Luxury Honeymoon Ideas

All you need is love and … a luxury honeymoon.

Dream Big!

We can all dream! In the midst of all the wedding planning, and budgeting, and arguing about who’s going to sit where, maybe you need to just dream about where you would stay if money were absolutely no object, aka, you won lotto big time.

Whether you’re a city dweller, a culture fiend, all about adventure, or just love the idea of someone else doing the laundry while you laze by the pool, we’ve got you covered.

The Infinity Suite: Langham Hotel – London

The website boasts: At 236 square metres, the Infinity Suite is one of London’s largest, most premium two-bedroom suites. Elevating the definition of a hotel suite, this elegant residence features every indulgence imaginable. From bespoke furniture to stylish sculpture, from discreet technology to a lavish infinity bath, this suite evokes a level of luxury befitting its name. The suite boasts 2 bedrooms, a large sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, and of course champagne on arrival. And starting at $31,574 a night it is definitely a luxury.

To book: The Langham, London

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The Baros – Maldives

The website boasts: At Baros Maldives, every guest is treated to an array of facilities and services befitting a luxury hotel resort, remarkable to find on a small tropical island, thousands of miles away from the modern world. The resort provides everything from speedboat transfers to a spa to daily yoga to excursions. Prices start from $720 up to $1449 per night.

To book: baros.com

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Sugar Beach – St Lucia

The website boasts: Each of our St Lucia resort’s Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows, and Residences affords spectacular views of the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea.

The indulgent world-class Rainforest Spa, full PADI dive facility, sumptuous waterfront dining, and chic bars and lounges ensure the quintessential St Lucia resort vacation experience, all close to the isle’s top tourist attractions.

Offering space enough for families and honeymooners alike, Sugar Beach Resort Hotel, St Lucia is the premier choice among Soufriere hotels for discerning travelers seeking seclusion and tranquility amid unsurpassed natural beauty. Prices start at $876 per night.

To book: Sugar Beach

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Crosby Suite: Crosby Street Hotel – New York

The website boasts: There are three glamorous Crosby Suites situated on the 9th, 10th and 11th floors of the hotel with spectacular views of the city and beyond. They are 1100 square feet and have been individually designed by Kit Kemp using a clever use of colour and texture combined with modern and antique furniture and original art. Each has a vast living/dining room with high ceilings and two full length warehouse style windows. There is a master bedroom with king bed. The bathrooms are beautifully designed in granite and oak with 2 basins and bespoke bath products. Each Crosby Suite connects to a Deluxe Junior Suite creating a spacious two bedroom, two bathroom suite that faces both east and west. Prices start at $6085 per night.

To Book: Crosby Hotel, New York

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The Terrace Suite: Intercontinental Hotel – Hong Kong

The website boast: The 4,500 square foot Terrace Suite is a contemporary and elegant one-bedroom suite with a large outdoor terrace with a Jacuzzi overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The living room features creme marble floors and walnut custom-designed furniture. The bedroom has a romantic four-poster king-size bed with an adjoining open-designed bathroom with a Jacuzzi and rain forest shower for two. Prices start at $1377.59 per night.

To Book: Intercontinental Hong Kong

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Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa: Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa – Cook Islands

The website boasts: Imagine Aitutaki Lagoon, the world’s most beautiful lagoon. Now imagine staying at Aitutaki’s luxury private pool villa, Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau, on your own charming private isle, Akitua Private Island. Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau is a stunning, totally secluded retreat fit for a king and his queen. Just a 2-minute journey by small private ferry from the main island of Aitutaki transports you to your own exclusive piece of pure paradise. Now you can truly experience the world’s most beautiful lagoon in the lap of this totally-private luxury pool villa. Named Te Arau in honour of the favourite wife of legendary Polynesian navigator, Chief Ru, the Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau is designed for luxurious tropical living and features a draped 4-poster super-king bed, ensuite with glorious open-air shower, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, iPod dock, flat-screen TV + movies and DVD/ CD player. The private swimming pool is flanked by a hydrotherapy spa bath in its own pavilion on one end and a romantic thatched daybed pavilion on the other. A separate third pavilion houses the full designer kitchen with indoor / outdoor dining.

Fully enclosed in its own lush private garden, the tropical-luxe Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa Te Arau showcases polished island hardwoods and black pearl-shell painstakingly worked by local craftsmen into beautiful flooring, feature furniture pieces and objects d’art used throughout the villa. Prices start at $1226 per night.

