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It’s countdown time to the legalisation of same sex ‘gay weddings’.

While same sex civil partnerships have been legal since 2005, it’s been a long wait for those wanting a ‘proper wedding’.  But in less than two weeks’ time – on Saturday 29 March – gay weddings will, at last, become legal.

And while that’ll be a cause for celebration across the country, a glance online suggests that Norfolk venues have some catching up to do, with only a handful actively promoting themselves as gay wedding venues.


Gino Meriano, founder of the Gay Wedding Show is quoted as saying; “gay couples don’t have to stick to tradition, so they can say, ‘Hey this is us,’ and do it their own way.  We’re seeing trends where couples want two aisles so they can both walk down at the same time; white wedding cakes which are rainbow coloured inside; and drag queens hired as toastmasters…”

So if same sex couples are more likely than straight couples to let their hair down and really party on their wedding day, it’s a fabulous opportunity for wedding suppliers to show how creative and flexible they can be when it comes to gay weddings.


Here at Expresso we have, of course, experience of catering for civil partnership parties. As far as we’re concerned a party is a party – and we’ll do everything we can to make it go with a swing!

As event caterers we pride ourselves on providing a professional service – whatever the occasion.  For us it’s about helping people to celebrate and honour life’s important milestones and occasions – and we’re very much looking forward to our first gay wedding.

However, while gay weddings have been given the green light, couples in same sex civil partnerships are still waiting to find out when they can ‘upgrade’ their relationships.  And when that’s finally sorted out, well time for a party!  That’s what Elton says!

Interesting links on the subject of gay weddings:

Stonewall/s Chief Executive Ruth Hunt speaking on BBC Radio Four’s The Today Programme

Article from the New Statesman