Not so long ago, before Covid, I was delighted to be involved with a truly spectacular festive December marquee wedding! A beautiful bride and her charming husband got married in the majestic church in Aldeburgh on the East Coast of Suffolk. Being 15th December, it was already getting dark before the service began at 3.30pm, but whilst the bride and her bridesmaids were pampered at home, the groom and his ushers had a blast of sea air whilst playing golf on the testing Aldeburgh Golf Course!
Guests returned to the bride’s family’s house, mainly walking from the church though unfortunately a storm was developing with winds too strong for most umbrellas! On arrival, wedding guests were treated to a range of interlinked tents, ranging from the reception area with a forest green carpet, which hosted a very large Christmas tree, to built in loo units (essential at a winter celebration), and a majestic dining area with a fuchsia pink carpet and a total of 12 dining tables of varying size, shape – some circular and some long, which gave the guests plenty of room to party. A spectacular full sized round mirrored bar created a natural divide between the dining area and the dance floor and stage.
But what really topped it off were the magnificent, spectacular flowers in rich crimson, magenta and scarlet colours. A feast for the eyes; huge amaryllis, ilex berries, pink ferns and beautiful mini cyclamens, running along the length of the tables with hundreds of microlights woven in, and every table was named after the Twelve Days of Christmas!
One of the many highlights of the celebrations was the raucous rendition of the song, The 12 Days of Christmas – words were printed on the back of the menus, and each appropriate table sang their ‘line’ – with guests ultimately standing on top of their chairs singing at the tops of their voices!
A very personal idea from the bride and groom was that all guests were asked to bring a Christmas tree bauble/decoration which my assistant ensured was labelled up and then hung on the 5m tall tree. Now, for many years to come, every Christmas P & W will remember their friends as they decorate their own Christmas tree with these very beautiful decorations!
The band and separate DJ took the party away and as with so many stylish, fun, large family weddings – once the Bride and Groom had started the dancing in seriously synchronised, well practised style, almost EVERY guest joined them on the dance floor – it was the perfect way to warm everyone up on a very stormy night!
Marquee & Event design: The Event Company (www.greateventcompany.co.uk)
Caterers: Peter Harrison (www.peterharrisonchef.co.uk)
Photographer: Adam Riley (www.adamrileyphotography.com)
Hair: Snowden Hill
Make-up: Emma O’Byrne (www.emmaobyrne.com)
Band: The Guilty Pleasures (theguiltypleasures.co.uk)