• BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.’

    So exciting! I often hear from my couples how confusing and overwhelming planning your own wedding is. After all most people have never planned such a big event in their lives, there is so many things to think about and so many traditions and expectations to deal with. “Do we need to have bridesmaids?” “What’s the deal with cake cutting?”
    Thankfully ladies of Revelry Events are here to your rescue with their new book “Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.” and I’m so excited for you to have a guide to plan the wedding o your own terms!

    Wedding planning is hard and every wedding is different. There is no magic formula to planning your own which can make it a stressful process. That’s what wedding planners Revelry Events are here to remedy with their new book Unruly: The Honest and Rulebook-free Guide to Modern Wedding Planning.


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    Back for the third year the wedding event with an alternative twist is coming back to Nottingham and it will be the largest of its’ kind in the East Midlands. Tying the Nott is a wedding fair created to offer an eclectic range of wedding suppliers who are catering to couples who want something unique for their big day.

    Wedding Event poster - two brides in colorful dresses - Gay Wedding Blog

    The event will be full of fun and colour as well as live performances, workshops as well as a huge selection of local and Midlands based wedding suppliers. The event will be showcasing products and services for weddings of all styles and themes with an eclectic array of businesses showcasing what they have to offer those planning their nuptials.

    Hosted by Caroline Walsh of the wedding styling company The Wedding Alchemist and Linzi Barford from the Unconventional Wedding directory.

    “We have both worked in the wedding industry and attended wedding fairs as exhibitors before but felt that wasn’t enough on offer for those that were looking for something unique and so Tying the Nott was created. We really want to showcase the talent of  unique local and national wedding suppliers who have so much to offer and we hope everyone has a great time..” – Caroline Walsh.

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    Whether you are just curious about what’s on offer for your wedding day or you are having a themed wedding such as medieval or fantasy, boho or rockabilly,  dark and gothic or every colour in the rainbow then this is the wedding event you should come to. Tying the Nott is for you!

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    Sunday 19th of April 2020

    Nottingham High School
    Waverley Mount
    NottinghamNG7 4ED

    Tickets are £5 and VIP are £12.
    Book here

    Tying the Nott



    Used photographs are by Stephanie Butt Photography and Dave Fuller Photography

    Check out more wedding events on the blog!


    Lots of events on the blog lately, but this one is super duper special. If you are planning a wedding that is anything but tradition you should make a trip and go to this insanely cool wedding fair on the 15th and 16th of March in Birmingham. Just look at these pictures!

    Alternative wedding fair - The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza - Gay Wedding Blog


    More beautiful and badass than ever! 

    Clear your calendars for 14th & 15th March because The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is revving up for yet another wicked weekend of matrimonial madness!! 

    Roll up, roll up to the fair and meet some of the strange and unusual, bright and beautiful AND super talented flockers ready to make your wedding kickass. Use the magical space to meet some like-minded couples and share some awesome ideas. The venue is the industrial epic-ness of the Bond, in Digbeth no boring beige-ery here rock ‘n’ rollers. 


    Today I’d like to tell you about a wedding event that happened in London back in October. But if you get FOMO, then visit their website and see where in the world you can join Engage! this year.

    ENGAGE!19 - A Luxury wedding event poster - Big Ben London

    Engage! Summits – a luxury wedding and event business summit like no other –  is renowned for bringing together the best in the luxury events industry to enjoy powerhouse speakers, specially curated content and intimate experiences with the leading lights of the industry – all in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. 

    Since 2008, Engage! Summits has produced 28 sold out events and brought together luxury wedding and event professionals from all over the United States and over 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait, South Africa, China, India, the Caribbean and many more. 

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    Today we’ve got a definitely not your typical wedding fair for you! Check this out!

    Planning a unique wedding? On Sunday 15 September the Out of this World Wedding Fair returns to the National Space Centre, offering you the chance to meet suppliers, photographers, cake makers that will make your memorable day stand out from the rest.

    More and more couples are looking for something different for their wedding day. Demand for the traditional hotel wedding venue is falling. Couples want something that stands out, matches their personalities or reflects something that they love.

    The National Space Centre is one of these truly unique wedding venues. It boasts a variety of romantic locations for your civil ceremony, perfect for you to share your special day with friends and family. The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is an awe-inspiring setting, taking you and up to 192 guests on a voyage to the edge of the universe in a spectacular 360-degree cinematic experience. In fact, where else could you get married under the stars with no risk of the British weather raining on your parade!

    With over 30 different wedding suppliers at the wedding fair, you’re bound to find something different for your wedding day. Amongst the cake makers, photographers and bouquet makers, you might even spot the odd stormtrooper or two!

    Every entrance comes with a complimentary Planetarium viewing and you can grab a venue tour too!

    Tickets cost £2 per adult for standard entry if you book in advance (£4 on the day).
    Why not upgrade yourself to a £10 VIP ticket? VIP tickets include a space cocktail, wedding planning Q&A, goody bags and more. It’s the perfect treat for the weekend.


    National Space Centre
    Exploration Drive
    LE4 5NS

    £2 standard & £10 VIP – BOOK HERE


    Organised by The Unconventional Wedding Festival.



    The Urban Wedding Company
    invite you to the one and only
    Urban Wedding Fayre.


