Wedding as fashion statement

MARRIAGES, some say, are out of fashion. Hold on for a moment! There are some new thrills here. Couples are now going to great heights, and sometimes even risky places, to make a fashion out of their wedding event.

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Published: Thu 7 Aug 2008, 9:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:55 PM

Take the case of Darren McWalters and Katie Hodgson who exchanged vows flying over the English countryside. The wedding service was conducted high in the air as the bride, groom and Vicar stood on top of three aircraft.

What are they trying to prove? Where are the flowers? Where are the frills? Where are the family and the friends? But who cares about them when the bride and the groom are nervousness personified. Not because of the promises they are prepared to make, only to break them later; perhaps; but because they are set to take the ride of their lifetime. They will utter the words 'I Do' while on a roller coaster ride.

Game to go underwater? How about going up in the skies on a hot air balloon? Out go the gown, the crown and the trail. In comes the gorilla suit. What was once a solemn ceremony in the midst of loved ones is now fashion statement. Tying the knot in the midst of soldiers enacting a battle is in. The zoo inmates turn spectators with the chimps handing out the wedding ring. The risks of married life seem to grow all the time. The thrill is where the adventure is. Billionaire Richard Branson performed the wedding of his marketing director on the first ever Virgin America flight from San Francisco International Airport to Las Vegas. The wedding took place at 35,000 feet. Well, marriages are made in heaven, they say! Bizarre beginnings to a blissful married life.

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