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What is a Micro Wedding and is it right for you?
So, what are micro weddings and why are they so popular? Micro weddings are weddings on a smaller scale – yes pretty much exactly what they say on the tin!...
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5 Wedding Sand Ceremony Kits For Your Special Day
Adding a modern twist to a traditional day is a great way to make your wedding ceremony more personal. Adding a sand or unity ceremony is a visual and symbolic...
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5 Reasons to renew your vows
Renewing your vows is a beautiful way to show how much love you and your partner have for one another. Each relationship is unique in their own magical and wonderful...
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Handling the stress at your Wedding Ceremony
Weddings are both special and exciting days, but they can come with their fair share of stress! Nerves and wedding day jitters are common, so here are some tips to...
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5 Questions To Ask When You’re Looking For An Accessible Wedding Venue
Planning a wedding can come with all types of challenges, and even more so if you are searching for a fully accessible wedding venue. If you yourself, or if you...
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Wedding traditions and where they come from
The story behind the traditions... When you’re planning for your wedding, you probably find yourself automatically planning for things such as wedding rings, a white dress, bridesmaids or groomsmen. But...
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Celebrant interview: How to get through the day of the funeral
‘No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.’ - C S Lewis Interview with David Linaker, a former Anglican priest who, having moved outside of the formal...
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Secrets to a successful outdoor ceremony
Top tips for planning an outdoor ceremony The dream wedding ceremony…? A great big gathering outdoors on a gorgeous, blue sky, summer’s day. Obvs. For some this is the absolute...
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Naming Ceremony Reading Ideas: Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
A naming ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of your new child or welcome a child into your extended family. Our naming ceremony reading ideas are here...
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Top five ways to ensure you get an email response from potential couples
Managing the journey from initial enquiry in your inbox through to securing a booking, is a process in itself. Setting yourself up for success when it comes to emails is...
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Funeral Reading Ideas: Watching For The Kingfisher by Ann Lewin
Our funeral reading ideas are here to help you choose a loving way to say goodbye and to help personalise your ceremonies. Today's reading has been chosen by celebrant Fiona...
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Ceremony Music Ideas For Your Eclectic Wedding Day
When it comes to your wedding music you want something that suits both the two of you as a couple, your venue and your vibe of the day. Your ceremony...
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Wedding Planning – what are the roles and responsibilities?
Your fiancé has gotten down on one knee and asked you the most important question of your life. You (probably) cried and said yes! You’re so excited to spend the...
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Are the new marriage reforms discriminatory?
From July to at least April 2022, in England and Wales, licensed wedding venues have been given the thumbs up to take their civil marriages outside in their grounds. Although...
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How To Recognise Missing Relatives In Your Ceremony
Missing relatives can leave a huge hole in your ceremony plans. Whether it be that they just can't make it for a number of reasons or that they are no...
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Wedding Celebrant Checklist – 8 Must-Haves You Need With You For A Ceremony
A Wedding Celebrant Checklist and toolkit is like a friend who's always got your back, but sometimes knowing what to pack isn't always easy. Obviously doing your research about your...
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5 top tips for guests at a gay wedding ceremony
Guest etiquette at a same-sex wedding ceremony You and I, would both agree on the joyous nature of our LGBT community and if you are someone, who is about to attend...
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How to Choose an Engagement Ring
If you are joining the millions of men or women faced with the pressure of finding the right ring to pop the big question, you may be unsure where to...
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Write your Vows
Do you and your partner plan to write your own vows for your wedding ceremony? You’re probably feeling a touch overwhelmed right now. Afterall, how can you turn the beautiful...
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What is a divorce ceremony and why should I have one?
Like any moment in our lives were change or transition takes place, Divorce can be very personal. A journey unique to each individual and couple. A divorce ceremony enables you...
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5 Considerations When You Have Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Wedding Guests
Making everyone feel included and comfortable on your wedding day is no doubt going to be high on your priority list. If you have hard of hearing or deaf wedding...
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How to keep your wedding within budget
Planning a wedding isn’t a piece of cake (wedding cake that is); it takes time and plenty of money. This is why the first step in your planning schedule should...
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Achieving a truly personalised wedding ceremony
Unique, bespoke, unusual weddings are terms we hear a lot – but when you think about it, do you want different for the sake of it, or is what we’re...
