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We all have stories to tell and here’s one of mine, dedicated to both of my sisters,  I Love  you Both


Pleased to meet you I am Larly the youngest of three sisters, the middle one is Charley and the eldest is Shelly. My two sisters got married within 3 months of each other and this is how it all went;

First Wedding

Shelley and Jerry
Shelly, the eldest made her wedding announcement first and decides to get married in the UK.  The wedding venue is in a hotel which is close by. I don’t know why, but   she took all the stress upon herself and became her own wedding planner, organiser and decision maker from start to finish and believe you me, it got very stressful at times! Her first big decision was pink!   Basically anywhere she could add a touch of pink got splashed! It all actually came together really well and lucked quite delicious! I hope you’re now getting some sort of imaginary picture. She had an exquisite long white wedding gown, the edging of which matched her wedding veil which purely by coincidence was trimmed in pink glittery bits and sequins, it was stunning! I have to skip over ever major and minor details and highlight the main wedding event.

On her Big Day……wedding day!

Everyone was suited and booted, the hairdresser came and did wonders with our hair and make up. The wedding bouquets were delivered with the relative button holes and corsages. The clock was ticking and the wedding cars arrived, she had 2 white Rolls Royce trimmed with pink ribbon, pink and white carnations hung delicately from the door handles and a small flower arrangement had been placed in the rear window. It was so exiting, all the neighbours and other on lookers had gathered by the roadside for a glimpse of the bride and wedding party.

La Caleta church wedding

Church wedding.

We were greeted by the vicar, he had a quite word with my sister, I think he was assuring her that all was well and calming any last minute wedding nerves. As we walked down the aisle, thoughts of tripping over or doing something wrong crept into my mind, I concentrated on where I was going as every eye in the church was watching us. I genuinely fought back tears as they took their wedding vows, it was very emotional.

All too soon or so it seamed the photographs had been taken and we were at the hotel. We gathered in the main bar of the hotel and were served with buck fizz. It suddenly dawned on me there were many more people here or had my eyes deceived me in the church, I obviously didn’t know everyone that Shelly and Jerry had invited, then, I saw them, another wedding couple!
How could this be I thought, what a nightmare and how do you separate guests, I could see my sister had just realised too and her and Jerry looked totally bewildered,  just then a loud voice came over the intercom system asking all the wedding guests from our wedding party to go to the banqueting hall number 2! To be honest I felt like I was in a farm, you know like separating cattle, anyway we eventually found our way.
I could hear the undercurrent discussion of what had just taken place and thank goodness it seemed to be shortly forgotten once the food came. The menu they chose was acceptably nice, the main course was a little on the cold side and I began to think about the other wedding and wondered if this was the reason. The speeches went well and daytime just seemed to drift into the evening, which brought even more guests to the wedding.
This was not much fun to begin with as the wedding next door had their evening guests arriving too and everyone seemed to be mingling between the two banqueting halls until they saw a familiar face.  I decided to post myself at the door and ask arriving guests if they were attending our wedding or not, after an hour or so I gave up and decided to go and unwind and enjoy the party which went on until around 1 a.m.

Its not really funny although we laugh about it now as we had to rescue Grandpa and Uncle Ron from the wedding next door, poor things got lost on the way back from the loo, it was some time before we discovered them missing but one knew where to find them, I thought they may have realised when they were charged for drinks next door as Shelley and Jerry had arranged a free bar. Perhaps they went in search of some young hot stuff!!

Some of the guests had made reservations at the hotel so as not to worry about drinking and driving, good idea! As for the rest of us we waited in a long queue for a taxi, the nightclubs were finishing too so we waited and waited…..

I tell you it was a memorable wedding day!

Second Wedding in a Castle

A place Where Dreams are Made

A place Where Dreams are Made

Charley & Dave
Charley didn’t wait too long and made her announcement. Quite a different scenario from Shelly, Charley’s only gone and got herself a castle wedding in France and a wedding organiser!

