From dreamy wedding locations to all-night big day parties, 10 guests reveal what they loved most about their favourite wedding.
1. “My brother’s wedding was just beautiful – it was in an old barn which they transformed with decorative trees on the tables (made from branches, flowers and Edison bulbs). It looked breathtaking. The children played games outside while we sat drinking G and T on the hay bales – so laid-back and relaxed.” Emily Foote, 31
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2. “I loved the personal touches at my friend’s wedding. They had pictures of their life together pegged on string instead of bunting, as well as photos of their parents and grandparents. During the speeches, they talked a lot about family and it gave us a real sense of who they were and where they came from.” Sara Abram, 32
3. “My favourite wedding was one where the bride and groom’s personality and confidence really shone through. They had a Mr and Mrs quiz during the speeches which had everyone in stitches!” Faye Swindon, 28
4. “Food, drink and dancing were the key to the wedding I remember most. We were greeted with a vintage ice cream cart on arrival, along with amazing Bellini cocktails. The meal was made from delicious, locally-sourced ingredients and then the seven-piece band (complete with blow-up instruments) really brought the house down!” Zia Williams, 30
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5. “The best wedding we ever went to was one where no kids were invited. Initially, we were a bit surprised when we received the invitation, but actually it was fantastic to let our hair down and not have to worry about our children for the day.” Lorna Holt, 34
6. “We went to a wedding at Symondsbury Manor, an amazing house in Dorset, that the bride and groom had hired for the weekend. They had a beautiful humanist ceremony, where colourful ribbons were wrapped around their hands during their vows. It was so much fun having exclusive use of the house and grounds – it meant there was no cut-off time for dancing either!” Tom Johnson, 35
7. “My least favourite wedding was a very formal affair – lots of standing around waiting to be photographed and a rigid order of the day to adhere to. The one I loved most was a chilled out gathering of friends and family – nothing fancy, just a simple ceremony and a nice meal in a restaurant followed by general silliness. Celebrating your love doesn’t have to cost a lot.” Mark Simmonds, 36
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8. “Our friends got married abroad and it was the most romantic wedding we have been to. We got to have a holiday as well as seeing our best friends say their hand-written vows under a pure blue sky on the beach – memories we will never forget.” Deepa Hadland, 27
9. “I went to a great wedding last year in Bath – the ceremony was a standard registry office affair, but we were then treated to a boat ride to the reception venue (with lots of champagne and canapés) which got everyone in the party mood.” Charlotte Palmer, 33
10. “Best wedding? Our friend’s a few years ago, held in a marquee at the bride’s parents’ house. They created a DIY bar with kegs of local cider, and laid out picnic baskets of biscuits and pickles on each table that were served with a six-tiered cake of cheese. Heaven!” Sarah Hill, 30
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