I was invited to a wedding recently. It was one of the most fun weddings I have attended because the bride and groom are fun loving individuals who do not always conform to the norm. The wedding was held in the bride’s parents’ huge beachside backyard. They chose the backyard instead of a function venues Melbourne because of the cost savings and the time of year. It was in spring and the weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding. A marquee was set up with tables and chairs to seat the 50 guests. What made the wedding fun was the laidback feel of the wedding. It had the setting of a relaxing beachside venue with a 5-star restaurant menu. The flower girl and page boy were the cutest 3-year-old twins I have ever seen. They made it down the aisle without dropping the rings. But once at the front, the flower girl decided to lift her dress for all to see while the page boy nervously tried to pull it back down. The twins’ mum ran to the front, horrified. It was a good thing the flower girl was wearing tights. The guests burst into laughter and the wedding became an endearing memory for those of us who were there. It was a party atmosphere from there on.

The food was catered by the bride and groom’s favourite 5-star restaurant by the beach. The menu included starters like clam chowder and lobster Newberg; main courses like pan seared salmon and herb crusted cannon of lamb; and desserts like chocolate trio and strawberry meringues. All this accompanied by a choice of white or red wine, soft drinks, specialty tea and coffee. The entertainment was provided by the bride’s brother, an up and coming DJ in his own right. He had his basic DJ system, but that wasn’t enough. So the bride and groom hired a party sound package for weddings from a party sound hire company consisting of

1) powered sub bass;

2) powered speakers;

3) a wireless microphone;

4) a simple mixer;

5) dance floor lighting;

6) the necessary cables and stands.

The music was a selection of the 1970’s to current years to cater for all the guests’ listening enjoyment. The highlight of the night was the surprise Bollywood dance performance by the bridal party. Not to be outdone, the bride and groom delivered their own surprise wedding dance by slow dancing to the first verse of Ave Maria before suddenly switching to the upbeat Taylor Swift song Shake It Off.

Overall, it was elegant and entertaining place for the guests. The bride and groom’s fun-loving personalities were evident in all aspects of the wedding. Thanks to the great sound system from the party sound package, the speeches from both males and females were loud and clear even though it was done in the outdoors.