The funny thing about attending your own wedding is that it’s like being a celebrity for the day. My friend Scott told me at his that it was like going to a nightclub where you know everybody and he was quite correct. From the moment I arrived and donned my white suit (right) I was talking to people and mingling. Before I’d wondered how I’d cope having to get around everyone but it turned out to be really easy as they were my friends who I wanted to spend time with. The frustration is that I’d have happily spent the entire day with each of them but I had to keep moving on.
It was exhausting and we were knackered for a few days afterwards. We barely had a chance to sit down and were constantly on the move. I don’t know how these celebrities do it (well okay I do, but let’s not go there!).
After such an amazing day at the centre of attention that went without a hitch (for all those future brides out there, if you stay relaxed and laid-back about the day, then you won’t get so stressed and everything will go a lot more smoothly) it came as a bit of a shock to the system to go to a service station and just be a regular nobody again. Ah well, it’s the quiet life for me!
The venue – Comlongon Castle – really was amazing. From the hall in the castle where we got married (much better than some boring church) to the gardens and fishpond (to keep the kids entertained) to the hotel itself we couldn’t have asked for more. You got to choose your food from a menu (not just chicken and beef) and the quality of the meals was right up there with the best restaurants I’ve eaten in. Since everybody was there for the day, there was no sense of a bunch of people turning up for the evening only having missed out on the ceremony. And the staff made it look easy. I used to work in a hotel as a student and know that managing a wedding is a tricky business – these guys made it look a lot simpler than it actually is. And the weather was perfect – sunny but not too hot. Everybody said they really enjoyed it and a few said it was the best wedding they’d been to – including their own!
Even my speech went well. I didn’t actually write one but knew pretty much what I wanted to say so made it up off the top of my head. I also finally got the chance to make up for having missed two of my best friend’s weddings. But you’d have to have been there to see how! 🙂
I haven’t seen the official photos my friend Ade took (I get them on Thursday) but I’m sure I’ll be uploading one or two of them when I do. In the meantime, here’s the happy couple enjoying beautiful weather in Glencoe!
Aren’t they sweet?!