Flower Festival – “All about Weddings”

St Peter’s has enjoyed a brilliant post-Easter flower festival on the theme of weddings and wedding anniversaries.
It was the idea, and the generous gift, of Nina and John Hassell, whose Ruby Wedding Anniversary fell on Sunday afternoon. Nina is part of the Kingsway Flower Club, whose skills we have come to enjoy since they mounted their first Flower Festival at St Peter’s in 2005.

Photo: Councillor Bill Wright with Nina and John Hassell

Councillor Bill Wright with Nina and John Hassell

Flowers, flowers…

The flower festival was opened at 1030 on the Saturday morning by Bill Wright, Mayor of Braunstone Town. The first four anniversaries were depicted in the entrance – then further anniversaries, from wood to linen to silver, ruby, gold, diamond and platinum, dazzled the eye inside the church. The oldest wedding dress dated from 1885 – the most recent was a matching pair of Asian wedding costumes for bride and groom from 2006. A group from the 1990s caught the eye – the dark red jacket caused a few gasps when it was worn by the bride in 1993 as well! And if you looked up towards the tower, you will have seen a stunning bridal bouquet, recreated and hung in the tower chamber, illuminated by two spotlights.

Photo: Brides and bridesmaid from the 1990s

Brides and bridesmaid from the 1990s

Affordable Weddings

Meanwhile, outside in the Hall the usual home-made cakes and preserves were joined by information displays, to help couples make their weddings affordable. (We are told that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is now £17,000, which is surely not necessary, and must drive many young families into debt.) Oxfam brought several of their dresses – new, but not the latest fashion, and a fraction of the original price. Our very own Julia Weedon had brought one of her professionally-iced cakes, and there was information on DIY wedding stationery, local venues, a photographer, event arranger and wedding transport.
The church had got its act together and put up a display about “Getting married in church” – next to an invitation to join the Friends of St Peter’s! And Ann Murphy represented the Church of England in Leicestershire with her display.
Meanwhile, outside in the car park, Keith Mildred was making a loud and cheerful noise with his splendid barrel-organ.

Photo: Julia with cake (and Val her mother)

Julia with cake (and Val her mother)

The Ruby Wedding

On the Sunday, we invited couples who’d recently got married at St Peter’s to come and say “Thank You”, and renew their wedding vows. Later in the afternoon the church was full of Nina and John’s family and friends, as they celebrated their 40th anniversary in the church where they had tied the knot back in 1968. Then the party continued at the Westcotes Bowling Club, with a glass of champagne (pink, of course) and another of Julia’s special cakes. The dancing went on into the night…

Photo: Renewing the marriage vows in church

Renewing the marriage vows in church

Photo: ... and cutting the cake at the Bowling Club

… and cutting the cake at the Bowling Club

Comments and Messages

The St Peter’s table in the hall (“Friends of St Peter’s” and “Getting married in church”) had a message pad, which attracted these comments –

What a lovely idea – the Church looks beautiful

A fantastic display – an enjoyable afternoon

Beautiful displays, loved the wedding dresses too

What a good idea – to celebrate a “real” wedding anniversary and give local people an opportunity to advertise what is available – a real celebration of the idea of marriage!

A lovely display of flowers, dresses and outfits. Something new and interesting (Mavis Bloice)

Anthony and I would like to thank you so much for our wedding vows renewed (Helen Haynes)

Beautiful flowers and friendly hosts made it a wonderful visit. What a good idea to combine it with wedding information!

Absolutely super (Anne-Marie)

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This entry is dated Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 at 2.06pm and is filed under News.

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