Surrey weddings: a day to remember
PUBLISHED: 14:03 11 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013
Choosing to get married on a special day in the calendar, whether it's Valentine's, New Year or even Christmas Eve, is becoming increasingly popular. STEPHEN BAIN chats to some Surrey couples who did just that
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010
Choosing to get married on a special day in the calendar, whether its
Valentines, New Year or even Christmas Eve, is becoming increasingly popular. STEPHEN BAIN chats to some Surrey couples who did just that
Worried youll be one of those people who always forgets your wedding anniversary? Well, we could just have the answer. Why not join the increasing number of people who are choosing to wed on a special date in the calendar?
One couple who did just that are Jo Wass, 38, and Mike Barnes, 50, from Woking. In 2009, they celebrated their wedding and the turn of the year in spectacular style.
The ceremony went very well, says Jo. At midnight, we were over Germany on a flight to Sri Lanka and could see the fireworks in the centre of Berlin; it was lovely.
Eddie Mahoney did the same thing when he married fiance Alison Stephens at the Hilton Hotel in Cobham. Most people dont know what to do on New Years Eve, says Eddie. So we thought it would be a great opportunity to have a big party. Also, because theres a bank holiday the next day, guests dont have to worry about going to work.
The month of love
However, it isnt just New Years Eve which is popular. Valentines Day, the ultimate day of love, has often been chosen as a day for marriage. Sam Shale and his fiance Angie Earl, from Banstead, exchanged vows this year.
We chose February 14 not just because it was Valentines but also because its my birthday and is the same date that Angies Nanny Mac got married almost 70 years ago, says Sam.
To marry on a birthday or anniversary is certainly another popular option.
Some couples plan their ceremonies for a day that is special to them, such as the anniversary of the day they met, or got engaged, or on a birthday etc, says Anne Wood, superintendent registrar at Weybridge register office.
While most people are frantically running around looking for presents during the lead-up to Christmas, some are worrying for different reasons as they prepare for weddings.
Christmas Eve has always been a popular date for people getting married, says Anne. People seem to love the magic of the festive season.
One couple who certainly made their Christmas Eve extra magical are Michelle Helion, 40, from Twickenham, and her husband Thomas, 31, who tied the knot at Weybridge register office last year.
Its a lovely day, its a holiday and Thomas will never be able to forget our anniversary, laughs Michelle. This is the best Christmas present I have ever had.
When asked how the couple will be spending their first anniversary next Christmas, Michelle reveals some very happy news.
I have just found out that I am pregnant, she says. The baby is due in October, so we will probably be in France with my husbands family!
- The Surrey Registration Service has three register office venues in the county as well as more than 80 licensed venues. For more details, call 0300 200 1002.