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St James’s Palace has unveiled a new official Royal Wedding website which promises to include exclusive information about the Royal Wedding. There are also rumours that the wedding itself will be streamed live on the website.

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of everything Royal Wedding related, plus enjoy some extras such as virtual tours of Buckingham Palace, and read up on some royal history, then why not have a look at the official Royal Wedding website?

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Then don’t miss this superb wedding open day event at Peppers Manor House in Australia’s Southern Highlands just south of Sydney. The event will be held on Sunday 19 September 2010 from 11 am till 3 pm. Guests will be offered champagne and canapes, as well as having the opportunity to inspect bridal suites, and discuss their wedding planning requirements.

There will also be a similar showcase wedding event at the nearby Craigieburn Resort Bowral, and you are invited to attend both.

If you would like more details or to confirm your attendance, then please visit their website:

http://www.peppers.com.au/manor-house/news-and-events/

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If you have a large house or a close friend or relative who is willing to allow it, the home can be an excellent place to hold your wedding. In particular the familiarity of the home and the intimacy can make for a truly special day. Plus there is the obvious benefit of the saved money that would normally go on rent for another, larger venue.

However, take care if you decide to host your wedding at home. There can be additional stress and problems; for you if the house is your own, or for the friend or relative. The logistics can also be a difficulty when accommodating a high number of guests, so you will need to decide on a limit of people to invite if space is short.

On the plus side there are several big advantages to hosting your wedding in your own home. You have much more freedom of choice in decorations and food because some venues will already be decorated to a heavy extent and only offer certain choices of menu. You are also free to create a more intimate and homely feel to the wedding.
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Photography

Our first intention was not to use a formal photographer as we had struggled, once again, to find someone who could take pictures in a non-traditional wedding style. We thought we could use a friend to take informal pictures of the day in more of a documentary style as that was what we wanted. Ultimately, on the advice of concerned family members we decided to hire a photographer to be sure that a handful of the photos would be guaranteed good ones.

Again, we had to shop around and talk to several until we discovered a professional photographer that we could hire for just over an hour and had photos taken before the ceremony of the bride and groom and our respective parents. This was partly because we were both incredibly nervous and didn’t want an audience glaring at us when we took formal group shots and partly because if these shots were in the bag before the ceremony then we could relax more, have a celebratory champagne and hopefully other more relaxed pictures would just happen after the ceremony.
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Catering, Champagne & Entertainment

We decided to do the Californian thing for catering and had a barbecue. My sister managed the barbie – thank god, another helpful relative roped in – and the salads and breads were supplied by the venue owner who did small scale catering as a sideline. We tried to find some nice disposable plates but they proved elusive and costly so in the end we went on down to Ikea and bought some of their cheapest white ceramic plates and bowls at 50c a go. Just plain white crockery – it worked a treat and what would it matter if they broke at that price? At least we could recycle by using them at home or giving them away afterwards.

Because we were celebrating around a poolside, we had to use plastic glasses for the drinks and the toast. Incidentally, we used cava instead of champagne. Much cheaper and tastes just as good to me, although possibly not to be recommended if your friends and relatives are champagne connoisseurs!
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