Guest post: My Wedding Day by Paige Toon

2 Aug

I’m so excited to have Paige Toon as my guest on One More Page today! Paige has been one of my favourite authors for a long time now and her latest novel, Thirteen Weddings is a brilliant summer read. To celebrate Thirteen Weddings Paige has embarked on a thirteen stop wedding themed blog tour and today shares with us the details of her very own wedding day. Welcome Paige!

paige toon weddingI’ve always been a bit of an optimistic pessimist. I try to think the worst so I won’t be disappointed. I think the biggest mistake I made when I got married was to completely forget to adopt this philosophy. I had thought about my wedding day all my life. It’s supposed to be the Best Day of Your Life – but jeez, talk about putting the pressure on!

My husband and I were one of the first of our group of friends to tie the knot, so we didn’t have a lot of experience in how to do things. Looking back, I really wish we’d hired a wedding planner – although in reality, I’m a bit of a control freak and we also didn’t have a lot of money.

I was so tied to the organisation of our wedding that I found it hard to enjoy the day. I noticed every little thing that went wrong. Nobody else did, it was just me. In fact, lots of people said it was the nicest wedding they’d ever been to – including my husband, so I really wish I’d been able to step back and enjoy it more.

Aside from the amazing man I married (that goes without saying, surely!), my favourite bit about the day was wearing my dress. I didn’t have high hopes for finding a dress that I’d look good in – I never, ever wore white. So when I found it, it was a very happy moment indeed. (You can see a picture of it on shazsbookboudoir.blogspot.co.uk.)

I also loved the church we got married in: St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. In fact, I used this church for Thirteen Wedding’s thirteenth wedding, and borrowed some facts for the book, like the sound of the buskers in the plaza behind the church. My best friend, Bridie, came over from Australia to be my Matron of Honour, and some of my closest family members did, too.

After the service, the congregation piled on to a couple of red London double decker buses and had a champagne tour of the Christmas lights while we went on to the reception venue – the Barbican Garden Rooms – to do the photographs.

As for the things that went wrong, there were plenty, but here are but a few…

During the service, I couldn’t get my words out because I started to cry, which was highly embarrassing! I felt like I didn’t have enough time to compose myself before it was my moment to speak again, so every time I spoke, I was laughing with embarrassment through my tears. I can’t tell you how many people asked me afterwards if I was laughing or crying – it was mortifying!

I wish, wish, wish we’d splashed out on proper wedding photographers like Lina Orsino (who helped with the research and also thirteen weddingsfeatures in Thirteen Weddings) and her partner Tom (linaandtom.com) because most of our shots had flash, so we looked very bright and the background looked very dark. The official photographs looked dreadful and my husband and I both wish we’d gone on the buses with everyone else instead. I never got a single shot of me with my brother, and that still upsets me, but we made up for it at his wedding, thankfully!

Two nights before the wedding, we finally put a playlist together for the DJ – it wasn’t a typical wedding list, but we put a lot of thought into it, from the chill-out music to start with, finally building up to some cooler, indie songs and ending with the cheese. But then the wedding DJ didn’t have any of our music, and the person who took it on instead, played the playlist in any order so we had the cheese played during dinner. Argh!

We went on our honeymoon very early the next morning, so didn’t have any time at all to dissect the day, or to see close friends and relatives who’d come from overseas. I think since then, people generally realise it’s good to have a break before going on their honeymoon, and this is the one thing I’d recommend for anyone reading this.

All in all, though, I can’t really complain. I’m still happily married to my hubbie eleven years later, and that’s the main thing.

Thanks Paige!

Thirteen Weddings is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Please do check out the other brilliant stops on Paige’s blog tour which includes deleted scenes, song and picture inspiration for Thirteen Weddings, a character interview with Bronte, how Thirteen Weddings links to Paige’s other books plus a competition to win your name in her next book! 

Read my reviews of Paige’s books

A note from Paige: Sign up to my book club, ‘The Hidden Paige’, at www.paigetoon.com for free short stories, competitions and the chance to find out more about me and my characters and what we’re all up to.

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