Bride on hill - Picture by Red on Blonde Photography

Image © Red on Blonde Photography



Today we are celebrating our 5th birthday!

Over the past five years The Wedding Community has become one of the UK’s favourite wedding planning websites, and we have loved bringing you all the latest wedding news, advice and inspiration to help you create your perfect wedding.

To celebrate, we are launching an amazing new competition where you could win a 5 star honeymoon in Malta.

Lady standing on balcony overlooking Malta

We have teamed up with one of Malta’s most iconic resorts, the historic Phoenicia Hotel, to give you the chance to win an amazing 7 night honeymoon, with flights and airport transfers provided by our weddings abroad experts Perfect Weddings Abroad.

Palm Court Lounge at Phoenicia Hotel

Malta is a hot destination right now, attracting royals and celebrities from across the globe. Prince William visited to mark the 50th anniversary of independence, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoyed a romantic getaway on sister island Gozo. Famed for its superb service, the Phoenicia Hotel has attracted the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Rachel Weisz, and you’ll be sure to feel like a star when you stay there.

Bastion Pool Deck at Phoenicia Hotel

To enter this incredible competition, you simply need to register for free to join The Wedding Community. If you are already a member, you can enter by sending your full name via the email address you used to register to, with ‘Malta Competition’ in the subject field. PLEASE NOTE that email entries will only be valid if you are a member of The Wedding Community.

You can see full terms and conditions on our competition page.

Good luck everyone.

Bride holding tree branch and groom holding bride's bouquet - Picture by Joseph Hall Photography

Image © Joseph Hall Photography


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Bingham Sign

Venue Name: Bingham


Location: 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond-Upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6UT

Please tell us a little about the Bingham’s history

Originally built as two Georgian houses, the Bingham has undergone several incarnations.

The property was described in a rental survey for George III, carried out in 1773, as a “messeuge (a dwelling), court and garden” and a “messuage with stables and coach house”.

Lady Ann Bingham, whose sister Lady Lavinia married the first Earl of Spencer, rented the property in 1821, added the room which is currently the Bingham Bar, which links the properties. Later inhabitants included poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Field and lived in the property from 1899-1914. They entertained many literary visitors at the property including W.B Yeats. Katherine and Edith were aunt and niece who predominantly wrote love poetry, and interestingly they were later discovered to be lovers. The Bingham’s 15 bedrooms are named after their poetry and works.

During the 20th Century the property fell into dis-repair and was bought by the Trinder family in 1984, who embarked upon a series of sensitive renovations, the most extensive of which occurred in 2006-2007 costing in excess of £2m. Mother and daughter, Ruth and Samantha Trinder, continue to run this riverside retreat today.

The Bingham Lit Up

What type of venue is the Bingham?

Tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham is a unique and unusual wedding venue combining a romantic riverside location with a contemporary and elegant interior. We like to offer complete flexibility for couples and cater to all types of weddings, from intimate ceremonies to larger scale affairs. We have three interconnecting Garden Rooms where all wedding ceremonies and receptions take place. These rooms can be hired individually or altogether to allow for different sized weddings. The Garden Rooms lead out to our beautiful riverside garden – the perfect location for hosting an outdoor Champagne reception.

The Bingham Garden

Who works at the Bingham?

The Bingham is made up of 65-70 staff; we are a friendly and intimate team who love the hotel and the guests who inhabit it.

As a small, independent, family owned hotel and restaurant operating in the highly competitive ’boutique market’, customer service sums up everything that we stand for and offer.

Our guests look for value beyond price, a special treatment over and above what they get from the Bingham’s beautiful location, décor and excellent reputation for food and drink. We provide experiences from a plethora of food, drink and hotel related offerings with a high ‘enjoyability’ factor, whether popping in for a drink, eating in the restaurant, staying with us overnight, arranging or attending a special celebration or wedding, or visiting with a company on an away day.

Through excellent customer service we offer our overnight guests a ‘home away from home’, a personalised service where they are recognised by name when they arrive, their favourite drink from the time before, their newspaper choice and how they like their eggs served at breakfast are remembered.

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Bride and groom holding each other at sunset - Picture by Jackson and Co Photography

Image © Jackson and Co Photography



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Whether you are having a marquee wedding, an outdoor wedding, or a wedding in a beautiful venue, wicker wedding decor will add a touch of rustic charm. Wicker comes in different shades and you can find it in traditional brown or the more rustic looking grey or white, so you will be able to choose the perfect colour for your wedding styling.

