreams. However, by using small details, you can complement each other and bring unity even to outfits that don’t seem to work together at all

Play With Tradition, Make Your Own Rules

Just because you are a part of the LGBTQIA community doesn’t mean that ‘traditional’ wedding elements are off-limits. Sure, some just won’t make sense, but if they make sense to you – go for it. A lesbian can wear a white gown if she wants to. The first ‘father-daughter’ dance can be between the grooms and their mothers. Why not? You can show yourselves as equal partners unburdened by gender rules with the use of symbolism. Perhaps the wedding cake can have two figures of your favorite animals instead of the traditional bride and groom pieces. Or you can walk down the aisle together hand in hand, as you have thus far in life, and as you will continue to do.

Use the Internet

Internet is your friend and your wedding wing-man, wing-woman, wing-person, you get what I mean. Inspiration might hit you anytime, so scroll and save to a Pinterest Board. Instagram is a great place to find inspiration as well. This includes wedding venues, outfits, even bachelor(ette) parties. But, these are just starting points, so give yourself enough freedom to twist the ideas you see online and make them your own. There are great ways to use the best of the internet even during your wedding. You can opt for amazing GIF booth hire which allows you to share all the fun gifs and pics on social media right away. In the U.S. you can find photo booths. Adding a social media station to your touch screen photo booth creates an interactive experience for guests at a wedding or party.

Give Tribute to the Struggle
You don’t have to make your wedding a beacon of LGBTQIA+ movement, but a tribute will show that on this day, your wedding day, love won over fear and lack of understanding. The struggle is still quite real so we have to count the small victories as we go. The rainbow flag is a safe bet, especially in the background of your pictures, flying high. However, there are other smaller attributes which you can also use. A rainbow cake is almost a classic at this point, but cookies with decoration with ‘Mr and Mr’ or ‘Mrs and Mrs’ can be great, too.

Make Sure Your Wedding is Pro-Gay

As was mentioned, the struggle is real and not all people are allies, yet. So, to make your wedding stress-and-judgment-free, keep in mind who you are hiring and who is coming. Your wedding is a time for you to celebrate and not to bicker. We’ve got protests and laws for that, let’s face it, every other day. Your wedding providers should be on your side and excited about your wedding. Using sites like LGBTWeddings.com, referrals from friends, from other wedding professionals, and wedding expos are all wonderful resources to find trusted professionals who are pro-LGBTQIA+. Use the time to enjoy the support of your loved ones and share your happiness with them. It may not be grand but it is real.

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Wedding Wines: The Ultimate Essential Guide

Food and wine are two of the key ingredients for a memorable wedding. But if you don’t know your pinot noirs from your riojas or proseccos from your champagnes, and you’re not a trained sommelier or wedding wine know-it-all, how do you know which wines go with which foods?

Winemakers from Naked Wines share which wines to pair with what foods and – based on Naked’s wine-drinkers reviews – we’ve picked out the best, most quaffable wedding wines to create this: our essential wedding wines guide.

Wedding Apperitifs

Those all important apperitifs set the tone and get people in the mood.

They will be the first wedding wines your guests drink so they need to be light, fresh, and instantly drinkable.

Top Rated Choices

  • Sparkling White: Sacchetto Prosecco Col de L’Utia Brut 2016 is a great all-rounder that is ideal for celebrating. It has green apple, pear and acacia scents and a delicate finish that makes it ideal for celebrating all year round.
  • Sparkling Rosè: Sacchetto Pinot Grigio Spumante Blush – Crowd-pleasing Pinot Grigio meets the fresh and fruity notes of rosé.
  • Champagne: Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne Blanc de Blancs – unapologetically luxurious champagne.