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Planning your Wedding Ceremony
You’re engaged! Congratulations! It’s a really exciting time in your life. There are so many wonderful things to organise when planning your big day, including the most important part, the...
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Sand Ceremonies – What’s it all about?
Sand Ceremonies: What are they, why do we do them and how you can create a special sand ceremony yourself! Sand ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular as couples are finding...
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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments
We asked some top Celebrant’s to tell us all about their thoughts on Naming ceremonies. They just LOVE them and have revealed some of their favourite (and exciting!) moments from ceremonies...
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5 Luxury Wedding Venues near Cork, Ireland
Full of lush greenery, epic landscapes and historic locations,  Ireland is home to many beautiful wedding venues. It's the perfect place to celebrate your love and tie the knot. Whether...
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Are same sex weddings any different to heterosexual weddings in the UK?
Ok so this is a question we often get asked, and it has a very simple answer, hell no! Bet you didn’t expect that…. ok so what we mean is...
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Funeral Reading Ideas: A Death Poem by Bethany Rose
The first in our new series of funeral reading ideas has been chosen by Georgina Halse, a creative celebrant based in East Devon with 'an artist's eye and an empath's...
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When a loved one passes on, what do I do with their Social Media accounts?
Everyone tackles grief in different ways so there is no right or wrong answer to this as what feels right for one person will often not feel right for the...
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6 Wedding Planner Books For Organising Your Big Day
When planning a wedding, organisation is key. From checking off the RSVPs to coordinating timings on the day, it's an art! Finding the right wedding planner can make your life...
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Top Celebrants Reveal their Best and Worst in Wedding Ceremony Music
Wedding music reveals a lot about the couple getting married - and has been an eye-opener for some of our Celebrants! I spent some time last year quizzing some top Wedding...
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Wedding Reading Ideas: Wedding Thoughts – All I Know About Love
Choosing a wedding reading is a personal thing. It has to speak to you, evoke a memory or feeling and then you'll know when you've found the right one for...
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15 things your wedding Celebrant wishes you knew.
Your wedding should be one of the most special days of your life; however, it can be accompanied by a mammoth ‘to do’ list! Luckily, with a wedding Celebrant at...
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Florist interview: What flower options do I have for a funeral?
In this , we talk to the absolutely fantastic, Bristol-based, florist Fiona Lafon of Emerald and Jade. Fiona has been producing beautiful floral displays for all ceremonies from weddings to...
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Wedding Recessional Music To Exit Your Ceremony
Your wedding recessional music will be the first soundtrack you hear as a married couple so it absolutely needs to be an extension of the two of you and match...
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Alternative Wedding Ceremony Ideas – The Exchange of Gins
Forget the exchanging of rings, we're loving the idea of exchanging gins! If you're looking for an alternative wedding ceremony idea then this is definitely one to add to the...
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Creative ideas of how to make a loved one’s funeral special
Funerals tend to be services that are deeply rooted in tradition and heritage. Whilst following traditions can provide great comfort during times of grief, many families also like to recognise...
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Wedding Traditions: The low down on Ring Bearers
Here at The Celebrant Directory we are constantly on the look-out for different ways we can change up tradition, adding that extra sparkle when it comes to your wedding day. ...
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How do I include my children in the wedding ceremony?
When a couple has children, either from their relationship or from previous relationships, your Celebrant will likely ask how they envision including the children in the ceremony. Sometimes they consider...
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Unique Wedding venue ideas to suit you!
Weddings are one of the most special and memorable days of your life, so there is no need to stick to the standard venues – let your imagination run wild!...
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What is a Wine Ceremony and is it right for you?
You’ve planned your ceremony and you’ve decided to have a unity ritual. Adding a wine ceremony is a great way to symbolise the unity of your two lives together. Wine...
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4 Fashion Tips for the Mother of the Bride
As the mother of the bride, you’re naturally excited about your daughter’s big day and keen to look your best. After all, after the bride and groom, all eyes are...
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How using a Celebrant saved a Wedding Ceremony!
I recently had the honour of being asked to lead a wedding in the Worthing Dome. The Setting The Worthing Dome is a stunning example of Edwardian splendour with beautiful...
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Naming Ceremony Readings: ”Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” by Nancy Tillman
A naming ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of your new child or welcome a child into your extended family. Our naming ceremony readings are here to...
