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Being asked to be a Bridesmaid is a huge honour and can firmly cement your friendship forever, however it’s not always an easy role to play. Being supportive and unquestioning is never easy, particularly when the Bride in question is perhaps turning into something of a Bridezilla. Fortunately the chaps at Perfect Ring have come up with this handy infographic to help try to keep the bridesmaid battles to a minimum!


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Bride Vs Groom, Wedding BlogIt’s a busy time at Bride Vs Groom HQ. We’re currently going through a rebranding process for our respective companies as well as working on a fresh look for this very blog. Thus far it’s been a process that has been both exhilarating and terrifying but through it we’re starting to feel like we’ve finally figured out how to express who we really are as creatives.

It’s been a similar process in all of our work. I think we’ve always known what we wanted to create but getting there is rarely an easy task. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re flatlining, like you’re no nearer that goal than when you first started and it’s only when you look back over the journey you’ve taken that you realise just how far you’ve come. Creativity isn’t easy. It isn’t safe, it isn’t comfortable and it it’s almost never a straight line. It’s full of ups and downs and sidesteps and pitfalls. But as long as you keep that driving edge, as long as you embrace that internal critique instead of letting it devour you, as long as you keep the faith that the path you’re following is the right one, it’s an unstoppable force.

And if you don’t believe me, check out this amazing video featuring the words of Ira Glass.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

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There’s so much work that goes into making a wedding venue look just perfect and often it’s all hands on deck to get it finished in time. Today’s story frame is a classic example as the groom and all his ushers pitch in with a little last-minute lantern hanging before getting changed ready for the big day and the stunning marquee reception. We’re happy to report that having seen the finished result during the reception it was definitely worth it in the end!
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Once upon a time the words “humanist ceremony” seemed to court many a raised eyebrow and hushed conversations with words like “hippy” and “strange beliefs” right up until the moment anyone actually attended one, at which point the words bandied around changed to “lovely”, “special” and “cool”. Humanist ceremonies are definitely on the rise, with more and more couples finding humanist ceremonies to give them the flexibility they crave on their wedding day. But do humanist ceremonies really offer more than a perhaps more orthodox civil ceremony and which is right for you? Our resident expert debaters decided to go head to head, Humanist Ceremony Vs Civil Ceremony,


In the Red Corner, she’s all about the bride and groom focussing on expressing their personalities, representing the humanist ceremony, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”.

In the Blue Corner, as a filmmaker he’s experienced all kinds of wedding ceremonies but this time representing the civil ceremony, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”.


Humanist ceremony

Dom: Humanist ceremonies are so relaxed and personal to the couple whereas aside from the readings civil ceremonies are much more regimented and offer little flexibility to adjust to your specific desires

Matt: Civil ceremonies may have to include certain wording but you can add your own readings and often your own vows on top of those words that make up the legal contract.

Dom: At a civil ceremony you may not have even met the person leading the ceremony beforehand, whereas with a humanist ceremony you could have a friend or someone important to you which can make it even more special.

Matt: Humanist ceremonies are not legally binding so you need to complete the legal parts of the ceremony separately and that is the point when you will technically be married, whereas the civil ceremony is the actual legally binding ceremony meaning that you truly become husband and wife there and then.

Dom: The wording for civil ceremonies is very inflexible with specific wording having to be used for legal reasons even when not necessarily completely appropriate. For example until the law changes next year words along the lines of “marriage is the union between one man and one woman” still have to be used rather than between “two people” which may be offensive to any same sex couples attending your wedding.

Matt: Humanist ceremonies are an awful lot of work as you need to plan and write the entire ceremony from scratch. Civil ceremonies have a set structure which is proven to work and provide a good flow through the ceremony and require a lot less work on your part.

Dom: But the fact that you can plan and write it all yourself is a huge selling point of the humanist ceremony – everything that is said and done during the ceremony can be personal to you, from the vows to the stories the officiant tells during the ceremony – it’s so special for the Bride and Groom and much more entertaining for all the guests too!

Matt: With a civil ceremony you can have the full signing of the register and take away your marriage certificate signed on the day of the actual wedding.

Dom: Registrars are very busy people and will generally be doing more than one wedding per day, often several, and consequently sometimes put a big time restriction on your wedding and if running late even rush through the ceremony so that they’re not late for their next appointment. With a humanist ceremony you know you have the full attention of the person leading the ceremony and don’t have to be so concerned about time restrictions as no-one is waiting to rush off.

Matt: Having a unique wedding is great, but sometimes some of the traditions can help it to feel more special. Ceremonies are ritual and for some it’s important that the wording is all the same – that you and the registrar are saying the same words that your parents spoke before you and their parents before them.

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand on this debate? Register your vote on our poll or leave a comment to join the debate!

Humanist Ceremony Vs Civil Ceremony
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Bored of the traditional wedding cake? Lucky for you traditional is far from the only option! So today we’d like to share a great little graphic from Peter Edwards Photography with one or two ideas on hoe you can do things just a little bit differently. Now excuse me, I’ve got to go find myself some shots of cake!!


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