Fish

Cooked fish is so versatile when it comes to pairing with drinks. The best ones are light crisp whites with a hint of gooseberry, a light rosè or some crowd-pleasing bubbles. A soft Pinot Noir also works well.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Small and Small’s Pinot Noir 2016 is an elegant Pinot with a gentle touch.
  • White: Small and Small do a zinging Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 that works brilliantly with fish. Replete with ripe gooseberry and kiwi flavours, it has a whisper of lime that they say is full of zig-a-zig Ahhh. Sancerre fans should go for the super crisp Villebois Sancerre 2016 which has an explosive gooseberry fruit finish.
  • Rosè: For a simple, easy to drink wine with a lush blend of fresh raspberry and apple flavours and a splash of cream finish, you won’t regret the Pinot Grigio Ramato Veneto Blush.
  • Sparkling: Sacchetto Pinot Grigio Spumante Blush – combining everything people love about Pinot Grigio and Rosè to create a fresh and fruity, yet romantic sparkling blush.
  • Champagne: Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne Rosè – if you would like pink champagne to accompany your fish, try Jean Philippe’s Moulin Champagne Rosè. Its tiny bubbles will gently revive your tongue leaving you with a subtle hint of sauteed strawberry. Or, for something oozing class, go for Jean Philippe’s speciality: the unapologetically luxurious Moulin Champagne Blanc de Blancs.

BBQs and Burgers and Pizza

Weddings with a festival vibe frequently favour pizzas, burgers and BBQ grills served from street-food style vans and vendors.

This kind of relaxed, heady atmosphere deserves to be reflected in the drinks, so choose your wedding wines that are decadent, but easily quaffable.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Arabella Pinotage 2016 – the dark damson fruits of this delicious pinotage combine with subtle hints of prune, black cherry, and milk chocolate. Those who drink it say it’s heavenly with savoury bread and pizza.
  • Red: Mauricio Lorca Angel’s Selection Malbec 2016 easy-to-drink wedding wine is gorgeously fruity and will take you straight to the fiesta. Quaff with barbecued meats and burgers.
  • Rosè: Klein’s Cabernet Sauvignon Rosè 2016 is a wonderfully complex summer tipple with classic cassis flavours that will have you and your guests reaching for the next glass.

Tapas

The world’s your oyster when it comes to tasty tapas, but when you come to choosing the wedding wine, go for a rounded red that will polish off each tasty mouthful with fanciful finesse.

Top Rated Choice

  • Red: Hacienda don Hernan’s Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 works particularly well. Aged in wood for years, its smoky vanilla nose will hit you as soon as you lift the glass to your mouth, and once you’ve taken a sip, its rick black cherry and raspberry fruits will give you a hypnotically long, lingering finish.

Beef

Red meat pairs perfectly with red wine; as a rule of thumb, the leaner the meat you eat, the lighter a wedding wine should be.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: DRG Daryl Groom Barossa Shiraz 2015 is a powerhouse of ripe ‘n’ ready dark fruit, with oodles of vibrant fresh berries with a lick of oak and dark chocolate as a flourish.
  • Red: Galodoro Vinho Regional Lisboa Red 2015 is an easy-to-drink red made from traditional Portuguese grapes with an added Cabernet kick. Delicious.

Lamb

As with beef, lamb matches brilliantly with red wine. Again, the leaner the meat, the less complex the wine should be.

Top Rated Choices

  • Reds: Naked Wines’ connoisseurs say you can’t go wrong with Small and Small’s elegant Pinot Noir 2016, or the vibrant berry powerhouse of DRG Daryl Groom Barossa Shiraz 2015, which has a lick of oak and a dark chocolate flourish; but for those who prefer Rioja, try Hacienda don Hernan’s Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 – aged in wood for years, its smoky vanilla nose is hard to resist, and its rich black cherry and raspberry notes provide a luxuriously long and lingering finish.
  • Champagne: The bubbles of Jean Philippe’s Moulin Champagne Rosèwill caress rather than overpower your tongue, and leave you with the subtlest notes of strawberry.

Chicken

If you’re serving up chicken at your wedding, you will need to find a wedding wine that’s nice and light: a fruity white traditionally pairs well with poultry, but if your chicken is served in a tomato-based sauce, a soft Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignot would go just as well.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Kimbao Cabernet Sauvignon Carménère – ripe with bold blackcurrant and undertones of sweet dark chocolate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a smooth operator and pairs well with chicken.
  • White: Crisp and fruity, the Sacchetto Janus Pinot Grigio Veneto 2016 is a gem of wine with tones of apple and white peach.