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How to Renew your Wedding Vows
Life is made up of special moments. From the first time you saw each other to your lives being joined in matrimony, you have shared adventures and experiences only you...
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Unity Candle Ceremony: Everything you need to know
As you move into the beautiful bond of marriage, it isn’t uncommon to feel the need to recognise this life-changing moment in a memorable, symbolic way. One tradition that remains...
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How To Become a Celebrant
Jennifer Claire, Founder of The Celebrant Directory and the newly launched Academy of Modern Celebrancy shares her tips on how to become a Celebrant. In order to become a Celebrant,...
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How to write your Wedding Vows
For some people, getting your wedding vows down on paper can be a daunting task. How do you put all of your thoughts, feelings, memories and hopes for the future...
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5 Quirky Wedding Venues In Norfolk For Creative Couples
Are you looking for something a little bit different when it comes to a venue for your wedding day? Norfolk provides some extraordinary quirky wedding venues, from eclectic art rooms...
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What is a Green funeral?
With the increasing popularity of finding new ways we can care for our earth, environmentally friendly burials and funerals help preserve our planet when our loved ones pass on. These...
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Ask a Celebrant – Top Celebrants Reveal all on Wedding Vows
As Celebrants, we hear a lot of wedding vows from the traditional 'to have and to hold' to the outrageous promises to walk across America together (yes that's been done!). I...
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How to have the wedding you want
You’ve just got engaged and now you are very excited to be planning your dream wedding. The choices are overwhelming, in all directions. Everyone you know wants a say in...
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Father of the Bride And Groom Gift Ideas For Your Wedding
Finding Father Of The Bride and Father Of The Groom wedding gifts should be fun and personable and when it comes to saying thank you you want it to be...
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5 Wedding rules that were made to be broken
Weddings come with a lot of traditions, but who says you have to stick by them? Whether you’re having a white wedding in a local church, or jetting off to...
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How funeral ‘celebrations’ allow the bereaved to tailor goodbyes
Mourn For Me, But Also Celebrate Up until the Nineties, relatives of a deceased person had to try to persuade a local church minister to lead the funeral service… because,...
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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments-Take 2!
We have been asking our amazing Celebrants to tell us all about their experiences with Naming Ceremonies. They have been revealing their best moments and thoughts on why you should...
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Colourful Outdoor Wedding At Dairyhouse Farm Barn In Somerset
This beautiful outdoor wedding set at Dairyhouse Farm Barn Weddings is full of vibrant colours and striking sunsets. Full of ethical details it has a lot to offer when it...
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How to renew your vows on a budget
So, you are renewing your weddings vows – that’s great! A fantastic way to re-cement your love or mark a significant marriage milestone, Renewal of Vows Ceremonies are becoming more...
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Wedding Reading Ideas: Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay
Today we start a series of wedding reading ideas for your ceremony. The first wedding reading has been chosen by Janni Knox, a wedding celebrant based in Belfast, Northern Ireland....
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20 of the most romantic vow renewal spots around the world
Vow renewals are becoming increasingly popular. They can be small and intimate or grand and luxurious. You can invite as many people as you would like, or you can celebrate...
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The Best Brighton Wedding Venues For Your Seaside Wedding
Planning a wedding in Brighton? Whether you're wanting a seaside vibe, a city soiree or a quirky celebration of your love, this vibrant city has a lot to offer! Roxy...
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Selecting the right Funeral Celebrant
The importance of selecting the right Funeral Celebrant for your loved one's celebration of life cannot be underestimated. This is the one occasion when their life story is to be...
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Should I invite children to my wedding?
It’s hard to disagree that children can be a delight at weddings; they look adorable, they make the best natural photos and bring a lot of joy to the occasion....
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5 Unforeseen Wedding Expenses to look out for
You’ve met that special someone, asked ‘that’ question or said that ‘Yes’, and now it’s time to start the exciting task of planning your perfect wedding! When organising your special...
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Real Ceremony: Alice and Amy
Real Wedding Couple: Amy and Alice Date: 5th September 2015 Venue: Fernhill Farm Celebrant: Jennifer Constant Photographer: Unknown The Proposal Amy and Alice’s first date was enjoyed exploring Bristol’s famous...