To Book: Aitutaki Lagoon Resort

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Date Nights

All you need is love and … date nights.

So you’re in the throes of wedding planning, it’s stressful, time consuming, expensive, he’s not agreeing with you, Great Aunty Fanny is trying to tell you what to do! You’re getting a bit overwhelmed, you have a job, maybe some kids, a mortgage and a wedding to plan, aaaargggh!

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It’s time to remember who you’re planning to marry and why!

It’s time for a date night.

Date nights are a great way to re-connect with each other, and remember that you guys had fun together, before the wedding planning and the kids, and Great Aunty Fanny. And the good news is they don’t have to be expensive, (which is awesome if you’re saving manically for a wedding) it is after all about just spending time together. You don’t even have to leave the house (which is great if you don’t have a babysitter for the little people) And while a dinner and movie, is cool, if that’s what floats your boat, there’s heaps of other ideas for some different date nights.

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Here’s a list of ideas

  • Learn to dance together – you could include this as part of your wedding planning, but learning a dance for your first dance, or try something completely different, hip hop any-one?
  • Night classes – great opportunity to learn a new skill/language together.
  • Walk – just go for a stroll around your neighbour-hood, it’s free!
  • Go out for dessert/coffee – a way less cheaper option than a full meal.
  • Cook a new meal/dish together – choose an interesting/new/yummy sounding meal off the internet, or a magazine/cookbook. And prepare the meal together, put on some music, pour a glass of something nice, and enjoy each other’s company. Bonus is you actually have a meal to share together at the end of it.

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  • Do something touristy – is there something in your town/city that all the tourists visit, but you’ve never been, check it out.
  • Head out of town – just jump in the car and drive, stop along the way for fish n chips or an ice-cream.
  • Picnic – prepare a picnic and head to a local beach or park.
  • Coffee and a walk on the beach – grab a takeaway coffee and head to the beach for a stroll.
  • Board game at home – dust off the old monopoly game (or whatever game takes your fancy), even a card game. Grab some snacks, a bottle of something and enjoy the game.
  • Visit the local pet shop or SPCA – take some time to play with the animals.
  • Pot luck dinner – organise a pot-luck dinner, that way you don’t have to do all the work, and it’s cheaper and have a adult dinner with adult conversation.
  • Star gaze together – super cheap and super romantic. Lay a blanket on the ground and gaze at the sky. Of course there’s an app for making sure you actually know what you are looking at (Nightsky)
  • Surprise – One of the couple is in charge of organising the date night.
  • Share items on your bucket list – it may inspire future date nights.
  • Brunch – Brunch may be easier to wrangle a babysitter for, and will generally be cheaper than a dinner out.
  • Karaoke – You either love it or hate it. If you love it hit the local karaoke club and sing a duet together.

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  • Hire a kayak – Take a trip around your local harbour together. You can usually hire kayaks by the hour reasonably cheaply.
  • Quiz night – Check out your local bar for when their local quiz night is. Form a team with others and be amazed at the obscure general knowledge your partner has.

In the midst of wedding planning, or just life in general, it’s so easy to get caught up in just getting through the day. It is so easy to unintentionally disconnect from each other. We live in a society where FOMO (fear of missing out) means a lot of us are glued to our phones/laptops and not paying attention to the person sitting on the other end of the couch.

“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:

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Reading 1

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are square in your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed down from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving, to hide it, fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true yourself;
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the moon in God’s presence.

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know, or how you came here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in empty moments.

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Reading 2

Secrets of a successful marriage by Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

“You can’t trick, somebody into loving you.  There’s a reason two people come together and stay together – there’s something they give each other that nobody else can give them”

 

How well do you know each other?

All you need is love and … a cute/fun (I can’t stress the fun bit enough!!) quiz.

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I saw this cute little questionnaire on social media a few weeks back, and I thought it would make a great post. So ask your partner these questions and record the answers. It’s supposed to be fun, so don’t punish the other person if they can’t answer the questions or you think their answers are wrong. And I take no responsibility for any arguments that may or may not happen as a result of any answers to  this quiz 🙂

Who knows you may learn something new about how your partner sees you!

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1 What is something I always say to you?

