Three-day marries 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 pairs favour quality over quantity when it is necessary to marries, with ceremonies now the nuptial equivalent of an arms race. We expected our readers to share their experiences of the luxury weds they accompanied. Here is a selection of answers, with some refers 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 bath of the club. Picture: Alamy

A girlfriend from university hired 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 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 squad. I cannot recommend not ice skating in an dinner 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 highlight of the day was when the brides ex-boyfriend demonstrated up uninvited and drunk. He deprived in the cold and demanded to speak with the bride refusing to introduced his paraphernalium back on until she did. All the best weds are observed out by either their wretched excesses or their monumental disappointments. 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. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

I went to a lavish bridal in Barbados several years ago, transformed it into official holidays and stayed for two weeks. The marriage pedigree stayed in Fustic House which expense 5,000 per night. The majority of clients rented huge colonial-style mansions on the Platinum Coast for the two-week point. Our house had two swimming bath and wild monkeys in the back garden-variety. For the 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 wed, beach parties and sucking generally started at 10:30 am. Lots of rum sours were drunk from morning to night. Cocaine was sourced readily from neighbourhoods to the extent that when the group went into town the marketers brandished at us. Those who took drugs went to bed when I was get up in the morning at around 8am. One occurrence concerned going to watch Cheshire Polo( some of our group knew players in the team ). We converged the chairmen of Barbados who flew in his helicopter to watch the game.

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

We were chauffeured in individual horse-carriages. Image: 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 climate was delightful as it was a hot summertimes daylight, but apache helicopters landing was a shambles as the brides dress rent while she was going out. The groom 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 operated in from Pakistan to help with catering and my father told me the bridegrooms parent took a second mortgage out to pay for it all. 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 boozing grew tiring

Even quad biking around the island had not been able 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 bridal in the Caribbean. During the two weeks there were daily sails on personal catamarans, a day-long seven-island barge tour, snorkelling off a reef out at sea and a free saloon as part of an all-inclusive pack for guests. The uniting itself took place in the shade of some trees on the beach. Subsequentlies, there was a private disco and banquet in a restaurant, must be accompanied by clubbing till 2am, then a casino. I wasted around 1,700 when I was there.

Prior to the marriage the bridegroom had a three-day stag nighttime in the UK followed by another one in the Caribbean. We had a race car driving experience, surfing exercises and ringside benches to a drunken bash 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 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 incessant booze could not suffocated the feeling that it was time to go.

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

At dinner, there were sorcerers acting the tables. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guide for the Guardian

In 2010 I went to the marriage of my ex-husbands boss. The liturgy 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. He likewise went 10,000 in cash the day before simply is payable for all the different entertainers not including the cost of the inn, meat and glass of course.

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

We then went into dinner where there used to be magicians operating the tables. Just before pudding, the servers burst into psalm the latter are good and it was actually quite funny. The whole happen was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing at all to do with two beings pledging their love to one another. And by 4am the inn had entirely run out of champagne, apparently. Quite the most horrible and yet stupefying marriage Ive ever been to.


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