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By English Wedding member Truly Experiences, Feature photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

If we go back to early 14th century English, the word stag was used to refer to a male of any species. But in today’s current wedding lingo, a stag party means a get-together reserved for men when one of the group is about to get married. It’s traditionally held just before the wedding and is something of a rite of passage.

While stag dos have gotten a reputation for being bawdy and often out of control, the good news is that this is changing. There are plenty of ideas for planning and experiencing the kind of stag do that the groom will not forget in a hurry – for all the right reasons.

You can keep things elegant, interesting and cosmopolitan by hosting a more urbane event using any one of these ideas.

Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

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By English Wedding member Truly Experiences, with images by Becky Harley Photography

Any groom who’s about to get married knows there are plenty of things that require his attention before the big day. From choosing your honeymoon destination to who’s going to make up your groom’s party, you’ve got some critical decisions to make. And that includes deciding what to wear.

Just like any trend, wedding styles are ever-changing – coming into, going out of and returning to fashion. This can make it tricky for a dapper groom-to-be to catch up with what’s in vogue at the moment. That’s why we’ve decided to make it easier for you and present this list of fashionable wedding trends to choose from.

Having looked at hundreds of suits and tuxedos from this year, from high fashion brands as well as regular stores, we’ve put together the ultimate list of style trends for grooms right now.

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Being environmentally friendly is a trend everyone can embrace – even newlyweds! In recent years the idea of an eco-friendly honeymoon has become incredibly popular. Couples are fast finding that they can reduce their carbon footprint while still making marvellous memories.

If you’re planning a romantic getaway take a look at these sustainable honeymoon options. Each destination offers something special for the environmentally conscious couple who want to relax after the whirlwind of wedding preparations and their big day.

Lefay: Italy

We start our review of eco-conscious honeymoon destinations at Lefay in Italy. This resort, which makes use of eco-designed architecture and renewable alternative energy sources, is situated in the town of Gargnano on the shores of picturesque Lake Garda. The focus of Lefay is on sustainability, and the resort works towards neutralising its CO2 emissions.

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You’ll never be more ready for an unforgettable holiday after the build-up to your wedding and the excitement of the big day. Let’s face it – as much as a wedding is a celebration of you as a couple, more often than not it becomes a delicate balancing act of family and friends!

But beyond the opportunity to catch your breath, a honeymoon stands for so much more.

It gives you the chance to explore your new identity as a married couple. To reflect on the life-changing commitment you’ve made and all the feelings that go with it. And perhaps most importantly, a honeymoon provides you with the opportunity to set the tone for the beginning of your marriage.

If a rush of flights and sights on a whistle-stop tour is the opposite of what you have in mind, perhaps you should consider slow travel for your honeymoon.

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As Forrest Gump’s mother wisely said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Looking at the current situation of the world, I think you’d agree she’s quite right.

Think back to a few months ago, when you were planning your wedding. Who would have thought that you’d be forced to change your wedding date until next year?

While I know it’s not exactly ideal, I’m a firm believer in another popular saying. “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Just because your wedding isn’t happening on your original chosen date shouldn’t mean you shouldn’t give it the recognition it deserves! Think of it as your ‘-1 anniversary’ – your first wedding anniversary before you’ve even gotten hitched!

Rather than sulking around the house, thinking of the day you’d be walking down the aisle, use it as another day to celebrate your love. Here are some fun ways to celebrate your would-be wedding day on lockdown.

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Image credits Westlake Photography – see this sunrise elopement here

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates and the powers that be continue to enforce social distancing and restrict gatherings, scheduled weddings have become a big question mark for a lot of engaged couples.

Brides and grooms around the world are understandably panicked as they are forced to consider postponing or rescheduling their big day. So many of you are worried about future plans for your wedding; there’s a lot we can learn from the experiences of couples who’ve had to reschedule their weddings from April and May. Now’s the time to (virtually) gather your friends around you for support, and check out our guide to rethinking your wedding in coronavirus times.

1. Remember you’re not alone

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As months of planning come and go and the wedding day gets closer, stress levels normally skyrocket. Did everyone RSVP? Are the vendors confirmed? Is druncle Stan going to behave? Oh…all the zillion things that can go wrong!

First off: relax…
Breathe…
Let it go…

Not happening? I get it; on top of probably working a full-time job, all your free time and energy is put into planning the most perfect fairytale wedding. I completely understand that not stressing out isn’t something that you can easily do at this point. But it’s so important to relieve all of that tension building up.

