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Old 05-17-2017, 10:01 PM
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Well, it's their money.
And they can spend it any way they like.

This isn't the most lavish wedding by a long shot.
So I don't see any problem.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:12 PM
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I am getting a bit confused over traditions. Do you in England have two events after the actual wedding? Here after wedding service there is usually a reception line leaving the church wishing happiness to new couple. Everyone then leaves for the reception hotel except bridal party who have all types of photos taken. During this time the guests are having a cocktail hour [s] with drinks and large buffet. The bridal party will arrive later and guests will enter another room for reception. It is at that time the Bridal Party is introduced, meal served, cutting of cake, dancing for hours into the night. But from what I am reading, it seems like after an English wedding, you go from reception venue then to another place for an evening party, am I correct?
A few years ago my niece's wedding was multiple events. Her husband's dad was a minister and the wedding was at his church with a church reception with punch and cake for their wedding guests and church congregation. Then the friends and family drove to an event center for dinner and dancing (and more cake.) I think mulitiple receptions generally come about from needing to have something for a large group of guests, then a larger reception for closer friends and family.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:30 PM
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There's an (now old) attitude by many in the media that the Middleton's are living beyond their means and acting to royal. Some folks just don't like that this family is able to put on a wedding on this scale. It's their money, Pippa is marrying a wealthy man. They can put on the kind of wedding they want.

At the end of the day, everyone who have their knickers twisted, will enjoy this wedding coverage and be all over the vids and pics.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:00 PM
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There is a show on here called Platinum Weddings. It's one of those reality type shows ..where they talk about the wedding and show all the details (dress/jewels/location/food/drink etc)..and how much they spent in total as well.

Some of those weddings go into the millions. None of them are royals or even nobles.





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Old 05-17-2017, 11:06 PM
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I remember catching that show every now and then and was amazed at how much lavishness and luxury some couples put into their wedding day.

What Pippa and James are doing isn't that far removed from what a lot of other people are doing. They're having their day the way they want it to be and that's how it should be. I don't see the Middletons or Jame's family or anyone that has to foot the bill begrudging the money they're spending on this wedding so why should we or anyone in the media?

It would have been neat to see paratroopers in monkey suits descending with SWAG bags though I thinks. Get everyone's tongues wagging full pelt.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:28 PM
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I know! I remember thinking..those earrings would pay off my house!

I think the wedding will be tasteful and more Traditional than anything. Not going to see anything gaudy.

It's their money...no one else's business how they spend it IMO.


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Old 05-18-2017, 01:47 AM
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I honestly think it's just shock. I mean erecting a tent is one thing, but erecting a building? If the estimate is right, actual houses can be built for that much.

As tasteful as it is, it is extravagant. They could have rented a fancy party space for less than they are paying. If the other totals are close to true, this is the perfect example of extravagance.

That said this is theur wedding. They are private citizens and it is their money. If they want to have a circus and Pippa ride in on an elephant, that is their choice. Well and their families footing the bill. All I can say is hope that building had fans because it will get hot. That and I hope they have a good day.

As for the three events I guess it's the same as a cocktail party in reverse. Cocktail parties before the reception are becoming popular here. But only at more expensive weddings it seems. There is often just a break between the two, when people are free to go what they want, while the pictures are done. The time may be even longer if wedding early in day. Nor is it common to invite people to only certain events. Other then sometimes kids not being invited to reception, if invited to ceremony invited to all. Only time I have seen only invited to parts is big Indian weddings when there are several days of events.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:40 AM
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3 years ago a friend had her 2 daughters marry 2 months apart one was a normal wedding the other a 2day extravaganza guess witch married is over and witch one is happy. Just saying all the money and carry on doesn't make a marriage a happy ever after I really hope they have a happy marriage
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:21 AM
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I think with the recent rash of having to have a wedding planner, everything just right and it sets the stage for a true to form Bridezilla, its not an unusual thought during all the prep and decisions and swatches and things that go bump in the night that a couple will wish they had just eloped in the first place.

So far, I think Pippa's wedding is right on par of what I expected it to be. Not a shabby affair but then again, not over the top in a "look at me" manner. If Kate had never met and married William, I imagine that Pippa's wedding day would be exactly the same as its planned to be now. It wouldn't catch the notice of anyone outside of those that actually know Pippa and James and their families and friends.

Without a rash of scandal and bad behavior going on in the royal family, the media has to have someone to grumble about and right now, it seems that Pippa's in their line of sight.

Not much longer and it'll be a wedding in the past and the media will run out of stories to print about it.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:41 AM
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The media was always going to beat down on the Middleton's over this wedding. They will do the same when James marry.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:08 AM
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IMHO putting a firm structure up is very sensible for a May wedding in England. Last night it hammered down, but we have bright sunshine this morning. If a marquee had been up overnight it would be in a very sorry state this morning.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:24 AM
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Another positive about a firm structure is that most likely it has climate control for if it gets too hot or gets too cold. I have a picture of it at nighttime under the stars and illuminated by twinkling lights all over the place. A very romantic setting.

