As the clock struck midnight, many same-sex couples joined in the wave of marriages, in a bid to become the first couples to get married under the new law.
Prime Minister, David Cameron hailed the marriages in England and Wales by saying they are sending a “powerful message” about equality in Britain.
On Saturday 29 March, it was declared that gay couples could legally marry, with Scotland approving the law a few weeks ago.
Writing in the Pink News, David Cameron said: “this weekend is an important moment [because] we will at last have equal marriage in our country”
“The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are.
“It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality.
“It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding.”
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act was approved in July 2013, with March 13 marking the day couples could register their intention to marry for the first time.
Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were one of the first couples in Britain to marry, when the law changed at midnight, at Islington Town Hall.
Peter McGraith said: “We are thrilled to be getting married. It is a mark of significant social progress in the UK that the legal distinction between gay and straight relationships has been removed.”
Source: The Guardian
The top 10 destinations are based on booking statistics from Kuoni, a holiday destination expert.
For the last 8 years, Sri Lanka was crowned the most popular wedding and honeymoon location. However, Mauritius now boasts as the number one place to exchange vows, with the Maldives becoming the favourite for honeymoons.
Marrying abroad is becoming a common occurrence among British couples, due to its exotic and scenic backdrops.
The USA is also proving a popular choice, becoming the 3rd most popular wedding destination and 6th favourite for a honeymoon.
Vice president of commercial & product at Kuoni, Mark Duguid said: “This could be down to sheer diversity of options available to couples from charismatic New York where you can say your vows in Central Park to Glitzy Las Vegas where you can choose the Graceland Storybook Wedding Chapel or a beachfront ceremony in Hawaii.
“Also USA came top of the “once in a lifetime” destinations that people revisit in a recent poll that we did, proving that people don’t just fall in love with their partner there but they also fall in love with the destination.”
Top 10 honeymoon destinations
- Sri Lanka
- St Lucia
Top 10 wedding destinations
- Sri Lanka
- St Lucia
Pearl Bridal Limited, which stocks various styles of wedding and occasion dresses, has launched a new range of designs to meet the popular demand.
The ‘By Olivia’ range, designed by Olivia Lin for Pearl Bridal Limited, said: “Vintage styled wedding gowns can be both stunning and sensual, conveying the romance of days gone by and the sleek look of modern design.”
The collaboration includes designs to suit modern and romantic brides, while offering a unique twist.
High quality material was used to create the pieces, which are priced within budget of many brides-to-be.
‘By Olivia’ is described by the designer as “a fairy-tale confection of silk.
Olivia Lin added: “When I slipped into my dress, I immediately felt exactly like the princess of my childhood dreams; yet, at the same time, the modern simplicity of the gown made me feel chic and sophisticated.”
Between January and March, you are likely to find your dream wedding location available and at a cheaper price.
Known as ‘off months’, it’s the typical time of the year where people are less likely to splurge out, or hold a special occasion due to unpredictable weather conditions.
However, if you’re happy with an indoors wedding (unless March sees unusually hot weather!), many venues offer their spaces at cheaper rates, because they want to make a profit all year round.
Not only will the venue save you money, caterers and musicians may also be able to offer an ‘off month’ discount.
Westchester County & Hudson Valley Wedding Guide says: “Sure, everyone dreams of being a June Bride, but a January through March bride will save a lot more money. By working with off months, many vendors (including caterers and musicians) will be a lot more flexible with their pricing.”
Booking as close to your wedding day as you can may also see the price drop significantly, however this could gamble your ideal wedding date.
Picking an unpopular month to enjoy your special day will leave extra cash for something you and your partner want, or go towards your lavish honeymoon!
Louisa Hodkin, the bride-to-be, took legal action after she was refused to register a Church of Scientology chapel as a place of marriage.
The reason for the refusal was due to a 1970 High Court ruling which claims Scientology services were not “acts of worship”.
