Destination Wedding

Why Do They Call It A “Destination Wedding” And Not A “Marriage”?

Celebrate the difference between a wedding and a marriage!

Destination Wedding
Photo by Simon Duggan

You are engaged! Congratulations!  You want to get married in your dream destination overseas, so why does your wedding planner insist on calling it a wedding ceremony and not a marriage? Well they are not being picky, a wedding and a marriage are actually two different things!

Destination Wedding
Photo by Jason Rodgers

A marriage is a legal contract

A marriage is a legal contract, historically, it was a record that could be used to prove amongst other things, legitimacy and inheritance. Nowadays, many couples are not religious or are of mixed religions so contracting their marriage by the minister of one particular faith is not an option.  In this instance, they may turn to a registrar to marry them.  The registrar will usually also offer a non-religious wedding ceremony but this may fall far short of the ceremony of your dreams, and most certainly will not be on a palm tree lined Mediterranean or Caribbean beach!  So what are your options?  Interestingly in some countries, including Scotland, Humanism is recognised as a faith and so a Humanist wedding ceremony is also recognised as legal marriage and can include personalised vows and rituals. But for many newly engaged couples the prospect of a romantic wedding ceremony in warm sunshine, on white sand or surrounded by olive groves is far more appealing.

Destination Wedding
Photo by Jason Rodgers

The wedding ceremony is where the memories are made

These days, it is becoming more common to go through the quick legalities of registering your marriage in your own country then concentrating on creating the wedding ceremony of your dreams, at your dream destination, with an independent celebrant who will weave into your unique ceremony, your values, your love story, your own vows and whatever rituals are important to you. Without question, the wedding ceremony is where the memories are made!

Destination Wedding
Photo by Jason Rodgers

Have your wedding cake and eat it!

So yes, you can have your wedding cake and eat it too!  You can combine a legal marriage in your own country, then pull out the stops and have that full-blown destination wedding with an awesome, totally personalised celebrant-led wedding ceremony with hand-fasting, heartfelt vows and amazing romantic  photos of you walking into the sunset.  So really, there is a difference between a marriage and a wedding and if I were you, I would take full advantage and totally celebrate and take advantage of the difference!

Destination Wedding
Photo by Jason Rodgers

Bride Icon would like to say thank you to Debbie Skyrme who is a former UK Deputy Superintendent Registrar.  As a wedding celebrant in Southern Spain Debbie crafts bespoke, unique ceremonies for each couple in dream Andalusian destinations.

Destination Wedding
Photo by Simon Duggan

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Destination Wedding
Photo by Simon Duggan

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Penny The Bee

Beauty and Penny The Bee

Penny The Bee

With the latest block buster Beauty and the Beast hitting our screens it was only inevitable that the Disney classic will be celebrated in many forms – one of which is a sensational cake by Cristina, a sugar artist and cake decorator based in North West, London, and the Founder of Penny the Bee!

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Penny the Bee featured at The National Wedding Show in Olympia, London this year, where one of the themes was inspired by the Beauty and the Beast movie. This became a prominent feature of the show, receiving some excellent feedback and attracting the guests too.   Christina was inspired by other projects too as she had been developing a ‘return to nature’ theme replicating a country wedding in a peaceful and relaxing environment, surrounded by the harmony of nature, the magic of woodlands and the fruits of the forest.  Christina’s imagination captures everyone living their biggest dreams, marrying someone they truly love and creating the roots of their perfect life.

Penny the Bee

Beginning her career as an amateur cook with a passion for illustrations and fairy tale writing, Christina dedicated her time to exploring new ways of cooking, with particular attention to table arrangements and decorations.  Christina obtains her inspiration from the world around her. From an early age, she has always been a good observer, capturing the smallest of details in every moment.  According to Christina, a passion for detail is what makes the difference between good quality and exceptional quality.  Her creativity stems from a wedding dress, a photograph, a sunny day, a child’s book, a garden full of flowers, a colour palette, or just even a precious moment.  She truly loves to add a touch of style and beauty to everything that she envisages, giving originality and uniqueness to her creations – but not forgetting the extravaganza and the hint of fantasy.

Penny the Bee

Impressed by some amazing cakes seen in magazines and in shops, she decided to attend her first cake decorating course in April 2013.  It was love at first sight!  In 2014, willing to improve her skills and wishing to combine the Italian style with the English decorating techniques, she started to attend a selection of cake decorating courses, from sugar paste to modelling, sugar flowers, royal icing, wonky cakes, baking, cupcakes and many more.  Subsequently in 2015, she began her new adventure with Penny the Bee.