Duck or Game

The rich flavours of duck and game meats pair well with medium bodied reds, like a Pinot Noir, but an intense white can also add great depth.

Top Rated Choice

  • Red: Soft and silky, the Villebois Pinot Noir 2016 is a classic red that’s ideal with game and barbecues.
  • White: The ripe pear flavours and rich lemon notes of Oscar’s White 2016 is a good choice for accompanying game, and has a crisp, clean finish that refreshes the palette, too.

Pork

Pork is one of those meats that works well with both red and white, particularly oaked chardonnays and pinotage.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Arabella Pinotage 2016 has notes of dark damsons, prunes, and black cherry which combine with milk chocolate to make this a heavenly tipple to take with pork.
  • White: Sebastien Christophe et Fils’ Petit Chablis 2016 is citrusy, clean and crisp and offers a refreshingly light accompaniment to pork.

Vegetarian

Wedding wines that work well with vegetarian food don’t overpower the variety of fresh, subtle flavours. Rosès, Syrahs and Pinot Noirs are all good choices.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: if you are serving lentils at your wedding, complement the with Benjamin Darnault’s Maris Syrah 2011. The notes of plump, ripe blackberries, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate and seductively spiced liquorice create a rounded, reach-for-more voluptuous red wine. It’s organic, too.
  • Rosè: The Pinot Grigio Ramato Veneto Blush slips down all too easily thanks to the summery blend of raspberry and apple that unite in this refreshingly light wine.

Indian, Thai and Oriental

Fruity wedding wines can really help set off all those exquisite flavours you find in Indian, Thai and Oriental cuisine, but be careful not to drown them out.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: DRG Daryl Groom Barossa Shiraz 2015 – a ripe and ready mix of dark fruits packed with bombastic berries and a fabulous oak and dark chocolate flourish that makes it ideal for serving with Indian foods.
  • Red: Galodoro Vinho Regional Lisboa Red 2015 brings a unique blend of traditional Portuguese grapes with an added Cabernet kick that’s as delicious as it is easy to drink. It’s a very versatile drink that works well with oriental food.
  • White: Rod Easthope’s Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2016 is versatile enough to be paired with most foods, but its fruit-filled flavour is packed with a sunkissed melody that rocks with Thai cuisine.

Sushi

The subtle flavours of sushi can easily be swamped by overpowering, heavy wines, so if you’re serving sushi at your wedding, choose a light wine that is gentle on the palette.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Small and Small’s Pinot Noir 2016 – an elegant Pinot with a gentle touch.
  • White: Raats Angels Selection Chenin Blanc 2016 – made in Bruwer Raats – an iconic South African winemaker, this aromatic, dry Chenin Blanc lifts the senses with pear, gooseberry and a hint of elderflower.
  • Champagne: Jean Philippe’s Moulin Champagne Rosè – tiny bubbles that gently caress your tongue, leaving just the subtlest hint of mouth-watering strawberries.

Cheese

Cheese is always a popular choice for weddings – as a plate to round off the meal, as an alternative wedding cake or as a cheese-tasting buffet during the evening reception.

Wines that pair with cheese deserves a feature all to themselves, but as a rule, pair young cheese with fruity wines, and aged cheeses with rich wines with plenty of body.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: the Galodoro Vinho Regional Lisboa Red 2015 brings a unique blend of traditional Portuguese grapes with an added Cabernet kick that’s as delicious as it is easy to drink. Works well with aged cheese.
  • The award-winning Lacaze Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is another great choice for vintage cheeses. Hailing from one of Chile’s most iconic vineyards, it’s a superbly, rich wine that will complement the depth of mature cheese flavours.
  • White: Dominic Hentall’s Pouilly Fuisse 2014 is a classically aromatic wine with a smoky flint scent, complemented by notes of stone fruits, honey and flora – a great all-rounder.
  • Rod Easthope’s Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a gorgeously elegant New Zealand white that’s bursting with character and works well with shellfish and hard, mature cheeses.
  • Champagne: Paid Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne Blanc de Blancs with young cheese to create a mouth-wateringly celebration medley.

