Let’s make it clear!

The dictionary definition of a groom is:-

TO GROOM – to brush and clean the coat of a horse…

A GROOM -a person employed to take care of a horse

The dictionary definition of a bridegroom is:-

A BRIDEGROOM – a man who will soon be or has recently been married.

THE BRIDEGROOM -is typically attended by a best man or groomsman.

The word bridegroom is often wrongly shortened to groom.


So let’s get it right!

Grooms brush horses             Bridegrooms get married


What is Traditional English Wedding etiquette?

A red-coated TOASTMASTER at an English wedding breakfast will always address the couple as the bride and bridegroom.

Etiquette would dictate that the title of the man marrying the bride would be a bridegroom,

So why do so many people get it wrong?

As an Independent celebrant I always refer to my couples as the bride and bridegroom. This is partly due to my having  trained and worked as a Lady Toastmaster for many years.

One thing is shared by both the bridegroom and the groom and it’s not the bride!


Both have grooming kits!  

Since I was a very small child I have loved and owned horses and it is fair to say that there is not much I do not know about looking after and grooming these beautiful creatures. Daily routines are kept to ensure their health and wellbeing. A regular activity is to groom them! Grooming a horse or pony enhances their appearance and ensures a healthy skin and coat.

This is why I cannot address the bridegroom as a groom  although so many in the wedding industry do.

It is true that a bridegroom will also benefit from a good grooming on his wedding day. I am not sure he will want a shiny coat but that does depend on his fashion choice I suspect!

I am not entirely sure he will be brushing his bride! 



5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARBELLA-as a wedding destination.

Why celebrate in Marbella?
Whether you are dreaming of a gala wedding reception, an intimate family affair, or a secluded honeymoon escape, you will find somewhere to suit your requirements in this beautiful location on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Wedding Celebrations in Spain start late in the day and go on into the night. English couples choosing to go to Marbella to marry or celebrate will find it hard to resist the temptation of this Luxury Destination Wedding, in the Mediterranean.

1.MARBELLA IS CLOSE. Beautiful Marbella is just a short flight from the UK , with all major airports offering flights throughout the week. The availability of flights means many more of a couples invited guests will be able to join them for their Celebratory Wedding Ceremony.

2.MARBELLA HAS ALL STYLES OF VENUE. Beautiful Marbella offers so many choices of venue. Couples will be spoilt for choice between the venues on offer. Villas can be seen all along the coast and into the mountains that surround the city. 5 star Hotels are abundant and golf courses, Fincas and old style Andalusian buildings.

3.MARBELLA HAS SUNSHINE. In beautiful Marbella celebrations are possible indoors and out of doors all the year around. Marbella is hot during the summer months but cools during the Mediterranean winter months. Marbella’s climate is hot in the summer daytime and very warm into the evening. The temperature cools once the sun has dropped making evening celebrations very popular, and the norm. The midday and afternoon sun can be very hot…melting makeup and ruining hairdo’s! A cool mountain or sea breeze is most welcome in June, July and August. Most Spanish couples avoid celebrations during the afternoon, preferring a ceremony to start at 7pm.

4.MARBELLA HAS EXCLUSIVITY. Beautiful Marbella is one of the most exclusive and luxury destinations in southern Spain. Boasting 14 golf courses, 4 marina’s, luxury shopping malls and several 5star hotels. .Marbella attracts royalty and celebrities and those seeking a high quality of accommodation, dining and of course sunshine and sea and relaxation.

Marbella is indeed beautiful and its beauty is unrivalled along the coast. Marbella has 28 kilometres of sandy beaches lined with apartments, villas, hotels and golf links that come down to the shore line. Marbella has the most beautiful landscapes in the whole of southern Spain. Its old town oozes all the old world charm of its Andalusia history and the picturesque building style is fresh and clean. The town boasts luxury, whether arriving by air, land or sale into one of its beautiful seaside marina’s. As a ‘Brit’ you will feel right at home in this ex-pat location, where may British people from all walks of life have settled and made it their permanent home.

CHOOSE MARBELLA...and let cloud9ceremonies create and plan your ceremony with you both and deliver it in a truly English way while still enjoying everything Spanish and