2 What makes me happy?

3 What makes me sad?

4 What was I like as a child?

5 How tall am I?

6 What is my favourite thing to do?

7 What do I do when you’re not there?

8 What am I good at?

9 What am I not very good at?

10 If I became famous what would it be for?

11 What do I do as a job?

12 What makes you proud of me?

13 What is my favourite food?

14 What do you and I do together?

15 How are you and I the same?

16 If I was a cartoon character who would I be?

17 How are you and I different?

18 How do you know I love you?

19 Where is my favourite place to do?

20 How old was I when you met me?

Feel free to let me know how you got on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Tradie Tuesday” Be My Guest

All you need is love and … some wisdom from a wedding professional.

Now, I know a lot about weddings, but not everything, so “Tradie Tuesday”is a series of interviews with wedding professionals, who will share their stories and wedding wisdom.

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Be My Guest

Business Name: Be My Guest

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business? I’m Amanda, and I design wedding invitations and stationery. I believe wedding invitations should communicate exactly what your wedding day is all about – whether you’re going for a fun and relaxed day, something more sophiscated and elegant, or anything in between. I work out of my home office in Dunedin, but as I’m an online business I get to work with couples worldwide – I am about to send some invites to New York!

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What do you love about your job: I love getting to problem solve – being given some ideas from a couple and then having an ‘a-ha!’ moment when an idea clicks into place that I know fits them and their wedding day perfectly. It’s such a high! I also love picking up the printed invites from the printers. The texture, lustre and colour cannot be replicated on the computer screen, so it’s very satisfying finally seeing the physical result, after working on it on the computer.

What do you do in your spare time, hobbies/interests? I’m a wedding nerd – in my spare time I run www.southernbride.co.nz – but I’m also Mum to Henry who is 3, so my days with him revolve around going swimming, grabbing a coffee with friends (not particularly relaxing with a pre-schooler) and tidying up after him … I’m not pariticularly glamorous! My husband works away from home during the week, but in the weekend I try to help him restore a beautiful old ’69 VF Valiant which I want to claim as my car!

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What one thing do you wish every wedding couple knew? Don’t send your wedding invitations out too early! Your guests will lose the invite, you’ll change your mind on who you’re inviting, guests will procrastinate on RSVPing, they’ll RSVP and then change their mind – it’s not worth ‘being organised’ and sending them out months and months in advance.  Send a Save the Date if you’re worried and hold off till 3-4 months before to send your formal wedding invite.

Any wedding trends you love, or would love to see disappear? As much as I love Pinterest, it can promote some really unrealistic expectations, and be overwhelming if you don’t reign it in and keep focused.  It’s common for people to email me a photo or screenshot from Pinterest and ask ‘how much to get this invite’ Recreating someone else’s designs is illegal and unethical, and it’s an awful conversation to have with a couple, because 9 times out of 10 they don’t mean to put you in that situation.

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Any great/interesting stories about working with a couple? I have been really lucky to make some amazing friends – both former clients and wedding professionals. I’ve had coffee dates five times this last week and two of them were brides I have become friends with and the others were friends I’ve made who work in his industry. How cool is that?! I have a lot of people say ‘wow, you must get a lot of bridezillas’ when I tell them what I do.  I’ve been really lucky – I’ve never had one! There’s been some couples who are really particular about certain aspects of their wedding day,and perhaps some guests might see that as demanding or rude, but when you get to know why a couple might want things a certain way, it’s justified.

What two pieces of advice would you give a couple planning their wedding? Start with a budget, and a guest list. If you don’t know how much you have to spend, or how many people you need to feed, you’re going to have a hard time making decisions on everything else down the track.

Also – just do one thing at a time. Yes, wedding planning is overwhelming – but I promise you it’s doable! Just pick one thing and work on that. Then worry about the next thing! If you’re really struggling, reach out to your wedding professionals for help, even if it’s not in their area of expertise. They have the answers or know people who can help.

One insider tip/trick to pass on? You don’t need one invite per guest it’s one invite per house-hold.  So if you’re having 150 guests, you’ll probably only need 80-90 invites.  It’s not uncommon to hear of couples who didn’t realise this till after they’ve sent out the invites – and buying too many invites is a waste of money! Also (ok this is sort of two tips, please forgive me) unless you’re hand delivering all your wedding invites, make sure they’ll fit within the ‘medium letter’ (1 stamp) size with NZ Post. Any larger and you’ll double your postage costs.

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From Engaged to Married – May Update

So the wedding planning train is still chugging along and slowly gaining momentum. There have been many stops this month, but now it’s full steam ahead, to destination: married. Here’s May’s update from Sharmain and Jeremy and their journey from Engaged to Married.