She really did her homework. I would have no idea how to get married in France. For instance, did you know, according to French law you have to be resident in France for 31 days in order to get married there, I didn’t but don’t be put off, read on! Charley and Dave got married in the registry office in our village, then, they had The Wedding Blessing!

We had a short flight from the UK into Luxembourg airport. It took us a little over an hour, firstly by motorway then country roads to reach our destination. As we approached the castle, our arrival was expected and the gates where already open.  WOW there it stood in all its glory, this magnificent historical castle. Honestly I stood there with my mouth open looking down at the breath taking valleys adorned by the beautiful countryside. This was to be our family home for the next five days.

My sisters beautiful Castle wedding

We were escorted to our rooms, I couldn’t wait. This was great! Time to explore, relax, be waited on and have a few tasters of some fine French Wines with no worries about driving ahhhh!

The wedding party in total was small, immediate family and a few close friends who had paid for their airfares and also accommodation, clever idea and very cost effective! Charley, Dave and the wedding organiser had co-ordinated everything, it was all planned to a faultless perfection.

Her beautiful Castle wedding day

On the morning of the wedding, we gathered in the great hall of the stunning castle, it wasn’t cold but there was a big fire burning in the fireplace. We had a buffet type continental breakfast, which consisted of an assortment of mouth watering delights. It was time to get ready. The wedding organiser had arranged a French hairdresser to arrange our hair. She was really sweet and did five hair do´s in no time at all. I helped Charley with her dress and veil, the suite she had was huge, a bed to die for and her own private sitting room which formed part of the tower with views over the Seine Valley and the most beautiful bathroom. I thought my suite was good but the Bridal Suite was something else, I was truly amazed. The Bridal Suite was in the tower of the Castle and had its own bathroom and lounge or sitting room.

I watched Charley come down the spiral staircase of the tower, a princess in her castle. We took our places behind her and went out of the castle and into the grounds. Every head turned to watch and a small band played here comes the bride. The wedding blessing was beautiful. Nothing about this ceremony was rushed or misunderstood. We threw lots of confetti adding even more colour to this wonderland setting.

Lovely wedding pictures

Lots of wedding pictures were taken and we were served champagne and canopies. There was no conception of time and one thing just flowed into another. We had a fabulous sit down meal within the castle, six courses, no rush, no fuss and no intruders! What a feeling of total, undisturbed relaxation. No fear of losing Grandpa and Uncle Ron this time! Later we had plenty to drink and danced the night away until we were all fit to drop!

It was great, we got up the following day and had a leisurely brunch, I could really get used to this! We spent the day in the French castle and its grounds. What a surprise, the following day, Charley and Dave had arranged for us to go ballooning, if you have never had this experience Wow, do it!! With time running out, we just had to fit in visits to Metz which apparently they call the City of Light and then to Verdun to see where the great battle of Verdun took place in the first World War.

So there you have it, two weddings. Independently different but both wonderful. Where should I have my wedding, when someone asks me I will tell you, watch this space!!

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Hotel

Having your wedding in a Hotel is a great choice. Wedding receptions create wonderful memories that you and your guests will remember forever. Hotels provide full service and are ready to accommodate to your every wish and whim. A Hotel wedding reception is an excellent provision and great venue for those out of town guests too. A Hotel venue will open to a world of pure indulgence and total relaxation, one for those who appreciate the finer qualities in life. Make Sure you enquire, how many and what type of other functions maybe being held on the date you have selected, if you don’t ask I doubt the hotel would tell you, perhaps the local rugby teams end of season dinner, children’s birthday party, pensioners get together, personally I have no objections, however you may, Just Ask!!