A perfect solution is to treat yourself and your betrothed to a pre-wedding pamper. Being refreshed and newly connected with your partner will help you tackle those planning challenges, and prevent a wedding planning burnout.

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash

 

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“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”

– Lewis Carroll 

After you’ve tied the knot, it’s tradition that you’re whisked away by your new spouse on an extensive and magical getaway. But these trips have become increasingly expensive over the years, especially during the popular wedding months when prices surge. Going on a honeymoon isn’t as appealing to younger generations, or just isn’t financially viable. 

Enter the minimoon! The minimoon has become increasingly popular because of the brevity and low prices. These 3 to 4-day trips are a chance to escape on a beautiful adventure and celebrate your marriage without breaking the bank. Need some inspo for your romantic minimoon? I’ve got you covered! 

 

Michelin-Starred Foodie Getaway in the Lake District

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If you’re at that age when it seems like every friend, cousin and their hamster is getting hitched, I’m sure you’ll agree – boozed up, wild hen and stag dos are getting old very quickly. The penis straws are kitsch, the ass-exposed waiters are degrading, and the hangovers just aren’t worth it.

Luckily for you (and your liver), there are plenty of unique party ideas to celebrate your mate who’s about to get married. Workshops are an excellent way to have fun, get to know the rest of the bridal party, and pick up a new craft, all at the same time. What’s not to love about that?

Take your pick from these some somewhat quirky, but still unbelievably fun hen, stag and sten ideas that’ll be a total hit with everyone from the conservative Gran to the crazy out-there best friend.

Mixology Masterclass

This workshop is for those who want to get a little loosey-goosey, but not by knocking back shot after shot of tequila. 

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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” – Bette Midler

Crafting a wild and wonderful wedding, one that is unique and pleasing for both you and guests alike is a growing trend. Offbeat weddings are fun, exciting and create a sense of anticipation for all involved. Indeed, weddings today don’t need to follow the traditional path, and if you choose otherwise, know that you’re not alone.
Today, engaged couples have so much at their disposal to create the perfect, personalized wedding. A wedding that not only stands out from the crowd but represents their interests, philosophies or values. These weddings can be as romantic as hosting an authentic Regency era Jane Austen wedding in Goodnestone Park, to throwing an all-out cabaret shindig for your guests to enjoy. You can make all aspects of your wedding follow a particular crazy theme, from the location to the dress code to the wedding gifts you want to receive.
To help you get started on your journey of a one-of-kind wedding, here are some totally unique ideas ranging from 100% wacky to seriously obscure. Hey, you get married once (hopefully) so make sure you start your married life with a bang!

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Although your wedding day is one of the most special days in your life, it’s equally as special to celebrate the milestones. After spending your first blissful year as husband and wife, it’s time to celebrate! Here are some ideas on how you can make your wedding anniversary even more magical than your wedding day.

Exchange Thoughtful Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Weddings are the perfect chance to receive some amazing gifts from family and friends. It’s the day you are bestowed expensive dinnerware, kitchen appliances and other titbits for the home. These are great to get your lives together started, but it’s the wedding anniversaries that allow the two of you to exchange your own meaningful gifts.

From cotton to lace, pearl to stone, the traditional wedding anniversary gifts are a special way of showing each other how much your marriage means to you. There’s something really romantic about adhering to a list of gift themes that have been exchanged for hundreds of years. And to celebrate your milestone, combine it with a unique experience you will cherish for years to come.

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I love anniversary gifts. The excitement of receiving them from my hubby. The unwrapping. The warm fuzzy feeling inside as I realise how special the gift is and how much thought has gone into it.

Fast forward a week, and this once unforgettable anniversary gift is now sitting at the bottom of my cupboard, under a heap of clothes. Or worse yet, lying around the lounge, cluttering up my home unnecessarily! While I love to stick to the traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year, I have to admit that they’re mostly filled with nick nacks that seem to take up space in my house (pottery, wooden objects, china). I’m sure I’m not alone… so here are some creative anniversary gifts for those of you who don’t want to follow the whole ‘cotton, paper, leather (hello, fellow vegans!) routine!

With Marie Kondo all the rage, I thought it would be super fun (and conducive to tidying up) to round up a bunch of my favourite ideas for clutter-free anniversary gifts. Spark new memories. Spark new joy. Spark new love!