They gathered around the castle’s stunning Summerhouse for the “beautiful marriage ceremony”, followed by a wedding breakfast in the Great Western Restaurant. A string quartet played as first Tom, 22, and then Lance, 42, made their entrances, accompanied by flower girls. After exchanging their vows, members of the London Gay Men’s Choir sang the Bruno Mars song Marry Me. A local source said: “It was a beautiful ceremony, their vows were so brilliant and heartfelt. “Tom and Lance organised the wedding themselves and it had their personalities stamped on every detail.” Tom even rolled up his sleeves to make the wedding cake, a multi-tiered psychedelic creation. The 120 guests were also treated to a feast which included beef Wellington, sausage and mash and Eton mess. There were several speeches, including those from Tom and Lance and Tom’s mum Debbie. And they included many tributes to Tom’s dad Rob, who tragically died of a brain tumour in 2011. The evening finished with a fireworks display at 10pm. The diver came out to fans in December 2013, saying his “whole world changed” when he fell in love with a man.
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“A lot of them feel almost crippled by the number of weddings they are invited to,” but nevertheless find it hard to say no, she said. Berger said she had heard about a young woman who attended five weddings over eight weekends, and another who lamented that she had used all her vacation time attending weddings. Twenty-one percent of the people surveyed for the study said they had declined a wedding invitation because they felt they couldn’t afford to go. Women (27 percent) were more likely than men (16 percent) to decline because of cost. Traveling expenses are a big part of the cost for many people, especially for millennials, who have tended to scatter across the country more than their parents’ generation did. Rather than wait for the actual invitations, Berger suggested that as soon as “save the date” notices arrive, guests who will need to travel should be looking to nail down flights to take advantage of lower fares. Then, she suggested, try to trim your discretionary spending a bit at a time, to build up a fund for the trip. Kristen Maxwell Cooper, executive editor of the Knot, a wedding planning website, suggested teaming up with other guests to economize: Look for an Airbnb rental to share, and consider giving a group gift. Pooling funds with others can help you stick to a budget, while enabling you to buy a pricier item from the couple’s registry, she said.
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