‘Farm­yard wed­dings’ in a field of their own

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IN this fast-mov­ing, of­ten baf­fling world, the minute I ac­cept I’m the only one I know who hasn’t changed with the times, ev­ery­thing changes.

Fre­quently, I’m baf­fled by some­thing brand new. Take wed­dings . . . Cou­ples once got mar­ried in a church “In the sight of God” or a reg­is­trar’s of­fice in the sight of the town hall.

Teenagers, whose par­ents dis­ap­proved of them mar­ry­ing, would sneak off to Gretna Green. Trou­ble was, once both sets of par­ents re­alised, they would all rush to the rail­way sta­tion to pre­vent the cou­ple from leav­ing town.

Nine times out of 10, the young­sters were caught be­cause even on a crowded plat­form it’s not hard to spot a girl in a long white dress hold­ing a bou­quet and a boy hold­ing a girl in a long white dress.

In the mid-90s, rules gov­ern­ing where mar­riages could take place were changed and pro­vided venues ob­tained the nec­es­sary li­cence, you could get mar­ried prac­ti­cally any­where be­fore 6pm.

Per­son­ally, I think it’s best to get mar­ried as early as pos­si­ble.

That way, if it doesn’t work out, you’ve got the rest of the day to your­self.

A whole new world of op­por­tu­ni­ties opened up for ho­tels as wed­ding venues, where you could also have a quick sauna and spa treat­ment be­fore the cer­e­mony. But in 2019 things are chang­ing yet again.

Ac­cord­ing to a fa­mous de­part­ment store that’s “Never know­ingly un­der­sold”, the lat­est trend is for ‘farm­yard wed­dings’.

I kid you not!

The New Age bride and groom can go bare­foot or wear wellies. The guests sit on bales of hay. And mu­sic is pro­vided by wind chimes.

How­ever, if the cer­e­mony’s car­ried out in a cow field, no one should give the groom a big pat on the back.

That’s all fine and dandy on sunny days, but what’ll hap­pen should dark clouds ap­pear?

To mis­quote Jimmy Webb’s “Macarthur Park” . . .

What if some­one leaves the wed­ding cake out in the rain and all the sweet green ic­ing starts run­ning down? Don’t ask me.

I’m baf­fled yet again.

Many cou­ples now choose to get mar­ried in non-tra­di­tional venues.

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