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

Country Life magazine has suggested duos favour quality over quantity when it comes to bridals, with ceremonies now the nuptial equivalent of an limbs race. We expected our readers to share their experiences of the luxury weddings they accompanied. Here is a selection of replies, with some names changed to protect peoples identities.

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

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There was ice skating on the frozen swimming bath of the fraternity. Picture: Alamy

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

Im told the cost for alcohol alone( with 500 guests) came to over $10,000, which had the benefit of counting us to the excess. The highlighting of the working day was when the brides ex-boyfriend presented up uninvited and drink. He stripped in the cold and demanded to speak with the bride refusing to made his equipment back on until she did. All the best weddings are recognized out by either their wretched excesses or their colossal disappointments. This one had both by the carload.

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

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Beach states parties and boozing generally started at 10.30 am. Picture: Alamy Stock Photo

I went to a lavish wedding in Barbados several years ago, moved it into official holidays and stayed for two weeks. The marriage family stayed in Fustic House which expenditure 5,000 per darknes. The majority of guests rented huge colonial-style rooms on the Platinum Coast for the two-week span. Our mansion had two swimming bath and wild apes in the back garden. For the two weeks the two partners at the time and I spent in the region of 4,000 -5, 000 between us.

In the week prior to the marry, beach states parties and boozing generally started at 10:30 am. Lots of rum sours were sucked from morning to darknes. Cocaine was sourced easily from neighbourhoods to the extent that when the group went into city the traders curved at us. Those who took narcotics went to bed when I was get up in the morning at around 8am. One episode implied going to watch Cheshire Polo( some of our group knew actors in the team ). We matched the president of Barbados who winged in his helicopter to watch the game.

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

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

I once attended 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 condition was delightful as it was a hot summers era, but apache helicopters property was a shamblings as the brides dress ripped while she was going out. The bridegroom didnt is felt that inconvenienced though as he already had a bottle of something in his hand.

The wedding was certainly out of this world. Chefs were hovered in from Pakistan to help with catering and my pa told me the bridegrooms papa took a second mortgage out to pay for it all. 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 endless booze became tiring

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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 bridal in the Caribbean. During the two weeks there used to be daily voyages on personal catamarans, a day-long seven-island boat tour, snorkelling off a reef out at sea and a free forbid as part of an all-inclusive pack for clients. The wedding itself took place in the shade of some trees on the beach. Subsequentlies, there was a private disco and snack in a restaurant, must be accompanied by clubbing till 2am, then a casino. I expended around 1,700 when I was there.

Prior to the uniting the groom had a three-day stag night in the UK followed by another one in the Caribbean. We had a race car driving know-how, surfing assignments and ringside tushes to a drunken riot after another stag ended up overdoing it. I must admit in the early stages of the second week I was ready to go, as the wed was over and we were just waiting to go home our friends were standing there for another week for their honeymoon. Even quad biking around the island and endless booze could not stifle the feeling that it was time to go.

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

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At dinner, there used to be sorcerers working the tables. Image: Graham Turner for the Guide for the Guardian

In 2010 I went to the wedding of my ex-husbands boss. The rite has just taken place in a exceedingly fancy Footballers Wives-type inn in Surrey. Wed booked an everyday room but the groom had paid for everyone to be upgraded to suites with their own garden-variety. He too withdrew 10,000 in currency the previous day simply is payable for all the different entertainers not including the cost of the inn, nutrient and sucks of course.

We arrived to a fibre quartet, and the acrobats showed shortly after that and did a procedure while we imbibe champagne before the meal.The starter was asparagus harlot, and as there had been so much champagne before the meal, there was a rush for the loo before the main course. The smell of asparagus wee when you opened the door to the maidens was extraordinary.

We then went into dinner where there were magicians wielding the tables. Just before pudding, the attendants burst into carol the latter are good and it was actually quite funny. The whole circumstance was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing at all to do with two parties pledging their “ve been wanting to” one another. And by 4am the inn had altogether run out of champagne, apparently. Quite the most horrible and yet stunning wedding Ive ever been to.

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