What happened to the Brown Dinner suit and the Bridesmaids By Ron Hailes

On February 5 we will celebrate 40 years since we walked down the aisle, Monica looking great with Bridesmaids and attendants, myself decked out in a brown dinner suit with a matching number of attendants. We were married by a pastor and drove from the church to the reception in a suitably flash limo.

The reception was formal with the mandatory speeches, cover band, fake telegrams - google telegrams if you need to - and of course the first dance and the odd tired and emotional relative.

At the appointed time we changed clothes and everyone formed a circle and wished as well we left . This was how it was done in 1977.

Last week end our daughter was married in Blenheim NZ. Of course my proudest moment was walking her down the aisle, but other than that formality, this wedding was so different.

Firstly, Annelie and Tao chose to have no attendants and we had an amazing dinner at Hans Herzog winery, short on formality, no cake, but food from a Michelin chef no less. We all had an informal dinner on the Friday and in the gap between the service and reception the guests all played board games, so cool and so them.

It was an amazing day with various people speaking throughout the service and dinner, I have never heard such heartfelt words.

Finally on the Sunday we all got together with the newly weds for a hearty brunch and more board games. Truly a magnificent wedding.

I got to be father of the bride, MC and driver and I loved every minute of it. What a great day.

in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand


I am a sometimes writer, stand up comic ,MC and Radio Presenter- these are my passions but I normally travel throughout SE Asia training sales and management staff in the Auto Industry

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