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Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.

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The Agony & The Ecstasy

Do you have a wedding dilemma? Are you looking for advice or inspiration? Perhaps you just need an understanding ear or a shoulder to cry on? Whatever your wedding problem may be, Ask Kate, our resident wedding expert and agony aunt and she’ll write back to you just as soon as she can. We want to help you and offer you all the advice and inspiration we can.

Latest Questions

  • Q. Bidding Prayers help

    I need to send all my choices to the priest asap so he can confirm they are alright (and so i can get on a make my order of services!) and I thought i’d done my bidding prayers and went over them over with my nan and she was like oh they’re not very you – so she has worked on them and she has made them quite religious (well each one mentions God (the first one starts – Almighty… read more

  • Q. Songs for register signing?

    Hi All, we are having a civil ceremony (no religious content allowed) and was wondering what some of you was having as a song while you sign the register. we getting married in less than 8 weeks and this is the only element we are struggling with. many thanks tara x taz15485

  • Q. Deceased Mother Of The Groom

    My mother died a couple of years ago, and when my sister got married a few months later, my mother’s sister took my mother’s place in the wedding party. I am not comfortable with this happening at my wedding and wondered whether there is any etiquette I should follow. I’ve been considering leaving an empty space on the top table in consideration of my mother and wondered if this was appropriate.

  • Q. How Do I Say No Children?

    A close friend who I dearly want at my wedding has a baby who will be 18 months when we get married. It’s only a small wedding and I don’t really want to have any children there. How do I tell my friend to leave her child at home without offending her?

  • Q. Unconventional Top Table

    I know that on the top table our parents are supposed to be split up so that my dad sits next to my fiancés mum and vice versa. Do we need to stick to this or can my parents sit together? I know how much my dad would prefer to have my mum the other side of him, mostly as he really is very nervous about his speech!

  • Q. Inviting The Vicar

    I’ve heard that we should invite the vicar to our wedding reception. Is this correct? We don’t really know him well and it might feel a bit odd, although he is a very nice chap.