How to Arrange a Record Breaking Wedding*

Wedding season is just about to kick off and whilst I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever find someone crazy enough to want to marry me I know plenty of people are in the throes of arranging their big day. If you’re a bride to be and looking to make an impression Wyboston Lakes, home to remarkable wedding venues in Bedfordshire has created this list of record-breaking wedding feats so that you can get inspiration to make your big day unlike anything seen before.


The largest wedding banquet or reception

Record holder: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram.
Date and location: September 7th 1995 in Madras, India.
The feat: Over 150,000 guests attended the wedding banquet/reception which Jayalalitha Jayaram hosted for her foster son’s wedding.

The oldest person to conduct a wedding ceremony

Record holder: UK reverend William Noel Tavernor.
Date and location: August 15th 2015 in Bettws-y-Crwyn, Wales.
The feat: William Noel Tavernor was 98 years and 227 days when he conducted the wedding ceremony of his grandson Jack Thomas Tavernor and Rebecca Jane Floate.

The most expensive wedding dress

Record holder: Martin Katz Jewellers and bridal couture designer Renee Strauss.
Date and location: February 26th 2006 at the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal Show.
The feat: Martin Katz Jewellers and bridal couture designer Renee Strauss’ dress was priced at $12 million and featured 150 carats’ worth of diamonds.

The most crystals on a wedding dress
Record holder: Özden Gelinlik Moda Tasarim Ltd of Turkey.
Date and location: January 29th 2011, where it was presented at the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.
The feat: Özden Gelinlik Moda Tasarim Ltd of Turkey’s wedding dress featured 45,024 crystals.The most pearls on a wedding dress

Record holder: Yumi Katsura of Japan.
Date and location: February 21st 2012, where it was presented at the 2012 Yumi Katsura Grand Collection event in Bunkyo, Tokyo.
The feat: Yumi Katsura of Japan’s dress featured 13,262 pearls — all of which were genuine Akoya cultured pearls.

The longest wedding veil
Record holder: Vivian Shun-Wen Cheng of Taiwan.
Date and location: December 10th 2016 at Papago International Resort in Chihshang, Taitung County, Chinese Taipei.
The feat: Vivian Shun-Wen Cheng’s wedding veil measured in at 6,072.23 metres long and took three people over three months to make by hand. It was a gift from the bride’s father.


The longest wedding dress train

Record holder: Shililanshan of China.
Date and location: August 20th 2015 at a ceremony in Xiamen, Fujian, China.
The feat: A wedding dress train measuring in at 2,599 metres long was worn to the ceremony, with the design inspired by a sea of flowers in Shililanshan.

The largest wedding bouquet

Record holder: Christa Rasanayagam. 
Date and location: September 6th 2003 in the Canadian city of Ontario.
The feat: When Christa Rasanayagam married Arulanantham Suresh Joachim, the bride held a wedding bouquet measuring 60.09 metres long and weighing 92kg. It was made up of 1,500 flowers divided into 500 roses, 400 carnations, 340 baby breaths, 200 daisies and 60 lilies. An array of bear grass, Italian Ruches and Ontario Cedar completed the bouquet.

The most bridal bouquets caught

Record holder: Jamie Jackson of America.
Date and location: Between June 15th 1996 and April 30th 2016 at various locations.
The feat: Jamie has caught 50 bridal bouquets when attending various weddings of friends and family. It has made her a local celebrity in her home state of Utah and earned her the nickname “The Bouquet Slayer”.

The most bridesmaids to one bride

Record holder: Tina Ackles of America.
Date and location: April 18th 2015 in the US state of Florida.
The feat: Tina was accompanied by 168 bridesmaids when she tied the knot.

The largest wedding cake

Record holder: Chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino.
Date and location: February 8th 2004 for the New England bridal showcase at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
The feat: The cake weighed in at 6,818 tonnes.

The first zero gravity wedding
Record holder: Erin Finnegan and Noah Fulmor of America.
Date and location: June 23rd 2009 aboard a modified Boeing 727-200.
The feat: By tying the knot aboard a Boeing 727-200, Erin and Noah was credited with having the first zero gravity wedding.
The deepest underwater wedding

Record holder: Hiroyuki Yoshida of Japan and Sandra Smith of the USA.
Date and location: September 30th 2013 at Song Hong Lake, in Trang, Thailand.
The feat: Hiroyuki Yoshida married Sandra Smith at a ceremony which took place 130 metres below sea level.

The largest underwater wedding

Record holder: Polish couple Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski.
Date and location: August 27th 2011 at the Koparki Diving Base, in Jaworzno, Poland.
The feat: Organised by Orka Group Ltd, the marriage of Ewa to Pawel saw 303 divers present for the ceremony. Communication came in the form of waterproof texts and sign language.

The largest motorcycle wedding procession

Record holder: Peter Schmidl and Anna Turceková.
Date and location: May 6th 2000 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The feat: When Peter married Anna, the pair enjoyed a wedding procession of 597 motorcycles.

(source for records)


Bad Mood

My love for slogan t-shirts is still going strong and they are the first thing I seem to be drawn to upon entering a shop at the moment. Last month, on a trip to Cabot Circus with Mum we popped in to Pull & Bear- one of our favourite places to browse for affordable basics and cool casual vibes and I happened upon one of the most me tees I have ever seen. Behold…

Tee: Pull & Bear | Jeans: H&M | Converse: Schuh (similar)

Looking back at these pictures “beholding” might not actually be that possible as I’ve kind of failed to capture the slogan but this perfectly oversized white tee states “bad mood” and handily serves as a warning for when people are best to avoid me.

