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Jo gives wedding planning a spin
RADIO One DJ Jo Whiley turned her hand to wedding planning as the station organised the first ever ceremony at this year’s Glastonbury festival. 
Listeners were invited to win tickets to the music event by offering to get married – either to their partner, friend or even their pet. 
As Glastonbury does not have a wedding licence, the marriage was not legally binding. 
After battling it out in a final on Scott Mills’ drivetime show, the lucky ‘couple’ were Alex and Fiona, friends who tied the knot in a specially staged ceremony in The Chapel of Love in the Lost Vagueness field. 
Although the driving force behind the ceremony was Jo Whiley, who broadcast the event live on her show, a number of other celebrities lent a helping hand. 
The wedding dress was donated by singer and fashionista Lily Allen, and best man Colin Murray presented what were possibly the cheapest wedding rings in the world – a pair of jelly penny sweets. 
The ceremony was conducted by the Vicar of Knicker, and James Morrison provided the soundtrack to the first dance, with an exclusive live performance of ‘Wonderful World’. 
The celebrations continued with chart-topping DJ Mark Ronson spinning the wedding disco mix.

Fire crew to the rescue
A TEAM of firefighters saved a couple’s wedding day when flash flooding had sparked the evacuation of their wedding venue. 
Rachel Birtle and Samuel Hodgeson from County Durham and their 175 guests had to leave the Darlington farm they had planned to use for their wedding and reception. 
The couple thought that they had no choice to call off their big day but firemen from Bishop Auckland saved the day by pumping out the farm and draining an adjoining field. 
After completing their work, the fire crew then formed a guard of honour as Ms Birtle walked down a makeshift aisle made of straw. 
 
 

Wedding planners in expansion plan
UK-BASED Asian wedding planning specialists Tania-Tapel Ltd are to expand their business into Mumbai, with further plans to move into Delhi. 
Director Anita Patel said: "Our logistical planning has been internationally complemented for many years now in an age when ‘Indian timing’ does not work well with modern brides who want stylish settings, and an organised approach.  
“We are hoping that our presence in India will inspire brides with some of the finer touches from the UK-inspired range of products and services we can introduce." 
 
 
 

Couples wow guests with dance moves
AN increasing number of couples are using the first dance to add the ‘wow’ factor to their wedding, according to choreography experts. 
Gemma Rogers of First Dance UK, who specialise in choreographing wedding dances, said the company has seen a strong increase in demand for their services. 
She said: “It’s been getting busier and busier and I think a lot of it is to do with the raised profile of dance in the media. 
“Programmes like Strictly Come Dancing show non-dancers mastering professional looking routines, and this instills confidence in couples. It especially helps the men, who look up to the celebrities they see on the screen.” 
As well as more couples choosing to hone their dancing skills, there has also been an increase in original choices of song.  
First Dance UK have choreographed routines for everything from Sophie Ellis Bextors’ Murder On The Dancefloor – appropriate for many – to the theme tune for Coronation Street. 
Gemma added: ‘’For years the first dance at many weddings has been a quiet affair, with the happy couple desperately clinging onto each other as they shuffle around in awkward circles. 
“This is changing though and because of it’s raised profile, dancing together is making a real comeback, which is having an effect on the first dance. 
“A lot of grooms have confidence issues, worrying they have two left feet, but many of the men we work with enjoy it so much they continue lessons after the wedding.” 
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