Why have the one wed­ding when you can have two?

Daily Express - - RICHARD & JUDY -

J WHEN you read this, the sec­ond royal wed­ding in five months will have taken place. Be­cause of dead­lines, I have to write be­fore it hap­pens. I hope it has gone well – any bride and groom de­serve the best on their big day. But this ap­petite for mega wed­dings does seem a bit strange to me.

Harry and Meghan didn’t have much choice, of course. And yet I bet Harry, who hates all the pub­lic­ity and for­mal­ity that goes with be­ing a prince, would have much pre­ferred to elope. He and Meghan could have mar­ried qui­etly on a desert is­land some­where, or at a tiny church in a re­mote ru­ral spot.

Princess Eu­ge­nie (who’s mar­ry­ing Jack Brooks­bank) may be royal but she didn’t have to em­u­late Harry’s wed­ding. In her case, it was a mat­ter of choice to in­vite 850 guests to St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor and pa­rade through the town in an open car­riage af­ter­wards, at mas­sive cost to the tax­payer who must fund their po­lice pro­tec­tion. I sup­pose, to be fair, the de­ci­sion may have come from her par­ents rather than Eu­ge­nie. And An­drew and Fergie have al­ways had delu­sions of grandeur.

But I just don’t get this de­sire for mas­sive wed­dings. The cost and stress would have given me pal­pi­ta­tions and ru­ined the day. My own daugh­ter is get­ting mar­ried in De­cem­ber, a tiny wed­ding in a ru­ral church, with din­ner af­ter­wards for im­me­di­ate fam­ily and a few close friends. Per­fect.

And yet… this is just Chloe’s “le­gal” wed­ding. She wants the main event to take place abroad the sum­mer af­ter next, with 150 guests and the whole works.

This is ab­so­lutely par for the course in her so­cial cir­cle; all her friends have en­joyed lav­ish two-day wed­dings in Spain, Italy or France. It’s what the young do these days. But TWO wed­dings? How on earth can they stand it?

I was talk­ing to an old friend the other day. She got mar­ried in her lunch hour at a lo­cal church, took the af­ter­noon off work and had a small re­cep­tion at her mum’s house. Richard and I got mar­ried in a reg­is­ter of­fice with just 30 peo­ple present and then had lunch in a coun­try pub. Our hon­ey­moon was a week­end in a Cotswolds ho­tel. It was all bliss­fully stress-free.

Still, times change, and I’m look­ing for­wards to Chloe’s dou­ble-wed­ding enor­mously. And I wish Eu­ge­nie and her Jack lots of luck and happiness.

NUP­TIALS: Jack and Princess Eu­ge­nie

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