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Rima Barakeh

Rima Barakeh


Rima is the former Deputy Editor at Hitched, and has years of experience writing about pretty much everything in the wedding industry. Her expert comments and advice can be found in titles such as Newsweek and The Independent, and she has also hosted advice panels and talks at leading industry events. Rima's content on Hitched covers a wide range of topics, but she is particularly passionate about body positivity, wellbeing and travel.

Rima's Experience:

Rima’s passion for the wedding industry began when she started working as a wedding dress boutique assistant back in 2011. After starting her own wedding blog at university whilst studying Journalism, Rima set her sights on a job at Hitched, and joined the team for work experience in December 2015.

After working her way up, Rima became a full-time writer at Hitched in 2016 where she was responsible for writing marketplace, celebrity and news content for the brand. After almost three years at the company, she left to complete a master’s degree in education - something she’s always been passionate about - before returning to Hitched as Deputy Editor in May 2022.

As well as writing strong SEO-led content herself, Rima contributed to the editorial strategy at Hitched, ensuring the content is diverse, representative, inspiring and has a positive message to nearlyweds and wedding businesses alike.

Rima has been quoted in several media outlets, offering her expert wedding advice and insight to consumers, and regularly engages with couples in Q&As on the Hitched social media channels, as well in-person talks on stages such as The National Wedding Show.

Rima's Area of Expertise:

Rima is quite the all-rounder when it comes to wedding knowledge and expertise, and covers a huge scope of topics in her work, but her specific niches lie in celebrity, travel and wellbeing content.

Rima's Favourite Thing About the Wedding Industry:

Though there’s so much to celebrate here, Rima’s favourite thing about the wedding industry is the way wedding traditions and styles are constantly diversifying and evolving. She loves to see couples tap into their quirkiest of ideas, and embracing their unique and authentic selves on their wedding day, as opposed to following traditions they may not believe in.

Rima's Favourite Wedding Moment:

Rima’s favourite wedding moments always take place during the ceremony - and there’s two she particularly loves. The first, is watching the couple when they first see each other at either ends of the aisle. She says, “Everyone always looks at the person walking down the aisle, but I like to catch a glimpse of the person standing at the altar - seeing their future spouse for the first time on the day - their reaction always gets me.”

And the second, as a writer, it has to be the vows. Rima is a stickler for romance and getting the words right. “A couple’s wedding vows are so personal, and so much goes into them. Vows are your chance to express how you feel, and you have so much freedom to make them unique. Whether they’re funny, sentimental, sarcastic or seriously tear-jerking - I just love listening to people in that moment,” she explains.

Rima's Best Piece of Wedding Advice:

Giving advice to couples ahead of their wedding day is one of Rima’s favourite things to do, but if she could give just one piece of advice, she’d say, “You are already wedding ready! We’ve dedicated an entire campaign to this mantra, and I believe in it wholeheartedly. The moment you got engaged, you were ‘wedding ready’. You don’t need to change a thing about yourself to get married, and you certainly don’t have to do it because society makes you feel like you should!”

Rima's Proudest Career Moment:

Aside from the fact that she got to interview the Vicky Pattison for a Hitched campaign, Rima’s proudest career moment to date is launching the Hitched #AlreadyWeddingReady campaign. Working with four minority influencers, Rima spearheaded a series of articles by each influencer explaining why they are already wedding ready.

Speaking about the campaign, she explains, “Highlighting a lack of representation in the industry and touching on issues such as accessibility in weddings, alopecia and hair loss, transgender stereotypes and the pressures of being a plus size bride was so important to us as a brand, and the fact that I got to run point on the series was absolutely the proudest moment in my career to date.”

Articles published by Rima Barakeh

Wedding Videography Styles Explained
Dead-set on a wedding video but not sure what vibe or style you want? This guide outlines all the different types to help you make the right choice
Everything You Need to Know About Film Wedding Photography
What is film wedding photography? How much does it cost? And what's the difference between film and digital? We have all the answers here...
10 Celebrity Women Who Proposed to Their Partners
These iconic celebrity women all proposed to their partners, and not one did it because it was a leap year...
Vote for Bridal Buyer's Wedding Dress of the Year
Wedding Fashion
Take a look at the stunning gowns in the running for the prized title of 'Wedding Dress of the Year. Vote for your favourite style and have your say now!
Hitched Competition Winners Tie the Knot in £25,000 Dream Wedding
Kayleigh and Ryan were able to tie the knot *two years* ahead of plan after winning a whopping £25,000 in Hitched's 'Win a Dream Wedding' competition
Getting Married in Portugal: A Review of Octant Hotels
Whether it's a dreamy honeymoon hotel or a destination wedding location you're after, here's why you should consider Octant Hotels
19 Celebrity Weddings to Watch Out for in 2024
From footballers and singers, to actresses and radio DJs, 2024 is set to be a *big* year for celebrity weddings. Watch this space guys...
Love is Blind Star Reveals Behind the Scene Details About Getting Married on the Show
As the UK's first ever series of Love is Blind fast approaches, we caught up with show trailblazer Lauren Speed-Hamilton to talk reality TV, anniversaries and diversity in the media
A Colourful Style Shoot Celebrating Stylish City Weddings
Planning Essentials
A group of talented wedding suppliers came together to celebrate the vibrancy of city weddings, and *this* is the result...
Angus & Ben's Courthouse Wedding With Crowd-Pleaser Entertainment
Real Weddings
From the live music and balloon artist, to the cheese wedding cake and street food menu, this is a real wedding we *all* want an invite to...
Be Inspired by a Fun, Bright & Bold Styled Wedding Shoot With Extra Special Details
Planning Essentials
Tutu Emmanuel, lead event planner at Prime Violet Events orchestrated the dreamiest styled shoot to inspire couples who want a bright and bold wedding theme
Eliza & Michael's Colourful Celebrant Wedding With a *Very* Special First Dance
Real Weddings
Influencer and disability activist Eliza Rain tied the knot with their partner Michael in a colourful celebrant-led wedding
Everything We Know About Love is Blind UK Power Couple Emma & Matt Willis
This showbiz power couple are set to present the first ever Love is Blind UK series - so here's everything you need to know about Emma and Matt Willis
Lucy & Ollie Tie the Knot at Kew Gardens in the Accessible Wedding of Dreams
Real Weddings
Five years after they got engaged, Lucy and Ollie said 'I do' in the dreamy conservatory at Kew Gardens in an accessible wedding ceremony with a singing surprise...
Paige & Luke's Real-Life Fairytale Wedding at Botleys Mansion
Real Weddings
After six years of dating, Luke popped the question to girlfriend Paige, and within 13 months of doing so, they found themselves tying the knot at stunning venue Botleys Mansion
Tracey & Martin's Church Wedding With Friends, Family & Assistance Dog Martha
Real Weddings
Tracey and Martin decided to tie the knot after more than a decade together, and celebrated their wedding day with friends, family and of course, Martha the assistance dog!