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If marriage is on the horizon, take a look at our guide to the nine essential parts of any successful wedding, with expert advice and top tips to avoid spiralling costs and romance-ruining arguments


This is the big one, of course, and it’s often the decision that dictates the date, theme and size of the probably already know which country you want to hold the wedding in (and if you can’t agree on that, best of luck to you both!), so having a city or country wedding, a one-day do or a weekend or weeklong extravaganza will be your next stumbling block. We turn to Hayley Reid, Weddings Coordinator at iconic design hotel, Aviator (www.aviatorbytag.com) for advice: “Firstly, choose a venue that bests suits you as a couple and the theme you are looking for and work together with the venue to style your perfect day around that,” she suggests. “Don’t try and please all your family or friends. Your wedding day is about the two of you. Trust your instincts and choose a venue that makes you both feel like one of a kind and important’,” she adds.

Of course, budget will also be a big factor, and Hayley’s number one piece of advice is to look hard for hidden extras, “This includes charges for bedroom upgrades for the groomsfolk, cake stands and late licencing fees.” Another factor to quickly establish is whether your chosen venue allows external suppliers, or will you be restricted to the venue’s preferred suppliers. You may also have your heart set on a particular location, but remember that some will impose restrictions on what you can do with the space and especially how late you can keep the party going. Hayley advises choosing a venue that is “timeless in its design and décor, whilst at the same time versatile enough to suit and complement your preferred wedding style and the season in which you are looking to hold the wedding.” And finally, “Don’t choose a venue if you have not been impressed with the communication with the weddings team during visits and via email or phone. If there is no connection, it’s more than likely that you won’t feel this on your wedding day either.”

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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