It’ll be alright on the night…*

A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a bit of drama, and our last two weddings both had a bit of drama to add to the proceedings!

We’re happy to say that so far, the weddings we’ve been involved in have been mostly drama free, apart from the odd split seam on the day, requiring emergency needlework, or a bit of family politics doing their best to spoil a couple’s day.

In their respective ways, these two weddings, each had something out of the ordinary which could easily have rocked the boat.

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Our first couple were the lovely Victoria and Tom. We were hired to make three journeys to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Nottingham, with Bridesmaids and then the Bride herself and her Parents. This was to be followed by taking the married couple on to their reception at the glorious Pumping Station at Ollerton.

Our normal practice is to do a dummy run of the route a couple of weeks or so before the date to check timings and identify any potential problems on the day. However,  a few weeks before the date, a concerned bride contacted us to say that her route to the reception was on the road and at the exact time that the Tour of Britain bike race would be on that route, and that road and possible alternative side roads, would be closed on a rolling road block for up to an hour.

After doing considerable research, we couldn’t see a viable option that didn’t involve going miles out of our way and possibly taking as much time as getting caught in the roadblock itself would, so the couple decided to bring their ceremony time forward as much as the Church would allow, and then preparing¬† to make a quick getaway from the Church to get to the venue.

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On the day, hearts were in mouths and fingers were crossed, but the actions taken did the trick and we got through just before the riders got there, much to everybody’s relief!

This was our first wedding at this fabulous venue and it really is something special.

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It was formerly a water pumping station and is now a dedicated wedding and events venue situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, and we’re looking forward to being involved in more weddings there.


Our next bit of drama involved the wedding of the lovely Kev & Maria. On the face of it, it was straightforward, as our role was to take the groom and his Mum and Groomsmen to the ceremony venue at Mapperley Farm near Ilkeston, and then take the married couple on to their reception at a different part of the farm.

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We arrived at the pick up address to collect the group, only to find a rather upset Groom, who the previous evening had fallen on his face and done some superficial facial damage, but more serious damage to his teeth. We can all only imagine how we would have felt in his situation, the night before his marriage. At this point the Bride was unaware of the drama!

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We get to see some diverse venues and this too was a new one for us, It’s still a working farm which has converted a barn for wedding ceremonies, and also has accommodation in the Farmhouse for now, but with plans to convert further barns to add even more rooms.

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Their reception was just a short drive away in a marquee on the farm, but we took them to nearby Shipley Park for some time out on their own before they rejoined the throng for the rest of their special day.

*The title of this post was thought of before hearing the news today of the passing of the great comedy writer, and presenter of the TV programme with the same title as the post, Denis Norden. RIP Denis.

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Have Taxi – Will Travel!

There are a few reasons why Wedding Car companies tend to operate in relatively small geographical areas, local to their base. For one, many Wedding Cars tend to be old classic vehicles and there’s a need to protect them and keep the mileage as low as possible. We know of one company which takes its precious car close to the pick up point on a trailer and then loads it up again after the wedding.

Because Betty’s unique in the region, we get enquiries from all parts of the East and West Midlands, and as she’s designed to cope with a lot of mileage, (up to a million miles was the original brief, apparently), we’re happy to travel further afield within reason, and not just close to home.

This was emphasised during our last three weddings, as one was right on our doorstep from start to finish, another was all in and around Lincoln, and the other one was a mixture of the two – a pick up close to home and travelling to the venue some way away in Mansfield.


 

The last of these was the wedding of the lovely Laura & John.¬† The pick up address was in Risley, which is just up the road from our home (and Betty’s) in Long Eaton, and the wedding venue was Mansfield Manor Hotel, which funnily enough is in Mansfield!

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The lucky couple won the use of Betty in our Prize Draw at Colwick Hall last year. They’d made other arrangements for the Bride’s transport, but happily .accepted Betty as a means of getting the Bridesmaids to the venue.

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Unfortunately for everyone, given the wonderful summer we’ve had, it rained on their day and no-one was lingering outside for photos, and we weren’t able to get any of the Bride or Groom with Betty, and just this rather poor quality one of the Bride with her Bridesmaids.


 

Next up was the wedding of the lovely Kelly & Craig, which all took place locally, with a pick up in Beeston and the wedding and reception in The Village Hotel, Chilwell.

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red carpet

For their wedding we were back to taking the Bridal party to the venue, and the weather was back to being good. At least on the outside, Kelly was at the relaxed end of the Bridal stress spectrum and took it all in her stride, including the red carpet being laid out for her on her arrival.

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The wonderful Attenborough Nature Reserve is just by their Hotel, so we took the couple and their photographer there for photos after their wedding, and then back to the hotel for them to enjoy the rest of their first day as Husband & Wife.

The total mileage from and back to our base was 11, yes eleven!


 

In complete contrast was the wedding of the lovely, Zoe-Nicole & John, which from our base and back was 130 miles in total.

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Betty had an early start to get to the pick up point in Heighington near Lincoln, to collect first of all some family members, and then the Bride and her Mother & Father. The Mother of the Bride is confined to a wheelchair, so Betty’s inbuilt wheelchair ramp was used once more at a wedding. With the wheelchair securely in place, there was still room in the rear cab for the Bride and her Father.

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It was a Church wedding this time and what a gorgeous Church it was in the nearby village of Washingborough. We were all treated to the bells being rung after the wedding too, which is a bit of a rarity at weddings these days.

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What followed was a lovely journey through Lincoln, going right past the famous Cathedral, where another wedding was taking place, and on to Hackthorn Hall Estate, where the couple were holding their reception in the Walled Garden.

All in all, more variety for Betty and she’s looking forward to even more over the coming weeks!

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