Traditionally, the honeymoon was the first time the couple got to spend some time alone together after taking their marriage vows. It gave them both a chance to get to know each other better and begin to build a physical relationship.
A honeymoon remains a time for a couple to celebrate their marriage.
There are many incredible places to get married in the UK. Whether you want to be married in a barn or castle, in a city, on the coast or in the country, or perhaps a venue with an historical or a sporting theme, we’ve put together the best wedding venues Britain has to offer. If you love a particular venue, consider a mid-week wedding package for a more affordable option.
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honour, and whilst your responsibilities may be many, at least times have moved on from the ancient Roman period when bridesmaids and grooms-men had to dress like the bride and groom to ward off evil spirits wanting to harm the couple. Bridesmaids were also needed at this time as the law required 10 witnesses to be present at a wedding.
Our wedding on Saturday 11 November 2017 at Tudor Barn was everything we could have dreamed of and more. We really cannot fault this venue and the people that work tirelessly to make our special day, the best day possible. All of our guests raved about the venue, the food, the atmosphere…we could go on. The wedding co-ordinator explained everything to us in full at every stage – nothing was too much trouble. We had no idea we could have a barn venue in London and are so grateful to Hannah Lois for listing this venue on her site. We look forward to returning to Tudor Barn for our anniversaries and can’t wait to make more memories here in the future. Thank you so much.
Zoe and Russell Cooke on 15 November, 2017
A huge thank you to Hannah Lois for providing details about wedding dress designer Sassi Holford. I went to Leonie Claire to try on a Sassi Holford dress. I knew what I wanted, and ended up choosing the ‘Ruby’ dress, but with some changes, so that what I wore on the day was unique, made just for me. I felt fabulous, but also comfortable as it was a perfect fit for my figure. Thanks for the recommendation Hannah Lois!
Emma Blaney 4 October 2017
I had always wanted to wed in a castle, but thought it would be too expensive. Thanks to Hannah Lois, I checked out Augill Castle, which is close to our home in Penrith. So happy it was affordable (we got married on a Friday). We had a fantastic wedding day! We enjoyed ourselves very much and our guests are still saying it was the best wedding they have been to due to the stunning venue and smooth organisation. We had a private afternoon ceremony followed by the most decadent afternoon tea. Delightful!
Diane and Mandeep Mondalis 3 October 2017
I’ve looked at loads of wedding websites and was getting a bit flustered about what sort of wedding dress I should focus on as the choices are so diverse that I wasn’t making any choice at all. Came across the history of bridal gowns on Hannah Lois and was quite taken with how the wedding gowns for Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge had a similar design. So, I decided if the style was good enough for all these royal ladies, it’s good enough for me. I’ve got my last fitting for the dress next week with a dressmaker in town who was recommended, so I’m not paying the bridal boutique prices, but getting a dress fit for a queen.
Annie and Kevin Barton 23 September 2017
Thank you for the bridesmaid tips. Whilst I’d got most of the list sorted, including the suggestion not to argue about the bridesmaid dress and to carry an emergency kit with safety pins, tissues, deodorant and so much more it filled a food container, what I hadn’t considered was the need to take snacks. No one in the party was diabetic, food was being provided… why would I need snacks? But you were right. The bride was so nervous that a few squares of dark chocolate were required, like medicine. Great suggestions and much appreciated.
Denise Derrick 9 August 2017
Wedding anniversary traditions
Traditional gifts to celebrate each wedding anniversary were only officially listed in the 1930s. Before this, the list of materials was short, to mark the first anniversary (paper) and the milestone anniversaries which are considered to be at years 5 (wood), 10 (tin), 20 (china), 25 (silver), 50 (gold) and 70 (platinum). This list was first published in 1922 and the materials go from weak to strong to symbolise the strengthening of the relationship. Over the years more materials have been added and the list updated and modernised. There are now two lists for traditional and for modern gifts, with the UK list being a little different to the one used in the USA.