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

Country Life magazine has suggested pairs favour quality over sum when it comes to weddings, with ceremonies now the nuptial equivalent of an arms race. We asked our readers to share their experiences of the luxury weds they accompanied. Here is a selection of reactions, with some identifies 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 swimming pool of the squad. Picture: Alamy

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

Im told the cost for booze alone( with 500 guests) came to over $10,000, which had potential benefits of amounting us to the excess. The foreground of the working day was when the brides ex-boyfriend pictured up uninvited and drunkard. He stripped in the cold and demanded to speak with the bride was unwilling to employed his kit back on until she did. All the best bridals are differentiated out by either their wretched plethoras or their monumental lacks. This one had both by the carload.

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

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

I went to a lavish wed in Barbados several years ago, returned it into a holiday and stayed for two weeks. The marriage household stayed in Fustic House which expense 5,000 per night. The majority of clients rented big colonial-style lives on the Platinum Coast for the two-week age. Our residence had two swimming pool and wild apes in the back garden. For the next two weeks my partner at the time and I spent in the region of 4,000 -5, 000 between us.

In the week prior to the opening of the bridal, beach parties and boozing generally started at 10:30 am. Lots of rum sours were boozed from morning to nighttime. Cocaine was sourced readily from locals to the extent that when the group went into township the pushers brandished at us. Those who took medicines went to bed when I was get up in the morning at around 8am. One affair implied going to watch Cheshire Polo( some of our group knew actors in the team ). We assembled the chairmen of Barbados who operated in his helicopter to watch the game.

Amanda, 34, Birmingham: The bride ripped her dress get out of the helicopter

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

I formerly accompanied 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 charming as it was a hot summers date, but the helicopter landing was a shamblings as the brides dress ripped while she was getting out. The groom didnt seem that inconvenienced 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 papa took a second mortgage out to pay for everything there is. At one point I questioned how I knew these parties. It was like something out of a Bollywood film.

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

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

My sidekicks 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 ship tour, snorkelling off a reef out at sea and a free saloon as part of an all-inclusive bundle for guests. The uniting itself has just taken place in the shade of some trees on the beach. Subsequentlies, there was a private disco and meal in a eatery, must be accompanied by clubbing till 2am, then a casino. I spent around 1,700 when I was there.

Prior to the wedding the groom had a three-day stag darknes in the UK followed by another one in the Caribbean. We had a race car driving suffer, surfing lessons and ringside tushes to a drunken clash 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 wed was over and we were just waiting to go home my best friend were abiding there for another week for their honeymoon. Even quad biking around the island and limitless boozing had not been able 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 labouring the tables. Photo: 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 very 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-variety. He too receded 10,000 in money the previous day simply to pay for all the various entertainers not including the cost of the hotel, food and liquors 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 meal, 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 running the tables. Just before pudding, the attendants burst into psalm the latter are good and it was actually quite funny. The whole situation was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing at all to do with two people donating their love to one another. And by 4am the inn had exclusively run out of champagne, apparently. Quite the most horrible and yet startling wedding Ive ever been to.


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