A few years ago I attended a Tweet Up in Taunton – what’s a Tweet Up? I hear you ask! Well, it’s a social event for wedding professionals to get together and network. We follow lots of people on Twitter and through ‘conversations’ on the platform you get to know the people you follow and it’s great now and then to put a face to a name and have a proper conversation. Anyway, at the Tweet Up I met lots of lovely people, including the very talented and funny Emma Woodhouse, aka The Wedding Reporter and @Cloggins. You can read about Emma here, how she found her calling in the wedding industry – and for those of you who know your Jane Austin, yes Emma Woodhouse genuinely is her name!
Emma, in her own words: Goes to weddings. Weeps. Writes delicious report about it.
She will create a beautifully descriptive report for the couple to keep as a literary legacy of their big day.
On her blog this week she shares 5 Things Grooms Need To Know About Wedding Reports which I loved so much I wanted to share it with you!
1. Having your own love story is literally the most romantic gesture in the whole entire world. If you’re not the kind of guy that easily stumbles upon genius ways in which to woo your other half, a wedding report is the antidote to every sweaty-palmed, garage-forecourt-flowers, disappointed-face situation you’ve ever found yourself in.
2. You don’t even have to acknowledge the existence of a wedding reporter. If you’re of a shy disposition and the thought of having a video camera fixed on you all day makes you feel nauseous, then rest assured that you won’t even know we’re there. Unobtrusive and stealth are our middle names (N.B. not legally).
3. Talking of videos, you don’t have to watch yourself or listen to your own voice doing a speech when you’ve got a wedding report. Instead of cringing at your own performance you can revel in reading your role as the hero of the story. We’ll basically make you out to be a rock star.
4. One day, you may have miniature versions of yourself. They are going to laugh at you when you tell them about Walkman stereos and sneer at photos of your frosted tips when you were trying to look like a member of 5ive. What they won’t do, when you hand them your wedding report from all those many moons ago, is have any grounds on which to laugh at your unassailable groom style.
5. A year from now, you are going to have a wedding anniversary. The customary present for this occasion is paper. You know what’s made of paper? A wedding report book. Boom, we just sorted out your first anniversary present for you.
And, for a bonus point, my very own husband turned to me after he’d finished reading what I’d written about our wedding and said, “That’s brilliant. Everything after 8 o’clock was a bit muddy in my brain, but I’m glad to know I had as good a time as I thought I did.”
The month of May marks the 500th anniversary the granting of the Royal Charter to the Corporation of Trinity House in 1514 and to mark this milestone event in British maritime history, a unique Open Day Invitation is extended 10am – 3pm on Saturday, 17th May to the general public to discover the treasures and artefacts preserved and on display within its five elegant rooms and access areas. There is no need to contact the House – interested day-visitors can arrive and wander about the House at their leisure and receive information from expert guides stationed throughout.
Trinity House is located on Tower Hill overlooking the historic Tower of London and the picturesque Trinity Square Gardens containing a memorial to merchant navy heroes of two World Wars and the Falklands War. It is available for private hire on an exclusive use basis and throughout the year is a popular venue for prestigious corporate and social occasions and is licensed for weddings and civil service ceremonies (please visit http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/venue_hire/ for more details).
Built in 1794, the history of the House is omnipresent and throughout the building, valuable paintings and antiques bear out the nation’s remarkable nautical heritage. One of its more recent acquisitions is the brass bell from the Royal Yacht Britannia which was decommissioned in 1997. Trinity House’s connection with seamarks and lighthouses dates from Elizabeth I and the Seamarks Act of 1566 which granted powers to set up “so many beacons,marks and signs for the sea whereby the dangers may be avoided and escaped and ships the better come into their ports without peril.” The first lighthouse was built during the reign of James I by Trinity House at Lowestoft in 1609, and the next 200 years saw a proliferation of light house building around the coast.
In its 200 year history, the building of Trinity House has welcomed royalty, prime ministers and Lords of the Admiralty and is today managed by Deputy Master, Captain Ian McNaught. Reflecting the on-going patronage of the Crown, the current Master of the Corporation is HRH The Princess Royal, filling a role held in former centuries by, amongst others, the diarist Samuel Pepys, the Duke of Wellington, William Pitt the Younger and, more recently, The Duke of Edinburgh.
BOOK REVIEW – 1000 QUESTIONS FOR COUPLES
One of the biggest reasons marriages end in divorce is because couples fail to ask the big questions before they walk down the aisle. If couples simply spent some time asking each other the questions that really atter, they’d greatly increase their chances of staying together.
The great thing about a “question book” is that it makes it easier to ask those difficult questions and encourages and environment to address them.
But is Michael Webb’s “1000 Questions For Couples” the right book for this?
In short, yes. Most question books ‘beat around the bush’, never really providing the important questions, and others simply don’t have enough questions. On the other hand, Webb has put together the most comprehensive collection of questions, covery every single topic you’d ever want to know about before tying the knot.
It includes tough subjects like money, children & child rearing, career, past and present relationships, religion, morals, convictions & beliefs, personality, and even sex.
But don’t get me wrong, while there are many serious and tough topicsto discus, there are also many lighter yet just as important topics, including the car and driving, holidays, food and well being, pets and your favourite things.
That’s one thing I really loved aboutthis book. It covered every conceivable topic from the super serious to the light-hearted and fun, making it easy for couples to start with easy questions and build their way up to important ones.
Also, a great bonus is having the ability to have 3 to 5 of the questions delivered by email each day, making everything automatic. You can just go about your day and get new questions to ask your partner without really having to think about it.
In all, there’s nothing really negative I can say about this book. It delivers exactly what is says and covers every question you would ever want to ask your partner.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. NOT just copules who are thinking of getting married but also couples who just want to feel closer together, or people dating who just want more things to talk about.
If you would like to preview 33 of the questions contained in this book absolutely FREE please click here.
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