Three things which I hadn't experienced before at weddings:
1. We pre-ordered our meal when the invites came, some weeks ago. At the drinks reception we were all trying to remember what we'd ordered. When we went in to sit down the choice we had made was printed for us on the back of our place-card. Brilliant.
2. The centre of table decoration was a large bowl containing three white roses and some live goldfish. I hope the fish enjoyed the party-poppers. And the disco. Small children got to take a fish home.
3. On each table were two cards listing the names of all the guests and a one sentence biography. So if you had met someone and needed to check their name you could look it up. And if you wanted to start a conversation you could ask about the statement. Mine said, 'Steve has recently taken on a parish in Nailsea.' Since it didn't mention I was a clergyperson it began wonderful visions of my pitching up in a Somerset town and saying, 'Come on I'll take the lot of you.' Hmm, come to think of it. No. Anyway better than the guy whose biography said, 'Likes a drink or two.'
Thanks Emma and Rob for a nice day out.