This month they have finally received a written agreement for use with their reception venue (woot woot) and have negotiated the terms on what they can and can’t do for their wedding. They have booked a caterer, which obviously couldn’t be done until after the confirmation with the venue, and now just have to work out menu options and prices with them.
They have a booked a meeting with a baker to look at cake options and pricing
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They have also started designing the wedding  invitations and are currently working through the stressful task on finalizing the guest list.
The biggest struggle at this point in time is being able to arrange meetings with suppliers/vendors or to go look at things together as they both have only one full day off work a week, and it’s not the same day of the week.
Another thing they are going to have to work on is their  time management, as they get so far and then just stop and forget for a while. (I’m sure you are not the only ones that have that issue, I think when something feels like it is so far away, it is easy to think, “Oh, we have all the time in the world” editors comments ) The countdown is on, they only have 233 days to get this sorted!
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They are at the point in their planning process where all the major things have been pretty much sorted and now they’re getting into sorting out the nitty gritty stuff and making sure they  get it all done with plenty of time to spare. The plan in the long run is to not have to do any major last minute jobs in the last three weeks leading up to the big day, so they have time to relax beforehand and not feel too stressed on the day. Hopefully!
Plus that way we have everything sorted before places start shutting down for the Christmas holidays.
Still currently looking for ceremony and vow ideas, there are soooo many!!
The next few things are, starting to look at suit and dress styles for the wedding party as well.

“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:

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Reading #1

A lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny.
He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice.
She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
He is also overly fond of things.
Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping.
Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old.
Look at them.
Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love.
Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.
For the sun is warm.
And the world is a beautiful place.

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Reading #2

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

“Tradie Tuesday” Twigs N Twine

All you need is love and … some wisdom from a wedding professional.

Now, I know a lot about weddings, but not everything, so “Tradie Tuesday”is a series of interviews with wedding professionals, who will share their stories and wedding wisdom.

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 Twigs N Twine

Business Name: Twigs N Twine

A bit about yourself and your business: My name is Ayla. I have a gorgeous husband and 2 fur babies.  We have recently moved back from Auckland to our home town of Dunedin. Twigs N Twine evolved through word of mouth, starting it’s journey from prettying up my office to flower bombing “Morning Magpie” cafe.  After being inspired in Melbourne and working in a very sterile environment, (the Prison system) I realised the need to have living creations around me and began flowering everything!!

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Our new store aims to create a magical space to gather and create.  We host events such as bridal showers and also have various flower workshops on offer.   With the main feature being a long table set amongst candles and flowers to come and chat, chill and recharge your inner flower child!

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We source unique blooms to create beautiful artworks for all occasions and especially those Mondays!! We also do a free wedding consult prior to your big day to finalise the specifics.

The latest addition to our packages is “The Proposal” So should your loved one need some creative inspiration/flowers for the big question/a space or assistance to set the scene, they can book in for a consult.  The consult includes a ‘love them’ bouquet and action plan.

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What do you love about your job? The best part about blooms, would have to be the amazing amount of people I have met!

What do you do in your spare time? HaHa, actually this is my hobby! I also love spending time with friends, family, exploring, sipping coffee, travelling, beaching, getting lost in our MASSIVE garden, and most of all walking with the pups.

What one thing do you wish that every wedding couple knew? That whatever their vision is to GO FOR IT  and to do what they want to do!

Any wedding trends you love? I love flower crowns!

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What piece of advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding: To not let others opinions sway you, and to do whatever is YOU.  Don’t get caught up in the details, and make it fun.

One insider tip or trick to pass on: Take time out together on the day. Factor it into your schedule.

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We would so love to create something amazing for your magical day, so pop by, or give us a call to lock in your beautiful blooms.

Twigs N Twine Store: 40 Stuart Street, Dunedin

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Facebook: Twigs N twine blooms/design & events

Instagram: @twigsntwinedunedin

Email: twigsNtwinedunedin@gmail.com

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Here’s Ayla, and one of her beautiful flower crowns.

 

 

 

“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:

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Reading 1

 Heroes by David Bowie

I, I will be king

And you, you will be queen

Though nothing will drive them away

We can beat them, just for one day

We can be heroes, just for one day.

And you, you can be mean

And I, I’ll drink all the time

‘Cause, we’re lovers, and that is a fact

Yes, we’re lovers and that is that

Though nothing will keep us together

We could steal time,

Just for one day

We can be heroes, for ever and ever

What d’you say?

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Reading 2

 Love by Roy Croft

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.

Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.