Dessert Wine

For that extra sweet after-dinner kick serve up glasses of desert wedding wine that sings hymns.

Top Rated Choice

  • Domaine Jones Muscat 2016 is the Bohemian Rapsody of desert wines with notes of honeysuckle, exotic Turkish delight and fragrant elderflower finish that dance across the tongue.

Fail Safe Crowd Pleasers

Still confused? Go for a selection of trusted tipples that everyone loves.

Top Rated Choices

  • Red: Arabella Merlot 2016 – a smooth criminal in the red wine world; it’s great with red meat, tomato-based dishes, and chocolate puds.
  • White: Rod Easthope Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2016 – versatile with most foods. Fresh, juicy, light, and more fruit than you can shake a stick at. Bags of sunshine and the Hawkes Bay altitude give this Pinot Gris some serious attitude.
  • Rosè: Pinot Grigio Ramato Veneto Blush – wonderfully simple, light, easy-drinking wine, with hints of fresh raspberries blended with crisp apple flavours and a great slash of cream on the finish. Wonderfully lush.
  • Champagne: Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne Rosè – tiny bubbles that gently caress your tongue, leaving just the subtlest hint of mouth-watering strawberries.

English Summer Wedding Wines

English wines are ticking so many of our boxes. They’re sustainable, lower on emissions because they don’t have to travel far, and they taste so good, they’ve been winning awards, and they’re sustainable, but which ones should make your summer wedding drinks edit?

We ask Charlotte Brook, drinks’ expert for Whirlowbrook Hall and Mosborough Hall.

“The quality of English wine has improved dramatically in recent years,”

“The changing climate means prolonged periods of warmer weather and this has provided ideal growing conditions for varieties of grapes that previously only grew across the channel.

The South of England is an area that is doing particularly well; our hotels are championing many local wines, like Chapel Down in Kent, and those made on the Bolney Estate.”

explains Charlotte

Top Rated Choices

Bolney Estate vineyards have been producing award-winning wines for more than 40 years.

It lies on the edge of the South Downs just a few miles from the south coast and uses traditional production methods and cultural practices that actively promotes and maintains the health, fertility and stability of its sandstone soils.

  • “A popular choice at many of the weddings we host,” Charlotte tells us, “is Bolney Estate’s Lychgate White; it has a zesty palate of grapefruit, lime and elderflower that makes it taste like summer in a bottle.”
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  • Chapel Down’s Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2016, is also worth tasting; it is a gold medal wine with rich, fresh apple flavours and a soft, notes of hazelnut and butter and a long, smooth finish.
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“We love the simplicity of these wines,” Charlotte says. “It’s something we always advise couples. When choosing wines, keep it simple; don’t over complicate the palate.”

As a rule, summer wedding white wines should be light and refreshing; reds, crisp and fruity – never too heavy.

Vegan

If you’re looking for vegan wine, there’s good news.

“Many domestic wines are vegan and cruelty-free. Look to the Hush Heath Estate and the Albury Organic Vineyard for organic wines that are free of animal-based products,” advises Charlotte.

Top Rated Choices

  • Hush Heath’s Balfour Brut Rosé is an exceptional, multi-award-winning sparkling wine made from traditional Champagne grapes; its lingering notes of raspberry and strawberry make it a refreshing choice for a summer wedding wine.
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About Naked Wedding Wines

Naked Wines is a customer-funded, UK wine business that invests in independent winemakers to get preferential prices, which are in turn, passed on to customers.

Customers then rate the wines according to their tastes.

All Naked Wines have a story – you’ll find the story of each wine and its winemaker on the naked wine’s website.

Print it out and leave it on the table as a conversation piece – click on the winemaker to see the story.

About Charlotte

Charlotte Brook is Operations Manager and Drinks Expert at country house wedding venues Whirlowbrook Hall and Mosborough Hall, both in South Yorkshire.

Top 10 Naked Wedding Cakes

Loved by both couples and guests, frosting-free wedding cakes are becoming a real trend at weddings – from delicious chocolatey layers to floral decorations, we’ve put together our top 10 naked wedding cakes for you to enjoy.

