I was just thinking today about how times have changed when it comes to the format of the “big day”. With so much variety in the way our couples are approaching their wedding day it got me thinking. What would be mine if I had married in 2015 instead of 1987.
The ceremony would be early in the afternoon. I am not known for my ability to play the waiting game 🙂 I would just want to be there, having fun, enjoying the company of family and friends. And our day would have all our guests there from start until they drop!
Formal photos would be off the agenda entirely. Instead we would have our photographer stay for the day and into the evening to get those candid photos. No pasted on smiles or staged shots. Just those which capture the real moments. The atmosphere.
Feeling peckish? Then our guests will be able to help the munchies with mini afternoon tea. I would choose my favourite teashop who will serve small bite size sandwiches and fancies off vintage china plate stands. Enough to take away the hunger pangs – though not enough to spoil dinner (though that is not for some time yet). Tea in a china teacup of course! And a glass of champagne perhaps?
Of course we all know our guests will now want to find the bar. So a beer tent will be available of course. Pimms or cocktails for the ladies? What’s your daytime tipple of choice ladies? But if it’s a beer tent then I think it has to be real local ale for the boys!
Meanwhile our guests would be entertained garden party style….I think. Imagine guests getting to know each other over lawn games? Boules, croquet, skittles. See now I start to wander into another option. Should we choose funfair games. Imagine hook a duck, the coconut shy or hoopla after a couple of Pimms. Now I am torn…
By “teatime” there will be guests walking round clutching their prizes – maybe we will leave out the goldfish as who knows what the guests will be adding to “Charlie’s” water before the night is done. Hopefully we all got to know a few folk along the way.
Time for dinner. Outdoors is my dream venue. But I live in Scotland so I am realistic. A rustic space would work just fine. To keep with the informality our dinner is banquet style. Literally. Long tables, rustic chairs or even benches. My favourite florist will have dressed the “space” with pots of all things natural. A bit of the outside. Mosses, wood, twigs and of course fresh flowers and foliage. Because I love fresh flowers.
Supper is not a three or four course formal affair. No – our meal is all about sociable sharing food. Imagine boards of sharing food brought to your table. Full of food you can tuck into with your fingers if you so wish. Antipasti or tapas style starters. Followed by hunks of roast meat and ribs on a wooden board. Or a selection of take away classics in miniature. Mini fish and chip cones. Mini burgers and fries. Asian curry stuffed mini naans. Pitta pockets and chilli. Street food. Perfectly sized food you can pick at. Eat as much or as little as you wish. If you did pig out on afternoon tea then you won’t feel bad about leaving some on the plate as someone down the table already has it in their sights. All washed down with rustic jugs of good wine and of course more real ale for the boys!
Then finally we’d work off the food with dancing to a live band – because we love a live performance.
Of course all this is just a bit of fun as we are now some years married and have no plans to do it again. But then again….hmmm…why save it for a wedding 😉
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