Four Weddings Mrs Flams style

This September, the husband and I will have been married for 3 years.  Our wedding was amazing (for us) and all our guests enjoyed themselves immensely. Over the last year I have watched a fair few episodes of Four Weddings. Bitching Brides, Bizarre and Beautiful venues, some great food and some absolutely AWFUL food.  After a while I started recording it on the Sky+ box, so that I can fast-forwarded through all the crap and rubbish bits (and of course the commercial breaks!).








Then? Then, I came across Four Weddings US. The US version, is SO SO much better than the UK version, even if some of the brides have more money than sense. The Brides are less bitchy, the venues (mostly) are much nicer, and the food is mainly amazing and so there is SO MUCH OF IT.








In the UK, a wedding usually consists of, Ceremony, Meal, Disco, Buffet. In that order. In the US, it’s Ceremony, Cocktail Hour (with Open bar), Meal, Disco, Buffet.

After watching considerable amounts of Four Weddings US, I have decided that I want to have another wedding, however my husband has said no.  Seeing as I’m not allowed to have another wedding, instead, I’m going to lay it all our here. Not that we would EVER be able to afford such an affair anyway! We would invite EVERYONE. The dress code would, of course, be Black Tie.

First there is the Ceremony. Short, Sweet and Simple. 30 minutes tops. Fabulous Dress. 6 Bridesmaids, 2 Flower girls, 1 Ring bearer, 1 Best Man and 5 Ushers. The person conducting the ceremony would be professional but funny. Everyone would cry.

Then Guests would make their way to a fantastic Hotel Ballroom, with sweeping City views, for Cocktail Hour, with an open bar.

There would be waiters in waistcoats taking round glasses of champagne, a signature cocktail, and canapes. The canapes would consist of miniature prawn cocktails in shot glasses, smoked salmon and cream cheese Bellini, Caviar, vol-a-vents, and miniature vegetable tarts.  There would also be hot food buffet stands serving warm dishes such as pastas and warm vegetables, as well as tables covered with cheeses and crackers, fresh fruit and miniature cakes. At cocktail hour there would be a photo booth, and guests would get the chance to sign the guestbook.



After cocktail hour, guests would make their way into a second ball room, also with sweeping city views, the sun would be setting. The tables would be tastefully decorated, and speeches would be made. After speeches from the Father of the Bride, the Groom, the Best Man and the Maid of Honour, dinner would be served, whilst a small string quartet played music.

A six course meal (really it’s 4, but you’ve got to have palate cleansers between courses right?) Each course would be small and elegant, with guest having a choice of 5 options per course and 3 options per palate cleanser.

Starters – Melon with Parma Ham and a balsamic glaze and mint garnish;

a seafood selection with prawns, smoked salmon, calamari and mussels;

a pâté with a balsamic onion marmalade and brioche toast;

asparagus spears with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce;

a red pepper and tomato soup served with crusty wholemeal bread and butter.
Palate Cleanser – Champagne Sorbet, Lemon Sorbet or Mint and Lime Sorbet.


Mains – Fillet Steak with a choice of sauce and fresh seasonal vegetables;

Pan Seared Cod on a bed of crushed new potatoes and minted peas;

Breast of Chicken stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and black olives with a dressed green been salad;

Grilled vegetable tart with a rocket salad;

Lobster thermidor with a fresh spinach salad.




Palate Cleanser – Champagne Sorbet, Lemon Sorbet or Mint and Lime Sorbet.

Desserts – crème brûlée with fresh raspberries;

a selection of cheeses with crackers, grapes and quince;

Lemon Tart with fresh raspberries;

a marscapone and fresh strawberry cheesecake;

a chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream.



Selection of chocolates and fresh coffees and teas.

Finally guests would make their way to the first ballroom, where a live band would play classic Rat Pack and Divas of Jazz. There would be waiters walking round with trays of champagne and the signature cocktail. Then the DJ would play music for everyone to boogy-down into the night to.

A finger buffet would be served with tiny sandwiches, miniature tarts and fresh fruit and cheeses.



Personally, you wouldn’t even need a wedding to pull off a feast / party like this. Hmmmmm. My 30th birthday is in 18 months. Think I’ve just set in place a great plan.  Now all I need is £45,000.

Anyone care to lend me £45,000, ok, ok, give it to me, because lets face it, it’s highly unlikely that I’d be able to pay you back!

And relax

It’s my first morning in Porto and boy has it been awesome so far.
Arrived yesterday, met the husbands family, checked in to my hotel, was given a glass of port on arrival. Already was blown away. They have staff here to call the elevator for you, you don’t even have to press the buttons. They have porters to take your bags to your room, who then bow when they leave.
Comfortable bed, powerful hot showers, pillows that you just sink into, and champagne with breakfast. That people is 5 stars apparently.
I could get used to living like this, although my husband will probably stress (a lot!) that we can’t afford this kind of lifestyle.

Part of me wants to decorate my apartment as though it’s a hotel. I could hire a butler who would serve me champagne in a long stemmed crystal flute each time I came home. Let’s face it, that’s NEVER going to happen.

In other news I signed up to O2s European data plan, which is supposed to charge you no more than £1.50 per day. Looked at my data charges this morning and so far I’ve been charged £34.84. Fan-fucking-tastic. Not a lot I can do about it from here, so guess who’s going to get a angry customer on Monday afternoon? Yeah. Prepare yourselves O2.

Today we’re sight-seeing. Tomorrow my brother-in-law runs the Porto Marathon. Tomorrow I also plan to have that glass of champagne with my breakfast.

Life is good.