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

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

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

There was ice skating on the frozen swimming pool of the sorority. Photograph: Alamy

A girlfriend from university leased out an entire Long Island, NY, country club. First, it was incredibly cold. Who has bridals in New York in January unless theyre storming 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 society. I cannot recommend not ice skating in an dinner dress strongly enough.

Im told the cost for alcohol alone( with 500 clients) came to over $10,000, which had the benefit of numbing us to the excess. The highlight of the day was when the brides ex-boyfriend demonstrated up uninvited and drink. He stripped in the cold and demanded to speak with the bride was unwilling to applied his equipment back on until she did. All the best weddings are tagged out by either their wretched plethoras or their immense omissions. This one had both by the carload.

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

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, revolved it into a holiday and remained for two weeks. The marriage house stayed in Fustic House which expenditure 5,000 per night. The majority of clients rented huge colonial-style rooms on the Platinum Coast for the two-week season. Our live had two swimming pools and wild monkeys in the back garden. For the two weeks my partner at the time and I spent in countries of the region of 4, 000 -5, 000 between us.

In the week prior to the wedding, beach states parties and boozing generally started at 10:30 am. Lots of rum sours were sucked from morning to night. Cocaine was sourced easily from neighbourhoods to the extent that when the group went into municipality the traders brandished at us. Those who took narcotics went to bed when I was getting up in the morning at around 8am. One happen committed going to watch Cheshire Polo( some of the working group knew actors in the team ). We fulfilled the president of Barbados who operated in his helicopter to watch the game.

Amanda, 34, Birmingham: The bride rent her dress going 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 cheerful as it was a hot summers daylight, but apache helicopters property was a shambles as the brides dress rent while she was going out. The groom didnt seem that bothered though as he already had a bottle of something in his hand.

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

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

Even quad biking around the island had not been able stifle to feeling that it was time to go. Image: Tim Jones/ Alamy

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

Prior to the marriage the groom had a three-day stag nighttime in the UK followed by another one in the Caribbean. We had a race car driving event, channel-surf exercises and ringside fannies to a drunken bash after the other stag ended up overdoing it. I must admit in the early stages of the second week I was ready to go, as the bridal was over and we were just waiting to go home my best friend were standing there for another week for their honeymoon. Even quad biking around the island and interminable boozing could not stifle the feeling that it was time to go.

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

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

In 2010 I went to the marriage of my ex-husbands boss. The rite has just taken place in a extremely fancy Footballers Wives-type hotel in Surrey. Wed booked an everyday area but the bridegroom had paid for everyone to be upgraded to suites with their own garden. He likewise moved 10,000 in cash the day before just to pay for all the different entertainers not including the cost of the hotel, food and drinkings of course.

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

We then went into dinner where there were magicians operating the tables. Just before pudding, the attendants burst into song the latter are good and it was actually quite funny. The whole thought was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing at all to do with two people donating their love to one another. And by 4am the hotel had altogether run out of champagne, apparently. Quite the most horrible and yet stunning marriage Ive ever been to.


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