Also if it does rain and the marquee set up for the luncheon (?) gets too soggy, they can quickly switch the venue to the "crystal palace" where everyone will be indoors yet outdoors and away from inclement weather. I'm sure every contingency has been thought of and planned for.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:04 AM
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IMHO putting a firm structure up is very sensible for a May wedding in England. Last night it hammered down, but we have bright sunshine this morning. If a marquee had been up overnight it would be in a very sorry state this morning.
Yes, this is the time of year for many showers and that temporary firm structure is really ideal. Money no object as both sides of the family are not missing a meal. Plus I agree that if we had never heard of Pippa and her marriage, this would in all likelihood be exactly the same type of wedding she would have. Stupid media printing the cost of it all. What a joke. They know exactly nothing for certain. Just had some flunky make a few telephone calls for price ranges on things. It actually made me laugh to read showing how desperate these tabloid crazies are.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:34 PM
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Steven Glover gives his views on the 'lavish nature' of Pippa's wedding and whether it will do the younger royals 'harm' being associated with it.

STEPHEN GLOVER: On Pippa's oh-so lavish wedding | Daily Mail Online
Well, he certainly used his article to resurrect all the dirt and innuendo published about the family through the years.
This quote from the article sums it up: "Few would complain if they displayed a proper degree of modesty." Translation, how dare those middle class people, albeit self made millionaires, get above themselves? I beg to disagree, the press would complain no matter how the wedding was planned. The Middletons have been the object of so much class based scorn from the media through the decades that I doubt they waste their time reading the viscous innuendo, gossip and lies published about them.
Early press reports claimed there was going to be a yurt for the reception & I expressed a dislike for that structure, I think the Orangery glass house is an elegant solution to England's iffy weather situation.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:51 PM
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Thank you all for answering my question. I recently attended my first "country" wedding and I must admit I loved it. Lovely simple church service with bride in simple white dress and men in black slacks, white shirts with carnation, while attendants in gold cocktail length dresses. Immediately went to their uncle's farm where everyone that could play an instrument played music. I was told ahead that we wear nice casual clothes. All food was laid out on huge long tables loving made by family and friends. I will admit those women can certainly cook! Dancing was a mixture of square or regular. I hear it went one until sun came back up. I left much earlier. I will fondly remember it as one of the sweetest weddings so filled with happiness and love. Nothing formal like I was taught in my day, just happy.

Sounds nice in theory, BUT.

If the food was laid out in the open, I'm betting there were flies and bees around. I never eat outside for that reason.

And really, with the uncertain weather, I think Pippa and James would have been better off hiring a historic building, instead of going with a tent or glass structure where the ground will most likely be soggy, even if they lay flooring. JMO.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:00 PM
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:18 PM
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Sounds nice in theory, BUT.

If the food was laid out in the open, I'm betting there were flies and bees around. I never eat outside for that reason.

And really, with the uncertain weather, I think Pippa and James would have been better off hiring a historic building, instead of going with a tent or glass structure where the ground will most likely be soggy, even if they lay flooring. JMO.
Its not uncommon to have a marquee set up for English weddings. Modern marquees are designed to cope with our inclement weather and do not usually have issues with soggy grounds etc.

As regards the choice of venue, I think it is lovely they are doing it at her parents home. I do not understand the criticism at all. Firstly, I do not believe the costs being quoted by the DM. Secondly, even if cost estimates were close to accurate, how is it our concern. The Middletons (&/or the Matthews) are spending their own money, and are certainly not answerable to anybody for what they do on their own property!
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:11 PM
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Well, he certainly used his article to resurrect all the dirt and innuendo published about the family through the years.
This quote from the article sums it up: "Few would complain if they displayed a proper degree of modesty." Translation, how dare those middle class people, albeit self made millionaires, get above themselves? I beg to disagree, the press would complain no matter how the wedding was planned. The Middletons have been the object of so much class based scorn from the media through the decades that I doubt they waste their time reading the vicious innuendo, gossip and lies published about them.

Early press reports claimed there was going to be a yurt for the reception & I expressed a dislike for that structure, I think the Orangery glass house is an elegant solution to England's iffy weather situation.
Well said. I think the Middletons simply ignore it all. But also, like it or not, the Middletons are part of the upper slice of British society now. The deal is done.
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:36 PM
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http://www.news.com.au/entertainment...cb50e06c617d24
I hope this isn't true. It's getting to be sad and looks like she is trying to have a "royal" wedding too.
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^^^ Actually, Pippa's sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, DID NOT arrive at her wedding in a horse-drawn carriage. Kate arrived in a limousine, and then she left the church in a horse-drawn carriage. It was Kate's choice. She didn't want to arrive in a carriage, but both Kate and William agreed to leave in a carriage for the crowds and the pomp and circumstance.

Royal watchers in the media should get the facts straight.


Why does it matter to you so much @royal_rob about these prospective details of Pippa's wedding and whether or not she arrives in a horse-drawn carriage? It's her day, as well as her family's money to spend as they please, not yours. The fact there is such public interest is purely because of who Kate is married to, and who Prince Harry is bringing. The public interest and subsequent need for ever more heightened security is not Pippa's fault. I'm sure there are plenty of ladies around the world who have put together even more extravagant weddings than Pippa's. Again, anyone has the right to put together whatever elaborate or fancy wedding they please, if they can pay for it.
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