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GW297 Sat 08-Sep-12 23:03:09

My friend has asked me to help her plan her wedding. They want a small, understated affair in a little church they have found by candlelight for about 50 guests. There is a short walk to a hotel for the reception. They want fireworks and a singles table with male/female singles sitting alternately.

Did you have a wedding similar to this or have you attended one? What made it special/fun?

Chubfuddler Sat 08-Sep-12 23:05:07

Weddings in churches have traditionally had to be held in daylight hours, so I'm not sure that what your friend has in mind is possible.

joanofarchitrave Sat 08-Sep-12 23:05:19

Sounds gorgeous, but just a question, is the wedding in the UK? I thought UK weddings had to be during the hours of daylight? Though many churches get v dark before the sun goes down I guess.

4goingon14 Sat 08-Sep-12 23:06:05

I believe there are regulations in the UK that the vows must be said before 6pm. So I guess in the depth of winter when it gets dark at 5pm it would be possible...

GW297 Sat 08-Sep-12 23:09:17

Thank you for your responses. She is thinking mid February time and late afternoon...

CointreauVersial Sat 08-Sep-12 23:11:51

My cousin had a similarly dark/wintery wedding. The dress/ties/flowers were all in purple/berry shades which went beautifully with the candlelit atmosphere.

wonkylegs Sat 08-Sep-12 23:14:18

A friend had a Feb late afternoon/early eve wedding where it was dark & candlelit in the church. It was very pretty although also very cold.

GW297 Sat 08-Sep-12 23:18:29

Purple/berry shades sounds beautiful.

Bue Sun 09-Sep-12 16:41:03

The ceremony sounds lovely but please ask your friend to reconsider the singles table! I'm sure it's with the best of intentions but no one likes to be used as a matchmaking experiment. I'd suggest she put half the singles at one table and half at another, along with some couples. That way it's not so darn obvious.

GW297 Sun 09-Sep-12 18:18:31

Bue - thank you. I will ask them if they might reconsider, but I think she thinks that all their single friends are ok with it.

fivegomadindorset Sun 09-Sep-12 18:20:53

We went to a 5pm wedding on New Years eve once, lots of ivy and candles.

CointreauVersial Sun 09-Sep-12 18:59:26

The worst thing you can do to a single at a wedding is stick them onto a table where everyone knows everyone, or worse, next to Aunty Gladys. I think putting them all onto one table sounds like a good plan.

GW297 Sun 09-Sep-12 19:02:10

I think she is pretty set on having a singles table, but as it's quite a small wedding I'm not sure how many singles there are going to be!

fivegomadindorset Sun 09-Sep-12 19:07:56

Singles table sounds awful, sorry.

joanofarchitrave Sun 09-Sep-12 19:07:57

I have been on a singles table at a wedding, i really enjoyed it, though I must say half the table already knew each other which helped as well.

cookielove Sun 09-Sep-12 19:13:55

We had a singles tables, not because we wanted to set them up, but because it just worked out easier that way. They were all fine with it, as it's only a couple hours any way.

My wedding was last Saturday and was smallish 42 adults day around 65 altogether in the evening. We kept it personal by doing alot of the things are selves.

We had thistles, white roses, blue flowers and berries in the bouquets, those kind of colours would lovely in candle light.

The candles sound lovely, but as some one pointed out earlier it will probably be cold. In one of the many wedding magazines i read, a bride had set up in a basket a stack of pashmina's for the guest to keep themselves warm, i thought that was a lovely idea!!

GW297 Sun 09-Sep-12 19:15:01

I have mixed feelings about the singles table. Another friend of mine went to a wedding where there was a singles table and met a gorgeous Irish guy, which is what gave us the idea in the first place. joanofarchitrave - thank you for sharing your positive feedback from personal experience. Did anyone pair up?!

She is thinking cornflower blue bridesmaids dresses and ending the night with hot chocolate liquors after the fireworks! I feel as though I am not being much help, as I don't have many ideas, which is why I thought I'd start a threat on MN.

CatOnAHotTinFoof Sun 09-Sep-12 19:17:57

I wouldn't mark out the singles table - that would quite patronising. But I agree with Cointreau otherwise.
Candlelight sounds lovely. But it might be a bit wearing if the reception was candelit too.

GW297 Sun 09-Sep-12 19:25:12

cookielove - I love the pashmina idea! Congratulations on your wedding last week. I hope you both had a lovely day.

CatOnAHotTinFoof - the Reception is not going to be candlelit too as far as I know.

I am so pleased I will be able to offer some helpful suggestions and ideas when I see her later this week like everyone else!

D0G Sun 09-Sep-12 19:27:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cookielove Sun 09-Sep-12 19:34:48

We had the most amazing perfect wonderful day grin

We had a bouncy castle which probably isn't in keeping with your friends wedding, but it was brilliant, there is many a photo of me and my bridesmaids and other guests on it.

Yes i think is best to keep the reception with normal lights.

If it is a short walk from wedding to reception could you continue the theme of candles and using jam jars with tea lights in decorated with shell buttons on string dotted along the path ways?

GW297 Sun 09-Sep-12 19:54:21

A bouncy castle would be so much fun!!! I love the tealight path way!!! So glad I asked for ideas now!!! Thank you.

FeersumEndjinn Sun 09-Sep-12 20:05:47

We went to a late wedding in early January which was like this - it was Up North so even darker than it would have been in the south. It was really lovely - but yes the vows have to be made "during office hours". I'm sure it will be amazing - good luck!

LittlePicnic Mon 10-Sep-12 06:54:22

I thought there had been a change in law so you can marry at any time of the day? Not sure whether churches agree, but just read an article discussing weddings at midnight!! Not for me but interesting.

GW297 Mon 10-Sep-12 09:17:39

I don't think everyone will be able to stay awake until midnight!

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