There are lots of companies that sell wicker hearts in a variety of sizes and colours, but try and be more creative than simply hanging a few hearts. How about using wicker place mats, funky wicker lighting and wicker baskets to add to the styling? We also love the idea of having a large wicker chair to use for your photographs, or even having two for the bride and groom to sit on at the top table.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for wicker wedding decor.

Wicker Wedding Decor Ideas Mood Board

Jug of Flowers on Wicker Mat – Passion for Flowers

Large Wicker Chair – Via Wedding Chicks

Floral Centrepiece in Wicker Basket – Elizabeth Anne Designs

Wicker Picnic Basket Decor – Via Ruffled Blog

Bicycle with Wicker Basket – Via Pinterest

Willow Hearts on Wedding Chairs – The Wedding of My Dreams

Suspended Wicker Lighting – Picture by Chloe Moore Photography

Small Wicker Hearts – Notonthehighstreet

Bride and groom in field looking down at camera - Picture by Howling Basset Photography

Image © Howling Basset Photography



Happy Friday. Next week is The Wedding Community’s 5th birthday (feel free to send cake), and to celebrate we’ll be launching an amazing competition. I can’t say too much at the moment, so keep an eye on for details.

From Our Suppliers…


Real Weddings and Bridal Shoots

An Alnwick Treehouse wedding, photographed by Jamie Penfold Photography…

Bride sitting in library

© Jamie Penfold Photography – An Alnwick Treehouse wedding


A South Causey Inn wedding, photographed by DSB Creative…

A South Causey Inn wedding, photographed by DSB Creative

© DSB Creative – A South Causey Inn wedding


A Danson House wedding, photographed by Voyteck Photography…

A Danson House wedding, photographed by Voyteck Photography

© Voyteck Photography – A Danson House wedding


A Basildon House wedding, photographed by Binns Photography…

Bride and bridesmaids on balcony at Basildon House

© Binns Photography – A Basildon House wedding


A Davenport Golf Club wedding blessing, photographed by Lee Brown Photography…

Bride and groom in woods at night

© Lee Brown Photography – A Davenport Golf Club wedding blessing


An East Bridgford Hill ‘Willstock’ wedding, photographed by Steve Gerrard Photography…

Bride and groom holding out Access All Areas passes

© Steve Gerrard Photography – An East Bridgford Hill ‘Willstock’ wedding


A Gorse Hill wedding, photographed by Martin Beddall Photography…

Groom kissing bride on cheek

© Martin Beddall Photography – A Gorse Hill wedding

This Week On…

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Bride and groom laying on ground - Picture by David McNeil Photography

Image © David McNeil Photography



Bride standing holding bouquet at Pengenna Manor

This beautiful bohemian inspired wedding shoot, photographed by Nick Walker Photography, took place at the stunning 500 year old Pengenna Manor, a picturesque wedding venue set deep in the Cornish countryside.

The team behind the shoot wanted to go all out with the Moorish feel, and create a vibe that was relaxed, warm and elegant, which would tie in with the LPM Bohemia tent. Wedding styling guru Elle from Inspire Hire describes how she created the bohemian look…

“The low table and cushion seating area immediately created a certain type of exotic atmosphere, and the painted lining to the marquee was an astonishingly beautiful and unusual backdrop.

Pengenna Manor

Low-lying wedding table with pink tablecloth

Floral screen

Bright wedding table accessories Green lantern tealight holder

“I decorated the table using the jewel colours inspired by the souks of Marrakesh and bedouin tents. The cerise, purple and red are warm and luxurious, and punctuated with the aqua coloured water glasses and green jewelled votives the colours come alive. I used sheer layered fabrics on the table combined with lots and lots of opulent metallic and gem stone encrusted votives and lanterns. Elegant Persian rugs adorned the floor of the marquee, to add to the textural exotic atmosphere.

Glasses on wedding table

Brightly coloured wedding table flowers and accessories

Wedding table dressed with bright accessories Votives


“The sparkling candlelight was abundant, and Elaine from Flowers from Bruallen created exotic and brightly coloured low, floral arrangements to complement the colours used on the table; the pops of yellow and orange really bring the scheme to life.

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