Sharing your best day with your best mate
Not to put too fine a point on it I like to skulk around on wedding forums on social media. Sound a bit creepy? It’s really not I promise. It’s just such a good way to find out what couples planning their wedding are thinking, what they’re worrying about, their priorities and what the latest trends are.
Recently I have been fascinated by an emergence of people sharing their day with their best mate or a family member. What I mean by this is more than one couple getting married on the same day and then sharing the reception.
Got the same friends? Maybe even part of the same family? It could be a genius decision, particularly as according to Brides Magazine (November 2018) the average wedding now costs an eye-watering £30,000. That’s a staggering amount of money so perhaps sharing is not only caring but also financially astute. On one Facebook forum recent there have been several women posting they are doing exactly that. This includes two best mates who are planning to get married straight after each other with a small interlude for the second bride to get her dress on and a couple sharing their day with her future brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Sharing the limelight
Now it was my now sister-in-law (SIL) who encouraged me to go on a date with my now husband. I won’t go into too many details but she basically convinced me to do this whilst conducting an appraisal of me as she was my boss at the time. I only agreed to go on the blind date to get her to stop banging on about him so it’s funny how it works out. But I digress. I love my SIL to bits. We were friends and now we’re family but I wouldn’t have wanted to share my wedding day with her and I’m pretty sure she would feel the same. Both me and husband do love to be centre of attention so maybe we’re not the best examples.
I totally get the attraction of it though. Putting the expense aside (weddings don’t have to cost a fortune) it must be extremely special, maybe magical, to share your wedding day with your best mate. One of the women on Facebook commented that she couldn’t imagine anything more perfect than sharing her day with her best mate. The excitement is clear to see from the passionate and loving way she talks about the plans for the day. There is no jealousy, no fear of being upstaged by the other bride, it is truly about sharing the day and celebrating together.
So if you’re struggling to afford the wedding you would love or you have that special friend who is also engaged maybe it’s time to consider a double wedding. Do you dare? I would love to know what you think.
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