The old ball & chain and I celebrated 22 years of wedded bliss on Wednesday. What with that, the great news from UK parliament voting in favour of a same-sex marriage bill and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about weddings a bit. My own wedding was a very small affair- nine guests, a marriage celebrant in my new in-laws’ front room and a steak dinner at a local hotel. I loved it. I can honestly say that I’ve never missed the big, white, frou-frou dress and running around after 200 guests making sure they all had a good time.
However, if I was to get married again, now, at this time of life (say George Clooney came knocking on my door. What? It could happen. Shut up.), maybe things would be different. Maybe this time I’d want to go somewhere exotic and do it in (a different) style. Here’s five different places folks are getting hitched these days.
My Wedding in Switzerland (link)
Well, why not? I could be in your wedding party, for a start. The website says, “The beauty and marvel of Switzerland awaits you. Tie the knot in an ancient castle full of history and sheer stunning beauty with spectacular views of the Alps, lakes and breathtaking countryside.” Switzerland is a seriously beautiful country. Imagine being at the top of a mountain, the Swiss Alps spread out before, telling
George Clooney your partner you’ll love them for all time. OK, I’m getting a little carried away. The Alps’ll do that to me every time. But you don’t have to get married at the top of a mountain, My Weddings in Switzerland suggests ski weddings, castle weddings, lake weddings too. Take your pick.
Rainforest Wedding (link)
Perhaps the word rain might put you off a rainforest wedding. Not me though because rainforest means nature to me and what coud be more beautiful than Mother Nature being guest of honour at your wedding? Lush green with the call of exotic birds and animals and perhaps even a waterfall (but not one loud enough to drown out your vows), a warm and enveloping atmosphere. All beautiful. It doesn’t have to be too warm though. If tropical rainforest sounds a bit scary, temperate rainforests can be found all over the globe, even in Europe. Oh yes, for a nature-loving couple, a rainforest wedding could be just the ticket. The only drawback for me that I can think of is my hair’s tendency to frizz at the slightest hint of humidity. Och well, that’s what hair products are for.
The good old Beach Wedding (link)
Ahh, the old beach wedding. Everyone’s doing a beach wedding these days, aren’t they? Don’t care. I love the beach and the thought of telling
George Clooney my husband that I’ll wash his socks (euphemism) if he cleans the toilet (probably not a euphemism, I hate that job) for the rest of our lives together while the warm water of the Caribbean laps at our toes…. Big sighs…. The best thing about a beach is that you can find one anywhere (except Switzerland)! You could get married on your favourite childhood beach, on a far-flung beach, a cold windy beach in Scotland or on Venice Beach, California- there’s beaches everywhere so the cost of your beach wedding doesn’t have to be too extortionate. The only drawback to the beach wedding is, of course, the sand. It gets in every nook and cranny- a little tip for the more, ahem, adventurously romantic among us.
Thankyouverymuch…. The Las Vegas Elvis Wedding (link)
According the website, Elvis Weddings are “phenomenally popular”. How about that? Actually, I can see why. With an Elvis impersonator marriage celebrant, Elvis songs for your wedding march, ridiculous pink cadillacs and the general OTT ostentatiousness of Las Vegas, who wouldn’t have an absolute ball at their Elvis-themed wedding. Plus, some of the packages available includes a pair of Elvis sunglasses. Who doesn’t want that? OK, so it might be a wedding for fun, but we can all do with a little more fun in our lives. Start as you mean to go on, I say.
And finally, get married in Space!
Well, after a little research about weddings in Space, it appears that after a big announcement in 2008 about a collaboration between a Japanese company and an American rocket manufacturer to send loved-up couples into space for their nuptials, nothing seems to have come of it. The world’s first space wedding was to be between a couple Cindy Cashman and Mitch Walling who reportedly paid £1.1million for their big day in space which is yet to happen. Now that’s a wedding budget.
What about you? Where did you get married? Any plans for something lavish & exotic?