Once you have decided to get married, your next decision is usually based around the type of ceremony you want. Many people opt for the religious church ceremony, normally in the parish in which they are residents. Once upon a time it was the only option in the UK, but since registry offices were formed for those who chose to go the non-religious route other options have also sprung up.
Now, aside from the church and registry office options there are also private venues such as country manors, castles, private citizens who become ordained online and other choices, couples have a multitude of ways to get married.
If you are strictly religious and wish to get married in the house of your God, you need to speak to your local clergy, Rabbi or other religious figurehead and find out how you can get married under their jurisdiction. Some parishes or religious organizations have strict rules about who can marry in their churches or houses of worship, so getting as much advice from the head of that house is the best place to start.
If you are not religious and you wish to marry in your local registry office you simply contact them with regard to applying for your marriage license and then pay the appropriate fees. Your guests can still attend your ceremony and they will be seated in the room with you as you take your vows.
Private houses and castles have become an extremely popular venue style among those desiring a less formal wedding style, but with that same feel of tradition. The appearance and glamour of a castle or manor house wedding offers the feel of a period wedding and you can also create your own theme if you have your wedding in such places.
Some places, such as public parks, National parks or places of interest offer areas of the land designated for weddings. If you fancy getting married on the top of a hill and riding off on a horse—a la ‘The Runaway Bride’ movie—then speak to the proprietor or land owner of the place you choose and see what arrangements can be made. Many will offer a section of their property for private use and some parks have areas already marked out. You may need special permission on some places but, again, talking to the manager or owner will give you the information you need to proceed. You need to consider how viable the idea is in terms of practicalities. Your Rolls Royce wedding car will need to have access to the area, as will the guests and their cars. The ground should be dry and sturdy and there should also be some sort of seating that you may need to provide yourself.
Traditional weddings are probably the most popular style of wedding but many people don’t consider the non-traditional ideas too. It’s not uncommon to see weddings in the style of retro years like the 1950’s or 1960’s, but what about those other ideas that fit more into the category of ‘odd’ or ‘strange’? Gothic weddings are a great way of expressing your unique tastes and personalities and can be tailored to fit the genuine Gothic period, or simply exaggerated to emulate the faux Goth style.
Theatrics and Pizazz
A Gothic style wedding is more like pure theatrics really. You are effectively setting a stage and scene for people to sink into and revel in. The typical Gothic wedding would probably start with finding a black Rolls Royce Phantom wedding car for hire, or some outlandish black hearse. The wedding would be set in a castle or old manor house with beams and wooden panels. The setting for the meal would be a huge hall with a long banqueting table stretching the length of the hall and another table cross-ways for the wedding party to sit at. The center pieces would probably be lavish candelabras rather than pretty flowers and the guests would be drinking their champagne from golden goblets rather than sleek glass flutes.
The plates would be replaced by gold chargers and the food would be laid out banquet-style for people to simply pull a piece of chicken from. The wine would be poured from golden pitchers, rather than glass jugs, and the knives and forks would be gold plated and lavishly engraved.
Looking around the room, the apparel would certainly be somewhat interesting. The bride would likely wear an elegant dress but instead of the traditional white, she would wear a steel grey dress, adorned with deep scarlet roses, sewn neatly into the skirt. Her veil would be steel grey tulle and would have a crown of matching roses and her make-up would be something out of the Adams Family, yet not as scary.
The groom would wear a black morning—or should we say ‘mourning’—suit and he would certainly have a top hat with a scarlet rose in the band. His shirt would be Gothic style with black brocade and his tie would be a cravat style in scarlet red to match the roses. The best man would also be expected to wear something black and Gothic and he would also have a red rose on his lapel. The chief bridesmaid would be wearing a tungsten grey dress and a similar red rose, and, of course the guests would be required to wear the same style of clothing to keep with the trend and would choose their own apparel to match the day’s attire.
Choosing wedding flowers for your special day doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to consider the availability of particular flowers, and this will depend on the time of year you’re getting married. Remember, blooms will be at their most perfect when they are in season, and buying flowers which have been shipped from hotter parts of the world will inevitably cost you more.
Your flowers need to look good not only throughout the wedding ceremony, but also the entire reception. Some flowers are just not built to be durable and maintain their good looks for this amount of time, so it’s important to consider carefully which flowers you choose, to ensure they look as good at the end of the evening as they did at the start of the day!
Some of the most popular styles of wedding flowers are:
- Calla Lilies – often expensive as they are a fairly delicate flower that’s prone to bruising during transport. These flowers are extremely sensitive to cold but tolerate hot conditions well, making them an ideal choice for summer weddings.
- Gardenias – available all year round, these delicate blooms give off a delicious scent, but they aren’t a cheap option! They make a beautiful centrepiece for wedding tables, floating in water-filled glass bowls, where they will perfume the room to perfection.
