Sacha and Ric had been dating for years and then were engaged for a little bit longer. They married in April 2016 at Chelsea Town Hall and then had a reception at the Prince Albert in Camden.
Sacha had to be very strict with her guest list as she had limited seating at Chelsea Town Hall. Not all the guests were invited to the ceremony so they congregated at the Prince Albert pub in Camden to welcome all the other guests on a vintage London bus. Additional guests then arrived for a very fun party in the evening.
Clare Burton and I have been friends since we were 16. I have witnessed every relationship she has had for the past twenty plus years. So you can imagine my relief when Karl came onto the scene and she finally met the one she was meant to be with. Clare is also a very close pal of Briony and Laura.
They became engaged in the summer of 2017 and will marry in June 2018. They both live on Jersey in the Channel Islands and will have their marriage in the parish church followed by a reception on a venue in the north west of the island.
Clare spoke about how she feels different about her relationship with Karl since they became engaged and how firmer she feels with it and him. She said that being engaged is a lovely feeling so no doubt this will increase once they are married.
We spoke about the odd tradition of asking the father’s permission of proposing to their partner. It seems a little antiquated and removes the joy of telling your own parents that you are getting married! I know I would be very disappointed if I didn’t get to share that lovely news with my folks.
Clare and I discussed invitations and joining instructions. Clare had not yet send the invitations when we spoke so I was encouraging her to get them sent out. Also, I was advising her to include all the necessary information that guests will need to know when they are in Jersey such as hotels, transport and if anything is happening on Sunday. Although Jersey isn’t abroad it does feel abroad as you have to go to an airport to get to the wedding. As such, a little bit of extra information is required to make guests feel at ease.
We have Clare’s hen dos coming up so no doubt that will be featuring on the podcast soon!
We are up to Episode 5 already on the podcast I am joined by the Savile Row tailor, Patrick Grant. He has a line at Debenhams and is also a judge on the Great British Sewing Bee (a show I love and I really wish I could get my mum to enter!) He, perhaps, is the perfect person to speak to about men’s fashion on their wedding day. He is so knowledgeable about mens suits and passionate about men dressing well.
Patrick is confident that a man of any shape or size can have a good suit well fitted to them. At his Savile Row tailors, Norton and Sons, they have fitted all heights and waist measurements. In essence, there is no excuse to have a badly kitted suit. Patrick, as a Scots man, would also favour wearing a kilt to formal occasions such as a wedding, and we chatted in detail about what else needs to be worn with a kilt and how it should be worn, including the right shoes and tie.
Patrick and I both have a bug bear of men wearing ties that are a cravat/tie hybrid, often in a shiny material. A simple tie is definitely the way on your wedding day. And dressing to who you are as a person. If you’re not someone who wears a suit regularly then still dress to your style. You don’t need to conform if you don’t want to. But if you do, the follow the proper rules for the that dress code. Patrick spoke about how a morning suit should be worn and how best to wear it.
We also chatted about who are predictions are for the Royal Wedding dress designer. Patrick thinks it will be a British designer like Vivienne Westwood whilst my money is on Roland Mouret. We will have to wait and see on Saturday 12 May to find out who Meghan Markle has picked to design what will be the wedding dress of the year.
Exciting news to share. On Saturday 12 May I will be hosting a Royal Wedding Comedy show at the Bill Murray in Islington, London. As listeners to the podcast might know I have been doing stand up comedy since February 2017 as The Wedding Guest Extraordinaire. It seemed silly not to do a show round the biggest wedding since, well, Wills and Kate got wed.
So, come join the love fest and celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Wedding Guest Extraordinaire! A week before the event of year, we will be celebrating the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and all things love. Hosted by me, Sarah Southern – the ultimate Wedding Guest Extraordinaire, I will be bringing my love and passion for, well…., love, weddings and indeed the Royals to the evening.
I do appreciates that I might be a little niche in my joy and exuberant enthusiasm for weddings and the Royal Family so I will be bringing some friends along to balance out my spirited views.
I have invited four top comics along to entertain for the evening: two who believe in marriage and two who aren’t so keen and think there is an alternative way to relationships and love. It will be a humorous night of all things love, heartbreak, marriage and singledom.
The acts performing will be announced very soon!
Tickets are £5 for the Royal Wedding Comedy Show and can be booked via the Angel Comedy website.
This week our wedding expert, Sarah Southern spoke to Briony who married Paddy in the summer of 2012. They had been dating for 8 years when they became engaged. This was at Christmas 2011 when their son was almost 9 months old. Sadly, this immensely happy expereince was tinged with sadness as Briony’s father had passed away suddenly a few months earlier.
In the podcast Briony shares her experience of planning her wedding whilst dealing with grief and how she didn’t sweat of the small stuff as she knew it would just get sorted. Briony and I really hope that his podcast is not only helpful for those planning a wedding in London, or looking to plan a humanist ceremony but that those who are having a challenging time can see that joy and happiness can prevail.
Briony had two ceremonies for her wedding. The first was a civil ceremony at Hackney Town Hall for close family followed by a fish and chips lunch at the Britannia pub (now called the People’s Tavern). This was the first formal family occasion they had had since Briony’s dad passed so it was a high emotion day and having a smaller event just with close family made that easier.
Briony bought her wedding dress for the civil ceremony from Maids to Measure, her shoes from Marks and Spencers and did her hair and make up herself. She opted for a short 50s style dress and looked very chic.
Later in the year there was a larger celebration for the marriage with friends and family at The Roost in Hackney. This was a humanist ceremony followed by a reception and dancing. The Roost was a great venue to use on multiple floors and a bar which could be stocked with whatever you chose to buy. Briony and Paddy opted for French Martinis which the guests (ok, me!) very much enjoyed!