To partner or to marry? …….

Chris one of our customers, runs a restaurant, and on Friday we were finalising plans for PP to provide luxury favours for his guests on Christmas Day. We talked about local businesses working in partnership.

You may have also seen in the press over the last few days the news that the government is going to change the law making civil partnerships available for mixed-sex couples. This is a big change to the options of mixed sexed couples and the biggest change to matrimonial law since civil partnerships were first introduced in 2004, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013.

And this all got me thinking about partnerships themselves.

And what actually is a partnership? And what is the main difference between a civil partnership and a marriage?

There are actually very few differences between marriage and a civil partnership. A civil partnership does not require the exchange of vows and is seen by some to be more of a joining together of equals that reflects our modern world. So, for those of you who have not already entered into a civil partnership but want to make a commitment, have the same legal rights as you would have through marriage but without the traditions associated with a marriage then this may be for you. What is not clear is when this change will come into force, the newspapers still suggesting that most mixed-sex couples will still probably opt for the traditional marriage, but obviously, this would give choice which currently doesn’t exist.

What is a partnership?  Is it people working together as friends, people who are romantically involved or people who are in business?

The Collins dictionary definition states;

Partnership or a partnership is a relationship in which two or more people, organisations, or countries work together as partners.

There are lots of examples day to day of partnerships in action.

  • Other businesses work in partnership, PP has built up great partnerships with several different suppliers, from florists to wedding cars and photographers
  • Sue and I work in partnership through PP to help make it a success both bringing different perspectives to our business
  • We work in partnership with our couples, to help them make their dreams come true
  • Every couple, is also in a partnership even without the legal recognition through marriage

So basically every relationship between people is a partnership!

There is one thing that every partnership has in common and is that they are built on trust, openness and honesty. It takes hard work and effort to make any partnership work and of course for those couples in a partnership making plans to commit through marriage or a civil partnership there is love – and the possibility of demonstrating your commitment to each other with a party – which of course, we’d be more than happy to assist with!

Have a lovely Sunday

The PP Team

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