Three-day bridals are becoming the norm but Country Life has called for self-restraint. We asked about the extravagant ceremonies youve been invited to

Country Life magazine has suggested couples favour quality over sum when it is necessary to weds, with ceremonies now the nuptial equivalent of an arms race. We questioned our readers to share their experiences of the luxury bridals they accompanied. Here is a selection of responses, with some figures changed to protect peoples identities.

Hannah, 46, Boston: She rented out an entire country club in Long Island

There was ice skating on the frozen wading pool of the club. Picture: Alamy

A girlfriend from university rented out an entire Long Island, NY, country club. First, it was incredibly cold. Who has marries in New York in January unless theyre storming sadists? This wouldnt have been so bad if all had been inside, but the bride and groom are determined to take advantage of the cold and have ice skating on the frozen swimming pool of the golf-club. I cannot recommend not ice skating in an dinner gown strongly enough.

Im told the cost for alcohol alone( with 500 guests) came to over $10,000, which had potential benefits of numbing us to the excess. The highlight of the working day was when the brides ex-boyfriend pictured up uninvited and drunk. He deprived in the cold and demanded to speak with the bride was unwilling to placed his equipment back on until she did. All the best bridals are marked out by either their wretched extravagances or their colossal lacks. This one had both by the carload.

Stuart, 43, Cheshire: Cocaine was sourced readily from locals

Beach states parties and sucking generally started at 10.30 am. Image: Alamy Stock Photo

I went to a lavish wed in Barbados several years ago, moved it into official holidays and stayed for two weeks. The marriage family stayed in Fustic House which expense 5,000 per night. The majority of clients rented huge colonial-style homes on the Platinum Coast for the two-week interval. Our residence had two wading pool and wild monkeys in the back garden-variety. For the next two weeks my partner at the time and I spent in the boundaries of 4,000 -5, 000 between us.

In the week prior to the bridal, beach parties and sucking generally started at 10:30 am. Lots of rum sours were drunk from morning to darknes. Cocaine was sourced readily from locals to such an extent that when different groups went into township the pushers curved at us. Those who took doses went to bed when I was going up in the morning at around 8am. One affair implied going to watch Cheshire Polo( some of our group knew musicians in the team ). We congregated the president of Barbados who ran in his helicopter to watch the game.

Amanda, 34, Birmingham: The bride rent her dress getting out of the helicopter

We were chauffeured in individual horse-carriages. Image: Heinz-Peter Bader/ Reuters

I once listened an Anglo-Pakistani wedding ceremony at York Cathedral where we were chauffeured in individual horse-carriages to the Royal York Hotel where the bride and groom arrived by helicopter. The climate was lovely as it was a hot summertimes era, but the helicopter territory was a shambles as the brides dress ripped while she was get out. The groom didnt is felt that vexed though as he already had a bottle of something in his hand.

The wedding was actually out of this world. Chefs were moved in from Pakistan to help with catering and my father was just telling me the grooms parent took a second mortgage out to pay for everything there is. At one point I questioned how I knew these beings. It was like something out of a Bollywood film.

Steven, 37, Poole: After a week even quad biking around the island and incessant boozing grew tiring

Even quad biking around the island could not stifle to feeling that it was time to go. Photograph: Tim Jones/ Alamy

My acquaintances got married seven years ago during a two-week long wed in the Caribbean. During the two weeks there were daily sails on personal catamarans, a day-long seven-island craft tour, snorkelling off a ridge out at sea and a free table as part of an all-inclusive box for clients. The marriage itself has just taken place in the shade of some trees on the beach. Subsequentlies, there was a private disco and banquet in a restaurant, followed by clubbing till 2am, then a casino. I wasted around 1,700 when I was there.

Prior to the marriage the groom had a three-day stag darknes in the UK followed by another one in the Caribbean. We had a race car driving knowledge, surfing readings and ringside sets to a drunken riot after the other stag ended up overdoing it. I must admit at the start of the second week I was ready to go, as the marry was over and we were just waiting to go home my best friend were remaining there for another week for their honeymoon. Even quad biking around the island and endless boozing has not been able to suffocated the feeling that it was time to go.

Sarah, 48, Bedford: There were acrobats, sorcerers and opera singers

At dinner, there were sorcerers labouring the tables. Picture: Graham Turner for the Guide for the Guardian

In 2010 I went to the marriage of my ex-husbands boss. The formality has just taken place in a extremely fancy Footballers Wives-type inn in Surrey. Wed booked an ordinary room but the bridegroom had paid for everyone to be upgraded to suites with their own garden-variety. He also moved 10,000 in cash the working day before just to pay for all the various entertainers not including the cost of the inn, meat and sucks of course.

We arrived to a string quartet, and the acrobats seemed shortly after that and did a number while we imbibe champagne before the meal.The starter was asparagus whore, and as there had been so much champagne before the banquet, there was a rush for the loo before the main course. The smell of asparagus wee when you opened the door to the girls was extraordinary.

We then went into dinner where there were magicians running the tables. Just before pudding, the servers burst into carol they were good and it was actually quite funny. The whole act was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing at all to do with two beings pledging their “ve been wanting to” one another. And by 4am the hotel had entirely run out of champagne, apparently. Quite the most horrible and hitherto stupefying uniting Ive ever been to.


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