I’ve just been reading an e-mail from an old friend who is going to a wedding this weekend.
It’s an eco-wedding to be held in the open air in Scotland. But the accommodation available at this eco-hostel is either an eight-bed bunkhouse, which might be fine if everyone is very friendly, or some sort of Swedish tent with a sleeping platform and cooking space.
It got me wondering just what my response would be if invited to such an event. To what extent should the bride and groom impose their ideas on their guests, especially in my native land with its variable weather? We are now accustomed to bridal parties forking out to attend ceremonies on Caribbean beaches, but at least there is generally a hotel involved.
Both our nieces in America had different weddings: one in Tudor costume with Apache prayers, which don’t seem to have worked since they’re now divorced, and the other on the top of a hill in Colorado, which involved a fairly stiff climb. Thankfully both were in termtime, so we had a readymade excuse.
But I think if we were invited to such an eco-friendly do, I would follow my friend’s example. She’s insisted on staying in the nearest four-star hotel, at the risk of being considered antisocial.