Coun­try Mouse

Wed­ding day

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LAST week, we pub­lished our wed­ding guide. The re­ac­tion started early… 6.03am Rosie emails to say that we’re in the Daily Mail, Tele­graph and Times. Mail read­ers miss the point we’re mak­ing about wed­dings be­com­ing com­pet­i­tive, but agree, en masse, that strap­less dresses are aw­ful.

7.45am Friend Bobby rings to say that he has just heard me quoted on the To­day pro­gramme, adding that all you need for a per­fect wed­ding is a hog roast and three bar­rels of beer. I cut him short—i have to do the school run.

7.49am To­day rings ask­ing me to go live on the show at 8.30am. I drive to school and back, quickly. Son Char­lie texts to ask: ‘Dad, what do you know about wed­dings?’

8.50am Justin Webb lightly grills Wed­ding Fairy plan­ner Ge­orge and me on our dif­fer­ing views. Mean­while, Giles is on the air with Ra­dio Scot­land talk­ing about kilts; Rosie is en­ter­tain­ing Birm­ing­ham lis­ten­ers with the dos and don’ts of hen par­ties.

Lunchtime The strap­less dress is now re­garded as the worst fash­ion faux pas since the ra-ra skirt.

Af­ter­noon The story has gone global. The ma­jor­ity seems to agree with our call for re­straint. A vicar texts that he’s see­ing too much cleav­age. Son’s girl­friend calls to say that if she ever gets mar­ried, she won’t be ask­ing my opin­ion. MH

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