How did you meet?
We met in the queue for a nightclub in London. He asked me how long I had been waiting. Because of his (Canadian) accent I asked if he was American (ooops!). That didn’t put him off – we danced that night away and have been together ever since.
Describe the marriage proposal.
We went to romantic Bruges for the weekend, with our parents. He proposed to me on a park bench near Lovers’ Lake. We did a rerun for our parents at dinner in the evening. It was easier for him the second time, as he was sure of the answer!
How long did you spend preparing for the day and how was it?
We got engaged in November 2000 so we had over 10 months until the wedding in September 2001. We booked all the venues and then had a break from it and went backpacking for 3 months in Asia. We got back into it when we returned in March. Because we live in Sweden I did my planning in short intense spurts when I came back to Britain. It seemed better that way as it didn’t take over our lives. It was a brilliant day. A lot of people said it was well organised.
What type of wedding ceremony did you have and where?
We had a traditional ceremony in my childhood village church. The Englishness was interesting to all the Canadian guests. They said it was ‘beautiful’.
Where did you hold your reception and what was it like?
In a converted farmhouse hotel. It was very ‘old England’ which was of interest to our Canadian guests and suited our romantic nature. We also had a lot of Canadian touches; like Canadian style favours with Canada pin badges (that the guests wore!). We danced the night away – just like the night we met.
Is there anything you’d change, with hindsight?
I would have started the line-up sooner. I shouldn’t have let the hotel staff make me feel pressured to rush people so much as I couldn’t enjoy that bit, and it was our day.
What advice would you give to couples currently planning their wedding?
Don’t let it get out of proportion. Also if the bride is more keen on the planning than the groom, don’t hassle him (which can cause arguments). Better to share these moments with mum & mum-in-law as they enjoy these things!
Is there any other detail/ advice/ help that you would like to share?
It does seem to be that the best parts of the day are the unplanned funny bits, like guests trying to throw confetti and the wind blowing it back at them!