And we asked Claire Bush from Sweet Sugar Sixpence to tell us more about the increasing popularity of naked cakes at weddings…

“Naked and Semi-Naked cakes have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Largely, because the overall wedding trends have been vintage and rustic.”

“They can also be a budget-friendly option“, she explains “although I would be wary of anyone selling a naked cake very cheaply – there is still a lot of work that goes into them.”

“A cake decorated with fresh fruit berries or chocolate is very appetising and I think this appeals to couples, especially those choosing to serve their cake as dessert.”

“As far as trends go, we are now moving away from the messy icing, piled up look and couples, whilst still choosing a semi-naked look but with a much neater finish, some colour in the buttercream and with elements like flowers, geometric shapes and gold leaf.”

Any theme naked wedding cakes

“We are looking at couples not concerning themselves with ‘fashion’ and choosing a theme that is true to them – I’m very excited for this variety and want to spread the word that a naked cake can fit any theme – you just have to get creative!”

“In terms of versatility, the list is endless! Obviously, the flavour of the cake is an option – this can have an impact on the overall look of the cake, a light victoria sponge looks great with icing sugar, strawberries and pretty blooms whilst a rich dark chocolate cake looks spectacular adorned with more chocolate, nuts and metallic elements.”

“I like to mix and match tiers too, so you could choose to have just one or two tiers naked/semi-naked and the others fully covered in a textured buttercream or fondant.”

“Personalised cake toppers, handmade or fresh flowers and quirky elements like birds and even doughnuts all add variety and personality to the cake.”

Get more wedding cakes and cake toppers inspiration or wedding cake recipes and the ideas area of our gay wedding blog.

The Wedding Scene | Wedding Show Planners

In A Nutshell

Founded in 2016 by Charlotte Courage Pike, and now newly rebranded for 2020, The Wedding Scene offers a multitude of wedding planning resources designed to empower you in your wedding planning.

With Charlotte’s years of experience and knowledge of the wedding show industry, The Wedding Scene have everything you could possibly need to realise your wedding goals and find the perfect suppliers to make them happen.

Charlotte and her team host large-scale independent wedding shows throughout the South West, designed to inspire, inform and deliver to make huge strides on your to-book list.

Through their new and improved 2020 supplier wedding directory, you can also rest assured that all suppliers are reputable, trustworthy and passionate about their work, passing a vetting five-point checking system.

As well as working closely with suppliers, The Wedding Scene post content for their wedding blog, offering a great line-up of styled shoots to inspire, tips to help your planning and how-to’s to help stretch your budget.

Why do you want to work with us?

All of our wedding shows are same-sex couple friendly but we’re seeking to create an environment where LGBTQ+ wedding planning is the expected norm.

In other words, no awkward questions from suppliers as to whether you’re a bridesmaid or best man.

Our LGBTQ+ focused wedding shows in Bournemouth and Portsmouth will only contain suppliers with experience of same-sex weddings and display imagery and products that are more relatable to your love story.

What is your approach to weddings?

Here at The Wedding Scene, we don’t do things by halves – attention to detail is paramount.

We love chic, well-styled events, leaning towards luxury boho styles, but heck, sometimes you need a bit of sparkle in your life too!

What do you love about what you do?

We love inspiring couples and later connecting them with their perfect wedding suppliers.

We only ever organise independent large-scale wedding shows, so we are able to host multiple suppliers of the same category, enabling you to have access to a maximum diversity of styles and price-points.

Plus, because it’s an independent show, you can hunt for everything from venues to honeymoons (and everything in between) without feeling antsy about not getting wed at that venue.

What’s your favourite wedding reading?

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – it’s our belief that marriage should be solidly based on friendship. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and the words of this reading speak to my heart.

What’s your favourite wedding song?

What a tough question! A great all-rounder is Fall For You by Holly Maher, it’s a bit folksy, but it’s super cute and it just makes your heart feel happy.

What is your travel policy?

Sadly, you have to come to us (unless you have a living room big enough for a wedding show, then, by all means, get in touch!) but we have shows throughout Somerset, Dorset & Hampshire – with Wiltshire, Devon & Gloucestershire next on our list.