- Roses – these stunning and versatile blooms are generally available year round and fairly durable, depending on the variety and quality of flowers you choose.
- Tulips – a budget-friendly choice for spring and early summer weddings, you do need to be careful with Tulips as they continue to grow after cutting – this could change the appearance of your flower displays within a matter of hours! They’re also not ideal for hot conditions, as they can wilt and blow open, causing loss of petals.
- Lilacs – if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, incorporating Lilacs into your arrangements is a great idea. Lilacs are prone to wilting in heat and require plenty of water, so they are not ideal for bouquets and are best used in decorative wedding arrangements at the ceremony and reception venues.
Use the internet and wedding magazines to draw inspiration for your wedding flower arrangements. A good florist will be able to turn your ideas into reality and provide you with the perfect arrangements and bouquet for your big day! To avoid travelling in cramped conditions with your beautiful bouquet, why not hire a Rolls Royce Phantom Limo to arrive at your wedding venue in style. With most limo rental companies offering a chauffeur driven service and a bridal package including champagne, car decorating and even a red carpet for that really special feel, it’s easy to arrive feeling on top of the world!
Selecting flowers for your wedding day is a very personal choice, so whatever flowers you choose, make sure that you pick colours that complement your dress and wedding theme and add to the beauty of the surroundings.
In recent years, themed weddings have become all the rage, with couples flying to Las Vegas to tie the knot or choosing retro or vintage themes for their big day. Whether you think a themed wedding is classy or tacky, there’s no denying that it will certainly be fun and memorable for you and your guests. The theme largely depends on what is relevant to you as a couple, and many couples choose a theme based around how they met, for example, a love of Star Wars or ice-skating.
If you’re looking for a relaxed theme which screams class, then look no further than a vintage wedding. Choose the glamour of the 1940’s or 50’s or opt for a prohibition style 1920’s theme (but allow the champagne to flow!) Vintage weddings are always a chic option, as guests will dress up to the nines and make a real effort. 1940’s fashion was all about the silhouette and creating an hourglass shape, and where better to demonstrate this than on your wedding day, for a beautiful look that will ensure all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle! Your theme can be carried across virtually all aspects of your big day, from a vintage cake with sugar roses to a vintage lace antique cream dress, the options are endless. Decorated vintage glass cake stands and the finest floral china cups and saucers are all key to creating the vintage theme, with the little details such as wedding favours and place settings tying everything together. Why not hire a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce wedding car to ensure that you arrive at your venue in style. Most wedding car hire companies will offer the bride a special, luxury package which can include champagne for the journey, a beautifully decorated car with co-ordinating wedding ribbons, a professional chauffeur and even a red carpet, should the 1950’s film starlet theme suit you to a tee!
Yes, we all know that there are some wedding themes that many people consider ‘tacky’. Tacky is relevant, and as long as you and your partner are happy, then it really doesn’t matter what you choose. Anything Vegas themed will always have a tacky air to it, but this is probably due to the popularity of ‘quickie’ drive-through weddings held in Las Vegas. Don’t expect people to be gushing about the classy style of your wedding if you opt for a Star-Trek theme – just because you’re both huge fans and met at a convention, doesn’t mean everyone will be enamoured at the idea of arriving in full trekkie costume (Spock ears optional!)
Whether you choose to have a themed wedding or keep things simple, make sure that your theme represents your personality. Pick a theme which will be fun and guarantee your wedding day will be a day to remember!
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and all brides want to look their best for their big day, so should you invest extra cash in the bespoke wedding dress of your dreams, or buy off the rack? Generally, wedding dresses languish in the cupboard after your wedding day, so is it really worth spending the extra money on a bespoke dress if it will only be worn once?
Don’t Break the Bank
By all means, if you have cash in the bank to spare, spend extra on your dress and have a bespoke wedding gown designer create the dress of your dreams! But don’t break the bank trying to splash out on something you can’t afford. With so many beautiful dresses available to buy readymade online and from wedding gown designers, it’s easy to find the perfect dress without having to spend a fortune! If you do decide to have a wedding dress tailor-made to suit your specifications, it’s worthwhile looking into non-traditional dresses. A white wedding dress may look the part on your big day, but will sit gathering dust at the back of your closet for years to come. Choosing a coloured, contemporary dress means that you may get more wear out of it in the long run, as it will be suitable for dinners and other formal events.
If you’ve decided to go bespoke, do your homework. Research designers online and in bridal magazines, and remember, you don’t always have to go with a local designer. Provided you can travel for fitting sessions, you can choose a designer who lives at the other end of the country, if their previous work catches your eye! You will pay more for a dress by a well-known designer, but many up and coming young designers have stunning collections which often include bridal wear. It’s worth searching online for new young bridal designers who are often able to offer discounts on large orders.
