The Gay Wedding Guide Launches Manchester-based Campaign

To Help Same-Sex Couples Plan their Wedding with Confidence

In celebration of the first year anniversary of the Same Sex (Marriage) Act, The Gay Wedding Guide has launched a campaign to promote the city as an iconic wedding destination for same-sex couples looking to get married, and to highlight some of Manchester’s most stand-out wedding venues that are not only unique but, crucially, are openly supportive of same-sex marriage. In the week running up to the first year anniversary of the Act, 120 same-sex marriages had taken place in Manchester.

The Gay Wedding Guide’s campaign is aimed at same sex couples in the UK as well as foreign nationals who are planning to wed in UK and are looking for somewhere special to tie the knot.


Gay Wedding Guide

The campaign is one in a series of campaigns that will shine the spotlight on different regions across the UK, and will see a series of infographics produced that highlight a range of diverse venues in specific regions across the UK that are openly welcoming to same sex couples.

The attached infographic highlights some of The Gay Wedding Guide’s top wedding venue recommendations in Manchester based on word-of-mouth recommendations and suggestions from Visit Manchester’s venue location service team. Included in the list is Manchester’s newest exclusive venue – the Central Library, a water palace, a Tudor Hall and a fabulously opulent Art Nouveau restaurant.

The infographic provides at-a-glance essential information including the venue type and capacity.

- Campaign Aim  -

The aim of the campaign is to help same sex couples plan their wedding with confidence, make an informed decision on the area they wish to hold their wedding and to reassure them that the venues that make their shortlist are supportive of same sex marriage.

- Why? -

The Gay Wedding Guide is the UK’s most popular resource for same-sex couples looking to get married; Hugh Wright, spokesperson for The Gay Wedding Guide  said:

“Marriage is the formal recognition of the love and commitment of two people; inevitably it is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. No-one wants to get married at a venue where they feel an element of hostility or disapproval. They want to be treated equally and don’t their experience be marred at any stage of the wedding planning process – not by venue staff, potential suppliers or wedding night or honeymoon hotels. Any venue or supplier featured on The Gay Wedding Guide has made a considered, thought-through choice to do so. Couples using the Gay Wedding Guide can do so reassured by the fact that they will be welcomed and treated just the same as any other couple. And that reassurance means a lot.”

Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “Manchester is well-known as a friendly and open city with one of the UK’s largest and most visible LGBT communities. The city will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manchester Pride in 2015 and has, on numerous occasions, been voted one of the best ‘gay friendly’ destinations in the world. LGBT couples planning their nuptials in Manchester will undoubtedly find everything they need for a truly memorable day”.

Re-printed below is the infographic which highlights some of The Gay Wedding Guide’s top wedding venue recommendations in Manchester. Included in the list is Manchester’s newest exclusive venue – the Central Library, a water palace, a Tudor Hall and a fabulously opulent Art Nouveau restaurant. The infographic provides at-a-glance essential information including the venue type, hire cost, and capacity.

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