At the Supreme Court, a unanimous decision was made that the 1970 ruling was out of date.
Giving the judgement, Lord Toulson said: “Religion should not be confined to religions which recognise supreme deity.
“To do so would be a form of religious discrimination unacceptable in today’s society.”
The court also said that it was not the job of the Registrar General of Births, Marriages and Deaths to venture into “fine theological or liturgical niceties”, declaring that the Scientology chapel should be recorded as a place for marriages.
Louisa Hodkin and her fiancé, Alessandro Calcioli, are expecting to marry in the next few months, in a Scientology chapel in Central London.
She told BBC News: “It’s been a long and demanding journey, but the Supreme Court’s decision has made it all worthwhile. We are really excited that we can now get married, and thank our family and friends for all of their patience and support.”
A box of surprises
Suitable for all guests, fill small boxes with items that represent you as a couple, then seal it with ribbon and a tag with their name on it.
Suggested items: a penny for good luck, sweets, bubbles, puzzles, figurines or anything you think suits you best.
Jar of sweets
Have some fun filling up jars with your favourite sweets. Mix it up or keep to one type of sweet, perfect for everyone to enjoy.
If you want to get even more creative, decorate the jar with fabric to seal the top of it. Charms can also be attached to some string, to tie the whole thing together.
The wedding favour is very simple to make, so there’s no need to spend too much money to make your guests feel special.
Mini bottles of alcohol always go down well as wedding favours. Miniature beverages can be bought in bulk, at good value prices.
To add your own personal touch, take inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and attached messages to the bottles.
For the children, soft drinks also come in miniature form, so there’s no need for them to be left out!
Everyone has a sweet tooth for something, so choose your favourite chocolate and use the wrapper to say something special.
Some printing businesses have introduced a chocolate wrapping service, ideal for helping your wedding favours look professional.
If you have impressive culinary skills, try creating your wedding favours from scratch by making homemade jam.
Each jar can have a decorated label, marking your names and the date of your special day.
Strawberry Jam Ingredients
1kg/2lb 3oz of strawberries
1kg/2lb 3oz granulated sugar or caster sugar
½ lemon (only use the juice)
A small amount of butter
(Measurements can be altered depending on how much jam your require).
From wedding favours to the wedding cake, you can get crafty by making them yourself. Creating some of the little bits and bobs for the big day can save quite a few pennies, with craft shops supplying all kinds of things to make your wedding unique.
Know your contacts
We all know someone, who knows someone that can help us out when we need it most. Ask friends and family to ask around their contacts, or you may even know someone yourself.
If you’re lucky enough to have a friend, who specialises in floristry, wedding cakes or even dresses you may be able to have their services for a special price.
Just don’t forget to return the favour!
Keep the wedding cake low-key
Some couples love to splash out on the wedding cake, with tier-after-tier of sugary goodness. However, this can be expensive, so check your list of wedding guests and provide enough cake to go around.
If you are set on having a lavish cake, some businesses can create ‘fake tiers’ for a small extra charge, to keep the cake looking extravagantly huge.
The vintage wedding dress
If you’re not fussed about your wedding dress being brand new, search for businesses that supply second-hand dresses and you’ll be surprised at some of the bargains. Some boutiques even offer a hire service so you can wear that gorgeous designer dress for just a fraction of the price.
Charity shops also have some hidden gems so it’s always worth rummaging around. After all, you do need something old! Dress makers can alter the dress and accessorise it, so you can still have a dress that’s yours.
Revise the guest list
Each person you invite to your wedding adds more money to the fund, so be wise about who you want to invite.
One of the most costly aspects of a wedding is the reception dinner. Plan carefully and estimate how much it would be per head. Caterers can also provide an estimated price to make it easier for you to decide on the number of guests.
Some couples keep the cost low by inviting immediate friends and family to the ceremony and reception meal, then asking the rest of the guests to join the celebrations in the evening.
Just make sure it’s clear on the wedding invite!