I do my best to be chipper, really I do but sometimes life gets the better of me and I am prone to either a short temper which leaves me snapping at everyone over the smallest of things or I retreat in to myself completely and barely say a word. I’m putting it down to a mixture of hormones at various points in the month as well as the pressures of still not being in work, dealing with eating disorder recovery 24/7 and not sleeping brilliantly but it’s pretty handy to be able to at least warn people they might not quite get the reaction they are expecting from me.

This was actually a really hard outfit for me to photograph- aforementioned eating disorder recovery is taking it’s toll and the struggle with seeing changes in my body [of which I know are further grossly exaggerated in my head due to the nature of the beast] has left my body confidence at rock bottom. Still, it has to be done and I can’t go backwards so I’m determined to keep on wearing the things I want to wear and not give in to the urges to hide behind baggy dresses and jumpers all of the time- although of course they have their time and place!

It’s a hard journey and harder still when you can’t explain to anyone why after 15 years this still torments you. Why you’ve been signed off from work for almost a year knowing exactly what you need to do to get back there [which you want more than anything else] and yet still struggle so much to do it. Having spent the majority of last year firmly in denial this year has seen a renewed determination and slowly but surely progress is being made. It feels fast, it feels scary and I’m not even sure why I’m writing about it on the blog, other than to serve as a reminder to myself but the end result will be worth it and this time there IS no going back. I have plans, things I want to achieve and there is no room for anorexia to be my side kick.

Apologies for getting so deep and personal once again, it happens from time to time and I did say I wanted to bring a bit more “real life” to the blog.

I suppose I should also apologise for all of the random people I’ve snapped at over the last few months, well, mostly. Friends and family please accept my sincerest apologies. Random people I encounter on a daily basis who seem to make it their life mission to wind me up? I’m so not sorry!


Baking- Mini Egg Cookie Bars

I have fond childhood memories of eating mini-eggs around Easter time, they were definitely a favourite and whilst these days I’m not such a fan [the recipe changed last year and I don’t care what anyone says, I can tell the difference!] my best friend still loves them, and I love my best friend so when I saw a recipe for Mini Egg cookie bars I decided to treat her.

I’m not going to post the actual recipe for it is not mine to post, instead I’ll direct you to it’s creator- the frankly genius Jane of Jane’s Patisserie [recipe link]. This woman’s blog has some of the best recipes I’ve seen and it’s an endless source of baking inspiration for me. I’ve made a few of her recipes now including the chocolate orange cookies and each and every thing turns out perfectly each time.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some pictures of the Mini Egg cookie bars as when I posted them on social media people went crazy for them- my best friend went on to declare them the “best cookies ever” which is high praise indeed and they really are so simple to make, perfect for any Easter themed gatherings you might be going to [even if that gathering just happens to be you and a pot of tea].
The basic recipe would lend itself beautifully to pretty much any chocolate addition and I’m tempted to give it a go with Rolos sometime for a soft and gooey caramel experience. I’ll definitely be making the Mini Egg version at least once more in the run up to Easter though and will be keeping a close eye on Jane’s blog for any other Easter themed bakes she comes up with- these Creme Egg cupcakes look amazing!
Have you got any Easter baking planned? Which are your favourite baking blogs to visit?


Pet Friendly Gardening*

As the owner of a cat who treats the garden as her own personal all you can eat buffet [seriously, she’ll take a bite from anything] it’s always on my mind that some of the plants we have might do her more harm than good. You’d like to think an animal would instinctively know which greenery to avoid but as where Mae is concerned she seems to take an “eat first, think later” kind of approach so it’s good to know there are guides out there which can help alleviate the risk. Growbag and compost retailer Compost Direct has done some research and put together an infographic to give pet owners a helping hand.

A recent survey found that 8% of dogs and cats have eaten poisonous plants or flowers, with 43% needing urgent care and 15% actually passing away. The graphic includes a run-down of some of the potentially harmful plants and poisonous substances in your garden and the impact they can have on your pets.

It also features advice on how to create a pet-friendly outdoor space, considering everything from fencing to dog- and cat-friendly plants. For more information view the infographic in full below. We’ve been lucky so and looking at this we have nothing risky in the garden but it’s really reassuring to be able to check up on these things.

Let me know if you found this useful- do any of you have pets that eat what they shouldn’t? It’s not just the garden with us- cut flowers in vases have to be very strategically placed if they have any hope of lasting beyond an hour or so in the house, she either has a stomach of steel or is fast using up her 9 lives!


The Wish List That will make my Mum have kittens*

I’ve always been a bit of a daredevil- the first to the top of the climbing frame as a child, the one who wanted to swing the highest. It carried on throughout my youth- abseiling, kayaking, climbing, high ropes, parasailing- I was game on for anything [unless it involved caves or tunnels, then I was much happier sat on the sidelines].

It’s all fallen a bit by the wayside since I hit my twenties but that doesn’t mean the urge isn’t there, and now I’m on my renewed mission to get back to health and fitness I’m finding myself coveting gems from my childhood to ease myself in- from scooters to rollerblades I want it all, bringing me to today’s wish list featuring products from Proline Skates

So why the title of this post? Well, lets just say I’m not the most graceful of human beings. If anyone is going to injure themselves during an activity it’s usually me [it doesn’t even have to be sport, I slipped two discs shopping in Aldi and broke my foot in Zara!] Every time I mention wanting to get back to doing things that will give me an adrenalin rush I’m met with eye rolls and “is that REALLY a good idea?”

I happen to think it’s a brilliant idea personally- but perhaps erring on the side of caution I’ll start with a scooter or skates and work my way up. As much as I like the buzz I am quite keen to avoid a trip to A&E having made it 18 months without one and I’d also quite like my dignity to stay in tact.

That said, I’m toying with the idea of a trampoline park gathering for my birthday celebrations with friends- you can imagine how that idea went down!

Are you a bit of a dare devil? Any random accident stories to regale me with?