    Here at The Urban Wedding company we like to do things differently. If you are planning a non-traditional wedding or looking for some unique and quirky ideas then this is the fair for you. We are flying the flag for creative, local independent trusted suppliers that do not conform to the standard wedding industry traditions. Bringing you the best Manchester and the North West has to offer.

    We will have live acts on throughout the day, downstairs we have our Urban Spa, the venue for this fayre is the amazing Comedy Store, a beautiful urban setting perfect for couples looking for something a bit different for their day.

    Upgrade to our urban lounge, includes a free drink and canape’s this is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the fayre and relax, with comfy sofas, you can take in everything you have seen at the fair and make some of those important discussions. You will also have your own private viewing area of the live acts.

    We hope to see you there, if you have any questions send us an email at: urbanweddingcompany@gmail.com

    Check out our event on Facebook to keep up to date with all suppliers.


    PHOTOGRAPHY BY Adam Tranter and Project Valentine


    7th of September 2019

    The Comedy Store
    3 and 4, Arches, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St W,
    Manchester M1 5LH

    Tickets are £3 in advance or £5 on the day.
    Use code ‘loveislove’ for free standard tickets and ‘loveislove50’ for 50% off the Urban Lounge tickets



    If you know me at all, you know the sustainability is a very important topic for me, and ecology is more and more talked about in the wedding industry. Today I have an invitation to a very special event.

    The Cranbrook Eco & Wedding Fair aims to fill the gap in the wedding market for more eco-friendly and vegan weddings. Lots of people understand there is a lot of waste in weddings and many people are vegan for the animals and the planet.

    The Fair will have around 18 stalls of wedding inspiration including vegan catering and cakes, eco florists, vegan friendly hats, hair and makeup. Plus photography, candles, wedding web resources, jewellery and more.

    See Facebook @SEVeganEvents for updates and supplier bios. Being held in the grade II listed Vestry Hall, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent. The Fat Carrot pop- up Cafe will be open for tea & vegan cake.

    At 3pm there will be a pre-booked vegan catering tasting buffet in the cafe area with The Fat Carrot (£12.50 per head).
    Email thefatcarrot@live.co.uk to book a place. 

    NB There are stairs at the main entrance – to avoid these use the sloping path to the back door. Free parking nearby.


    Today we have a very special invitation to a wedding show happening in Farnborough on 7-8 September!

    We are delighted to confirm Hitched as the headline partner for The South East Wedding Show. Owned by Immediate Media Co, they are the UK’s number one wedding planning platform.

    With a staggering 1.2 million couples turning to Hitched each month for wedding advice, ideas and inspiration – as well as being able to search through thousands of venues and suppliers by region via their extensive directory – it’s no wonder Hitched are at the top of their game in the industry. From décor inspiration through to finding the perfect entertainment, Hitched pride themselves on their ability to help people get married.

    The South East Wedding Show and Hitched make for the perfect partnership. The show, which is expected to attract up to 6,000 visitors over two days, will give attendees the chance to meet the best wedding venues and suppliers from across the South East, plus Hitched will be on hand to provide their unrivalled planning expertise.

    “We’re delighted to be headline partners for the South East Wedding Show,” says Matthew Gerry, MD of Weddings at Immediate Media Co.

    “At Hitched we are always looking for new ways to reach UK wedding couples and our partnership helps strengthen our brand in a key area of the country.”

  • EVENTS: The Unconventional Wedding Festival

    Blogs, directories and websites are great but nothing beats chatting to wedding suppliers face to face and getting inspiration in person. There is plenty of wedding fairs and events out there and I’d like to share the good ones with you. Organisers of The Unconventional Wedding Festival got in touch and sent us some details so check it out.

    PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ed Brown Photography

    Taking place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

    Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand out and be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

    With a growing number of couples looking for ways to add their own unique touches to their wedding and create something that truly reflects their personalities, we have created a wedding fair with a difference which aims to not only inspire the modern couple and connect them with suppliers who can help them make their dream wedding a reality, but also have a lot of fun in the process.

    And it’s not just the wide array of alternative and unique suppliers and performers we’ve pulled together that makes The Unconventional Wedding Festival so different, but the set up as well.

    Photography by Katie Ingram Photography


    In November Gay Wedding Blog got invited to attend the Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase at the Kensington Palace. Due to work commitments I couldn’t attend this very special event but lovely Olivia of Nulyweds agreed to represent the blog and also write about the night to share it with you all. 

    On a bitterly cold, breath-I-see-you night in November, Kensington Palace opened its doors to wedding planners, major industry influencers and press (that’s us). I went with Nina Beer from Occasion Queens, dressed in our finest to keep to the “lounge suits” dress code. We walked along the twinkly pathway, passed the pavilion, through the glittering archway and down the stairs to the palace entrance. These guys are serious fairy light fans. As you walked into the main entrance and round to the cloakroom, you are immediately in awe of the spaciousness and finery this venue has to offer.

    Through to the staircase, with royal red walls and paintings of the land and gentry, we walked to the reception room for a cocktail reception with the industry’s finest. This is where we could really get a feel for the venue. Think pure, unadulterated tradition and royalty. You feel like royalty in there which is either intimidating as a prospect or what you’ve always dreamed of – really depends on what floats your boat. Treated to orange and elderflower mocktails and more-ish canapes from Blue Strawberry Catering, it was easy to feel spoilt.