Natalie Sideserf, a cake artist and owner of Sideserf Cake Studio, created the cake which has been made to look like her and fiancé’s, David Sideserf, severed heads, with a banner saying ‘Till Death Do Us Part’.
The couple share an interest in scary movies, with the wedding ironically being held at a cinema, near Halloween.
Talking to ABC News, Natalie Sideserf said: “We were watching a horror movie, and I was always interested in sculpting lifelike cakes, especially in the face, so I thought, ‘How neat would it be if I did our severed heads?’”
The husband agreed to the idea, so Natalie spent 40 hours to make the masterpiece.
Inside the seemingly creepy creation, guests enjoyed a helping of confetti vanilla cake.
She adds: “I wanted to do something a little goofy and funny, so when you cut into it, it had a bunch of different colors [sic].”
The cake was kept a secret from guests who, for the most part, found the cake creation amusing.
“I didn’t tell anybody about it, so it made it really interesting to see people’s reactions. Everybody was shocked and loved it.
“My grandma did look twice, but in the end she said she appreciated the detail and how realistic it was.”
A Bon Jovi superfan bride was given the wedding of a lifetime, when Jon Bon Jovi walked her down the aisle.
The bride, Branka Delic, had been campaigning for months on bonjoviwalkmedowntheaisle.com, for the frontman to walk her to her future husband, Gonzalo Cladera.
The wedding was held at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the singer married his high-school sweetheart, Dorothea.
Two days before the bride-to-be left Sydney for Las Vegas, Bon Jovi’s management had hinted that it may happen but they couldn’t promise anything.
On the wedding day, Branka Delic received a call that Bon Jovi would meet her at the chapel.
She said: “I dropped the phone and said, ‘get me in that dress now’. You have never seen a bride get ready so quickly.”
When they arrived, Jon Bon Jovi was already waiting.
“He said, ‘so are we going to do this’, I said ‘what’. There were all these other brides there and you should have seen the looks on their faces. He walked me down the aisle and he was trying to give me to Gonz but I wouldn’t let go. I didn’t cry because I didn’t want to ruin my make-up and look awful.”
According to the newly married couple, the singer was the most amazing man who also spoke about his wedding day and family.
The singer also took to Twitter to say: “Congratulations @branksd! May you & Gonzalo have a lifetime of happiness, love & memories together- ALWAYS!”
Branka replied saying: “@BonJovi you did more than make my dream come true, you changed my life forever! An amazing man with an amazing generous heart”
The number 13 is what some superstitious people dread, with some weddings being booked for 2014, to avoid the ‘Curse of 2013.’
Some superstitious people believe the number 13 is unlucky and some even squirm at the thought of a Friday falling on the 13th.
For couples planning their wedding, many have stayed clear of 2013, just in case.
According to the Huffington Post, wedding suppliers have also feared the ‘Curse of 2013,’ with some experiencing a quieter year than usual. However, it’s not all bad news, with plenty of business being booked for 2014.
Louise Parker, from Cakes From The Heart said: “I noticed most brides were booking ahead to 2014 and even 2015 which seemed a long way off- it was ‘the curse of 2013’ and we are now seeing a marked increase in bookings for next year.”
For other couples, who are not been dissuaded by the supposedly unlucky year, have been able to enjoy plenty of available options for their special day in 2013.
Aberdeen based photographer, Paul Mackie of Paul Mackie Photography added: “This year my couples are the type who don’t worry about superstition and have mentioned this to me. I have had the best year and have yielded my best work as a result.”
Going against the grain, Vicky Camplin, 39, is planning a 2013 winter wedding. The bride-to-be and her fiancée were due to marry next summer, but changed their minds as the time felt right now.
She said: “I am a little superstitious about some things but the number 13 is definitely not going to stop us getting married this year. We are very happy, deeply in love and don’t see any point in waiting. When it’s right, it’s right.”← Older posts Newer posts →