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posted on 31st Mar 2017

Clearwell Castle in Summer

Clearwell Castle is the ultimate fairytale venue and the quintessential place to hire for your wedding. For gay couples, it is an ideal spot to get married. Traditional, yet with a modern twist, its combination of romance and classicism is sure to enhance the love just that little bit more.

Clearwell offers a selection of striking rooms for the different events of the wedding day. The Ballroom offers a traditional storybook feel in the leaded windows, raised Dias and 75 foot long aisle – ideal for the main event, the wedding ceremony. The Great Hall and Drawing Room are both fabulous for your drinks reception, and the striking grounds are a wonderful place to capture the charms of your chosen wedding season. Last, but not least – the Ballroom is the perfect place for your wedding day feast, with its gorgeous golden pillars, beautiful chandeliers and arched doorways.

With an ever growing number of ideas for gay weddings coming from Western Europe and North America, you won’t be hard pushed to find something that suits you. We’ve scoured the depths of the web to source some inspiring and thoroughly romantic ideas that mix a variety of traditions, but also create something that little bit different.

When it comes to the planning process, Love To Know has a very handy article on the fundamentals, stating that, “Although planning a same sex wedding ceremony may require a little thinking ‘out’ of the box, this is a great time to exercise your creativity and improve on some of the lovely wedding traditions out there. From the processional to the recessional, you can create a beautiful ceremony that truly reflects your values and the love you share with your betrothed.”

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All weddings need a good dose of personalisation and with the ceremony and reception all planned – it’s time to think about what you and your partner really want to add that’s special to you as individuals and a couple respectively. Over at Gay Weddings, Cigall Goldman has some fabulous ideas that will certainly get the thought process off to a good start. We’re particularly taken by her idea of designing a personal logo or monogram – “This is a perfect and creative way to honour the two of you coming together”, she says, “Your logo can be incorporated into your stationery, on your aisle runner, or can even serve as a wedding cake topper.”

For something a little more out there, try incorporating some ideas that really make you get creative – such as guestbook advice cards. For a bit of childish fun, you could also hold an energetic game of flip cup during your reception. Wedding Party App have sourced some fantastic ideas in their article for unconventional but totally awesome wedding ideas.

With Clearwell’s grand Ballroom as your hub, the possibilities are endless. Our final word of advice is to think fun, think intimate, and think romantic.

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