Arrive in Style
Once you’ve organised your dress, venue and all the other little details that go into creating a beautiful wedding, don’t forget to organise transport. You want to arrive in style at your wedding venue, so why not hire a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce Phantom and add a little luxury to your day!
Whether you choose to buy your dress from a high street shop or order it bespoke from a designer, ensure that it fits you properly for your wedding day! Most bridal wear shops offer a free fitting service where they will make adjustments to your gown, ensuring a perfect fit. Feeling comfortable and beautiful in your dress will leave you free to relax and enjoy the biggest day of your life.
very spring, Whitby in Yorkshire is home to Whitby Goth Weekend, one of the largest Goth gatherings in the UK. Attracting an eclectic mix of people, you’ll see full-on Goths in white face makeup, bondage trousers and corsets right through to those who love Victoriana – men in top hats and tails and women in hoop skirts, bustles and tightly fitting corsets.
Goths are everywhere, and nowhere is this more evident than in Whitby. But is it appropriate to have a Goth themed wedding? Many people think so. Alternative wedding blogs online showcase unusual themed weddings, and a couple in the US recently went all out with a Halloween themed reception featuring black calla lilies, purple lighting and even red leather thrones for the bride and groom!
Tacky or Classy?
There are two ways to approach your Goth wedding – you could opt for a retro style and keep it classy – so think elegant black and white flowers, men in top hats and tails and the bride in a glamorous dark black, ruby red or purple gown, and subtly Gothic inspired tableware such as black candelabras, with blood red, purple and gold accessories.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could choose a full-on theme such as Tim Burton, Beetlejuice or Halloween and encourage wedding guests to dress according to the theme. Searching online, you’ll find many wedding cake designers specialising in spooky Tim Burton themed cakes, and it’s easy to add some eerie ambience to your venue with black and purple flowers, fog, moody lighting and creepy organ music.
Whether you opt for the classier or tackier (and possibly more fun!) option depends on your preferences as a couple and of course, your friends and family. You might think it’s fun to have guests dress up as characters from your favourite films, but your dad might not feel the same!
Gothic Wedding Venues
Choosing a venue for your deliciously dark wedding is easy, with so many stately homes and manors available to rent for the reception. For the ceremony itself, a small chapel outside the city feels more intimate than a large city centre church, but if you’re lucky enough to live north of the border, you can get married practically anywhere! Edinburgh boasts an underground Wiccan temple, where you can be blessed and married or why not consider a traditional ‘hand-fasting’ ceremony at an outdoor location of your choice. The couple’s hands are literally bound together during the ceremony as a symbol of their unity and commitment.
It’s easy to research ideas for your Gothic wedding online; there are bridal websites and forums specialising in alternative weddings which offer a wealth of inspiration. Don’t forget, you can incorporate the theme into every aspect of your big day, from the flowers, venue and cake to the music, outfits and even the transport for arrival at the venue. Black Rolls Royce Phantom hire is available nationwide and what better way to arrive than in one of these stylish cars – with your own chauffeur, champagne for the wedding party and an optional red (or black!) carpet, you can ensure that your Gothic wedding gets off to a great start!
Choosing where to hold your wedding could be as easy as picking your local church, or as complicated as driving across the country researching country houses and other locations for the ceremony. Whether you hold your wedding in the city or the countryside, there are so many beautiful locations to choose from that it can be hard to find the perfect one for you.
Getting Hitched North of the Border
A wedding in Scotland is a great option if you’ve always dreamed of holding your big day in a unique location. The Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002 allows weddings to be carried out at locations other than registry offices, and it’s possible to get married virtually anywhere, from an ice-rink to a beautiful park, a country house hotel or even an underground Wiccan temple in Edinburgh, the choice is yours! Research some venues online and try to get a quote before visiting any in person, to ensure that you won’t be left disappointed when you find out the Georgian manor you had hoped to hold your ceremony in is several thousand pounds above budget!
Wedding exhibitions and shows are not only a fun day out, but also a great way to research suppliers and venues for your wedding day. Local companies such as florists, photographers, Rolls Royce hire companies, wedding cake specialists and dress designers will all be present, and it’s a good opportunity to collect business cards and brochures for research at home later. Choosing to hire a classic car to arrive at your wedding venue in style ensures that any stress over forms of transport is eliminated, as you cruise along the road sipping champagne in the back of your very own Bentley or Rolls Royce! Most wedding shows will have a catwalk where you can see the latest dresses modelled, and local wedding venues will often have a stand with information available, and a representative who will be able to answer all your questions.
Classic or Modern?