Penny the Bee

To recreate her vision, every Penny the Bee cake is customized according to the client’s needs and dreams with exquisitely hand crafted decorations and meticulous attention to detail.  Christina only uses the finest ingredients and every cake is freshly made to order.  Her mission is not just to create a stunning cake – but through her cakes – create memories that will last a lifetime!

Penny the Bee is based in NW London and has been awarded 5 star food hygiene rating. While studying for her LLM Master’s degree, she decided to study also for the PME Professional Diploma, obtaining the PME Masters Certificate from the Knightsbridge PME School of Cake Decorating.  For more details please visit www.pennythebee.com 

Coloured Diamonds For Valentine’s Day by Odendaal Diamonds

Odendaal Diamonds, the London-based bespoke jewellery specialist, is offering coloured diamonds especially for Valentine’s Day. Being rare, coloured diamonds they are highly sought after and therefore means they are an exquisite Valentine’s Day gift for that special person in your life.

The coloured diamonds offered by Odendaal Diamonds have been treated to enhance the colour of the stone. Choose from:

  • a pair of pink princess cut diamonds set in yellow or white gold setting, with a total diamond weight of 0.60ct.  Price £1800.00
  • a white gold ring set with a 0.30 carat pink princess cut diamond.  Price £1800.00
  • a 0.30 carat pink diamond pendant set with white or yellow gold.  Price £1200.00

Dirk Odendaal, founder of Odendaal Diamonds, said: “There’s no gift more romantic on Valentine’s Day than a diamond and a coloured diamond makes it all that more special. Research shows that almost a third of women would choose Valentine’s Day as their preferred day to be proposed to. With this in mind, many people right now will be planning how they’ll pop the question in 14 February.   A coloured diamond ring will make that moment even more memorable.”

As well as making exquisite gifts, coloured diamonds are an excellent investment. According to a January 2017 article in the Wall Street Journal, prices for coloured diamonds are being driven higher by investors who are hoping the hot market stays hot. Over almost eight years, from the start of 2009 to September 30, 2016, the latest recorded data, the price of pink diamonds has increased by nearly 180 per cent and sits at a record high.*


Odendaal Diamonds sources and procures diamonds and creates bespoke items of jewellery for private clients. These include rings, bracelets and necklaces from less than £100 in value to over £100,000.

By offering a personal service, yet having none of the overheads of a retail chain, Odendaal Diamonds provides a truly bespoke product at a fraction of the cost of a high street jeweller.

Every diamond sourced and supplied by Odendaal Diamonds comes with a reference and independent third-party laboratory certificate proving its grade and quality. This is produced by skilled technicians at a reputable grading laboratory who, upon receiving a polished diamond, verify its size, colour, clarity and cut.

Odendaal Diamonds can also supply a wide range of precious and semiprecious stones such as tanzanite, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

For more information, visit www.odendaaldiamonds.com

The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute – Festive Wedding Show

 

The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute in Highcliffe is hosting a special wedding showcase, highlighting the boutique hotel’s unique glamour and panache on the 3rd December 2016.

An upcoming wedding showcase at The Lord Bute will give soon-to-be-wed couples an opportunity to experience the venue when specially prepared and adorned in its finest wedding attire. Nestled between the New Forest and the Dorset coast, the sophisticated Lord Bute hotel and restaurant will be open to visitors between the hours of 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 3rd December.

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With five-star guest accommodation, two AA Rosettes for their food and Michelin Recommended, The Lord Bute has been making fairytale weddings come true for over 20 years. The ideal choice for couples on their big day, the hotel is well-known for its stylish interior, award-winning food, and impeccable service. Giving guests a special wedding insight, The Lord Bute will be welcoming all those who attend with drinks and canapés. They will then have the opportunity to tour the hotel and experience the beauty of a Lord Bute wedding first-hand.

From intimate celebrations to lavish affairs, The Lord Bute’s wedding planner has over 35 years experience in the industry and will be available to answer any questions on the day. Home to an enthusiastic team, guests will benefit from creative and unique ideas before peeking into the hotel’s little black book of reputed local suppliers. With some of these suppliers also in attendance, couples seeking to achieve the wedding they’ve always dreamed of will be able to ensure nothing is overlooked.

The Lord Bute

Simon Box, the Owner and General Manager of The Lord Bute, said:

We are looking forward to welcoming happy couples from across Dorset and Hampshire into our boutique hotel. A wedding should be a memorable experience and with the help of our dedicated team, we can offer the very best service combined with a luxury setting. We hope many engaged couples will join us to get a taste of just how magical their wedding could be!

For more information about The Lord Bute, please visit www.lordbute.com.