Saturday, 20 September 2008

Getting there on the big day

I came across this article today about a bride who was using public transport to get to her wedding in Christchurch. I guess it's kind of a novelty, as most brides tend to go all out for their big day and few would choose to travel in such style.

One of the most memorable weddings I have ever been to started out this way. The groom said he'd organise for himself, his two brothers and their partners, and a couple of close friends to travel from his home in Christchurch to the wedding venue in Diamond Harbour. We packed overnight bags, as we were staying in an historic villa, and were told to hurry up because the bus was coming soon.

We didn't realise that "the bus" was actually a public bus that left from the end of his street. It was going to take us to the bus depot in town, where we'd catch another one to Lyttelton, then the ferry across to Diamond Harbour before walking up a hill to the wedding venue, all dressed in our glad rags!

The look on the driver's face as we hopped aboard the first bus was nothing less than sceptical, as the groom bid him good morning and said, "how much to get my family to my wedding?". I think he finally believed us once the guitar came out and we started a singalong in the back few rows of the bus. Other passengers joined in the party, too. We repeated this process as we picked up more people on another bus and a ferry, in 31 degree Celsius heat, and made our merry way to the wedding.

An experience I've never repeated.


Random Thoughts said...

My friends brother and sister in law used a big yellow school bus to transport their family and friends from church to reception. Of course the bride and most of the family were school teachers. It made the front page of the wedding section in the Sunday news.

Donna said...

Sounds like something fun though!!! And it's definately different.

Bethany said...

Sounds like an absolute blast! What a fun way to share your joy with the world.