When choosing a venue, consider whether you are looking for a classic or contemporary location. A stately home or country manor provides a breath-taking backdrop for a vintage wedding, whereas a relaxed woodland setting or registry office location is perhaps more suitable for a low-key, casual event. Wherever you choose, consider how accessible it is for your guests to reach; for example, how far is it from the closest public transport for any guests who don’t drive, and how far is it to the nearest town or village if you have chosen a rural location.
Wherever you decide to get married, remember that the most important part of any wedding is the moment you become man and wife – all the stresses of the day will fade away and you will be left with a warm glow of happiness. By choosing a beautiful venue, you will have the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs and years of happy memories.
A Little Light Relief
So, on March 15th 2013 the twenty-eight live performance of Comic Relief will air on British television. The long running ‘Red Nose Day’ charity show has raised more than six hundred million pounds for African refuges, children from poor countries and generally needy people. The charity began in 1985, set up by Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis as a way of combating poverty among Sudanese refugees but they had no idea how large the donations would be or the effect it would have on the public.
Since 1985, the charity has become one of the most famous in the country and today, Go Phantom can happily announce that one of our cars is going to be driven, on the show, live, through London, by none other than The Stig, from TV’s ‘Top Gear’. The famous helmeted secret driver, whose name was only recently disclosed, will be driving our Rolls Royce Ghost D3 from either the Langham Hotel or the BBC Radio Studio Building and taking a couple of passengers, under police escort, to an as yet undisclosed location. Although, rumor has it that it’s the Marylebone Town Hall, but keep that under your hat…
Taking part this year is a whole host of famous faces who have been deftly rehearsing their sketches, songs and performances to fine-tune them for the night. The telethon show will be sponsored, as usual, by British Telecom, Sainsbury’s and the BBC and will feature actors, comics and singers from around the country and the world. Past presenters include Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr and no doubt we will see those same faces again this year in some form or another.
The show rarely discloses exactly what will happen, but you can guess on a mix of music, madness and mayhem if Lenny Henry has anything to do with it. Also, the show will broadcast excerpts and news from poverty stricken villages in Africa, where children are still in desperate need of mosquito nets, medicine and vaccines, as well as food and clothing.
So, instead of heading off to the pub on Friday night, we hope you will be tuning in and donating your drink money to those who need it. You will be able to see our Rolls Royce Ghost heading around the streets of London sometime between 5:00pm and 6:00pm during the live broadcast. We cannot tell you anything else because it is a highly guarded secret and we are sworn to absolute silence about the whole event. Needless to say, you might also see Miranda Hart involved—but we didn’t tell you that….
We look forward to the fun and mayhem involved in the entire show. We, of course, will be glued to our screens and will try to catch a glimpse of whoever might be lucky enough to be heading on a journey of a lifetime with The Stig!
Imagine the scenario: the cake has been ordered, flowers organised and your dress is hanging on the back of the door just waiting to be worn. Invitations have been sent, catering arranged and everything for your big day is as it should be. There’s just one thing you’ve forgotten; how are you going to reach the wedding venue? If you’re getting married in London, transport to the venue could be a real issue. When you live in South London and are getting married at a venue in the North of the city, the last thing you want to do is spend hours trapped in a car with stressed out relatives trying to frantically navigate the city’s traffic-clogged highways and byways.
Arrive in Style
With so many London wedding car hire firms offering great deals on chauffeur-driven vehicles to hire for your big day, it has never been easier to ensure that you arrive stress-free and in style at your wedding venue. Hire a fleet of cars to transport the whole wedding party and everyone will be in the mood to celebrate from the moment they step foot inside these beautiful vehicles. Why not enjoy a little luxury and hire a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophood, with a convertible hood that drops down to allow you to enjoy the beautiful summer sunshine. This makes for some great photo opportunities! Hire a classic silver Bentley Arnage or a white Rolls Royce Phantom and feel like the belle of the ball as you arrive in style. Many companies offer a luxury bridal package which includes champagne, decoration including ribbons, a professional chauffeur and even a red carpet, should you so desire.
You’ve spent a fortune organising your wedding and choosing the perfect white wedding dress to ensure you look your best, so why not hire a classic white Rolls Royce to ensure that you arrive in a car that looks as good as you do! Vintage and classic weddings cars make the perfect backdrop for family photographs and children will love the chance to ride in these special vehicles.
Town or Country?
Whether you are getting married in a city centre church or a chapel in the heart of the countryside, many London wedding car rental companies provide a nationwide service, and will be happy to rent you the perfect car for your big day, wherever it’s taking place. Driving through the English countryside in a beautiful Rolls Royce, sipping champagne, is the perfect way to begin your countdown to married life!
Hiring a chauffeur driven car for your wedding is a great option for fuss-free transport and will ensure that all eyes are on you when the car pulls up outside your venue. Whether you are having a traditional white wedding at a church or a more intimate ceremony at a registry office, hiring a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce or Bentley for the day is sure to create lasting memories that you will treasure.
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