In the hurly-burly of wedding preparations it’s so easy for a couple to overlook each other’s expectations of married life before tying the knot. Once the headiness of the wedding has settled and normality returns, the real issues can become apparent.
It’s nearly three and a half years since the first same-sex wedding was celebrated in England and Wales, with Scotland soon following suit, and since then, same-sex marriage has become commonplace. Straight marriage has centuries of traditions, and many of these have been incorporated by gays and lesbians in the run-up to a wedding and on the day itself.
For second weddings, many things are different. You are a little older, hopefully wiser, and with a better sense of what you want your wedding to be like. Maybe you feel more deserving of a party and less likely to kowtow to etiquette rules. You are perhaps more in tune with decorating tastes, have a clearer idea of what you don’t want and no longer feel the pressure of parents’ views. This time you may have even written your wedding vows together.
For some mothers of the bride, “I don’t want to upstage the bride” is the mantra while shopping for an outfit. Meanwhile, the grooms’ mothers are worried about upstaging the brides’ mums, and so the wheel of insecurity keeps on turning.
Some say fashion is just as important as the occasion itself. Never a truer word said when you look at quintessentially English sporting events such as Royal Ascot and Henley Royal Regatta. People like to be seen and play the part; what they wear adds to the fun. There are, however, different expectations at these events.
What does one wear to a royal garden party? That’s the first question most women ask when that all-important invitation arrives in the post. It’s one of the most exclusive of UK summer events to be invited to attend – no pressure then! You can act as cool as a cucumber but it’s a big deal to be asked to enjoy what for guests will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Planning your wedding is an exciting milestone as you tie the knot with the one you love. Everyone wants to make their wedding stand out and there’s no better way to do so than having a weird and unusually themed wedding. It seems that dressing up and doing the playful character bit is no longer the domain of the fancy dress party.
Nothing beats having all your loved ones with you on your wedding day. But it’s not easy to pass such milestones in your life without remembering those friends and family that have died and mean so much to you.
Two things in life that most women love are shopping and having fun with the girls.
There’s one night out – the hen do – that’s seen as the ‘last night of freedom’ or rite of passage before getting hitched. Organising a hen party can be a minefield: there are so many different ideas that it’s difficult enough to decide on a theme, let alone a venue.
It’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of looking fabulous for the big day. There’s nothing quite like having an important date in the calendar, such as your wedding, to get you motivated – it gives you a focus.