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7 Personalised Mother of The Bride Or Groom Gifts for Your Wedding
Mother's Day is on its way here in the UK, so it felt like the perfect time to talk about mother of the bride gifts for your wedding day! You...
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Social Media Tips for Celebrants
We all use social media, but it can often feel like an extra chore we put off until the last minute, right? This is why we wanted to share our...
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Wedding Reading Ideas: Just To Be Beside You Is Enough By Gabriel Fitzmaurice
One of the great ways to personalise your ceremony is by the readings that you choose. If you're looking for some unique wedding reading ideas for your big day, then...
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Wedding Reading Ideas: Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda
If you're looking for some unique wedding reading ideas for your big day, our new series of beautiful readings is going to help you personalise your ceremony to the two...
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Planning an outdoor Wedding? Read this!
So, you are planning an outdoor wedding. Amazing, nothing like the bright blue sky, warmth on your back and sweet sounds of a light breeze in the air. Well, that’s...
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Creative Ceremony Backdrops For Your Wedding or Naming Ceremonies
When it comes to styling your ceremony there are many ways to add a personal touch and infuse your day with a showstopping piece. Adding creative ceremony backdrops is just...
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How To Prepare For Every Eventuality of Weather At Your Wedding Ceremony
If there's is one thing that is out of your control on your wedding day it's the weather, especially if you are planning a UK wedding. Of course, you are...
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5 tips to prevent your wedding guest list from getting out of hand
You just got engaged and you’re ready to start the wedding planning. You and your fiancé have talked budget and how many people you want to invite. Your guest list...
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Celebrants give the low-down on renewing your vows – Part 3
Renewal of Vows ceremonies are a fantastic way to show ongoing love, or even overcoming obstacles with your love intact. Celebrants love conducting Renewal of Vows ceremonies as it really...
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Who should lead your wedding ceremony?
Friend or Celebrant? Why your mate may not be the perfect replacement. When it comes to your Wedding Day, it can be vital to manage the finances and make savings...
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Who should influence your wedding ceremony?
When it comes to planning the perfect wedding ceremony, there can be a lot to think about. Where should you hold it? What kind of dress will you wear? Who...
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Wedding Music Ideas For Walking Down The Aisle
Your wedding music sets the tone of the day from the moment your guests lay their eyes on you. It guides them, and their emotions, creating the ambience and feel...
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5 Wedding Ceremony Music For Signing The Register
From start to finish at your wedding ceremony, your music should be considered and reflect the two of you as a couple. Whether it's being played live or in the...
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How to build your confidence as a Celebrant
You have completed your amazing training, you are ready to build your business, and are well on your way to gaining confidence as a celebrant! Or perhaps you have been...
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Why You Should Celebrate The Birth of Your Baby
I'm sure you'll agree there are so many reasons why you should celebrate the birth of your baby! Celebrating the birth varies in lots of wonderful ways around the world...
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How To Organise Your Naming Ceremony
A Naming Ceremony or Baby Naming as it is sometimes referred to is the perfect opportunity to bring your friends and family together, show off your new little one and...
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How A Celebrant Led Wedding Can Fuse Cultures And Traditions Together
If you're looking for a personalised bespoke ceremony, and you would like to get married in a place of your choice then this is just one of the many reasons...
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Funeral Budgeting 101: Funeral Celebrant Planning for Beginners
Are you a celebrant in need of some funeral budgeting advice? This article covers it all… Making plans for a funeral is one of the most difficult tasks anyone will...
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What is a Natural Home Funeral?
Did you know you can have your loved one at home for their funeral service? There are natural and arguably more personal alternatives to a funeral home. Sarah Weller started...
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16 Unique & Alternative Wedding Readings
Want a reading with a difference for your wedding ceremony? Whilst some love traditional poems, they don't suit every couple. And what are we all about here at The Celebrant...
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Choosing a Wedding Celebrant
Choosing the perfect Wedding Celebrant is an important task. Just picture this scenario, you’re walking down the aisle, waiting for your partner to spot you. They turn and see you...
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What Is An Eco-Friendly Wedding and How Do I Plan One?
An eco-friendly wedding in short is a wedding that has no environmental impact on the planet. Eco-friendly's simple meaning 'Earth Friendly' is a way of protecting the planet that we...
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