Marquee

Choosing a marquee as your wedding venue is the opening to your own flexibility of size, features and design. A marquee enables you to “stamp” your own individuality on what is possibly the most personal day of you life. A venue where you get to paint your own desired picture as you are not dominated by a fixed venues fittings, colour schemes, schedules or menus. When one finds comfort at home, a marquee seems to be the obvious wedding venue right in your own garden. The marquee is an easy transitional structure from daytime elegance to one of an evening haven retreat. Beware! On the downside of Marquees, no one can guarantee the weather, you may have been lucky enough to have been able to view an erected marquee and I am sure every assurance relating to agility and strength will have been given, what happens should the unthinkable heavens open and gale force winds begin to blow. One certainly hopes not. How many hours and at what cost will it be to repair after 100 pairs of size nines have stomped through your years of precious gardening and landscaping. Think carefully about toilet issues!

Exclusivity

The exclusive venue hits the nail on the head. This is the venue of venues! Your choice is one of uninterrupted bliss and attention to detail which no other venue can offer. This venue aims at those looking for an unlimited duration of intimate escapism. An unwarranted sense of selfish fulfilment with a unique opportunity to share the day only with ones guests. Consider venues such as a castle abroad or private resort in the sun that will provide lavish locations and will be accustomed to providing solely for the needs of their guests at hand.

Self Catering

A self catering venue is really only relative to small weddings. Outside caterers and waiting staff may well need to be sourced. Venues such as a B&B, local public houses or halls may be of interest allowing you to arrange a less informal celebration. However, this could mean that you have all the locals being present so your wedding day may well turn into open day! I can’t envisage that this would be neither stress free nor cost effective unless perhaps your thoughts include all your guests contributing and bringing a little bit of something with them for your wedding reception. That may well work.

Unusual Venues

Outside of the “approved” venues, church or registry office, there is an apparent growth in civil wedding venues taking place in somewhat strikingly unusual places, often changing contemporary traditions to those of extreme themes, ranging from mountain top to under the deep blue sea! WAIT! Do you think ahead or live for the moment? Weddings are a once in a lifetime experience, will your choice be something you wont want to share later with the grandchildren, one where you are too embarrassed to get out the photo album??

Restaurant

A restaurant venue is a good way to please your guests with a selection of your already tried and tested menu choices probably descending from your own past experiences. The choice of a restaurant will provide an atmospheric venue however, although culinary choices can be made, the palate of colours and interior design are already staged. It is worthwhile remembering, that during your previous visits to the restaurant, you were not part of a large group and for this reason one hopes that the restaurateur can maintain the service and quality to which you have been accustomed.  The obvious question to the host is, whether or not you have the restaurant venue exclusively as the intrusion of paying guests might somewhat upset your day.

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Weddings in Paradise

Weddings in Paradise

Wedding venues

Living in this age of super technology, we all spend hours surfing the web. Whether its things we need or want, out of interest, browsing at things we can’t afford or things we believe we can only dream about.

It’s a twenty four seven compulsion that anyone with a computer has access to and this has to be the most used product in the World!

I have spent months looking at wedding venues, wedding menus, wedding cars, limousines, horse and carriage, bouquets and flowers, not to mention the wedding ceremony itself and the formal attire for the Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and page boy.

Anyone sourcing this information, will, I am assure, be of the same opinion, it’s very “WEDDING TIME” time consuming!


Wedding locations in Europe

With the aid of my PC, I have been around the World in 80 hours! travelled through England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I have also surfed in Thailand, America, Italy, France, Cyprus, Denmark,  Greece, Spain and the Caribbean. You name it, I’ve been there! Close to home, wedding venues on my doorstep and far, far away places with fairy tale castles, exotic surroundings and white sandy beaches with crystal clear seas.

How to get married in Tenerife, Spain

I don’t know the how’s, why’s or wherefores, but these clever computer technos had me hooked and linked into the hotel Ritz Resorts no matter what I seemed to be searching for within their engines, they had it all, kept popping up all over the place! Good for me, I did make an all important decision and chose my destination. A place not so far away. One that coincides with my own personal wish list and fulfils every quality for that all important special day, My wedding.

Guys…..I´m off to Tenerife

Living the Dream.....

Living the Dream.....

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